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Bumble Bee Rally an astounding success for charity

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The inaugural Bumble Bee Rally has been a huge success and raised over £12,000 for the charity Richmond's Hope.

The inaugural Bumble Bee Rally has been a huge success and raised over £12,000 for the charity Richmond's Hope.

Bumble Bee drivers prepare to leave Holyrood Palace

Hundreds gathered at Edinburgh's Holyrood Palace on Sunday 8th May to see the Bumble Bee Rally piped off into the mist to begin their 1,600 kilometre journey across Europe.

Bumble Bee Rally line it up in Ulm, Germany

15 cars, a motorbike and 25 drivers navigated from Edinburgh to Amsterdam down through Germany's Black Forest and over the Swiss Alps for a pit stop in St. Moritz before arriving at Lake Como from where the fleet motored on down to Monte Carlo. 

Bumble Bee Rally arrives at the Belvedere Bellagio, Lake Como

50 guests flew in from across Europe for a gala dinner at the exclusive Le Berlugan a La Plage in Beaulieu-Sur-Mer where an auction was held to help boost the charity fund.

Bumble Bee Rally drivers Alan O'Connor and Stephen Turner take a wet pit stop in Varenna, Lake Como

Cars included marques such as Porsche, BMW, Aston Martin, AC Cobra, Jaguar, Ferrari and a very rare Le Manse Porsche GT1. 

Bumble Bee Rally drivers Ken Pritchard and Jurgen Ernst

The oldest car on the route was a 1957 Porsche Speedster Outlaw driven by rally organiser Alan O'Connor who said they encountered all sorts of weather over the five day event, from sunshine in Amsterdam, freezing hail in the Alps to torrential rain in the Lake's. 

Bumble Bee Rally drivers summit the Julier Pass in Switzerland

O'Connor organised the rally in memory of his friend Richard Barlas who made the same trip with him in 2008 and who sadly passed away last year at a young age leaving behind his wife Claire and four adorable children. 

Bumble Bee Rally organisers Alan O'Connor and Ken Pritchard

Richmond's Hope is a charitable organisation who provide counselling for bereaved children and the money raised will help train much needed counsellors.

Sun goes down on the Bumble Bee Rally at Le Burlugan a La Plage just outside Monaco

Seiko was the Bumble Bee Rally's official corporate sponsor and hosted a photo shoot at the Seiko Boutique in the centre of Amsterdam where crowds gathered to watch an impressive array of cars.

Bumble Bee Rally organiser Alexandra Hayward



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