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BEN Mille Miglia Rally

BEN Mille Miglia Rally

In aid of BEN - The Automotive Industry Charity

BEN Mille Miglia Rally, England to Italy, 20th-29th June 2009

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Mille Miglia Memories

On Thursday 30 July, several participants of the 2009 Mille Miglia Rally met up at Town Thorns, BEN’s residential centre near Rugby.

Everyone enjoyed looking at photos from the trip and reminiscing about the fun they had had on the way. Certificates were presented to everyone present, lovingly personalised by the BEN Events Team.

Those present tell us their favourite memories of the trip (click view info to see their comments):


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Day 10 - France to England!

After taking a final team photo, everyone said their goodbyes and started their journey home.

Thanks to a heads up about delays on the Eurotunnel from those who arrived there earlier, Team BEN, Team AA and Team Anglia stopped for an additional coffee break. The BEN girls took this opportunity to start, what would be, the final water fight. They had the last laugh.

Glad to report that everyone arrived home safe and sound.


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Day 9 - Italy to France

SplugaWe left Bergamo on time (ish) and headed for Metz via Switzerland. We passed through the San Bernardino Pass with its beautiful views and stunning scenery, everyone was very impressed.

Team Honda took an alternative route experiencing the joys of the Spluga Pass, which Jonathon said was better than the Stelvio Pass.

We then stopped at Heidiland for lunch. Heidiland could teach the services in the UK a thing or two about serving food. There was a choice for every palate, all served fresh.

After lunch, the convoy split up and we went our separate ways. Once again, Laura decided to abandon Team BEN to join Team AA and experience some off-roading! A decision she came to regret when a water fight broke out and her team mate wasn’t there for back up, she lost heavily!

Team AA and Team Mini arrived at the hotel to the sound of “We are the Champions” being played, with the slowest vehicles being the first to arrive at the hotel.

Once everyone had arrived at the hotel, we all sat down to enjoy our last meal before heading home.

Spluga Pass


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Day 8

Our vehicles at FerrariTeam AA
After a fantastic night in Florence (What a city!!), Team AA educated Team Aston on the ways of the world and team Aston educated the AA on culture and history. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

We left the hotel on time to head to Maranello after Judy taking the odd wrong turn we arrived at the Ferrari factory. We arrived at the factory to a wonderful lunch provided by Ferrari then on to a tour of the museum. The museum has a great selection of classic and modern Ferraris. Team AA’s favourite was the 246 Dino. Nick took the chance to test drive the Team Honda’s ST1300, shortly after the heavens opened and we were advised by Nick that the AA’s Pan 1100 kept him dryer in the rain!!

We were stunned to see the guest appearance of the Stig, (Rumour has it was the infamous JJ Foster but we were unable to confirm this although a tash was seen) who promptly stole the keys to BEN’s Fiat 500, he then made a spirited show around the Ferrari car park much to the delight of the crowd assembled outside the museum. A lot of people were not sure of who or what the Stig was, but they were educated by the AA Team as to who Mr Shoemaker was (as revealed on Top Gear this week!!).

Team AA split for the afternoon with the slow side taking Ferrarithe Mille-Miglia route and the quicker vehicles (including team Tractor) enjoying a quick visit to Lake Garda. A light salad and ice cream lunch was taken and then back to the Hotel. The slower team took in an afternoon snack at a Chinese Italian snack bar where the language barrier fell apart again. Early night for the long haul to Metz via Switzerland.

Team Honda
Went in convoy up to Ferrari and had a great time looking at the wonderful cars. Afterwards, we left with Team Aston, Team Metro, and Team Porsche and went along the scenic Mille Miglia route, a minor glitch meant that the teams had to adjourn to a local pub to discuss progress, but with the help of a hugely gesticulating Italian lady, the correct route was found.

We had problems finding the hotel, which seem to disappear the closer we got to it. But in the end, despite the melted sat nav, we made it to the bar to much relief. Brilliant day riding, as always and thoroughly enjoyable. Particularly impressed by the speed of Team Metro, who very nearly exceeded the speed limit.

Team Anglia
The Stig with our AngliaAs would be expected, Team Anglia dressed for the visit to the Ferrari Museum by wearing Ford T-shirts. Team Anglia was successful in preventing the Stig from ragging the car around the car park, as he did with the Fiat. Team Anglia didn’t think he could cope with the power, as he is only used to minis.

Team Anglia are pleased with how the car is coping with the heat, as they previously experienced problems on the Russia trip. Much banter was had over the two-way radios with the AA Teams.

Team Metro
We had a great day, exceeded the speed limit to the shock of all the other teams. Sadly technology let team Metro down with no sign of Judy chasing the fault. Team Aston’s and Team Honda’s sat nav caused the team to resort to an old fashioned map. Miraculously, team Metro arrived at the Hotel with team Honda and Team Aston following the trusty Metro into the car park

Team DB4
Today was our day. Enzio momentarily rolled over in his grave, as the DB4 smoothly and elegantly rolled into the Ferrari Galleria. Our colleague’s blogs indicate the influence team DB4 had today.

Team Benfield
Arrived at enemy camp, Maranello, home of Ferrari. They’d even reserved parking right by the entrance to the Ferrari museum. Our afternoon comprised a wild good chase around Cremona, before motoring up to Brescia marking the end of the Mille Miglia. On to Bergamo for our overnight stop.


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Day 7 - Rome to Florence

CountrysideWe left Rome today in rush hour traffic. On the outskirts of the city we entered the countryside with excellent scenery and long windy roads, which the bikers enjoyed greatly. We stopped along the way at a lovely village for a coffee.

I decided to become an honorary member of Team AA and spent the rest of the day with Paul and Kevin. After a 15 minute break we returned to the roads to arrive in a nice Italian town, set within the old castle walls of Monteriggioni. We then continued to make our way to Florence and arrived at the hotel at 7pm, via a huge rainstorm.Florence at night

After dinner most of us went to the city centre to witness the stunning architecture and various landmarks, coupled of course with a cheeky beer or two. Strangely enough, the city had so much to offer that the beer was second best for a change! Plenty of photos were taken, we sampled some excellent live music and wandered along the river for a look at the unusual bridges.

The ralliersThree days left till we’re back, but in the meantime Team AA would like to say hello to the folks back home:

John F to Karen, Leanne and Todd.
Tony to Helen.
Brian to Sean and Shaz.
Nick to Ninja, Torres and Kato.
Sean to Brandon and Sue.
Paul to Carol and Nick.
Andy to Cameron.

We’ll see you all very soon!


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Day 6 – Roma!

The hillsWe headed for the hills on the way to Rome in the bright sunshine and clear blue skies.

En-route, we made a very brief stop to allow the slower ralliers to catch up (yes Paul, we’re talking about you!). This brief stop nearly turned into carnage as a full blown water fight ensued. The end result - a win for Team AA!

Shortly after this we found out that the hotel we were heading for was the wrong one - nice one Kelly! After the panic, we re-programmed our trusty Sat Navs and continued to Monteleone di Spoleta for a scheduled coffee break.Trevi Fountain

This break gave us the ideal opportunity to dry out and take in the stunning surroundings.

We continued to Rome in the heat of the day, it peaked at a very nice 33oC. One last break gave Laura (Team BEN) the opportunity to flirt with Team DB4 and blag a ride in the DB4 itself (a disappointment after riding shot gun in the Renault Traffic van).

As soon as everyone arrived at the hotel we went for a dip in the outdoor pool. It wasn’t long before Laura was thrown in twice (with little resistance).

The ColosseumIn the early evening we headed into Rome to take in the architecture and history of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Needless to say, no one was disappointed with what we saw. Trevi fountain was very impressive in an indescribable way! At 11pm it came alive! From there we trotted off to the Colosseum and yet again we were not disappointed.

All in all, a fab day!


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Day Five – Rimini to Spoleto

Spectacular sceneryTeam DB4

“A heavenly day! Leaving the hubbub of Rimini, the journey up to San Mario was a gem, with a wonderful winding, steep climb up to RSM. A quick expresso, and then the Aston was off into Umbria – roaring through stunning scenery, sunflower fields and vineyards. At a more leisurely pace, we squeezed through the narrow, medieval streets of Urbino and Spoleto. Locals, tourists and pigeons alike quickly scattered! Roma beckons; are the Vatican and St Peter’s Square ready for us?”

Team Mazda

“We were topless all day! We had a great time. San Marino was wow wow wow, when we got there after heavy traffic, road works and traffic lights. We took our time to get to Spoleto exploring the route on the way.”

Team Honda

Fiat 500 - old and new!“Today was the best day yet! We visited San Marino, sweated up and down hills in our leathers and ate a gelato. The road between San Marino and Urbino was fabulous. Beautiful scenery, great road surface, lots of lovely bends and no cars. Had a great pizza in Urbino, followed by a leisurely thrash to Spoleto. It was the perfect weather for biking.”

Team BEN

“Mike aka (Judy) sought revenge for our antics the previous day by arranging a 5:00am wake up call for us (score 2:2) – thanks Mike. Later in the day we managed to reunite our new Fiat 500 with an old acquaintance. We opted for a new team colour today and recruited another member; little did he know it was going to be pink (score 3:2 to BEN).”

Team BEN in the pink

Team Benfield

“The grand old dame (the car celebrated its 20th birthday recently and passed 155,000 miles during the course of the day) has started to suffer a little in the heat. We called the AA in San Marino for sunroof failure. Very embarrassed when they turned up and the roof closed first time. Some squeaks and squeals as we navigated the winding country roads between San Marino and Urbino straightening out some of the S-bends as we went. Sublime scenery!
We’re staying in what amounts to a modern art gallery this evening just outside the city walls of beautiful Spoleto – a really fun place!”

Team Anglia

“What a great drive it was from Rimini to San Marino, good weather, twisting roads and the Anglia purring along like a well oiled watch. We parked close to the castle and climbed flight upon flight of steps to where the cable car docks. The views were stunning so we decided to stay on for a couple of hours to take in all the sights. The drive down to Urbino was more like a white knuckle ride in places. A few kilometres before Urbino we caught up with the rest of the crew and tagged on to the convoy.”

Team AA

AA boys“We left Rimini in good time, except for Andy who was running a bit late. We’re not sure why, but the way he was running to the toilet we guessed he might have left his wallet in there. Kevin was at the wheel of the Landrover today, which shocked many locals as they could not see a driver until Tony passed over the booster cushion. The scenery was spectacular today, and the very tight bends and uneven road surfaces made interesting riding for Sean and Nick on the bikes. Brian and John in the Minivan wore their wigs for the last hour of the journey – the reasons for this are lost on the rest of us. Along the way we met a few AA members who wished us well on our journey. Tony and Kevin got straight to work on the Landrover and Ford Anglia when we arrived at the hotel, making a few checks in preparation for tomorrow.”


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Day Four - The Rally Begins!

rally-31Today was the official start of the Mille Miglia Rally. Kelly and Laura decided to mark the occasion by wearing Team Fiat colours. The day began with a visit to the Mille Miglia Museum which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Team tractor went in search of a front CV joint, and tried various dealers unsuccessfully to find the part required. They modified the Landrover in best AA tradition with a quality temporary repair. The Landrover is now a two wheel drive for the rest of the journey.

rally-11We all then headed across to Verona, one of Italy’s most beautiful cities, for a pit stop. There was lots to see and do, one of which was visiting the magnificent Roman Amphitheatre. Quite a few of us had difficulties trying to find the way out!

We all then made our way to our hotel in Rimini and were greeted by typical English weather, rain. We were not deterred and dipped our feet in the Adriatic Sea.


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Day Three – Switzerland to Italy

MountainsWe finally made it to Italy today, and experienced all four seasons along the way! The highlight of the day was definitely the Stelvio Pass, dubbed by Jeremy Clarkson as the best driver’s road in the world. Keep your eye out for the video footage of our ralliers conquering the 52 hair-pin bends, coming soon!

Team AA

We left the hotel in Davos on time (well most of us, with a few exceptions!) and headed for the Stelvio Pass. We started out in the rain, only to climb into the mountains for a snowball fight on the main road. ‘Team Tractor’ won with the most hits as the ‘Team Mini’ dared not get out of their car!!

Stelvio PassWe headed for the Stelvio Pass and stopped for a coffee at the panoramic rest stop 10 miles short. The weather changed every 10 minutes, we could have been Wales.

The Stelvio Pass was awesome - 52 hair-pin bends dropping from 2700m (ish) – and the radio banter between teams was as good as ever! Patrol Nick cooked the brakes on the Honda Pan European which needed a quick fix, and we struggled on with the Tractor about to lose its 4X4 capability due to a front CV joint about to let go.

We arrived at Lake Garda to good weather, stunning views and had ‘just one Cornetto’.

(Congrats to John’s boy Todd on passing his driving test, we have had a shandy to celebrate).

Stelvio PassTeam Mazda

Team Mazda, now known as Squadra Piuma in Italy, arrived topless as usual. They were amazed to experience all four seasons in one afternoon.

Team Metro

Team Metro found the Stelvio Pass very exciting and enjoyed driving through the meadows that reminded them of home. The Metro’s all round performance was far better than anyone could have imagined. They got lost in Brescia but were rescued by some local lads who invited them to follow their car and escorted them all the way back to the hotel (which Team Metro couldn’t find because the main driver refused to have a Sat Nav).

Team Anglia

Stelvio PassDespite the damp and cloudy start to the day Team Anglia were keen to take on the challenge of the Stelvio Pass. With Roy at the wheel they made the long uphill climb to the restaurant and after admiring the view and swapping drivers, they joined the queue of BEN ralliers and started on the descent. Although it was snowing reasonably hard at the top, by the time they had descended half way down, the weather had changed to bright sunlight and dry roads. Another change of drivers gave both of them the opportunity to experience the Stelvio Pass from both sides of the car.

After a further 3 hours, they arrived at Lake Garda and sampled the delights of Italian ice cream and wonderful scenery. A further two hours down the road and they arrived at the hotel in Brescia together with the AA lead van.

Team Honda

Team Honda made it successfully after having a false alarm with the radiator.

Lake GardaTeam BEN

We split up today – I went with Mike (aka Judy) and Laura went with Kevin (aka Mixie). While I was filming everyone’s descent down the Stelvio Pass, Mike decided to scare the living daylights out of me by attempting to push me off the mountain - all of which was caught on camera (keep your eye out for the video!).

I got my revenge at Lake Garda, where Mike nearly went for a swim. I, being the smarter one, was not caught on camera. Laura also came to my aid when she found out about Mike’s fear of lifts; she made him call at all floors on his way up to his room. End of day results: 2:1 to BEN.


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Day Two - France to Switzerland

Welcome to DavosWell, the route didn’t quite go to plan today as most of the team took a bit of a detour!

Team AA

The Harley is slowly but surely disassembling itself, mile by mile. The mini has developed a serious hatred for hills, at best, it managed 2 mph. We all went to McDonald’s to only have a coffee, just to annoy Laura (Team BEN) - this worked a treat. Recreated a scene from the Italian Job with a trailer.

Patrol Pete was taken hostage and cable tied to the front of the Fiat 500. He looks happier on the outside than the inside, due to the arguments about getting lost. The scenery is getting better and better and you get plenty of time to see it at Mini speed.

Patrol Pete

Team BEN

We borrowed Nick’s (Team AA) iPod for the day. We were very surprised at his choice of music. It wasn’t what we wanted, what we really really wanted! After making a wrong turn Laura’s map reading skills came in very handy and we were back on track. Laura’s tip of the day is “step into the map”. We very nearly ran out of fuel and had to call the AA for assistance!

Team Anglia

Team AngliaAfter a somewhat hesitant start (while I searched the Anglia for Roy’s passport) Team Anglia made their way to Davos. They elected to take the toll road to Strasbourg rather than take the scenic route that was laid out for them on the instructions. Good progress was made and they managed to cruise along merrily at 90 kph for hour after hour. Team Anglia managed to arrive at Davos at about 5.15pm and Roy, John and the car all breathed a sigh of relief.

Team DB4

Team DB4 arrived first after diverting through Germany! They said “Eat our dust”.

Team Mazda

Team Mazda arrived in traditional fashion again, however, they did decide to go topless.

Team Metro

Team Metro were very polite and allowed the Aston to come first.

Team Benfield

A leisurely day for the Likely Lads (Team Benfield) – possibly the only team to actually follow the planned route for the day. Coffee at the top of the Vosges mountains, pit stop in Mulhouse (awful place!), lunch in Basel, and a swift beer in Klosters, before following Team Anglia up the hill into Davos. It’s bleeding cold up here – only 7 degrees centigrade – call this summer?