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Drive to Monte Carlo in an old banger to FUNdraise for Greenfingers

If you have a team of willing participants and a weekend spare, then the Bust Rallies’ Monte Carlo or Bust banger rally could be the perfect adventure. Even better, the Greenfingers charity has been granted 10 places for this fabulous event, meaning even more FUNdraising opportunities for the UK’s leading children’s hospice garden charity.


‘Monte Carlo or Bust’ is Europe's ultimate banger rally event (Thursday 4 June to Sunday 7 June ) through six countries – Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy –  and culminating on the French Riviera in Monaco. Along the way, participants will take in the Black Forest, Lake Como and the ultimate driving road along the Gottard Pass, 2,000m up in the Swiss Alps.



To take part, participants need just a few things – a ‘banger’ that costs no more than £500, two drivers, appropriate insurance and a sense of direction. The rally isn’t about speed, but instead teams will be faced with daily challenges, prizes and fancy-dress competitions along the way, all with the aim of putting the FUN into FUNdraising. A handful of eager drivers have already signed up, so interested parties who would like to join the event under the Greenfingers banner are urged to sign up as soon as possible.


For those with vehicles that can’t make the journey back, there will be a special ‘scrapping’ service available where participants can wish their car a fond farewell before travelling back to the UK in a little more comfort than they arrived in! Those feeling brave enough can, of course, use their trusty stead to complete the journey home.


One company that has already signed up is STIHL. Simon Hewitt, the STIHL team spokesperson, said: “STIHL GB has been supporting Greenfingers for the last year and is very excited to be a part of this exciting fundraising mission. Four of the STIHL team will take part in the Greenfingers banger Rally and we’ll be inviting our dealers to sponsor our very orange car!”


Linda Petrons, Director of Fundraising & Communications, added: “The Monte Carlo or Bust Rally is designed to provide a fun teambuilding opportunity.  From choosing your ‘banger’, to completing the challenges along the way, I’ve no doubt that the rally will provide hilarious memories for years to come. But more than this, it’s a great way of raising funds, and helping us to build even more hospice gardens. We love our supporters so much, which is why we wanted to offer them another fantastic way to get involved. We can’t wait to see how the journey to Monte Carlo pans out for those taking part. I’m sure it’s going to be brilliant!”


To find out more about Greenfingers Charity, and how to get involved in the Monte Carlo or Bust Rally, please email You can also find information about previous Bust Rallies events by clicking here.


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