We all love the idea of taking part in a Top Gear type challenge, so when the opportunity arose to be part of the Farnham Banger Rally we jumped at it. The Wreck and Rouen charity run is simple: buy a car for maximum £350, make sure it is legal and roadworthy then drive it from Surrey to Dover, ferry to Calais, drive to Paris, Le Mans, Rouen and then back to Blighty over a 4 day period at the end of August. The planned route includes 3 nights camping and a series of challenges along the way. Technics are a headline sponsor and Chairman Graham Mills decided to enter a car with a friend. After a considerable search, which included turning down a few cars where the price tag of £350 was just too high (!), we found a suitable 1995 Jaguar Sovereign Sport. The car has had one careful owner followed by several that clearly could not care less, however we were sold on the fact that it came with full leather, air con, an electric aerial and a cassette player… Mechanically it appears to be sound and we figured that the large areas of rust would hopefully polish out.
In the spirit of making it a little more British and to hide the aforementioned rust our good friends at Signseen took a break from signwriting Technics’ vans and donated the covering of the Jag with a subtle wrap.
So the fun bit is getting the car and then, hopefully, successfully driving it to France and back, the important bit is the charities that will benefit. Two very worthy causes have been chosen: Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham and Step by Step an Aldershot based young persons homeless charity.
The car is fully financed by us so all money raised goes straight to the charities. On top of the corporate sponsorship we are trying to raise as much as possible, it would be great if you would like to put a few pounds in the pot, please go to HERE to donate. Many thanks.
For more information about the event take a look HERE . As the event progresses we will provide updates via Twitter on @TechnicsGroup and hopefully update the blog in September with the news that we and the car successfully made the journey.