How to get the best out of Motoscape 2012

The Motoscape Banger Rally has been carefully improved year on year to really give participants a trip to remember. If you are one of the lucky ones who have your place confirmed, well done because the rally is now full.

In preparation for the rally, here are a few tips for you to really make the most of this fantastic event:

1. Choose your car wisely:
Think large, luxury gas guzzler versus compact simple and economical. If you want outright luxury then choose an old Jag or Mercedes and make sure you have deep pockets for the fuel though. Alternatively maybe choose a Ford Fiesta diesel or a smaller engine Japanese saloon such as an old Nissan Sunny, the fuel goes a lot further in these vehicles.

2. Decorating the car:
This is a great way to really feel part of the rally as most people make a fantastic effort from mock race cars, the General Lee, fury animals and more. We have seen a fantastic selection over the years (have a look at photos for inspiration).

Can you come up with something totally different, how far can you push the boundaries?

Winner of the best banger design gets £100 cash prize and the coveted title of “Banger of the Year 2012”. Please be aware though, sharp sticky out bits to the front of cars are not legal in most countries (think pedestrian safety) and external sirens are also not legal in Europe, so don’t have them on show unless you want unwelcome attention from the Feds!!!

3. Preparation is key:
Check the car thoroughly its going to get hammered constantly for at least 5 days up and down mountain passes and on the derestricted Autobahns in Germany.

Therefore breaks, clutch, gearbox and cooling systems need to be in tip top condition, driving up and then down the Stelvio pass is a completely different experience for both the driver and the poor old car to visiting your local supermarket for your weekly groceries!!!!!

4. Raising money for charity:
Many of the teams raise money for their own individual charities, both local and national. If you have a charity close to your heart why not raise some money for them!!! Send us an email with your story and we will feature on the website.

Most charities will give you help and support plus local newspapers / TV will generally love to cover your journey (if you require a Motoscape Banner for photo shoots, just let us know and we will send one by post completely free) all we ask is to send a copy of the article.

Here are a few ideas on raising money for charity…

a) Ask people to sign a table tennis type ball for a suitable donation, take all the balls in the car and ask somebody (maybe at the top of the Stelvio to pick one out and that person would receive a previously donated prize.)

b) Park in supermarket car parks (with suitable permission) and ask people to make a donation for signing the blank car call it modern art or just graffiti. It certainly gets the money flowing; one team raised over £5000 using just this method last year!

c) Ask local businesses in the car industry to donate car parts, accessories, tyres or general servicing. Other local businesses may be willing to give a cash donation in exchange for a banner bearing their name strategically located on the car.

d) Ask your employer if they would be willing to sponsor the car. Ask the local pub if you can take the car down on a busy day and ask people for sponsorship (always go when people have had a few beers, its amazing how much more willing they are to donate a few quid)

e) Friends, family, neighbours and work colleagues are always a good source of sponsorship particularly if you do a blog or regular Facebook updates so they can see your progress throughout the rally.

We hope this gives you some good ideas and tips on the build up to rally. Don’t forget, when the rally is taking place Motoscape will be doing daily blogs and facebook / twitter updates so make sure you get all your friends and family to follow us too so they can see how you’re doing on the rally!

We keep everyone updated during the course of the rally along with all the latest photographs showing all the action.

Any questions just call us on 0113 282 3181 or email us at [email protected], we are here to help!

Paul, Peter and Mark

The Motoscape Team

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