Serious politics aside, the UK’s historic departure from the EU is being marked with a more lighthearted event, The Great British Brexit Rally. This 22-day car run, organised by Bespoke Road Rallies, will be flagged off in Brussels on March 8 2019 and is scheduled to finish in London's Parliament Square on March 29 – the official Brexit separation date.
During the 22 days, competitors are required to drive to all 27 remaining European Union member states (excluding Malta and Cyprus – although extra points will be awarded if teams do visit these islands). Each car will be fitted with a GPS tracker that will record both its total mileage and allow each car to be followed on the official rally website.
The winning team will be the one that completes the rally over the shortest possible distance, for which they will receive up to £25,000. A potential prize pot of up to £80,000 will ensure monetary prizes down to 10th place, as well as awards for teams with the best photos, blogs and vehicle preparation. There will also be an inaugural dinner comprised of European dishes, while a gala banquet featuring purely “British fayre” will close the event.
“Brexit negotiations have been anything but harmonious,” says organiser John Brigden. “Our intention is for this fun event to return a degree of Entente Cordiale to the relationship between Britain and the EU, while delivering a truly unique and memorable driving experience.”