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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. (www.ramshacklerally.com)

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 http://www.justgiving.com/664 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.

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


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Well, sort of.

We made the front page of the local papers website, could be in the paper too.

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Any translations welcome...
24th Aug 2009, 09:19  

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Sue Mather says:

Nice picture,!!

24th Aug 2009, 09:43

Tim says:

Okay, I'll have a go...

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MADMEN AT THE WHEEL SET OFF IN THE PRINCIPALITY [i.e. Monaco]

/Disguised as Lego people or musketeers, the group of students puts on a show at every stop./

One car covered in bits of Lego, four musketeers piling out of another; here, the Ramshackle Rally was passing through the Principality. A group of happy yobs, nicely lit up [?!], who are travelling between England - they passed through Calais - and Valencia in Spain.

The visit of this strange squad caused a bit of a stir yesterday on the Pont Hercule. The happy campers [that'll do - had to dig around on the Web to find that "joyeux drille" is an old-fashioned expression for "game for a laugh"] stopped for a rest, making the tourists on the quayside smile and take souvenir pictures.

There are 114 of them in the race, although it's not really a race. Let's call it a challenge instead: they weren't allowed to spend more than 150 euros on a car which had to be [? something about its age, you'll probably guess], fix it up, then turn it into a Batmobile or paint it to look like a cow. Style doesn't matter, the important thing is to be eccentric and enjoy yourselves. Some of them got a real hearse to transform!

Only some of the cars came through Monaco today. There's no compulsory route, you just have to get your crate there in good shape. As for speeding, given the age of the Jew's harps [well that's what it says! Another term for "old banger", I suppose], there's not much chance of getting flashed! [by a speed camera?] "That's not the spirit of our rally. We're mostly students, we just want to have fun together. And every time we stop we're the main attraction", one of the participants smiled yesterday.

So bon voyage, and see you next year?
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You don't fool me, though, that's St. Katharine's Docks - I can see Steve waving from a window in the background!

24th Aug 2009, 13:43

Tim says:

If it'll ever let me post it, this is probably the permanent URL of the article: I should edit your post to include it as it's about to fall off the bottom of the home page.

www.nicematin.com/ra/monaco/207587/monaco-des-fous-du-volant-debarquent-en-principaute

24th Aug 2009, 14:18

Dhamaka says:

w00t!

24th Aug 2009, 15:45

Jas says:

Cheers Tim.

Don't know where he got the student thing from, none of the people are students! lol

24th Aug 2009, 16:02

Slugger says:

24th Aug 2009, 17:44

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