2011 Day 3 – Koblenz to Feldkirch

Blurry vision and sore heads. That was how most of the people on the Motoscape Rally felt when they woke up this morning after a fantastic night at the wine festival. But after a quick shower and breakfast we all met up for the morning briefing ready to start the challenges on the beautiful River Rhine.

Today we were driving from Koblenz to Feldkirch in Austria which is approx 325 miles, and it’s one of the longer drives on the rally (which took its toll on some cars), but it gives teams plenty of chances to visit some amazing places. The sun was shining so first of all teams headed down the River Rhine to see the traditional villages and historic castles. Then some teams visited Baden Baden and the waterfall in Triberg. Other teams just headed for the Autobahn to be first at the hotel bar! Take a look at the scenic pictures (including some of our bangers!), you won’t be disappointed.

The teams trying their hardest to win this years rallies got to the hotel before 7pm to have their challenges checked, and congratulations to team Wrong Gear who were the winners for the day! An amazing effort from the guys to get to the hotel for 6.55pm considering they didn’t leave Koblenz until 11.30am as they had to have their brake pads changed. They got full points on the challenges, so their win and the £100 prize was thoroughly deserved!

It was another eventful day breakdown wise for some bangers. Fuel, Fire & Desire’s classic red kit car couldn’t be repaired unfortunately, so they took delivery of a nice shiny hire car in which to do the Stelvio Pass. It did however mean a rather late, after midnight, arrival at the hotel. Their traveling companions, Team Bayonet in the MR2 also suffered a terminal engine problem, but happily the breakdown cover came to the rescue once again.

Further car casualties were the Starship Enterprise team suffering a terminal oil leak in their rather nice Jag, and Veni Vermini Vomui’s Triumph 2000 also had engine problems but luckily both teams had breakdown cover  so are continuing the rally in a hire car. The Triumph will be fixed in Germany ready for the team to pick up on there way home.

Overall though there are still plenty of teams in the running for the cash prizes!

Happily there was better news for Three Birds in a Banger who managed to find a new brake cylinder, which was fitted by Ashley, Aiden and Jan, a big thank you to those three guys showing the rally spirit.

While some teams had problems with the cars, others had trouble reading a map! Both Team Gee and Team Reem had a long days driving and got back very late into the night.

Onto the evenings events, and Motoscape had organised a tasty meal for the teams in the hotels. It’s a great way for everyone to mix and get to know each other a bit better and have few authentic Austrian beers! We even made sure some food was saved for the teams getting in past 11pm!

After the meal some teams got an early night ready for the next day, others stayed in the hotel keeping the spirited atmosphere going and some even ventured into the Medieval town of Feldkirch to try out the bars down there!

It was another great night, and all everyone could talk about was the  forthcoming route for the next day, and getting themselves ready for the Stelvio Pass, one of the best driving roads in the world. Fingers crossed all the cars make  it!!!

2011 Day 2 – St Omer to Koblenz

After a great first day viewing all the bangers and meeting all the teams, it was time to get down to business. Today we were driving from St Omer to Koblenz in Germany and it was the first day of the challenges. We gave the morning briefing, distributed the challenges and information packs and the teams were on their way, with the majority working their route around visiting the famous Nürburgring!

The journey from St Omer to Koblenz is around 300 miles depending which route you take (with some bangers falling at the first hurdle, but we’ll get to that later) and the Nürburgring was the highlight of the day for many teams. Where in the world can you see a Masserati Gran Turismo and a Ferrari 360 next to a Banger Jeep designed as a dog, queueing to get on the Nurburgring, you guessed it, only the Motoscape Rally of course!

There was an amazing mix of Motoscape cars, rally cars and super cars, you could smell the adrenaline (or the petrol fumes might have just gone to our heads!) A lot of our teams took their pride and joys around the track (some numerous times) and had an exhilarating experience. Take a look below a small selection below with more coming soon:

While the Nürburgring was amazing for most teams, Sean and Tish from Fuel, Fire & Desire had a somewhat different experience. Their classic red kit car had an engine problem which caused an oil leak leaving oil all round the track, which in turn forced the closure of the complete Nürburgring, not many people can put that on their CV!

Their car wasn’t drivable after that and they had to leave it in the garage overnight (fingers crossed it gets fixed) and luckily the Three Musketeers and the Arthur Ant Hill Mob showed the rally spirit and gave them a lift to the hotel for a well earned drink!

Another banger that didn’t make it was Geoff and Tim’s BMW (Team V4 B4). They broke down on the motorway and the car was beyond repair. Maybe the old Beemer just wanted to end its days in its birthplace, Germany. Luckily they had European breakdown cover so they can continue the rally in luxury! A hire car!

4 Chavs in a Scooby and 3 Birds in a Banger have some other car problems, but looks like they will be able to get them fixed and carry on!

Back to the challenges, and between 5pm and 7pm the teams checked in at the hotel in Koblenz to see if they could make a flying start to the competition. A great effort by the teams who took on our tricky challenges, and congratulations to Team Gee and Macmillan Ricerocket 2 who tied on the most points to share the winnings on the daily prize, the drinks are on them in Feldkirch.

On to the nights proceedings, and each year we highly recommend visiting the traditional German town of Winningen for the final night of the annual Wine Festival, which the majority of the Motoscapers did.

The wine festival is a fantastic mix of live bands, traditional German food and drink, nightclubs and true mix of high spirited Germans, who really know how to party! It gave the teams a great chance to get to know each other, so thanks to all the teams for making it a great night.

The teams were getting into the spirit and dancing the night away in front of the live band, and showing the locals how it’s done!

The evening is further enhanced by what can only be described as an absolutely spectacular firework display. There is no way that words can describe how amazing these fireworks are. Everyone was blown away and the feedback from the teams was incredible.

The teams that came down to wine festival might have sore heads in the morning, but it was a night they won’t forget in a hurry. Check out the pics for an insight into part time in in Germany!

Day 2 was an eventful one, and everyone seemed to have a really good time. 2 bangers down (but the participants still taking part in the rally), 52 teams to go, lets hope everyone makes it to Feldkirch in one piece tomorrow!

2011 Day 1 – St Omer

Wow, wow, wow! What an incredible start to the 2011 Motoscape Rally. This is the most teams we’ve ever had and some of the most amazing bangers we’ve ever seen. The sun was shining and teams were buzzing as people congregated in the car park to register, get their freebies and stand in awe at the glorious vehicles!

We’ll get to all the bangers in a minute, but first of all the coveted title of Banger of the Year! It was a first this year, as it was a tie. Congratulations to Wrong Gear and Barking Mad, and excellent effort guys, well deserved.

Now for the rest of the pack, words can’t describe the bangers, so take a look at a selection below:

Here’s just some of the highlights from day 1 of the rally……….

This year’s bangers of the year winners. A great effort for the fancy dress teams, especially The Teenage Mutant Turtles, The Batmobile, Three Musketeers and many more. When You Wish Upon a Car’s hand painted Disney bonnet, the famous black taxi from the Ant Hill Mob, Teem Reem’s hand painted acrylic car, the Triumph and of course… The 27 Club Trippers risqué theme! A big big thank you to everyone and all your efforts.

Last night saw everyone go to the town square in St Omer for a bite to eat and  a few drinks (a few too many drinks for some teams!) It was a great night with all the teams getting to know each other, making a fantastic start to what’s going to be an awesome rally!  Roll on Koblenz

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Pre-Rally Build Up

Hey everyone, hopefully your all prepared for the experience of a lifetime, as the 2011 Motoscape Banger Rally starts in just over 2 weeks!

Here at Motoscape HQ, we can’t believe how quickly this year’s rally has come round. It doesn’t seem like 2 minutes since we were enjoying the first beer in St Omer 12 months ago.

We hope all your preparation is going to plan and can’t wait to see your motoring masterpieces! If you can’t wait till the 3rd of September to show off your banger, why not post it on the facebook page for all to see!

Everyone should have had their pre-rally packs via email now, if you haven’t just email us at contact@motoscape-rally.co.uk, but here’s a few essentials you need for the rally:

  • Your passports
  • Driving Licenses for all those planning on driving
  • Insurance certificate to cover all those drivers
  • Valid test certificate (MOT)
  • A sense of humour :)
  • Some spending money for the trip
  • A digital camera & computer lead / memory card reader (important for challenges)
  • A Sat Nav (with Europe enabled) or detailed European road maps
  • And most importantly of all, your team and your car!

If you’ve got a website / blog or facebook page for your team,  feel free to email it over to us and we can put the link under your team name on the teams page – https://www.motoscape-rally.co.uk/teams.asp

This year we are going to be updating the website constantly with updates from the rally. Every day there will be a blog on the latest rally news, challenges, leader boards, photos and general daily goings on.

If your friends and family want to keep up to date with the rally, point them in the direction of our facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MotoscapeBangerRally

This will be the main hub for all the latest news & photos with instant updates to their news feeds so pass it on.

We want this years rally to be the best one yet and we hope you are all as excited as we are!

The Motoscape Team will be at the Etap Hotel in St Omer from 11am on Saturday 3rd September ready for registration!

Look forward to meeting you all

Paul, Peter and Mark
The Motoscape Team

Designing the Ultimate Banger

One of our favourite things about running the Motoscape Banger Rally is seeing the variety of cars and wacky themes. The car designs get better and better each year so for 2011 we want to see the BEST THEMES YET! After the famous Moonraker James Bond car of 2010, the stakes have been raised for 2011. Don’t forget, there’s a £100 prize on offer for the best banger, plus the kudos of being voted the best banger by fellow “Motoscapers”!

So, how do you decide on a theme for your banger this year? Well here are a few ideas to get you going…

Cartoon Characters: Everybody has a favorite cartoon or character and this has been a popular choice in previous years. So whether it’s Scooby Doo, Mickey Mouse or Buzz Lightyear, your car will be memorable spectacle throughout Europe. Combining car design with fancy dress always works well, could it be our first year for a Simpson’s theme???

Animals: Cars based on animals are always eye catching and distinctive, particularly good if you are raising money for an animal based charity. There’s plenty out there to choose from so the sky’s the limit and the furrier the better!

Action Heroes: Cars based on action heroes are my personal favourite! Think of all those childhood and modern day heroes. From James Bond, Batman, Superman Spiderman or the Ghostbusters the choices are vast and cars can look really impressive as we saw last year. For any nostalgic entrants out there, we think an early 90’s WWF Wresting theme would look great!

Abstract: Trying to think out of the box for an idea to make your car the best for 2011? Just follow your instinct and the £100 best decorated car prize could be yours.

A memorable guy who did exactly this was in 2008 when John from South Yorkshire was having his house plastered he asked his plasterer, Bill, for ideas in decorating his banger. Bill came up with the idea of artexing the whole car, here’s the result, you couldn’t make it up!

We hope this gives all the teams something to think about, and it’s not too late to change your team name if you want to create a new theme. Just email us at contact@motoscape-rally.co.uk for any questions or advice!

We can wait to see the cars in September – good luck everyone and get your creative caps on!

The Motoscape Team