Following on the heels of the hugely successful Help for Heroes Rallies of 2010 and 2011, which have raised a massive £310,000 for the charity, the third running of the event has been announced for 2012. The rally follows the path and tells the story of the WWII Allied Invasion of Europe.
The Allied Forces landed in France early on D-Day morning – 6th June 1944. The Help for Heroes 4x4 European Rally 2012 will retrace much of that route. This event will start from Littlecote House Hotel, Wiltshire on 16 June 2012. It will be a 2000 mile adventure through Europe over a 12 day period. We anticipate that this non-speed touring assembly will again be fully subscribed with 45 vehicles crewed by serving and ex-military personnel, as well as civilians and families with children. It will be part military history tour (including museums etc), some fun activities, part off-road driving and part club-type social, open to road-legal 4x4 vehicles. The money raised will be donated to our chosen charity, Help for Heroes. The goal is to raise £160,000 or more.
Event Summary: After using byways on Salisbury Plain the rally travels to Portsmouth to embark on the ferry to France. In addition to visiting WWII historic areas in Normandy, the H4H 4x4 Rally route will take in the WWI battlefields of the Somme and Ypres. It will then visit Arnhem in Holland location of ‘Operation Market Garden’ before heading south to Bastogne in Belgium where the Germans made a final push in the famous ‘Battle of the Bulge’. After visiting the Alsace region of France the route journeys into Germany and Dachau with its horrors of war. The event will conclude after visiting Hitler's 'impenetrable' Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden, Bavaria 12 days later.
The organisers acknowledge the support of The AA, Brittany Ferries, Cambrian Fuel Card Services, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, DFDS Seaways, Domino’s Pizza, FwdFwd Off-Road Centre, Land Rover, O2, Marshal Military Sales, Skytag GPS Tracking, Terberg DTS UK, Warner Leisure Hotels.
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