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 Piston Broke’s Audi Coupe – but it wasn’t enough. It wasn’t a full rally.
In one form or another, AROnline has been competing in these events since 2004, when Alexander Boucke, Declan Berridge and I thrashed a Rover 216 GTI to Naples and drove the old girl back almost non-stop. The following year, we took a 1975 Allegro 1500 Super, followed by a Rover 820 in 2006. We missed out on an event in 2007 but in 2008 it was the turn of a Skoda Felicia on the Czech Wrecks Rally.
Anyway, for 2011, the RatRod Rally looks the most promising. I’ve never been to Romania before but it looks like it’s going to be of great interest. I have no idea about a car yet, but my early thoughts are a knackered early Discovery. However, that will be a big ask for the maximum budget of £250. Mind you, having said that, they are out there and the search is very much on…
Of course, if you have a suitable car that you would like to see go out in style, do give us a shout. Equally, if you want to sponsor us, please get in touch as well. We’ll be announcing our charity early in 2011.
There’s not a great deal of information available on the Street Safari site, yet – but I’ll keep you posted. For the moment, I’ll post some links to our former Banger Rallies and hope that it inspires you to do the same… there’s nothing better than a driving caper in a truly crap car.
Here’s the Street Safari page:
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.