What has been billed by none (well, by one if I can count myself) as the greatest motoring adventure of 2011 happens this Wednesday, 27 July. It’s called Banger Does Britain and if you’re late to the party and this is the first you’ve heard of the monumental event then firstly, where were you and secondly, you can read all of the back story here.
I’m pleased to report that the trusty banger, an unmodified (vinyl appliqués aside), unglamorous Red Rocket of a Rover 620Si, has now delivered over 700 miles of driving enjoyment since I picked it up a month ago. This included a splendid late night return dash from Lincoln to Silverstone.
Residents of Lincoln may well have been lucky enough to catch a glimpse of it as it cheated traffic jams and lurched forwards with the prowess one grows accustomed to from a 4-speed automatic gearbox.
The driving team of my brother-in-law, Trevor Mole (an excellent builder if you’re in the Lincoln area) and I know not what the adventure will bring, other than a gradually more masculine-scented car interior, frequent visits to roadside services and frustration as the clock ticks down its 24 hour challenge. Think of us not as a latter day duo such as Sir Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson, or even Colin McRae and Nicky Grist, but rather Philo Beddoe and Clyde in Every Which Way But Loose.
Much debate has taken place over the past week or so about exactly which route to take and indeed, below is only an indication should any of you be actually serious (or mad) enough to wave from motorway bridges or even drive in convoy for a spell. We’ll be guided by satnav as well as the routes shown below.
So, will Banger Does Britain be going anywhere near you?
Departing at midnight Wednesday 27 July
Lizard Point (TR12 7NU) to Lowestoft (NR32 1XF)
Approximate Distance: 428 miles
Estimated Time: 8 hours 24 minutes
- M25 (anti-clockwise)
Lowestoft (NR32 1XF) to Ardnamurchan Lighthouse, Ardnamurchan Point (PH36 4LN)
Approximate Distance: 553 miles
Estimated Time: 11 hours 32 minutes
- Corran to Ardgour ferry
Ardnamurchan Lighthouse (PH36 4LN) to Dunnet Head Lighthouse, Dunnet, Thurso (KW14)
Approximate Distance: 248 miles
Estimated Time: 5 hours 47 minutes
Now, the astute among you will have noticed two things. Firstly, the approximate total distance to be covered is 1229 miles – naturally a log will be kept from the car to compare with. Secondly, the estimated time to cover this distance is 25 hours and 43 minutes… Oh. The plan is for 24 hours so let’s hope this is just a very cautious TomTom that doesn’t understand the magnitude of the task in hand.
Updates will be posted as frequently as possible on the Wednesday and it’s great knowing so many of you are interested in supporting Banger Does Britain. Wish us luck!
Good luck guys! It’s a good job the seats in them things are like arm chairs! Don’t forget sea sickness pills they tend to lollop about a bit when their cruising! Drive safe!!
Thanks for the kind wishes. Hope you enjoy reading all about how it went later this week.
You’re both barking!
However…………….I love you both, so make sure you get back safely.
Mum (in law)
xx xx xx xx
Good luck with the journey. Will think of you on Weds qwatch out for the roadworks on the M25!!
Cheers mate – keep an eye out for the Red Rocket if you find yourself up in the early hours. Hope life’s good and fatherhood’s proving joyous 🙂
Yep all good this end. Niamh is well and developing quickly!! Are you going to make it an annual thing? Could be your own gumball rally!!!
Hey fellas, good luck, but go round the TOP of the M25 not the bottom, tolls are followed by a 50 mph rolling speed limit to the A12, I can vouch that before 7am you can do M4/J15 to A12/J28 in 45 minutes any day of the week (because I use it to go home!).
Well done lads on completeing your trip!