Belper team to attempt Monte Carlo rally challenge

A team of brave Belper motorists are hoping to reach Monte Carlo in a souped up �500 car for charity this summer.
A team of brave Belper motorists are hoping to reach Monte Carlo in a souped up �500 car for charity this summer.

A team of Belper fundraisers are to compete in a cross-continental driving rally for charity in one of the most clapped out cars they can find.

Dan Levy will lead a team of local residents motoring through Europe for the Monte Carlo or Bust Rally on the weekend of June 16-18.

The 1,000 mile route will take in some of Europes most spectacular roads.

The 1,000 mile route will take in some of Europes most spectacular roads.

They will be driving one of 75 cars in the event, all purchased on one condition—that they cost £500 or less.

The rally is inspired by the 1969 comedy film of the same name starring Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Tony Curtis.

Speaking in the character played by Terry-Thomas, spokesman Cuthbert Ware-Armitage said: “I am delighted that a team from Belper are joining us on Europe’s ultimate banger rally adventure.

“This is a brilliant opportunity to have an amazing driving experience in one of the worst cars from Belper.”

Their route will take them to the south of France via Switzerland and Italy, completing a variety of challenges along the way to score points and prizes.

The three-day crusade will see the bangers visit some of Europe’s most exciting locations and experience spectacular roads with backdrops of sun, sea, sand and snow.

Covering more than 1,000 miles, sights will include the Champagne region, Torino motor museum, the dizzying heights of St Bernard’s Pass and beautiful Lake Geneva.

Only minor mechanical support is provided to teams, meaning they mostly travel on a wing and a prayer.

The route ends with the infamous twists and turns of the Monaco Formula 1Grand Prix circuit, before the weekend wraps up with a glamorous casino party.

Previous participants have raised more than £300,000 for UK charities since the event began in 2013.

Registration for the event is still open. For more information, visit www.bustrallies.com.