Bangers4Ben 2021 gets under way today and participants have been sharing their wacky entries on social media.
The rally, in aid of automotive charity Ben, kicks off this morning (Oct 9) and will be taking on some of the best roads in the country before finishing on Tuesday.
The route will start in Newbury and will see drivers visiting Aberystwyth, the Brecon Beacons, Buxton and York among many places over the course of the next four days.
Bangers haven’t been allowed to cost any more than £750 and have been themed and dressed up as far as the law allows.
Following the rally, the cars will then be auctioned at BCA Blackbushe in aid of the charity.
Among those taking part are automotive legal experts Lawgistics, which will be completing the trip in a safari-themed Vauxhall Zafira.
— Legal Updates (@Lawgistics_UK) October 8, 2021
Also participating is iVendi, which has created its very own ‘tour bus’ from a 53-plate VW Touran.
The tech firm has even released a special video showing all the work that has gone into transforming the ‘overused family car’.
Another vehicle that looks set to be a favourite is this Queen-themed convertible.
— Piers Montague (@Piers_Montague) October 9, 2021
Elsewhere, Autofinity drivers will be competing in their own Toy Story tank.
— David Stevenson (@DavidAutofinity) October 9, 2021
Other themes include Spongebob Squarepants, Top of the Pops and the A Team.
— Bangers4BEN (@Bangers4BEN) October 9, 2021
It is hoped that this year’s rally will raise upwards of £50,000 for Ben.
In order to raise help the cash, Emerald Service and MOT Centre have been offering to donate £150 if anyone can guess the theme of its ‘Best of British’ rally car.
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The firm’s CEO, PJ Quinn, has posted a series of Instagram stories in the build-up to the event getting under way.
However, things don’t appear to have gone completely to plan for the team…
After fighting to fix the issue, smoke started billowing from the car and the team were forced to call a recovery vehicle.
Bangers4Ben is being organised by Automation Events, which is encouraging teams to raise £1,000 as it aims to take the total raised over the years to more than £500,000.
Automotion Events boss Andy Entwistle said: ‘We hope to raise more than £50,000 for Ben, and in a year that’s been really challenging for Ben we’d rather do it in the UK and make it happen than not do it at all and not raise this money for a charity that’s looking after all of us.
‘Also, the thing to remember is they have done some amazing things for some of our colleagues who haven’t had it so easy.
‘So I would say to the industry: for those of you who have worked hard throughout this and done really well as a result of the market being buoyant, now’s the time that you can give a little something back to help those who perhaps haven’t had it so easy and have a bit of a break at the same time.’