August 7 2013

Following the success of its inaugural motorcycle rally, BEN, the automotive industry charity, set riders a new challenge in 2013. Always set to be a spectacular route through the Alps to the famous Stelvio Pass, the event became more remarkable after a sudden overnight snowfall left riders needing snowploughs and shovels to continue.

From the white cliffs of Dover to the white peaks of Italy 17 riders, including an AA support team, came together for a memorable experience which more than lived up to expectations and guarantees interest in the 2014 Rally. Next year's route and dates will be announced in the near future.

In total the riders covered 1,400 miles in four days on a variety of bikes, new and not so new, including a 20 year old Suzuki. After the rally, Simon Herbert from Honda commented: 'Back safely. Thanks for organising a great trip for such a good cause. Had a ball and met some lovely people. Thanks again to you and the team at BEN and the AA.'

Kelly Neal, Events and Exhibitions Manager at BEN said: 'Encouraged by positive feedback from all participants, the BEN Motorcycle Rally looks like being a major fundraising event on our calendar for years to come. Perhaps we will stay well below 3,000 metres next year though!'

'It is vitally important that BEN is recognised as a charity that supports the entire automotive industry which, of course, includes motorcycles and all allied trades.' she added.