The Rusty Rally

The Challenge

Take on the challenge of driving through 6 countries in 3 days, navigating some of the world’s most famous driving roads and spectacular high mountain passes. Add to the mix the fact that you have a car worth only £500 and this is a road trip worthy of a Top Gear special! This is The Rusty Rally.

Each evening The Rusty Rally Headquarters will relocate to a different town en route to our final destination, near the magnificent Lake Como. Having navigated your way to Rally HQ you will meet all the Rally teams to swap stories of strange people, places and cultures you have encountered along the way.

You will also get to enjoy local cuisine and entertainment and our intention is that every minute of your experience is an adventure, regardless of whether you are inside or outside of your vehicle.

Each car will have a minimum of two people and your team’s first challenge is to find a vehicle for £500 that can take you across Europe in style!

See photos from past events

About us

What we do is simple. We take groups of young people out of their comfort zone and give them adventures they never forget. For many, this is their first experience of wilderness – of limitless stars overhead, mountains and greenery as far as the eye can see, sometimes even something as simple as the sight of sheep – and it dramatically changes their perspective.

And then the real adventure begins: within. Having to face new challenges in the company of peers, and experienced instructors, gives rise to new and intense emotions. It changes people, for the better. Forever.

For more information about The Outward Bound Trust please visit our website.

Our Aim

Our Aim

The Rusty Rally, whilst a fun challenge, will raise important funds for The Outward Bound Trust and each car is requested to raise or donate £10,000. The entire sum will go directly towards funding our bursary schemes that enable disadvantaged young people to attend a life changing course. There is an additional registration fee of £250 per person to enter that covers costs.

We believe that a lack of funds should not be a barrier to boosting a young person’s confidence and self-esteem and improving their ability to work with others and to lead others. We are determined to make our courses as widely available as possible to all young people.

The Route

The Route

This exciting route will see you drive through 6 countries in 3 days, taking in lakes, forests, mountain passes and who knows what else. The route is not set and it is your choice how you get your old banger to the final destination of the day. Your registration fee includes 3 nights at 4* hotels with fine dining and wine, as well as 2 RAC trained mechanics at your beck and call throughout the rally.

Thursday, 08th June

Rendezvous in Calais for an early mobilisation of The Rusty Rally teams. There will be time to exchange details and admire the mediocrity of the vehicles on display.

From here we set off for a dramatic day as we plough through France, Belgium, Luxembourg and into Germany. You could stop off at one of the many military sites en route, visit the Luxembourg wine cellars or have lunch in the charming medieval Belgium town of La Roche en Ardenne.

Friday, 09th June

After a croissant and cafe au lait, we meet for a morning briefing before setting off. Our aim – to cross the border into Germany’s heartland. Travelling through the beauty of Baden-Baden we head onto the B500, one of Europe’s most beautiful driving roads through the magic of The Black Forest. Stop off at Lake Titisee for some black forest gateau and maybe even a boat trip across the lake. Then visit The Rhine Falls, Europe’s very own Niagara, before heading into the incredible wonder of Switzerland with its picture-book houses and dramatic mountains.

Rally HQ tonight is high in The Alps, where we will enjoy a bbq and beer steins high in the Alps to the sound of an oompah band!

Saturday, 10th June

Cross over the final border into Italy and enjoy a drive along the Italian Lakes, a popular retreat for aristocrats and Hollywood stars. At our final Rally HQ we will enjoy an evening of Italian food and wine to celebrate your achievement.

Sunday, 11th June

At leisure. You can make your own arrangements to return home from Milan or choose to stay on in Europe. If you are not driving home we can arrange for a car transporter to return your car to your home (for a fee).

The Rules

Terms & conditions must be agreed and adhered to. Please click this link to read them in full.

The Rules

Application Form

To apply to take part in the Rusty Rally please complete the online application form. Once your application has been accepted you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £250 per person.

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