Scrappage rally auctions off decorated convertibles for charity

Scrappage rally teams celebrate their five-day trek for charity

Scrappage rally teams celebrate their five-day trek for charity - Credit: Archant

Two weeks ago, 22 teams of drivers left Norfolk for glory in Barcelona as part of the 2016 Scrappage Charity Rally.

It took just a few days for the teams, all driving decorated convertibles under £500, to hit some very real bumps in the road.

Two cars broke down for good in Barcelona, one only reached France near Le Mans and one puttered out just 24 miles from home - within arm's length of the finish line.

The Scrappage Rally is a five-day car trek organised by Magnitude Events for charity, and this year proceeds went towards NANSA, St Martin's Housing Trust and Star Throwers. Despite the breakdowns, Managing Director Alexander Brake was not discouraged.

'This was the longest, most stressful rally we've done. Many cars were fully loaded with four passengers and camping gear, the cars were running hot and the altitude was significantly higher. Drivers were able to get a ride back in other cars or catch a flight from Barcelona, and they still came back smiling,' Mr Brake said.

To meet its fundraising goal of £6000, the rally is teaming up with East Anglian Motor Auctions in Wymondham on September 23 to sell all the convertibles used in the race. Mr Brake said the cars will start as low as £10 but 'the sky's the limit.'

If anything, the ups and downs of this year's rally have contributed to the adventurous spirit of the event.

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'It's exhausting, arduous, but overall fantastic. It was never meant to be a holiday, it's meant to be a challenge. And all the drivers made the most of a long journey by making new friends, eating new cuisine and seeing the sights in Barcelona,' Mr Brake said.