An Epsom man has taken part in a four-day driving challenge through the French Alps to raise money for an automotive charity.

James Rowe, who was representing the TrustFord dealership in Epsom, set out on the 1,500 mile journey on Friday, October 5, to raise money for the charity Ben.

Bangers4Ben is a four-day driving challenge, which sees teams decorate their cars and drive to a secret location in Europe over four days.

This year marked the 10th Anniversary of the event, with a course that passed through Reims, Stuttgart and Bruges.

Colleagues applied from across the TrustFord dealer network, and four were selected to participate in teams of two.

James was chosen to represent the TrustFord Epsom dealership alongside Emma Megaw (Newtownards Road, Northern Ireland), Tommy Hornsby (TrustFirstParts, Warrington) and Dawn Giles (Gillingham).

Stuart Foulds, Chairman and Chief Executive of TrustFord, said: “Ben is an important charity for anyone in the automotive industry, so we’re pleased to be able to take part in Bangers4Ben again this year.

“We had a huge number of entries from right across the business, and I hope that our selected four have a great time with their colleagues as they complete the challenge.”

TrustFord has long supported Ben - an independent charity that partners with the automotive industry to provide support for life to its people and their families.

Everyone who works, or has worked, in the automotive industry can access the charity’s confidential, free support services for themselves and their family dependents.

The vehicles will be auctioned off later this month to add to this total. Contributions can be made at