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ChipsAway International is proud to back this initiative through donating towards InAutomotive’s cause and their passion to support BEN in making a positive difference to people’s lives, enabling support of the 800,000 people who work in the automotive industry in the UK.
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Going the Extra 1500 Miles in Support of Bangers4Ben

9th October 2018

Going the Extra 1500 Miles in Support of Bangers4Ben

Would you be prepared to travel 1500 miles across Europe in a banger worth no more than £750? That is exactly what the InAutomotive team did for four days in October 2018 as part of the Bangers4Ben initiative – and ChipsAway International is proud to be supporting their efforts.

Bangers4Ben, an event organised by motor industry charity BEN and Car Dealer Magazine, is a 4-day event where participants are challenged to travel from England to Italy in a vehicle with a value of no more than £750, where after, the vehicles are sold in the UK at auction with all proceeds donated to BEN.

BEN – Support For Life, is an independent charity dedicated to providing support for life for those in the automotive industry and their family dependents. Their mission is to enable complete health and wellbeing, which includes nursing, dementia, residential and respite care to name just a few, to those having worked in the automotive industry, throughout both their working and later lives. 

Proudly representing the InAutomotive team, Thomas Lowcock and Shuhel Miah, clad in some rather fetching beige overalls, channelled a distinctive Ghostbusters-theme in their stretched Vauxhall Omega (with plenty of room for extra passengers).  First reports of their journey appeared positive and the two travellers were in high spirits.  InAutomotive, the go-to blog for recruiters and jobseekers in the automotive industry, specialise in advertising thousands of the latest automotive roles across all levels of the sector, providing specialist services for niche recruitment.

Apart from the entry fee, participants taking part in the Bangers4Ben challenge are expected to purchase their banger for no more than £750, decorate both themselves and their car in the best themed outfits they can muster, and then sell the car, post-trip, at auction to be able to have successfully completed the challenge.

All participating teams set off from Weybridge and made their way to Reims, France, for the first leg of their challenge where they spent the evening celebrating, or commiserating, the first day of the challenge. Day 2 saw them travel from Reims to Stuttgart, and on Day 3, Stuttgart to Bruges. Once they all successfully made it to Belgium, the final leg of the challenge saw them travelling from Belgium to Italy – making up a total of around 1500 miles. 

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