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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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Meet the Likely Lads

Mark Squires, CEO of Benfield Motor Group and Warren Barnett, Managing Partner of Browne Smith Baker Architects make up The Likely Lads, who will be taking part in this year’s Mille Miglia Rally to raise money for BEN.mark-squires-2

Both are based in Newcastle upon Tyne and are in their early 40s. Mark enjoys real tennis and jazz piano while Warren like nothing better than fishing for salmon on the Tyne.

Mark and Warren will be making their way around Italy in a recently refurbished Porsche 928 S4. They are both looking forward to cruising through the alps and visiting the fabulous Italian towns and cities on the perfect lad’s trip.

The Likely Lads are taking part in the rally to support BEN at a time when funding the industry’s charity has become more difficult and they hope to raise an impressive £4,500 in total.


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Nick Evers AA Patrol

My name is Nick Evers and I am one of the AA Patrolmen taking part in this year’s BEN Mille Miglia Rally. I will be riding a 1994 Honda ST1100 Pan European which was a London AA Patrol bike until 2001. I restored it to its former glory in 2006 and you can see the fruits of my labour in these images.

Nick Evers and the 1994 Honda ST1100 Pan European

I am 43 years old with two wonderful children; Andrew who is 14 and Katie, 11. I have been an AA Patrolman in the Wolverhampton area for the past 14 years and won AA Patrol of the Year in 2005. I love motorcycling, gigs and golf and hold a season ticket for my beloved Wolves FC.

BEN has been one of the AA’s chosen charities for many years now and is such a worthwhile cause. I’m really looking forward to riding through some of the world’s nicest scenery. It will be a real challenge to get all our historic vehicles to the finish line; there’ll probably be a few rolling repairs on route but also some wonderful team spirit and camaraderie.

Pre rally maintenance!
Pre rally maintenance!

The AA Team have raised thousands for BEN in the past and I can’t wait to see how much we manage this year!


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The Other Half of Team Anglia

I’m Roy and I make up the other half of Team Anglia. We had a brilliant time on the Trafalgar to Red Square Rally back in 2007, so when I heard about BEN’s Mille Miglia Rally I couldn’t wait to sign up.

It’s going to be a challenging trip, especially driving our 1964 Ford Anglia Super through the mountains of Italy. Then again, we managed to make it through seven countries in 10 days on the last rally, so I’m sure it’ll be a doddle!

Team Anglia

My background is in the hometown of Ford, Dagenham. Both my father and grandfather worked at Ford and also, for a while, so did my gran! In fact I still have the original 105e Anglia that my family purchased direct from the factory in 1960.

In 1976 I took up a ‘Snap-On Tools’ franchise and ran that for 24 years, with a further six years as an independent with ‘Cornwell Tools’. In 1978 I was in partnership with a friend running a Speedworth hot-rod for a couple of seasons. This was as a direct result of having both Barry Lee and the engineers at Burton Power as customers - and it was back then I first met John. And the rest, as they say, is history!

I now work at Burton Power and am enjoying new challenges with a much respected motorsport company.

If anyone out there is interested in taking part in the BEN Mille Miglia Rally – it’s not too late! Just give the Events Team a call on 01344 294720 or email eventsteam@ben.org.uk for more information. It will be a challenge, a laugh and a great way to raise money for BEN.


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Team Anglia Take on the Challenge

My name is John Bowers and I am one half of Team Anglia.  I work as a Consultant Engineer and by the time we set off on the Mille Miglia rally I will be 61.  My interests include reading, listening to classical music, clay pigeon shooting, travel, pub quizzes, scuba diving and, in more recent years, messing around with old cars!

Our vehicle is a 1964 Ford Anglia Super which Roy and I have modified by fitting a 1600GT engine, disc brakes, custom built Cobra seats and various other updated or specially built parts; gifts from companies supporting our efforts for BEN.  Ford Motor Company has sponsored our entry while Burton Power provided us with invaluable material and moral support.

Team Anglia on the 2007 Trafalgar to Red Square Rally

I have been a supporter of BEN since I first went to the RMIF Annual Dinner in 1994.  It is true to say that had I not picked up a pamphlet for the Trafalgar Square to Red Square Rally for BEN in 2006, Team Anglia would never have even existed!  I certainly would never have considered driving a 43 year old car across seven countries in ten days so it just shows what getting involved with BEN can do for you!

I am really looking forward to the challenge of driving through the mountains in Switzerland and Italy and the camaraderie that builds between the crews and support personnel.  I can’t wait to get away from the daily toil for ten days and do something positive that will impact on the lives of those who are, for various reasons, less fortunate than I.

To anyone who is thinking about signing up I would advise them to seek out a kind-hearted sponsor and get your entry in ASAP.  You certainly won’t regret it and you will never have experienced anything quite like it: 3,000 miles in ten days and, to top it all off, you get the chance to drive around the definitive rally route for a wonderful cause!

Find out more about Team Anglia at www.Team-Anglia.com


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Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'Europe/Berlin' for 'CET/1.0/no DST' instead in /homepages/34/d278744955/htdocs/benmillemiglia/wp-includes/functions.php on line 50

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'Europe/Berlin' for 'CET/1.0/no DST' instead in /homepages/34/d278744955/htdocs/benmillemiglia/wp-includes/functions.php on line 52

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'Europe/Berlin' for 'CET/1.0/no DST' instead in /homepages/34/d278744955/htdocs/benmillemiglia/wp-includes/functions.php on line 54

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'Europe/Berlin' for 'CET/1.0/no DST' instead in /homepages/34/d278744955/htdocs/benmillemiglia/wp-includes/functions.php on line 55

Strict Standards: mktime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'Europe/Berlin' for 'CET/1.0/no DST' instead in /homepages/34/d278744955/htdocs/benmillemiglia/wp-includes/functions.php on line 41

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'Europe/Berlin' for 'CET/1.0/no DST' instead in /homepages/34/d278744955/htdocs/benmillemiglia/wp-includes/functions.php on line 50

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'Europe/Berlin' for 'CET/1.0/no DST' instead in /homepages/34/d278744955/htdocs/benmillemiglia/wp-includes/functions.php on line 52

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'Europe/Berlin' for 'CET/1.0/no DST' instead in /homepages/34/d278744955/htdocs/benmillemiglia/wp-includes/functions.php on line 54

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'Europe/Berlin' for 'CET/1.0/no DST' instead in /homepages/34/d278744955/htdocs/benmillemiglia/wp-includes/functions.php on line 55

Andy & Andrea from the AA

We talk to Andy and Andrea about taking part in the BEN Mille Miglia: