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It is great fun, but it also is an opportunity to raise money for very worthy charities. Clark from our friends at Team Foolswagen reminded us why Toys For Tots and Hot Rodders Children’s Charity (which supports Toys For Tots and many other charities focused on providing for needy children) are so deserving of support.

For those of you who already have pledged your support for those two great charities, thank you. If you have not yet had the chance to do so, please click the Pledge tab at the top of our website and pledge your support too.

Thanks for reading, and see you on the road!

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Nobody actually knows which pieces of automotive detritus will show up at the starting line on Day 1 before it actually happens.  There are two reasons for this… First, not every team announces what they will be bringing in advance. Second, not every team that does announce what car they are bringing in advance will actually make it to the starting line.  There is a frighteningly high rate of attrition when trying to get 20+ year old, sub-$500 cars to move out of the driveway much less several hundred or thousand miles to the starting line of the Rally. However, some teams have announced their intentions and most of them have a history of making to the starting line (or catching up with the Rally a few days later) and so we have a sense for at least some of the craptacular vehicles that should be coming along for the adventure.

And craptacular they are!  In addition to our own 1969 Dodge Dart Custom barn rescue, a few of the more… interesting… vehicles expected  at the starting line include:

– a 1971 Ford C-750 Cab Over gas semi tractor

– a 1971 VW Beetle

– a 1974 VW Thing

– a 1978 Mercury Colony Park wagon

– a 1981 Lancia Beta coupe

– a 1985 VW Quantum Diesel (modified to run on waste vegetable oil (WVO))

Peruse the slideshow below to see some of the rust, duct tape and bailing wire holding together the remains of once-spectacular cars competing in the 2013 BigApple2BigEasy Rally!

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Not safe for work. Not Safe For Work. NOT SAFE FOR WORK! (Are we clear on this?)

Fifty screaming, exhausted and varyingly intoxicated participants, friends and fans… A near-photo finish (by BABE standards, anyway)… A surprise marriage proposal… Is it any surprise so many people come back to the Rally year after year? 🙂

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Alex of 2011 BABE Rally Team Three Amigos stopped by the party on Night 0 to check in with old friends, make some new ones, and cope emotionally with the fact that his schedule wouldn’t allow him to run the 2012 BABE Rally with us. As always, the aspiring filmmaker had a camera with him and couldn’t resist having a little fun with it. Thanks, Alex!

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Our good friends Foolswagen took first place, and we couldn’t be happier – they also were competing for a worthy cause, Kidd’s Kids.

More details to follow.

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A good day for the team and the car, with a fun challenge to boot!  Watch the video for details and to meet some of the other teams supporting great charities in the 2012 BigApple2BigEasy Rally.

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Dave Zatz of Allpar.com spent some time on Night 0 with each of the Mopar teams getting their stories and some great photos. A new feature story posted this morning to share them.

Also check out some voluminous updates to Allpar.com’s coverage of  THOTC in the 2012 BABE Rally,  including new photos and video not seen elsewhere.

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A long but interesting and fulfilling day for the team.

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