#B4B18: The teams cross the Channel to find our secret destination

Time 9:50 am, October 9, 2018

DAY THREE of Bangers4Ben’s 10th anniversary tour took our teams away from Stuttgart, Germany, and north to Bruges, Belgium. 

It was here they were able to get their teeth into some breathtaking countryside roads, and visit some of the most iconic tracks in Europe.

Those feeling brave headed over to the Nurburgring but thick fog meant the circuit was closed for most of the day and only those willing to stay until the bitter end managed to lap the Ring in their bangers.

Some were still keen to see some track action, so headed north to the Spa-Francorchamps circuit to catch the end of a 24-hour Citroen race. Other chose the even more scenic route through Eifel in Germany on to the final destination of Bruges.

After a night in Bruges, the teams started not-so-bright but early to get on the ferry with the promise of some on track fun and games over the Channel.

Unfortunately, some cars were not up to the final stage. Despite its sterling effort and making it almost all the way, the Microcar ended up abandoned. The Nags Head Pub and Ghostbusters’ Limo were kind enough to get its drivers home!

The night before, Car Dealer’s Andy had revealed the end location where the teams would get another chance to win one of his glamorous prizes. Those who could complete the final stint from France would head to Rockingham Motor Speedway for some Top Gear-style challenges.

To see what these bangers are made of – having not cost more than £750 – their drivers would first test how fast they can get from 0-60mph on the straight, then test their cars’ handling on the inner circuit, before finally attempting a handbrake turn.

The results from each challenge were combined to give the technically most proficient car and the overall winner was the Car Quays Ltd ‘Fast and the Spurious’ Toyota Celica.

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The teams then finished the day with a black tie event to celebrate this tenth anniversary trip and we’re expecting some tired eyes this morning…

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Rebecca Chaplin's avatar

Rebecca has been a motoring and business journalist since 2014, previously writing and presenting for titles such as the Press Association, Auto Express and Car Buyer. She has worked in many roles for Car Dealer Magazine’s publisher Blackball Media including head of editorial.

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