Monte Carlo or bust

DRIVE over 1,000 miles from Montrose to Monte Carlo in a £250 banger car!

That’s the latest crazy idea for all petrol heads.

The 2013 Monte Carlo or Bust Banger Rally is now open for entries and organisers are hopeful of finding a team from Montrose to burn rubber over the 1,000-plus miles to Monte Carlo via France, Switzerland and Italy.

The rally challenges entrants to source a banger car for less than £250 and take part in a variety of Top Gear-style challenges along the way and compete for points and prizes.

Teams are encouraged to raise money for a local charity of their choice and can share their progress with supporters back home via live GPS tracking.

Inspired by the classic Paramount film, the three-day crusade will see over 100 of the finest British bangers visit some of Europe’s most exciting locations and experience spectacular roads with backdrops of sun, sea, sand and snow. There are a series of prizes up for grabs including trophies for the best - and worst - dressed teams.

Rally spokesman, Cuthbert Ware-Armitage, comments: “I am laying down the challenge to the good people of Montrose to join me on Europe’s ultimate banger rally adventure. This is a brilliant opportunity to get your team into gear and experience some of the greatest roads in Europe in some of worst cars from Montrose!”

Monte Carlo or Bust takes place between July 12 and 14, and more information can be found on the event website at