Vegas or Bust Banger Rally start event

Wave the Bangers off at this fantastic Cornish Charity event.
Thursday 6th October will see 100+ decorated crazy Bangers leave Cornwall for an epic fundraising Rally across Europe to raise money for local charities. This year’s St Austell Round Table Charity Banger Rally ‘Vegas or Bust’ will leave the Cornwall Hotel St Austell at 6.30pm, from where they will travel to Vegas in Spain over five days.

The leaving party starts there at around 4.00pm and the Rally convoy leaves the Hotel at 6.30pm sharp. The event is attended by the Charities, Sponsors and friends & families waving their crazy loved ones off.
This year the Air Ambulance hope to have one of their Helicopters on show and the Merlin MS will be giving you the opportunity to enter their Win a Landrover lottery.

All are welcome at the Hotel but parking on site is restricted due to the nature of the event however there are many vantage points along the way as it will parade back to St Austell town centre, via Fore Street & then follow the A390 passing through St Blazey, Lostwithial to Dobwalls were it will follow the A38 before reaching its first overnight stop and ferry to France from Plymouth.

Over the last five years the Rally has visited many European cities such as Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Rome, Pula Croatia and last year’s final destination Salo in the Italian lakes. So far it has raised an unbelievable £500,000 for local and national charities during its short history, now established as a significant Cornish charity event.

The six Charities that benefit from this infamous community event are: Children’s Hospice South West, Cornwall Hospice Care, Cornwall Air Ambulance, Merlin MS Centre, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Turn to Starboard.

Currently 100 cars have entered with over 400 people taking part. Each car is to have a value of no more than £500-£600, teams decorate their vehicles and travel in fancy dress. Local businesses sponsor prizes for best car, fancy dress etc. and there are daily challenge trials for the competitors to win more donations from the sponsors along the way.

The main sponsors of this year’s Rally are Driveline GB Ltd a St Austell based Van & Truck Rental Company. Other sponsors include: South Westerly, Leap, Once I’ve Gone, Boscundle Manor, Mortgage Works, GoJute International, St Austell Printing Company, Parklands Toyota, The Cornwall Hotel & Spa and the Utility Warehouse.

All the Ralliers ask is that you take along some pennies for their collections and support this fantastic event and help them reach this year’s goal.


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