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Date added: 21 August 2008

The Wombles are back! 

Story update: Thursday 28 August 2008
Fifth place for The Wombles!

After months of preparation, local businessman Gordon Harker and 'Team Womble' have returned from a four-day adventure in the Ramshackle Rally.
Ramshackle Rally
Team Womble!:
Gordon Harker (right) and friends
achieve fifth place in the Ramshackle Rally
Gordon, manager of Swindon's Bang & Olufsen outlet in Wood Street, joined forces with friends to take on the challenge - driving 1,500 miles across Europe in aid of children's charity NSPCC.
And with 97 teams crossing the starting line in Calais earlier this week, the boys were elated to finish in fifth place overall.
If you'd like to learn more about their trip, or want to make a donation, please follow the links below.

Swindon businessman to drive 1,500 miles in £100 car
21 August 2008

Swindon's Bang & Olfusen owner Gordon Harker
He must be mad!:
Bang & Olufsen's Gordon
Harker prepares for his journey
The boss of one of Swindon's most prestigious businesses is embarking on the drive of his life tomorrow, in aid of children's charity NSPCC.
Gordon Harker, who owns audiovisual specialist Bang & Olufsen of Swindon, has teamed up with three friends to enter the Ramshackle Rally - a 1,500 mile adventure across Europe.
The route will take the intrepid foursome through France, Italy, Monaco and Spain - and, barring breakdowns, should take four days.
Rules state that cars must not cost more than £100, so Gordon and his friends have invested in an ancient Ford Mondeo estate with more than 100,000 miles on the clock.
Gordon said: "It's a crazy fun challenge but the serious side is to raise as much money as we can for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children which is a really worthy cause.
"I honestly don't know if the car will make it so I'm taking my Bang & Olufsen mobile phone just in case there are any emergencies!"
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Bang & Olufsen Swindon - website
Ramshackle Rally 2008 - Gordon's blog
Team Womble fundraising - donate here!