Do Something Different

One of our previous Motoscape entrants has been kind enough to write a quick blog for us on their take on the rally and doing something different, have a read below…

Bored, fed up and wanting to do something different? This was me in 2010!

I did the usual, surfing the net looking for ideas, but all I could find was the usual fun runs, coast to coast bike ride, hiking the Pen-y-ghent 3 peaks etc. or to the extreme of raising £5000 plus to go on a trip rafting the Zambezi (I know from previous fundraisers this takes an enormous amount of time)!

However, after a chance conversation with a work colleague I discovered the Motoscape Banger Rally. My colleague had already signed up for the 2010 rally to Prague and listening to his enthusiasm about the event, I did a bit more research, saw how amazing it looked, and decided this could be just the thing for me.

I managed to get a good mate to join me and 3 days later we had signed up for the Prague rally. Four weeks later we persuaded a local car dealer to donate a free car! He is a regular in our local pub, and it took a few pints to get him to agree to it, but it saved us buying a car!!

The car was, in our eyes anyway, a machine of beauty… L reg Vauxhall Cavalier 2.00 GL, petrol with a respectable 122,000 miles on the clock and in all round good condition, but with no MOT. Because we obtained the car for free, having no MOT wasn’t a big issue. So, we had the car checked and then MOT’d for a total cost of £216 and it was ready to roll.

We decided to raise money for our local cancer charity, so we did a ring round local businesses and pestered work colleagues and managed to get sponsorship of £1826.28 – a good effort I thought!!

That was it, car ready, sponsorship received and a few quid for petrol and beer money in our pockets and we ready for the rally!! Here’s hoping we will make it to the end…

The Result
The old cavalier became our best friend and (apart from a puncture) behaved impeccably, we even took in on the Nurburgring and it was AWESOME!!! Best experience ever!

We met some amazing people on the rally (and some even more amazing bangers!), and all in all I can say we had the best time ever, 7 countries in 7 days, highly recommended. I think I have now officially caught the banger rally bug, and next year I am thinking of doing it in an old Jag, can’t wait to see that perform on the Autobahn and the Nurburgring.

In my opinion, if you are looking for a real adventure at a reasonable cost, where you can have loads of fun while at the same time raising money for a great charity, then this is definitely the event for you. I will never do a fun run again!!

I also just want to say thanks to the organisers, Paul, Pete and Mark, we had a fantastic time, hope you can top this next year and I will be signing up for the improved route and might even bring the misses this time as she’s always wanted to visit Venice!


2009 Team Busy Bee’s in Yorkshire Evening Post

Motoscape Banger Rally in Yorkshire Evening PostEarlier in September, one of the teams from the Krakow Rally, “Busy Bee’s” were featured in the Yorkshire Evening Post, prior to their trip on the Motoscape Rally!

Here’s an excerpt from the interview, but you can read and listen to the full interview on the Yorkshire Evening Post wesbite here.


Leeds ‘bumble bee’ police trek across Europe

Published Date: 11 September 2009
By Jo Francisco

THREE motorists who are gearing up to nail seven countries in seven days is an ambitious mission in itself. Even more so when it’s in a clapped-out old Peugot 106 worth £50 which has been resprayed to resemble a bumble bee.

West Yorkshire bobbies Simon Ellis, 36, and Matthew Wilkinson, 28, have taken on the challenge along with vehicle technician Craig Brooksbank, 23.

The trio will be buzzing across Europe in a bid to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust after joining forces with a Guiseley nursery.

Simon told the YEP:” We are all used to helping people – Matthew and I are police officers and we thought wouldn’t it be good to do something to help? We approached a local nursery and asked if they had a charity they raised money for and theirs is Cystic Fibrosis Trust.”


If you’re taking part in one of our banger rallies next year to raise money for charity and are looking for a way to raise awareness about what you are doing, as the Busy Bee’s have proved, getting in touch with your local paper is a great way to let people know!