Banger rallies

Events : 2015 Blackpool to Benidorm Rally – making the right appearance

Events : 2015 Blackpool to Benidorm Rally – making the right appearance

Mike Humble As with most vehicle rallies, it’s all about appearances or, in this particular case, keeping up with them. Next Wednesday, 5th May sees the start of a charity automotive themed rally that kicks off from sunny Blackpool and ends in the Spanish resort of Benidorm on Saturday, 9th May. John Corbett and Tanya Field […]

Blog : Is the age of the banger rally over?

Blog : Is the age of the banger rally over?

Keith Adams Regular readers might recall that over the years, AROnline and austin-rover.co.uk has taken part in a considerable number of banger rallies over the years. Our cars have been rather interesting over the years, ranging from a Mk1 Austin Allegro 1500 Super (above) that refused to die on its way down to Naples, to […]

By 23 September 2013 53 Comments Read More →
Blog : Now We’re Montegoing to Romania…

Blog : Now We’re Montegoing to Romania…

Alex Sebbinger It was about two years ago that my good friend Rhydian Edwards and I decided to partake in a Banger Rally. Having read about the adventures of Keith et al’s previous adventures on StreetSafari trips, we decided that it would be fun to have a go for ourselves. After much decision (literally two […]

By 25 September 2011 3 Comments Read More →
Blog : Broken bones, roads and Rover…

Blog : Broken bones, roads and Rover…

Adventures from a Banger Rally in which our Editor falls down a hole Keith Adams As you know, we’ve been quite deeply involved in the RatRod 2011 here at AROnline. What with supporting a couple of teams driving cars from the ARG stable, and me joining the event at the end to bring back one […]

By 21 September 2011 11 Comments Read More →
Blog : A long way to go and a short time to get there

Blog : A long way to go and a short time to get there

Steven Ward I’d promised myself for many years that a Banger Rally would be an event I must do at some point. This year happened to be the year – I was determined to enjoy it. So I assembled a crack team: ‘Dodgy’ Dave Leader is an amateur rally man, good with technical toys and […]

By 21 September 2011 7 Comments Read More →
Blog : Operation drive back, day three

Blog : Operation drive back, day three

Andrew Elphick So while the erstwhile man in charge of AROnline typed away, his partner in crime got busy negotiating. Badly. My grasp of Hungarian is… Well… Er… You get the idea! However with some open network Wi-Fi, Google, pen & paper and some gesticulating worthy of the French Olympic gesticulating committee, we figured everything […]

Blog : Operation drive back, day two

Blog : Operation drive back, day two

Keith Adams   Well, to say that day two was eventful is something of an understatement. After leaving the hotel in the morning, I decided it would be good to fall down a manhole through a defective cover. That would have put a dampener on the day had Romania not been stunningly beautiful. As it […]

By 13 September 2011 17 Comments Read More →
Blog : Operation drive back, day one

Blog : Operation drive back, day one

Keith Adams We all know what happens to the best laid plans of mice and men. Yep, they go to hell in an AdamsCart. The plan to drive our Rover 216SLEGTI from Bucharest back home seems straightforward enough. To collect the car from Team Sward who took it out to Romania in the first place […]

By 12 September 2011 7 Comments Read More →
Blog : Bringing it back from Romania

Blog : Bringing it back from Romania

Keith Adams Banger rally Rover 216GTIs and I have history. Alexander Boucke, Declan Berridge and I competed in Staples2Naples 2004 in one (and came second!) and enjoyed every minute of it. I then sold the car for charity to another S2N’er Les Hedaux, before getting it back a couple of years ago. Then I sold […]

By 9 September 2011 17 Comments Read More →
Blog : Rat Rod 2011, AROnline’s dropping out

Blog : Rat Rod 2011, AROnline’s dropping out

Keith Adams You mention the term RatRod to most people and they’ll probably picture something like the car above. A gorgeous Hot Rod that’s been wonderfully patinated, turning rust into an art form. It’s a craze that’s sweeping the automotive world. and seems to have many different interpretations (see below). Banger Rally guru, Justin Clements, […]

News : Street Safari offers for AROnline readers

News : Street Safari offers for AROnline readers

Keith Adams The banger rally season is well underway now, but if you’re considering a last minute run on one, you’ll be glad to know that through AROnline, you can join in at some very special rates for both End2End (15-19 August) and CzechWrecks 2011 (26-29 August). You can find out more about the End2End […]

RatRod 2011 : The search is on…

RatRod 2011 : The search is on…

Keith Adams It’s been three years since I’ve been on a Banger Rally and, as the months have worn on, I’ve found that the withdrawal symptoms have become increasingly painful. In 2009, I missed out on a full event and, instead, flew by Easyjet to meet the CzechWrecks Rally in Prague and drive back Team […]

By 28 December 2010 22 Comments Read More →
Our cars : Alexander’s Rover 800 – Orient Express

Our cars : Alexander’s Rover 800 – Orient Express

Alexander Boucke Our trusty Rover 827 Vitesse has been out on the road again. This time my brother Cornelius and his mate Thomas wanted to see some sandy beaches – on the shores of the Black Sea! Having had the slightly mad idea of running a banger rally to Istanbul, the guys took a couple of days […]

Our cars : Alexander’s Rover 800 – You Only Live Twice

Our cars : Alexander’s Rover 800 – You Only Live Twice

Alexander Boucke I’m sure you think there must be an abandoned, dead 827 Vitesse in front of my place – given that, when I last wrote about the car around four months ago, I said that the car was so unreliable that I had simply stopped using it. But no – it’s gone. Under its own power […]

Our cars : Alexander’s Rover 800 – Stranded

Our cars : Alexander’s Rover 800 – Stranded

Alexander Boucke The Munich-Barcelona Vitesse had an attack of heritage yesterday – it left me stranded at the office in the evening… Now with the weather getting warmer, the PGM-FI main relay was occasionally playing up. So far no big problem, a bit of patience and, after several attempts, the fuel pump would usually prime and […]

Our cars : Alexander’s Rover 800 – Finally, working wipers!

Our cars : Alexander’s Rover 800 – Finally, working wipers!

Alexander Boucke As dry and sunny spells are never bound to last very long in Central Europe, fixing the Vitesse’s wipers was the first step towards regular use. Carrying large quantities of screen sealants isn’t really a good substitute… Despite being an 800, it was clear that the problem was not an electrical one, as […]

Our cars : Alexander’s Rover 800 – Bangergnomics or madness?

Our cars : Alexander’s Rover 800 – Bangergnomics or madness?

Alexander Boucke Will this be the direct way into mental and economical crisis? Come on, there is no way an old Rover 827 will be more economical to run than my trusty little Maestro, being a manual and on loan it shouldn’t hit the wallet too hard – at least that’s what I’d like to […]

CzechWrecks 2008

1: Background Despite finishing in Prague, we’ll still be conquering the mighty Stelvio Pass.. I THINK it’s an integral part of my CV these days – ‘taking inappropriate cars on adventures across Europe.’ You’d think that, at my age, I’d have grown out of the desire to hoon about across the channel, seeking out places […]

By 29 September 2008 0 Comments Read More →

CzechWrecks 2008

2: Preparations 12 May Our first choice went belly up, thanks to a leaky tank, fuel lines, and duff brakes… ALTHOUGH I wasn’t saying so at the time, the moment I smelt petrol from behind the wheel of my 827 at the mouth of the Tyne Tunnel, I knew that the chances of making it […]

By 28 September 2008 0 Comments Read More →

CzechWrecks 2008

Day One, Calais to Interlaken It was HIM… FOR the first time ever, for me, I was sitting in a themed car with zero chance of returning to the UK – and, when Team Chaos pulled up into that Calais car park to join the fun, it was with a great big grin on my […]

By 27 September 2008 0 Comments Read More →