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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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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 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 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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John & Roy from Team Anglia

We talk to John and Roy about taking part in the rally, their Ford Anglia and what BEN means to them:


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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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Andy & Andrea from the AA

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


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1963 AA Minivan Joins BEN on the Rally

AA Minivan

Not only are we being joined by a number of employees from The AA who are taking part in the BEN Mille Miglia Rally, they’re also bringing along a 1963 AA Minivan!

The AA started using Minivans in 1962, and by 1965 they were the standard issue patrol vehicle. Until the early 1970s Minivans were used in their thousands, but genuine ex-AA Minivans are now extremely rare.  Which is why we’re so excited that The AA are bringing one along for the Rally!

In fact they’ll be driving the same Minivan that took part in our Trafalgar to Red Square Rally in 2007, which raised over £25,000 for BEN.  You can view the photos on Flickr.

This particular Minivan was first registered in March 1963, and is powered by the ubiquitous 850cc A-series engine. It’s one of a huge batch of consecutively-registered Minivans which appeared in a publicity film, being driven in convoy past AA and Austin top brass at the Longbridge factory prior to delivery.

AA Minivan

It was used as a patrol vehicle in the Midlands until retirement, when it was put into storage. In 1984 the Minivan was fully restored to roadworthy condition, and remained so until the late 1990s, when it was put on display with other AA vehicles at the Milestones Museum in Basingstoke. It has since been restored again by Bristol patrols Steve Neath and Nick Kirman and is regularly used at shows around the country.