Seven teams, from local businesses in St Albans, channelled their inner Jeremy Clarkson last weekend when they took part in the Banger to Bangor challenge, raising funds for the Rennie Grove Hospice in St Albans.

Participants set off from St Michaels’ Manor, St Albans, in an old banger bought for less than £500, joining fellow competitors on a weekend drive from St Albans to Bangor in North Wales and back again. Teams won points throughout the weekend by completing a series of challenges and competitions en route.

Challenges on the trip included taking pictures of their cars with castles, best planking photo, Carpool Karaoke, most shares/retweets on social media and highest altitude reached by the car.

Other highlights were some whacky fancy dress costumes, the Sherrards Are Go team who almost didn’t go anywhere as their car wouldn’t start on the morning of departure, Baldies 2 Bangor fitting 17 people into their Saab convertible and the lunch planned at an idyllic spot being scuppered by the non arrival of the food supplies!

Returning to St Michael’s Manor and following the final off-road driving challenge, Daniel from victorious Team Ginder said: “We are absolutely delighted to have taken part in the Banger to Bangor Rally at the weekend. It was so much fun from start to finish and I can honestly say that I don’t think we stopped laughing. There was a great camaraderie and friendly rivalry with all the other teams which really made the weekend and although we managed to accumulate the most points, I really think that everyone was a winner. The weekend was really well organised and the whole experience will stay with us all for a long time. It’s good to be able to strengthen the existing relationship we have with Rennie Grove; it is also immensely rewarding to know that our efforts over the weekend raised vital funds to support local patients and families. We would definitely do it again!”

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