Ramshackle rally team cash in for RAF charity

Senior Aircraftman Ollie Thomas, Senior Aircraftman Andy Moore-Vale and Paul Munro with their car during the rally near a vineyard in Germany.
Senior Aircraftman Ollie Thomas, Senior Aircraftman Andy Moore-Vale and Paul Munro with their car during the rally near a vineyard in Germany.

TWO RAF airmen have raised £387 for the Royal Air Forces Association following an exciting rally across Europe.

Senior Aircraftmen Andy Moore-Vale, from RAF Boulmer, and Ollie Thomas, from RAF Kirton-in-Linsey in Lincolnshire, with an old school friend Paul Munro, from Essex, took part in the Ramshackle Rally, which saw them travelling from Calais to Krakow in five days.

The only stipulation for the event was that the teams could only spend a maximum of £200 to buy their vehicle.

“It’s a bit like a poor man’s version of the Gumball Rally,” said Andy.

Team TRON, as they were known, managed to negotiate an excellent deal for a 12-year-old Renault Megane – but they lost points as their vehicle was deemed to be very young compared to most other cars in the rally.

The team started off at Calais and travelled 1,331 miles through five countries to Krakow via Strasbourg, Innsbruck and Bratislava, staying in hostels and B&Bs along the way.

Competing against 39 other teams, they were able to earn extra points along the route by meeting various challenges – one of which was to photograph themselves having a snowball fight (the team took theirs on the Grossglockner Pass in Austria).

Andy said: “We drove through some spectacular scenery along the way and the Alpine driving was a fantastic experience.

“The camaraderie among the teams was fantastic and we met some great people. Although it was very tiring, we all enjoyed it and would do it again.”

The organisers had arranged for authorised disposal of cars at the end of the rally but some teams took the chance to have their car scrapped and get 160 euros for it!

Andy wished they had done the same. He said: “It was quite expensive to get back home with the cost of the ferry.”

The team decided to raise money for the Royal Air Forces Association after they had seen the excellent work that the organisation does for RAF veterans at Rothbury House, which provides welfare and respite breaks for the entire RAF family with convalescent care available.

To make a donation to the charity, visit www.justgiving.com/ramshackleteamtron