Flagship events


Dates: Saturday 5th – Tuesday 8th October 2019

Location: France – Food and wine tour!

Entry Fee: £650+ 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 £650 + 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.

Itinerary 2019

Day 1 Saturday 5th October 2019, Dover to Le Mans.

You will be taking a morning ferry crossing from Dover to Calais, and from Calais you will make your way through beautiful countryside and winding roads to the motorsport city Le Mans, made famous by the iconic 24-hour race. Here you can drive public stretches of the endurance race circuit, including the famous Mulsanne straight, and visit the circuit’s fantastic museum of racing cars and memorabilia.

Day 2 Sunday 6th October 2019, Le Mans to Bordeaux.

On day two we have a relatively short jaunt down to Bordeaux, where we will be settling down for some wine-tasting and nibbles, located in the heart of the city centre, between Parliament Square and Saint Pierre Square.

Day 3 Monday 7th October 2019, Bordeaux to Nantes.

From Bordeaux, the journey north begins, taking in some of the beautiful French coastal roads and countryside. The route heads to the tiny island of Il d’Oleron in the Atlantic, accessed only by a nearly 3km road bridge, before stopping for the night in Nantes.

Day 4 Tuesday 8th October 2019, Nantes to Dover.

The final stint from Nantes, returning to Calais for a short crossing home which will see you back in Dover early evening.

Entrance fees etc

Entry is £650 + 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 will donate to Ben at the end of the event so that 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!