America's First Beater Rally Takes to the Road

America’s First Beater Rally Takes to the Road

America's first beater rally takes to the road in three months time from New York. The event is based on a successful and hugely popular set of events from Europe. Teams have to acquire vehicles costing less than $250 and drive them across America.

Teams from all over America are preparing their cars for the very first all-American beater rally. BABE2006 leaves from New York on May 25, 2006. The Teams must acquire cars costing less than $250 and have been tasked with making them road-worthy and able to complete a 1,500 mile fun run.

The first American event is dubbed the BABE Rally, short for Big Apple 2 Big Easy, and was originally planned to launch in early August 2005. Due to Hurricane Katrina and various charity events with the same name, the launch of BABE2006 was voluntarily delayed until October 1, 2005.

The BABE Rally is based on a hugely successful concept from the European Banger Rallies, Staples2Naples and Home2Rome, but is no pale knockoff. The same proven team organizes all three events.

Organizer Justin Clements said “I have run many European events, and because I have a home in America, many friends have urged me to do a similar event here as well. It’s definitely a new concept to the States, but I’ve found amateur American mechanics are equally up to the challenge of preparing an old car for its final trip – just like their British counterparts.

“Many people enjoy repairing cars in their spare time and the rallies give them an excuse to work on their cars.”

Clements stresses that the allure of a motoring event that centers around jalopies has nothing to do with speed or reckless driving, but more with the sheer quirkiness of it all.

"The appeal, I think, is that teams are not really competing with one another, but with their cars. The ultimate goal is to get your bucket of bolts to the end of the route with the most points accumulated from the daily challenges. Most of these cars can barely meet, much less exceed, the speed limit."

BABE2006 starts in New York on May 25 and ends in New Orleans on May 28 and covers around 1,500 miles. Registration for the event is still open.

For more information, visit www.baberally.com.

You May Also Like

Schaeffler Group Releases Series of LuK TSBs

In conjunction with its REPXPERT service brand, Schaeffler provides technical tips and service information for LuK products.

Schaeffler Group USA has released a series of technical and service bulletins for the LuK product line. The bulletins feature bleeding instructions, guided bleeding procedures and installation instructions for LuK slave cylinders, and DMF to solid flywheel conversions. In conjunction with their REPXPERT service brand, Schaeffler provides technical tips and service information for the LuK product line.

GB Remanufacturing Releases 2022 Year in Review

The GB Reman 2022 Year in Review is available for download.

Survey Shows Greater Trust in Service Professionals

More than 70% reported increased levels of trust in repair shops and/or service technicians.

SMP Closes the Year with 214 New Part Numbers

SMP says it is committed to providing replacement parts for hybrids and EVs through its Standard and Four Seasons brands.

NRS Brakes Adds 18 New Part Numbers for Multiple Models

According to NRS, these additions cover around 11.7 million vehicles.

Other Posts

ASE Offering Options for Testing and Recertification

ASE offers three testing options for service pros – in-person testing; the ASE renewal app; and ProProctor remote testing.

Bosch Releases Hydro-Boost Power Brake Assemblies

Hydro-Boost Power Brake Assembly now available to independent repair shops and DIY’ers.

Akebono Expands EURO Ultra-Premium Disc Brake Pad Kits

Company increases coverage by over 640,000 vehicles.

The Alliance And Federated Announce Strategic Collaboration

The collaboration provides a framework for sharing benefits and costs in a number of administrative and support areas.