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Bangers4BEN 2015 – Cookie Monster on tour

This time we’re visiting some of the top European racing tracks with our Cookie Monster car

On Saturday, our team (Lucy and Ian) embark on a European driving trip in aid of automotive charity, BEN. The charity specifically supports individuals, and their families, who work within automotive roles. Their support covers a range of welfare based care, such as helping with the cost of specialist disabled equipment for a child, giving emotional support through an illness or funding a family respite break. Their work, as with many charities, is tireless – more can be read on

The tour, starting at Silverstone, pays homage to a Top Gear style challenge. We are set the task of finding a ‘banger’ of a car, valued at less than £750, and transform it into a fun vehicle. The car is then challenged to drive from the UK, through France, Germany, and Belgium, and back within 4 days. On this challenge, we are taking in the sights of famous F1 tracks – Silverstone, Nurburgring and Spa-Francorchamps, as well as a stop by visit to the BMW factory/museum in Munich. Our aim, besides trying to complete the trip in a car that may or may not make the trip, is to raise as much money for BEN.

This year we’ve decided on a Cookie Monster theme, with matching onesies and probably a few related snacks in the glovebox. You can donate and track our efforts online, and that of the group here:

Good luck Team Pinewood!

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