Date: 7th to 10th October 2017
Location: France, Switzerland & Italy
Distance: 1,519 miles approx
Entry Fee: £500 plus VAT
For those who haven’t already heard of Bangers4Ben (…where have you been?!), it’s an epic road trip with friends to a location in Europe which raises funds for Ben. This is an important event for Ben as funds raised help us provide support for life to those working in the automotive industry and their families.
If Bangers4Ben is new to you, the rules are simple:
- Pay the entry fee of £500 + VAT
- Buy a car for less than £750
- Paint or decal said car
- Select fancy dress
- AND, having completed the rally, sell the car at auction to raise money for Ben.
2017 marks the ninth year of this well-known industry event and we’re going ‘all out’ to make it a truly special occasion. We’re delighted to announce that the theme for this year’s fundraiser is The Alpine Special!
Your mission for this year – should you choose to accept it – is to drive a car to the Swiss Alps and back! It will be a journey filled with adventure as you’ll be driving some of the most scenic roads that Switzerland has to offer. Take a look at the gallery of images from a previous Bangers4Ben gives you some idea of the craziness involved!
Day 1 – Saturday, 7th October 2017, Dover, England to Strasbourg, France – 436 miles
Bangers4Ben 2017 starts with an early morning meet at the ferry port of Dover. This is your chance to meet the other teams, see your competition and have a giggle at the fancy dress! Once we arrive in France we start our longest stint to Strasbourg for our well-earned overnight stop.
Day 2 – Sunday, 8th October 2017, Strasbourg, France to Davos, Switzerland – 357 miles
It’s up early for a hearty continental breakfast ready for some of the best Alpine passes Europe has to offer. First up will be the Furka Pass, immortalised by the Aston DB5 / Ford Mustang car chase in James Bond’s Goldfinger and then we head to the most beautiful and “smoothest” mountain pass; San Bernadino. Once we’ve negotiated all the switch backs both Passes have to offer we make our way to Davos for our overnight stop.
Day 3 – Monday, 9th October 2017, Davos, Switzerland to Strasbourg, France– 393 miles
Today is our longest day in the car but the drive will be worth it! First on the list is the most famous of the passes, Stelvio, and once we’ve conquered the 48 switchbacks we head back to Davos via the Umbrail Pass. The Klausen Pass is our final Alpine road before we head back to Strasbourg for our overnight stop.
Day 4 – Tuesday, 10th October 2017, Strasbourg, France to Dover, England – 436 miles
This is our last day and another long journey as we head to Calais to meet the ferry to take us back to Blighty and say our farewells.
Entrance fees etc:
Entry is £500 + VAT per car with driver and co-driver. This covers your crossings, twin accommodation, breakfast, evening meal and AA roadside assistance. You can then spend up to £750 on your vehicle (trusty steed) which you’ll donate to Ben at the end of the event so it can be auctioned.
As we all like a bit of competition so we have some prizes up for grabs:
· Best fancy dress
· Best themed car
· Best tweet
Overall winner – make sure you buy your car at the best possible price as you’ll only get to hold the trophy if your car makes the most profit at auction!