The rules of the Pavestone Rally are simple. Entrants have to travel in an old banger from Dover to Monte Carlo in four days, covering ten European countries to raise as much money as possible for charity.
To make it easier, the organisers have given each car a pack containing maps and information on the suggested route and rendezvous points each day, with the hope that all the cars will follow in a sort of convoy to make it a real spectacle for passers-by.
For those back home who want to follow the exploits of SR Timber’s Bat-ten Mobile, which is car number 22, you can follow the rally in real time through live GPS tracking on the Map My Tracks website.
The organisers have set up a specific events page: https://www.mapmytracks.com/events/pavestone-rally-2017 so that we can all keep an eye on how Shaun, Jason and Steve are getting on throughout their four-day adventure raising as much money as possible for the Rainy Day Trust and the Teenage Cancer Trust.
We’ll be able to see the Bat-ten Mobile in real time as it leaves Dover on Thursday 7th September and travels through Belgium and on to the first stop in Luxembourg City. I’m guessing that Shaun, Jason and Steve might have to disable the app once they arrive in the city – unless of course they want everyone to see some of the pubs they’ll no doubt be calling into to sample some of the local refreshments!
Then on the next day (Friday 8th), it’s on to Strasbourg, into Germany, through Switzerland and finishing up in Liechtenstein.
The third day (Saturday 9th) will be the most spectacular for the drivers as they travel on the Stelvio Pass. The Pass was voted the best driving road in the world by BBC’s Top Gear in 2008, with a wall of 48 switchback turns through the Alps.
Day four (Sunday 10th) is the drive from Verona via Modena, Lake Garda and Genoa to the finishing line in Monte Carlo.
Shaun, Jason and Steve said: “This is going to be an incredible driving experience, and we’re sure we’re going to see some things that will take our breath away. We’ll take as many pictures as we can and put them online, but at least with the Map My Tracks website, our supporters and well-wishers will know where we are at all times.”
Should you wish to donate, please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SR-Timber.