Drive my car: Opus Energy teams smash charity challenge

In late May, 100 wacky racers took on the Twin Town Challenge, a fun charity car rally which sees competitors drive from Witney, Oxfordshire to its twin town of Le Touquet, France over the late May Bank Holiday weekend.

The catch? The car must cost no more than £500.

The challenge is a biennial event, taking place once every two years. The inaugural race took place in 2014 and has become a fixture and a firm favourite event amongst Opus Energy employees. It’s more than just a weekend of fun, however.

The main aim is to raise money for SpecialEffect, an Oxfordshire charity which helps people with physical disabilities to play videogames for rehabilitation and therapeutic purposes.

There were four teams representing Opus Energy at the event, collectively raising more than £4,000 for a fantastic cause.

How did it all unfold?

The Twin Town Challenge started at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on the morning of Friday 25th May, with the drivers arriving in Le Touquet by the evening. En-route there were a number of challenges over the course of the weekend, plus a celebration to welcome the drivers on arrival in Le Touquet.

It was a fantastic event involving more than its fair share of fancy dress and elaborately-decorated and eye-catching cars, with a strong movie theme from our champions. The Opus Energy contingent included a Jaws-themed car complete with inflatable shark, a Jurassic Park replica, as well as a Grease-tribute team and an homage to 101 Dalmatians.

The drivers returned from Le Touquet after two days. Despite valiant efforts (and perhaps predictably) not every car made it back to England of its own volition. Those that did could make their final donation to Special Effect, who auctioned the cars to raise even more money.

The Twin Town Challenge will be relived on 7th September at Le Grand Ball, a final celebration of the event when the final fundraising total will be announced. Tickets are available from the Twin Town Challenge website.

To see more pictures and videos from the event, you can look at the Twin Town Challenge hashtag on Twitter, and see some of the local coverage here.

We’re incredibly proud of our teams, who all made smashing efforts (whether their whips made it to the finish line or not).

If you’d like to help out by donating to Special Effects, click here to make a difference.

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