Bangers4Ben raises over £56,000

Car Dealer Magazine’s Bangers4Ben event 2017 has raised over £56,000 for Ben, the not-for-profit organisation that partners with the automotive industry.

Bangers4Ben is an epic road trip on which 45 teams drive to and from a different location somewhere in Europe each year. Each team of two buys an old banger for less than £750, paints or decals it and then selects a fancy dress outfit to drive in. This year’s event theme was ‘The Alpine Special’ as the chosen destination was the Swiss Alps, which saw teams driving some of the most scenic roads that Switzerland has to offer.

Afterwards, the cars are sold at auction and the money raised contributes to the final total for Ben. The car that raised the most profit at auction for Ben was Blackhorses’ Mercedes-Benz Safety Car which sold for an impressive £2,400. In addition, the Auto Trader team’s car called the ‘big cheese’ raised over £5,000 in additional sponsorship.

Kelly Neal, head of events at Ben, said, ‘We were really impressed with this year’s entries. We’re delighted with the impressive fundraising amount this year and we can’t thank all of the teams and their sponsors enough for helping us to support colleagues in our industry.’

The annual sell-out rally event has been running for nine years and has become a highlight of the automotive industry events calendar.