Crazy Cars Attract Lots Of Attention At Charity Auction

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Written By Mahmoud Sarvari

If you want a new car that turns heads and makes a statement, look at the 38 vehicles up for auction that took part in the latest Bangers4BEN charity rally.

The cars raced almost 2,000 around Europe in four days to raise £56,000 for good causes, and now the owners hope they can add even more to the pot by selling their vehicles.

The cars include a Ford Fiesta zombie fighter, a furry Ford Ka, a Volkswagen Beetle covered in spaghetti Bolognese and a 1999 Daihatsu HiJet styled as film and TV star Scooby Doo.

A couple of gems for car collectors are hidden in the sales list.

One of the first BMW built Minis, registered in August 2001, is attracting a lot of attention from collectors who are trying hard to see past an exterior themed after the Jurassic Park movies.

Serious silliness

Another eye-catcher is a Mercedes Benz SLK draped with the Italian flag on a white background.

The auction is selling the car come what may on auction day as the owner has set no reserve.

The auction is set for 1pm on Friday, October 28 at Blackbushe, near Camberley, Surrey. All funds raised will go towards Bangers4BEN, a charity backed by British car dealers.

“Bangers4BEN has grown to become a real highlight of the UK automotive calendar,” said a spokesman.

“But all the silliness is for a serious cause, with all the proceeds from the event going to help fund BEN’s fabulous work.

Winner was dressed as a dog

“Hopefully, those attending the auction will bid generously and help us raise as much money as possible for this brilliant charity.”

This year’s rally started at Dover, Kent and covered 1,800 miles over four days. The cars drove to Maranello, Italy, the home of Ferrari, and back to Calais via Strasbourg.

The winner was judged to be a Nissan Primera dressed as a dog, complete with fur, a black nose and a bright red tongue.

The judges gave the title to driver Will Blackshaw who had his vehicle pictured outside the Ferrari factory reception flanked by two flame red sports supercars.

The zombie Ford also won a special mention for striking terror into other road users.