RatRod 2011

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 it again… and got it back again… then sold it. I think H23 GDF may well have finally gone to that great scrapyard in the sky. But you never know.

Anyway, bear with me on this. Regular readers might know that Team AROnline was supposed to take part in RatRod 2011, a banger rally to Brasov in Romania – but due to work deadlines, and my own shocking lack of organisation, it never happened. My team mate, Andrew Elphick hitched a lift with Alex Sebbinger and Rhydian Edwards in their Montego 1.6L. And from my ‘phone call last night, it seems the chaps have made it to Romania, and are on the home run to Brasov right now. My involvement with the rally has therefore been, er, minimal… and I’m feeling a great sense of loss.

But Elphick came up with a plan that involved me. And I’m not complaining. So, on Saturday morning, I’m flying out to Bucharest (about 100 miles from the rally’s destination in Brasov), where I’ll be meeting Elphick, and driving home one of the rally’s cars. Before you get excited, I’m not bringing back the Montego , but I seem to have teamed up with Andrew to drive back a Rover 216GTI (nicknamed – for some daft reason – SLEGTi) that has been driven out by Steven Ward and his happy team. You can see a picture of that car above – which like all 216GTIs around AROnline seems to have lived a yo-yo life between friends during the past decade.

Updates 

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, […]

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 →