Thursday September 15 saw 37 cars and 124 people set off for Dover to start the VADO Rally 2016 and raise money for the Rainy Day Trust.
Teams of up to four people from across the builders’ and plumbers’ merchant sectors were invited to take part in a banger rally, buying a car for less than £500, and then to drive down through eight countries to Monte Carlo, before moving on to Nice for an awards dinner. The Rally would take four days and would cover 1,300 miles.
Each team was set a target of £1,000 to be raised for the Charity, and a trophy would be awarded to the team that raised the most. To make things a little more interesting, the Rally was to be done in fancy dress with different themes each day and challenges were set for each team to complete during the day. The teams crossed the Channel by ferry dressed as cowboys, or in Heatcraft’s case, cowboys on blow up horses!
It was fantastic to see that all the teams entered into the spirit of the event with amazing fancy dress costumes and highly decorated cars. From a Jaguar XJ6 with a mini shed on the roof, to a VW Golf completely resprayed to look like the Cheshire Cat.
The Rainy Day Trust car had been decorated with the logos of the firms that had sponsored it, and survived the drive down to Monte Carlo despite nearly burning out the clutch and wearing out the brakes going over the Furka Pass.
At the evening’s awards dinner Aaron Frogley presented the winner’s trophy to Trevor Mudd of Chandlers Building Supplies for an amazing points score that nearly doubled the second placed team. Best dressed car went to Plumbwell, Best Dressed Team to Hughes Forrest with Best Team Spirit to Heatcraft Ltd. The team that raised the most money for the Charity at £4,500 was InverTay Homes who took home the hand-fused glass trophy made by Steve Robinson Glass in St Davids, Pembrokeshire.
The event was a huge success in every sense, organizationally, socially and from a fundraising perspective. They are expected to have raised in excess of £65,000 during the Rally and are already planning for next year. The CEO and Trustees at the Rainy Day Trust want to publically thank Aaron Frogley and his team at VADO for the immense amount of time, energy and hard work that they put into the Rally. The money raised will be invaluable in helping people from our industry who are struggling.