Time at the bar please, time at the bar. They say that all good things have to come to an end and this week the final page on the Bangers4Ben 2018 story came to a close as the class of 2018 went under the hammer for charity at BCA Blackbushe.
With a plethora of vehicles which featured a Reliant Robin faithfully created to look like General Lee from the Dukes of Hazzard, a convertible Ford KA turned into Noddy’s car and an old Volvo Estate turned into Ben’s dairy, this was certainly one of the more stranger displays at Blackbushe.
Part of the terms of entering Bangers4Ben is that the car you take part in must be made available for sale post the event with all proceeds going to automotive charity Ben. To ensure that as much money as possible goes to the charity all auction and buying fees are waived generously by BCA as the hands start to rise up into the air.
Going into the event knowing that we’d have to let our noble steed go was always at the forefront of our minds, but that didn’t stop us getting a little attached to The Nags Head. Created over the course of many long days, many of which ran into the night, our banger was lovingly put together by hand and allowed for one of our directors, Justin in particular, to show off his DIY prowess as he created the bar from scratch. With the whole team chipping in it was rewarding showing off the fruits of our labour.
Taking on Bangers4Ben in a mobile pub was a real novelty and an experience we’ll remember fondly. Opening up our bar for business at the Northampton Hilton on the last night and watching our guests play darts and enjoy the revelry late into the night was great fun. The Nags Head was a place where memories were well and truly made.
Putting the van into the auction, we were unsure as to what it would achieve, as, after all, a van turned into a pub isn’t something commonly seen at auction. After an anxious wait, lot 29 rolled into view. Sitting on the blocks in the hall the bidding started and before long The Nags Head was sitting pretty at over £1000, but it wasn’t to stop there. A final flurry of bids saw the final total reach £1825.
The final auction total is more than we imagined and we are delighted at the result. After treating us well in Europe we’re excited that the proceeds will go on to help to continue the fantastic work that Ben does. With additional fundraising added to our personal event total, we are pleased to announce that we raised just under £2500 for Ben.
With a number of bangers still to be sold privately, it is only a matter of time before the true total of Bangers4Ben 2018 is realised, however at the time of writing the total sits at just over £50,000 which includes the sale of the cars so far.
We couldn’t have raised our fundraising total without the generous support we received so we must extend a big thank you to everyone who donated and supported us on our journey. Here’s to Bangers4Ben 2019.