Ford Galaxy rally car - Screwball Rally 2018

From the 20th – 24th September 2018, Billericay resident, John Dillion and his 4 man team will coax a £500 Ford Galaxy across Europe, travelling over 200 miles to compete in the 2018 Screwball Rally Challenge.

The rally is a 5 day European road trip with 80 other like minded teams travelling across 8 countries.

The route

  • Essex - Dover
  • Calais, France
  • Koblenz, Germany
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Wroclaw, Poland
  • Hannover, Germany
  • Calais, France
  • then home to Billericay. If it makes it that far...

With a matching roof box and spoiler, these endurance fuelled automotive fanatics will put themselves and the car through its biggest test to date in order to complete the challenge and return home safely. John told us about this epic challenge:

"This is the second year that we have participated in the Screwball rally, the event has raised thousands of pounds for all sorts of charities, all over the UK, but we decided to take part to challenge test not only our mechanical skills but our ability to be cooped up in a car with 5 people for over 2000 miles! We have been allowed to purchase a car upto the value of £700 and spend as much on it as you like, as you will see the journey will be interesting."

This is all in the name of fundraising for Mayflower Performing Arts, a Billericay based youth activity who continue to provide a fun and rewarding activity to local girls of boys from the age 5.

"This charity is close to my heart, both my daughters are associated with them and they have provided a wonderful, secure environment for both of them to really express and come out of themselves socially"

You can donate online here: or find out more about the Screwball Rally here: 

Or you can follow the team's journey via Twitter using hashtag #screwballrally.

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