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AutoRaise Rally 7th-9th September 2023

After the very successful 2022 U-Pol AutoRaise Rally, the 2023 Rally is being held from 7-9 September 2023 and it would appear to be one of the most stunning drives taking in the topography of East Anglia and the Lincolnshire Wolds (AONB).

A beautiful route awaits adventure loving participants keen to take on the 2023 AutoRaise Rally. The official starting grid will be at Lotus Cars’ HQ in Hethel, Norfolk, then heading off to take in the scenery over two days, including stays in Brigg and Lincoln.

Matt Windle, Group Vice-President and Managing Director, Lotus Cars, said, “What an honour to be hosting the official start of the 2023 AutoRaise Rally. We will be delighted to welcome the participants into The Pit Stop, our restaurant where the food is supplied by another Norfolk legend – the team of TV chef Delia Smith. It will be a great chance for us to show off the Hethel site, which has benefited from £100 million of investment in the last five years.”

With participating team numbers steadily increasing over the years and based on some teams who have already pre-registered, the AutoRaise Rally organisers are expecting a big demand. “We hope to sell out this year’s Rally and make it as much fun as 2022. I have put a huge effort into choosing the vast array of pit stops and activities en route. I just want people to enjoy themselves, and most importantly raise as much money as we possibly can!” Jen Evans, AutoRaise Business Manager commented.

Because of the anticipated demand, places will be reserved strictly on a first-come, first-served basis and by making a £500 deposit per team. The deadline for places is Monday 27th March 2023, although preference will be given to previous competitors, AutoRaise Partners and Affiliated Repairers.

Steve Thompson, AutoRaise Vice Chair said “After the most successful AutoRaise Rally to date last year, we have given ourselves a huge challenge to exceed this, in terms of fun, networking and fund raising! Our decision to stay in the UK and take in 3 counties on our 2 day ‘Viking themed’ rally was an easy one for us. We are hopeful that this will encourage more entrants from across the industry. Our starting grid this year will be at the Lotus Cars Headquarters in Hethel, Norfolk. We will start from their own test track and head out along the north Norfolk coast, through Cambridgeshire and into Lincolnshire as we again straddle the coastline with plenty of sites along the way. Not only is the driving and sceneries a huge pull for the AutoRaise Rally, but our evenings have been equally fantastic with live music, DJ sets and a suitable end to events with a feast fit for modern day Vikings on their voyage to raise awareness and income for young apprentices!”

Anticipated cost per team (assuming two people are sharing a double occupancy room for the two nights) to include all meals, accommodation, lunches, refreshment breaks, drinks receptions and provided entertainment will be £1,500.

Day one will see all drivers setting off from the starting grid at Lotus Cars’ HQ in Hethel, Norfolk before heading up the Norfolk coast, going inland to Cambridgeshire and then back onto the Lincolnshire Coast before making our way to Brigg.

Day two sees participants leaving Brigg and taking in the stunning scenery of the Lincolnshire Wolds before ending the day in Lincoln where there will be a drinks reception along with dinner and entertainment provided by the Wilderminds who performed at our 2022 event. On Saturday morning, everyone will enjoy breakfast at their leisure before heading off to their respective homes and a well deserved rest.

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