Gumball Rally departs from Orsett Hall

THE good-hearted spirit immortalised by 1976 film The Gumball Rally which struck a chord with road rally enthusiasts has been unleashed again at this year’s AGS Gumball Rally 2013, which started at Orsett Hall last Friday.

The three day charity event sponsored by Leeds-based AGS Risk Solutions is a highlight in the fundraising calendar and an opportunity for businesses countrywide to enjoy a good challenge.

Friday June 28 marked the start of the rally which saw cars worth just £500 driven to their limits in a marathon trip from Orsett, Essex to Cannes in the South of France. The money raised will be donated to AGS’ three chosen charities: The Rainbow Trust, St Luke’s Hospice and Papyrus.

AGS is one of the UK’s leading risk solutions and asset recovery firms – working with clients across sectors as diverse as banking, insurance, retail, telecommunications, legal services, gaming and betting, and transport. As well as sponsoring the event, the company has also entered a vehicle driven by its Head of Forensic Engineering, Stuart Isherwood; Client Relationship Manager, Bhav Buhecha and Head of Business Development, Andy Atha.

“The AGS Gumball Rally is a fantastic experience and is close to our hearts not only because it helps to raise so much money for worthwhile causes but because of the great atmosphere it creates for networking with others connected to our business,” said AGS Risk Solutions CEO, Mark Wilcox. “Lasting friendships and business relationships emerge from this event year after year and it’s one of the reasons it’s so successful.”

As well as an entry fee of £500 per car, participants will be clocking up individual vehicle sponsorship with every mile of the Orsett to Cannes rally. Twenty one cars took part with drivers and passengers spanning businesses in the insurance, repairs, salvage, legal services, fraud detection and more.

The route took drivers point to point from Orsett in Essex to Reims, then on to Lyons and finally to Cannes which signalled the end of the race on Sunday. Adding to the competitive camaraderie, the vehicles entered in the rally should be worth no more than £500 themselves.

“Everyone is united by the challenge of making it to the finish line in what are basically barely road worthy, clapped out old vehicles. Aside from raising much deserved funds for charity, our team is hoping to break a few records and have the customary Gumball fun along the way,” said Mark.

Two support vehicles to assist with any minor breakdowns will be provided by DWS Bodyworks and 4th Dimension. Arrangements to scrap the cars in France have been made with local authorities in Cannes.

Mark added: “This year’s level of support really underlines the excitement, cooperation and support the Gumball Rally generates. Everyone loves the sense of adventure that comes from taking part and the sense of achievement that comes from raising cash to care for people at a difficult time in their lives.”

The Rainbow Trust provides support for terminally ill children and families St Luke’s Hospice offers specialist care for seriously ill people Papyrus is dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

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