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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

Posts Tagged ‘teams’


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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 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 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?


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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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