November 27 2013.

The annual Bangers4BEN Rally had a particularly Teutonic feel this year as 27 eye-catching old cars driven by teams in extreme fancy dress attempted the 1,000-mile round trip to the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart; having started, fittingly, from the Porsche Cars GB Offices in Reading. The event takes place in support of BEN, the automotive industry charity.

For the, as yet, uninitiated, Bangers4BEN requires individual entrants to buy a car for no more than £500, paint or decal their car, adopt fancy dress and, having completed the Rally, sell it at auction to raise as much money as possible. This year the sale of all vehicles netted an impressive £9,030, together with additional donations from Aston Barclay and team fundraising. Some unusual cars are now owned by members of the public.

As ever, the generous support of the AA proved to be invaluable, especially as two of the cars might otherwise have failed even to reach the Eurotunnel – on the outbound journey! In fact two flat tyres and a broken wheel might have eliminated one team had it not been for the combined effort and determination needed to replace the wheel and continue to Germany.

The remainder of the Rally was no less eventful; a crash delay (thankfully not one of the entrants) on the Autobahn, trip to the Stuttgart Beer Festival and a passenger lap of the Nurburgring in a Subaru BRZ made for a memorable four days; perfectly summed up by one team member as ‘Fantastic time, can’t wait until next year, the day after felt like Boxing Day!’

Bangers4BEN is held in conjunction with Car Dealer Magazine; James Batchelor, the editor of the magazine commenting: ‘This was the fifth year of the Bangers4BEN Rally and in terms of both sheer fun and fundraising, it was one of the best yet. Overall, we managed to raise a staggering £17,532.18 for the BEN charity fund – a brilliant effort by everyone involved.’