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

What’s new for the 2011 Motoscape Rally

After the amazing 2010 banger rally this year and fantastic feedback from fellow “Motoscapers” we have added even more to the itinerary for 2011!

Firstly we are now finishing the 5 day rally in Bologna, which saves on fuel, Italian toll roads and 1 hours less driving, giving you a extra time & money to sample some fine Italian beers and take a look round the city!

Bologna is a beautiful and exciting city with a fantastic array of cafe bars and night clubs situated around the stunning central square of Piazza Maggiore. Bologna has the oldest university in the western world, with a large student population making up one fifth of the city’s inhabitants. If you like to party, Bologna is the place for you!

The Bologna stop over also allows teams to have more time to visit the Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati museums which are all nearby. These are an absolute must for car fanatics and at the Ferrari base at Maranello you can pay to drive a vast array of Ferrari’s for yourself (worth every penny in my view) and heres the best bit, prices start from just 40 Euros!!!

Another advantage of visiting Bologna is that it allows extra time to for the teams pushing onto Prague to visit Venice en-route. If you have never visited this famous city, it’s certainly worth taking the time out to do so. Venice needs no introduction and has so much to offer from the famous St Mark’s square and Gondolas to the fabulous array of restaurants serving the best in Italian cuisine.

The Motoscape Rally, is a banger rally that truly offers something different for everyone. You can choose to spend your days on the roads exploring every nook and cranny of each country, taking in the beautiful views and landscapes or if you get your competitive side in gear for the rally you could take home one of the fantastic cash prizes! Alternatively just come along for the drive and party with the other “Motoscapers”, sampling local food, beers and wines until the early hours, it is a week that you can’t experience anywhere else, and one you will never forget!!

Registration is open now for the 2011 Motoscape Rally, click here to register today!