Businesses rally round for Ben

BCA, the used vehicle marketplace has raised £56,000 at a sale to help raise money for Ben, the organisation that partners with the automotive industry to provide support for life to its people and their families. It has a home at Birch Hill, Norham.

Monday, 28th November 2016, 9:11 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 11:43 am

Cars from the annual Car Dealer Bangers4Ben Rally were offered and sold, with all the proceeds going directly to Ben. The sale attracted a big crowd of buyers to bid on the selection of customised ‘bangers’ which had driven the 1,800 miles from the UK to Ferrari’s Maranello factory and back.

The teams included Blackshaws based in Northumberland and Codeweavers from Tyne and Wear.

Top seller at the auction was the Jurassic Park-inspired Mini Coopersaurus which sold for £1,725. Other strong sellers included a Ford Fiesta ‘Zombie Response Unit’ for £600, the dog themed Fur-Rarri for £425, a Spaghetti Bolognese-covered Beetle ‘Bugetti’ for £300 and a 1999 Daihatsu Hi-Jet dressed up as Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine (£525).

Each car was purchased specially for the event for no more than £750 by the competing teams and then donated to be sold at the end of the rally. BCA auctioned the cars free of charge to ensure the maximum is raised for the charity and donated all the buyer’s fees to the cause. In total, this year’s Bangers4Ben event raised a record breaking £56,000.

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Andy Entwistle, Managing Director, from Blackball Media said: “Bangers4Ben has grown to become a real highlight of the UK automotive calendar. But all the silliness is for a serious cause, with all the proceeds from the event going to help fund Ben’s fabulous work to support thousands of individuals and families connected with the UK automotive industry.”

Kelly Neal, Head of Events at Ben, said: “It always amazes me how much effort that the teams put into preparing their cars, not just for the journey, but also the look and theme too. This year’s fundraising has raised a record amount and we would like to give our heartfelt thanks to all the teams who took part, to Car Dealer Magazine and to BCA for staging the end-of-event auction. All the money raised will help Ben support automotive people and their families to navigate life’s toughest challenges and empower them to make lasting, positive change.”

“We were delighted to be able to aid Ben again in the sale of the cars that took part in the 2016 Bangers4Ben rally,” said BCA’s Head of PR, Tim Naylor. “Ben is the UK’s only dedicated charity for those who are working or have worked in the automotive industry and their dependents. The charity offers care and support for those who need it.”