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Ford Anglia 105E Saloon - Article No 19

" Anglia Charity run to Moscow raises cash for BEN" - Ford Web Site Press Release - August 2007.

Ford Motor Company

BRENTWOOD, Essex, 6 August, 2007 – A national automotive charity has received a large cash boost after a Ford-supported 1964 Ford Anglia 105E successfully took part in a London to Moscow Rally.

John Bowers and Roy Springate, calling themselves Team Anglia, navigated the 43-year-old Ford Anglia on its 1,888-mile journey to raise approximately 12,000 for BEN, the automotive industry charity.
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John Bowers (left) and Roy Springate with their Ford Anglia before setting off for Moscow

BEN offers financial, emotional and practical help and support to more than 15,000 men, women and children connected with the automotive sector.

Ford covered the costs for Team Anglia to start the event, the first ever BEN Trafalgar Square to Red Square Rally.

Around 20 participants, in 11 vehicles, set off from central London on July 14 and crossed the channel over to the Hook of Holland, through Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and finally into Russia to the finishing line of Red Square in Moscow on July 21.

John and Roy, from Ilford and Stondon Massey in Essex, have both worked in the motor industry for most of their lives.

They were accompanied throughout their journey by an AA Mini Van with on–board mechanic, who was given his fair share of work by Team Anglia.

John said: "Our exhaust system came apart a few times and we suffered a major electrical failure of the windscreen wiper motor and, on occasions, the only way we could keep the engine temperature below 110 degrees was to put the heater on full and drive with the windows open.

"Despite all of these little problems, we still managed to keep up with, and often outrun, the rest of the pack."

While their car was transported back to the UK, Team Anglia flew back from Moscow, arriving at Heathrow Airport on Monday, July 23.

Roy, whose family have all worked for Ford, including his grandfather who worked on the Ford Anglia production line, said: "The Anglia is still a delightful car that was economical to run, big enough to hold all our luggage and spares and yet small enough to get between the lorries.

"I own four in total, including one which belonged to my grandfather, and the reason we chose the Anglia is because it is immense fun to drive."

Kelly Neal, BEN Events Manager, added: "The London to Moscow Rally raised an estimated 25,000 for BEN, and we would like to thank Team Anglia, and Ford, for their efforts and generous donation. Well done."

( Copyright Ford Motor Company - August 2007)