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The last day of June 2015 and what a month it has been!

3 weeks ago I returned from a five 5 day rally across Europe covering 2,070 miles crossing 5 countries.

My company Mozit signed up for the Monte Carlo or Bust rally and along with 84 other entries, our £300 banger car ‘The Lizard King’ made it back in full working order.  Out of the 84 entries only 70 made it back, so we did very well!

We chose to use the banger rally to raise money and awareness for the Rotherham National Autistic Society branch, a charity which Mozit has worked with through there Rotherham branch since 2008.

With the help of local businesses in Rotherham and Sheffield and my Just Giving Page https://www.justgiving.com/team-nas-rotherham we have raised £2,647.00.

I cannot thank my clients, friends and family enough for the support.

So what about the rally? Here is a brief run down:

4th June 2015: Rotherham – Namur

After a very stressful week we were all packed and ready to set off to Dover.

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A nice steady drive to the Ferry getting used to the Celica and all it’s little quirkiness i.e. a 3rd gear syncro crunch!

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We arrived in Namur at about 10pm meeting the rest of the rally teams. Tired, we got to bed about 11pm to get ready for the rally.

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5th June 2014:  Namur – Freiburg

We had a meeting point at 9am at the Citadel in Namur to meet all the teams and and to see the plan for the day.  There were some amazing cars with a lot of time and effort in their designs, especially a limousine converted as a green tank heading to Germany on the VE weekend anniversary.

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It was also at this point that we realised the true challenge was actually getting home with the car and this was the “winning”.  We heard of 3 cars not making it out the UK and one team we met from Bristol went with a Rover (A Rover has never completed the rally).

After we checked in and set off for Freiburg we later found out that after check-in the Rover car did not start due to a fuel pump issue, again a gentle reminder that the car could go at any time and anywhere.

We set off to Freiburg passing through Bastogne and through Luxembourg to a beautiful lake Upper Sure Lake.  I would recommend this area to anyone who wants to get away.  No mobile, computers very peaceful and calm and in a strange way it was a surreal 5 mins taking it in before realising ‘what are we doing in the middle or Europe with a 21 year old £300 car trying to get to Monaco’.

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Heading to Freiburg, we knew when we hit Germany … everyone goes about 30mph faster! We pulled up outside our hotel, exhausted after the first leg and thankfully our parking spot was right outside the door.  It was a great feeling we had made it and taken in some amazing scenery.

We met up at our check point to discuss the day with fellow teams and enjoy a few cold beers.

Memorable notes:

6th June:  Freiburg – Lake Como

It was 9am and we all met up with the teams at a local Mcdonald’s.  There we saw the Ghostbusters car with a major radiator problem.

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We later found out that they did not complete the rally but did get home.

The day started off great but soon turned out to be the most challenging and stressful.

Entering Switzerland we made our first mistake – going into the car lane of “we have paid the Swiss tax” but we had not.  An honest mistake but one that led to us being interrogated for 10 mins taking out luggage, passports and all manner of documents.  Thankfully we just paid the tax and we were on our way.  Taking the mountains in with the blue sky it was all calm and serene for a short while.

We were heading for the Gothenburg pass and about 10 minutes before our turn off  was a massive stationary traffic jam, there was an accident in a nearby tunnel.

Whilst waiting we were behind a Scottish team who decided to have a water gun fight and yes me & Rich got drenched although in a strange way it was welcomed.

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After we got going the traffic was stop start, stop start and it generated an awful burning clutch / gearbox smell.  At the same time our radiator was up and down like a yo yo.  ’This is it’ I thought, ‘the journey ends in the middle of Switzerland’!

Whilst standing out of the car in the traffic jam we found out the Gothenburg pass was actually shut due to a rock fall earlier in the week. This meant we had no alternative but to wait for the accident in the 10 mile long tunnel to clear.

As we entered the tunnel our palms were sweating and me and Rich had ‘The Fear’! Luckily as we got going everything settled down and the smell of our burning clutch / gearbox disappeared.

We headed toward Lake Como, a truly amazing place, dealing with very narrow sharp turning roads which were a little tricky to negotiate sometimes.

What should have been a 4hr journey took 8hrs due to delays and we were relieved to be parking a working car at the end of the day.

Lake Como

Memorable Notes:

  • Switzerland Border Police
  • 2hr Traffic Jam – Burning Clutch – Radiator Up and Down
  • 36 degrees weather
  • Entering a 10 mile tunnel with burning clutch / gearbox and radiator issues
  • Lake Como amazing beautiful place
  • Seeing a still drunk, fellow rallier at 8am whilst having my breakfast, explaining he slept on the bench and that he broke down in the Switzerland traffic and had to get a £700 taxi to Lake Como!

7th June:  Lake Como – Monaco

The last day of the rally saw us set off to Monaco.  We had a certain worry if The Lizard King would be OK after the issues encountered the previous day… but she fired up fine :)

Negotiating the Italian mountain roads, we headed down through Milan and the Italian motorways before reaching the coastal drive into Monaco.

It was such a pleasure to drive open roads with no issues and the prospect of completing an F1 lap at Monaco.

As we got closer to Monaco I turned the sat nav off and headed to the Casino square to meet the other teams.  In a strange way, due to doing the Monaco PS3 F1 lap a few times and after attending the 2013 F1 Monaco race, it felt like I knew where I was going and we started a lap of the streets of Monaco.  It felt amazing!

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We had reached our destination and completed the rally!

Memorable Notes:

  • Completing the Monte Carlo or Bust Rally
  • Driving a lap of Monaco

8th / 9th June:  Nice to Rotherham

With the rally over it was time to head home.  Some teams opted for the sensible idea of ditching the banger car and hopping onto a plane.

That would have been too sensible for me & Rich…  We were determined to bring The Lizard King home to Rotherham. Covering 900 miles in two days, it was one of the most gruelling tiring drives ever, but seeing the J33 M1 turn off brought a smile to my face.

We had done it.. completed the Monte Carlo or Bust Rally.  And after being forced by Kat Cowan on my interview with Radio Sheffield to say “We will win!” WE DID WIN … our banger made it home in one piece and did us proud!

The Lizard King will be seen driving the streets of Rotherham, proudly adorned with sponsors logos in coming months.

Long live The Lizard King

In the Media:

Rotherham Advertiser:

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Rotherham Advertiser:

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Sheffield Star:

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Radio Sheffield Pre Interview:

https://soundcloud.com/mrodonnell/monte-carlo-or-bust-team-nas-rotherham

Radio Sheffield Return Interview:

https://soundcloud.com/mrodonnell/belgium-to-monte-carlo

Final Thoughts:

Since signing up for the Rally in February it has been a busy 4 months in the planning and completing the rally whilst running a business, but it has been worth it and something I will never forget.

It has taken much organisation and help from clients and suppliers, who I cannot thank you all enough for your support.

Thanks again to all sponsors, all the money donated from businesses, friends and family has been donated to the Rotherham National Autistic Society branch and I am sure it will be a great help them.

Business Sponsors:

AP Tyres

Frontier Diagnostics

Eagle Platforms

Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club

Don Valley Windows

Bricknell Rentals

Magic Hour

DSR Demolition

Sanderson Building Services

Hadfield Roofing

Maltby Auto Electrical Services

Utopia E-Liquids

MW Entertainments

ASC Metals

CT Butterfield & Sons

JID Roofing

Lion Industrial Roofing Supplies

Francis Chambers & Co

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UPDATED  2nd June 2015

Total Raised to Date from Just Giving Page https://www.justgiving.com/team-nas-rotherham and Mozit Sponsorship is £2,332.00 as of 02/06/15

On the 4th June 2015 Mozit will be undertaking the Operation Black Forest Gateau route for this years’ Monte Carlo or Bust Banger Rally.

http://montecarloorbustrally.com/

Mozit is funding the cost of the event and all sponsorship money will be donated to the Rotherham National Autistic Society charity who we have helped with Website & IT for the last 6 years.

The challenge was to source a car for no more than £300 (we are allowed to spend more to ensure its road worthiness!) and drive through 4 countries in 3 days.

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Mozit owner Colin O’Donnell and co-pilot Richard Hessey from ASC Metals have chosen to undertake this mission and in doing so are looking to raise money and awareness for a worthy charity’s Rotherham branch, The National Autistic Society.

The best way to generate sponsorship is to try and give generous companies something for your money, so we have opted to offer logo branding at different sizes on our trusty ’94 reg Toyota Celica GT.

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Simply put, we have 3 options:

  • £250 gets you a Key Sponsor position for your company logo…we have a maximum of 10 of these positions available and are allocated on a first come first served basis. – SOLD OUT
  • £100 donation gets you in a highly visible position but at a smaller size, we have estimated around 30-35 of these positions available, again on a first come first served basis.
  • £25 is for a position within the ‘Racing Stripe’, running the length of the car and within this stripe we are offering companies and individuals the chance to have their logo or a chosen photograph (perhaps in dedication to a loved one) within this.

To try and give you some benefits, other than the feel good factor, the main benefit your company will get is the PR and Social Media opportunities of this event.

We do hope you will be willing to help us  support this charity and see the real benefits  we are creating for promoting your business.

Currently AP Tyres have generously offered to sign the car will all our sponsors logos, Brampton MOT are getting the car through its MOT and Frontier Diagnostics have offered to tune / prep the car for the journey.

Key positions are limited so if you are interested in sponsoring then please contact Colin directly on 07715 299247 or colin@mozit.co.uk.

Below are web site link’s for our Sponsors and will be added to for all new sponsors:

Updated: 19/05/2015

AP Tyres

Frontier Diagnostics

Brampton MOT

ASC Metals Lincoln Ltd

CT Butterfield

Francis Chambers

Eagle Platforms

JID Roofing

Lion Industrial Roofing Supplies

Frontier Diagnostics

Don Valley Windows

DSR Demolition

Magic Hour

Bricknell Rentals

Staniforths

MW Entertainments

Hadfield Roofing

Sanderson Building Services

Utopia E-Liquids

Various Images / Media Below:

Radio Sheffield 02/06/2015:

https://soundcloud.com/mrodonnell/monte-carlo-or-bust-team-nas-rotherham

We had a great news feature from the Rotherham Advertiser:

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Picture of the Lizard King outside Mozit HQ:

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