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BEN Mille Miglia Rally » France

BEN Mille Miglia Rally

In aid of BEN - The Automotive Industry Charity

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

Posts Tagged ‘France’


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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 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?


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Day One

We kicked off the rally yesterday after months of anticipation! It was a long first day with a very early start from Folkestone as we headed for the Eurotunnel. We all arrived safe and sound in Metz around 18.30 (Team AA arrived last, despite having Sat Nav!) Here’s an update on how each team made it through day one:

Team AngliaTeam Anglia did better than they did back in 2007 (BEN Trafalgar to Red Square Rally) - they completed day 1 without losing their exhaust! However they did have a small problem with a cat…

The cat then hitched a ride with Team Metro - their tip of the day is “don’t follow Team Anglia”! Fellow ralliers beware!

Team Metro

Team BENTeam BEN nearly had to be towed due to misplacing their keys. Usual story of one blames the other - in this case, I was to blame!

Team HondaTeam Honda made it with no dramas, but did get a little wet.

Team AATeam AA started the day on a continental breakfast, in England! Where was the full English?? Within just 30 minutes of arriving in France, Team AA had already lost two key members (John and Brian) who decided to head to Dusseldorf.

Thankfully, we were all reunited by mid morning. An AA representative said “the rest of the morning was uneventful!”

After lunch we had a change of drivers/riders. The mini was still no faster with a lighter driver.

The Harley Davidson has been renamed ‘YMCA’ due to its effeminate rider!

Team DB4Team Benfield, aka “The Likely Lads”, persevered through the day with no air conditioning, necessitating a detour into Luxembourg centre to find the nearest bar for a swift, cool beer. They had good fuel economy from their 5 litre V8 – only one mile per gallon less than Robert & Rosie’s Metro, apparently!

Team MazdaTeam DB4 opened the toolbox for the first time today and very much hoping it is the last time! Not getting lost, nor being late, makes it a very successful day!

Team Mazda arrived safe and sound.

All in all, a fantastic first day!

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