More than 2000 Minis are expected to head for Devon in November in support of the The Rallye Beaujolais a Challenge, a 1200-mile rally raising funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute. The Minis will sprint across to France to bring back Beaujolais Nouveau to The Cary Arms in Babbacombe, Torquay.
The project was set up by Bob Higginson and Roy Bickley in aid of The Torbay RNLI who have raised awareness of it by competing in sprints and hillclimbs in a specially liveried car through the year.
Entrants – including entrepreneur Peter de Savary – will be led by the Mini Cooper S of 2013 Le Mans class-winner Martin Plowman and will be set challenges along the way with prizes awarded for winners of stages and competitions, while two support vehicles will be participating in the rally driven by qualified mechanics.
Brittany Ferries is allowing teams to book the event directly through a Mini4RNLI page on their website with a special discount for Rally Beaujolais teams.
Eeach team will pay £100 for the route and challenges, while teams that are raising funds for a registered charity will be able to compete for £50.
Entrance fees will be collected on the ferry crossing.