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Team 40 (664 the neighbour of the beast)

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Hi! This is the page of the finest team in this years ramshackle rally, '664 the Neighbour of the Beast'!

If you're thinking this looks like a thinly disguised excuse for a bunch of guys to get trolleyed up Gumball/Cannonball Run style through Europe, frankly, you're half right. We have a vehicle that cost us a princely sum of £120 and are one of 115 teams each with their own theme competing in this year's Dover-Valencia Ramshackle Rally. (

We've pimped our ride up in a Tiger style, and will be wearing 'Safari Hunter' outfits, so now all we have to do is drive this thing to Valencia. Sound too easy?

That's Spain...via France, Italy and Monaco! It's over 1,500 miles with a few obstacles between us and the chequered flag such as, The Alps, Border Patrols, Lee's driving and a fair bit of Cabin Fever, not to mention having to sell a kidney or two on the way to pay for petrol... Oh, and did anyone mention the 'daily challenges' we have to do on the way? Whatever they are?!

Anyway, rather than just have drunken mindless fun at the stopover parties, we're also raising some money for the Anthony Nolan Trust, who do fantastic work providing donors for people in need of bone marrow transplants (as well as research into these transplants), so if you haven't already, please visit and give generously (remember to tick the Gift Aid Box).

To follow our progress, revisit this page frequently between Thu 20th and Tue 25th August, for live updates on who's just let one off in the car, or who's fallen over drunk first, or even if we made it to our daily location.

Jas (Brains), Dan (Danimal), Wayne (Slugger) & Lee (Rod Street)

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Rally update & day 2 start

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Apart from Dan (todays driver) we're all nursing sore heads from last nights beer. Last night was hilarious meeting up with all the other teams, plus met loads of friendly locals and tourists interested in what we were all up to.

One guy in another team swam across the canal for charity, brave guy, i thought the swans were gonna get him! Although the brave award goes to the team that turned up in towels, bathrobes, slippers and showercaps!

Yesterdays challenge ended well, with us getting 239 points in 'car snooker'. The only colour car to elude us was pink!

As mentioned on a previous post, we went into switzerland yesterday, and stopped in geneva to say hi to one of Dan's mates. We ended up parked in the red light district, it took a lot of effort stopping Rod Street doing what Rod does best, but we didn't have 30 seconds spare to let him.

So on to today, where we're blogging this on the move, headed for San Remo, but going the scenic route through the Alps. The scenery is already spectacular. More photo's later!...
22nd Aug 2009, 08:43   comments (0)

The food here sucks

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21st Aug 2009, 21:33   comments (2)

Beer time!

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The location for this evenings events in Annecy.
21st Aug 2009, 19:31   comments (0)

view from the road

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we're closing in on switzerland and seeing some wonderful views. car's running well so far!
21st Aug 2009, 15:39   comments (0)

Off the motorways

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We decided to get off the toll roads and head for Geneva. Still missing pictures of yellow, brown and pink cars.
21st Aug 2009, 14:32   comments (0)

Still tired?!?!?

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Brains is preparing for his stint behind the wheel by sleeping some more... I wonder what he did last night :-)
21st Aug 2009, 13:04   comments (2)


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Brains is taking a nap while the rest of us are hunting for cars of specific colours to take pictures of as part of today's car snooker challenge.
21st Aug 2009, 09:33   comments (2)

...and we're off!

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We left at 8:30am on the dot. Met up with all the other teams, and wow, some of these cars are amazing! Now we're en route to Reims where we'll be stopping for lunch, breaking up our 8 hr drive.
21st Aug 2009, 08:06   comments (2)