Arrested decline... (25/01/2008 13:45)
Banditos have bottomed out!
Four seasons ago we were at our strongest point ever, having reached Division 1 with a firey line-up built on limited means. Banditos have never had the money or the depth of squad to really challenge, but we've done well.
But, after every success there comes disappointment. Four seasons on, with a squad creacky around on ageing limbs, we have slunk back down to Division 3, where we now sit, hoping a bit of fortune might favour us and push us Northwards.
Basically, we are Stoke.
Quite frankly, that's about enough of a team report as i can take. Instead, if you'll forgive me, I'd like to talk about other things!
Ramshackle Rally Valencia 2008 (this is a link to the website - how good am I at this modern technology!)
After a great many weeks of deliberating, querying the sums and browing websites like ebay and gumtree to ascertain feasibility, the wife and i have stumped up the entry fee and signed ourselves up for the Ramshackle Rally Valencia.
I shall explain - this is a competition that sees 100 teams purchase cars for no more than £100 a pop. They then have to decorate said cars, adorn themselves with fancy clothes and head to Calais (France) in late August. From Calais, the teams compete across 1450 miles, four days and three countries (increases to 5 if the satnav is obeyed!) to win points and ultimately prizes! Each night is spent in revelry in a fine locale and winners are announced on the last night in Valencia (spain). The cars are then scrapped and we all set off to throw Tomatos at each other in the streets at La Tomatina!
It's basically a banger rally across europe. We're on the Valencia trip but there are also routes to Krakow and Split depending on your preference and dates.
"What's the point!" I hear you cry? Well, other than simply doing it for the sake of propelling a rust bucket through France, Italy, France again and then Spain, the wife and i are focussing our efforts on generating £1000 (probably about 1400 euros or something!) for North London Hospice that looks after cancer patients in our local area.
As this is a scheme in the best senses of the word, i have decided to channel myself into it and go to town on it for the sake of cash, cash, cash. So, I will try to blog every week on where we're up to, what happens or what i am thinking about it at the time i write. It may be crap, it may be enlightening, who can tell at this point.
So, we have signed up, we have our theme and team name (The Enfield Vikings), and we have our charity. We even have a sister team who will be accompanying us on the trip for their own charity. This is very promising and means, should we break down, at least someone will stop and feel sorry for us! This is quite likely, considering i have a small amount of mechanical knowledge. Nevertheless, i have ordered a copy of "Auto Repair for Dummies" from the library and will approach this task like any Englishman would - undaunted and with the expectation that sheer bloodymindedness will get us through!
(If you fancy the quest, join up - there are still 20 odd places left at time of writing!)
In good time i will be offering you the chance to support us financially or with gifts in kind, should you so wish. I hope you can support us in our quest for motoring glory.
All we need now is a car...
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