Industry charity Rainy Day Trust has partnered with VADO to run a banger rally, which kicked off successfully yesterday.
The event involves purchasing a cheap and cheerful car (with a maximum value of £500) and driving it from the UK to Monte Carlo, travelling through eight countries.
With 37 cars taking part, the trip runs over four days, starting in Charleroi in Belgium, before driving through Luxembourg to Freiburg in Germany and Como in north-west Italy and finishing in Monte Carlo. The teams then drive on to Nice for an awards dinner
Throughout the rally, the teams will have a series of challenges to complete and all four days will be spent in fancy dress. Points will be awarded for challenges completed successfully, quality of fancy dress, and age and engine size of the car purchased (the older and more dilapidated the car, the more points it gets).
Rainy Day Trust ceo Bryan Clover said today (Friday September 16): “We’ve just arrived at the start point for day one of the VADO Rally and all looks good. All 37 cars made it safely across the Channel to Charleroi in Belgium, despite a couple of punctures and mishaps. We had a great first night in Charleroi getting to know everyone. We are now on our way to Namur for the start point of the first day’s challenges. Yesterday’s fancy dress of cowboys has been put away; we are ‘freestyle’ today, as RAF pilots. The old flying uniform still fits – just!” He added: “Good luck to all the teams and see you in Freiburg tonight.”
Each car is targeted with raising money for the Rainy Day Trust and many companies from the industry are sponsoring the teams, in what promises to be a major event for the charity.
Rainy Day Trust operates across three sectors (builders merchants, DIY & hardware and housewares & tabletop) which have a combined turnover of more than £50billion and employ close to 500,000 people.
Bryan will be presenting the award to the team that raises the most money for the Trust.
To sponsor the Rainy Day Trust car, visit the Just Giving page at