Due to exceptional demand, the organisers of this year’s Pavestone Rally have decided to re-open the entry period to a new deadline of 31st May, enabling additional teams to sign up.
Event organiser Aaron Frogley explained: “We had a nice little run up to the original entry deadline and are now running at 30 cars! However, I have had a few enquiries recently and we have therefore decided to re-open the entries due to popular demand, leading up to the new deadline of 31st May.”
This year’s extravaganza will start on 5 September 2019 in Reims in Northern France, heading on to Stuttgart, Salzburg, Venice and finishing on 8 September in Lake Como. Entrants simply have to buy a road-legal car for under £500 (“the cheaper the car, the more fun”), dress it up and hit Europe’s greatest roads and cities for four days on a journey of a lifetime to the Italian Lakes.
A series of challenges along the way “promise to deliver plenty of laughs as well as loads of fun”, however the true purpose of the event is to support three deserving charities, The Rainy Day Trust, Teenage Cancer Trust and Variety.
The 2017 Rally raised over £160,000, divided equally between Teenage Cancer Trust and Rainy Day Trust. This followed an impressive £60,000 raised in 2016. The bar has been raised even higher for the 2019 Rally and Pavestone has set a target of a huge £175,000.
Aaron Frogley added: “Over the last three years the Rallies have raised in excess of £325,000! A truly staggering amount of money and would not have been achieved without all the teams fantastic fundraising efforts! We have a great laugh, we make friends for life and memories to last a lifetime, but what a great way to raise money for the charities. I sincerely hope that the previous teams will be able to join us again in 2019 and of course any newcomers!”
Aaron continued: “I know it’s not a gruelling 26 mile marathon that a lot of fundraisers under go, but what a great way to raise money for charity. One previous team member described the event similar to the Wacky Racers, like being in a Top Gear challenge and Carry On film all at the same time, having had the best fun he’d had in years. Fancy dress wasn’t really his bag but as soon as the nurses uniform went on, he felt quite at ease! Everyone had such a crack, creating memories that will last a lifetime.”
For those interested in entering the 2019 rally, visit www.pavestone.co.uk/pavestone-rally or call Aaron on 07826 867888.