Twin Town Challenge 2014


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1 Weekend. 3 Race Tracks. 12 Challenges. 1000 Miles. £500 Car!
Are you up for the challenge? Join the Twin Town challenge from
Witney to France on 23-26 May 2014. Learn More »

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Map of the Route

You'll be driving from Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire taking to the track at Brands Hatch, and then heading to Dover. Once across the English Channel, it's off to Le Touquet for a Civic Reception at the Town Hall. The next destination is Le Mans, where again, there's confirmation for the teams to take part in a track challenge!



The Itinerary

Day 1: Fri 23 May

  • 8:00VIP Departure of cars from Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire with breakfast butties tea and coffee.
  • 11:00Arrive at Brands Hatch for a Safety Briefing before completing challenges and a parade lap of the circuit.
  • 14:00Depart Brands Hatch for Dover where we take the 16.20hrs Le Suttle to Calais.
  • 20:00Arrive in Le Touquet with a Civic Reception at Salle d'Honeur.

Day 2: Sat 24 May

  • 6.30Depart from Le Touquet for Le Mans.
  • 11:00Arrive at Le Mans for a safety briefing before completing two laps of the Bugatti circuit.
  • 14:00Return to Le Touquet via some madcap challenges.
  • 18:00Free night to enjoy the delights of Witney's beautiful twin town of Le Touquet.

Day 3: Sun 25 May

  • 10:00Depart for the beautiful circuit of Croix En Ternois for another series of challenges.
  • 11:00Arrive at Croix En Ternois for a Safety Briefing before completing five laps of the circuit.
  • 14:00Depart Croix En Ternois for journey back to Le Touquet.
  • 18:00Party night involving a street closure and top covers band The Village Idiots.

Day 4: Mon 26 May

  • 11:00Depart Le Touquet for Calais and the 1320Hrs Le Shuttle back to the UK.
  • 15:00Arrive in Witney where you may choose to ‘donate’ your vehicle to Special Effect.
  • 15:30Depart ‘car depository’ for the homecoming party at Witney Lakes.
  • 16:00Gala BBQ, Prize Giving & ‘Money Can’t Buy’ Auction with Celebrity Auctioneer Jonty Hearnden.


What is a Twin Town Challenge?

It is a unique and amazing Anglo-French driving event to drive a car from Witney to France, taking in the circuits of Brands Hatch, Le Mans and Croix En Ternois with plenty of surprising challenges on the way, keeping you on your toes and guaranteeing you a long weekend you'll never forget!

Who is originating it and what's the point?

Our marvellous supporter Brendon Cross is organising this unique and amazing Anglo-French driving event! It's a points-based challenge to drive a car, costing teams no more than £500 (you can spend additional money on pimping up the car and making it roadworthy). It's all in aid of raising money for SpecialEffect. And there will be points for grabs:

  • The best fancy dress.
  • The most competent at various driving challenges.
  • The best decorated vehicle.

Disclaimer. This event is organised by a third party. SpecialEffect have no responsibility for its organisation or any liability in respect of it.

When is it?

It's all happening from 23-26 May 2014. But you need to register well before that. Please see full itinerary above.

Who's going?

Your team will consist of a maximum of four people per car, and in total there should be between 200-250 people joining in the fun, including guides and marshals.

How much will it cost?

Teams must spend no more than £500 per car (you can spend additional money on pimping up the car and making it roadworthy), with a joining fee of £995. Please note that accommodation, petrol, food and entertainment costs will be on top of that!

What if my car breaks down on the way?

There will be a ‘Bus of Shame’ for those who break down along the way!

How do I register for the event?

Step 1
Make sure your team have got £995 to join, and you are happy to purchase a £500 car? If so move on to Step 2 quickly, because only the first 80 teams who pay the £995 joining fee will be part of the fun!

Step 2
Pay your team registration fee of £995 to the following bank account: HSBC Sort Code 40-35-34, Account No. 13895645 (Please use the team name that you registered in the form as the reference). If you're paying by cheque, make it payable to: "Special Effect Twin Town Challenge 2014" and send to: Brendon Cross, c/o STL Communications, Park House, Station Lane, Witney, Oxon OX28 4LH.

Once you’ve registered and paid, you’ll receive full instructions for uploading your team profile as well as more information about some of the events, challenges and accommodation suggestions.

Step 3
Complete the Registration Form by clicking on a "Register Now" button above.

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Aren't there any important details?

Yes, there are. This is NOT a race, but a series of driving and non-driving challenges for which points will be awarded. All vehicles MUST be roadworthy and legal in the UK and in France. You will be asked to provide a receipt proving that your vehicle cost no more than £500. You'll be accompanied by a team of official mechanics to assist in the event of breakdown or technical difficulty. If your vehicle ‘dies terminally’ then this is your responsibility (although there are plans to make arrangements with local recovery agencies). In the event that you're rendered ‘carless’ during the event there'll be a 'Bus of Shame' to help with your onward journey. Satnavs are allowed BUT additional points will be awarded for teams using traditional maps and following road signs. The event will be covered by a TV crew and an official photographer. The VIP departure from Cornbury will be covered by local radio.

How can I sponsor this event?

There are some great opportunities for you to get involved with the event at a sponsorship level, just download the Sponsorship Pack below for more information.

Download Sponsorship Pack »


The Challenges


Challenge 1: Clarkson’s Coolwall (max 500 points)

Find out if Jeremy thinks your car is sub-zero, cool, uncool or seriously uncool when he positions you on his coolwall.

Challenge 2: Rogues Gallery (max 500 points)

Complete your team profile, car/team pics and your favourite picture of the event for a maximum of 500 points

Challenge 3: Car-Beer-Etta Signing (max 500 points)

Get a celebrity to sign your bottle of limited edition beer and earn up to 250 points for the signature and a further 250 for your photo of the signing.

Challenge 4: Safe & Sound (max 500 points)

Attend the safety briefing on Thursday April 10th and earn 400 points plus an additional 100 points for handing in a signed bottle of beer.

Challenge 5: Brands Hatch (max 500 points)

Fun on the Grand Prix circuit at this iconic Kent venue, the UK’s best loved race track!

Challenge 6: No Hands! (max 500 points)

How quickly can you complete a lap of a tough rally circuit using only your eyes to steer your car? A very special video game challenge!

Challenge 7: Le Mans (max 500 points)

Frolics on the Bugatti circuit at the home of the most iconic endurance race in the world.

Challenge 8: Car Booty (max 500 points)

Before setting off for Croix en Ternois we will provide you with a list of unusual items to collect.

Challenge 9: Tyred & Emotional (max 500 points)

A unique challenge just before you set off around Croix en Ternois circuit!

Challenge 10: Casino Royale (max 500 points)

Ian Fleming lived in Le Touquet and Casino Royale was based on the town’s casino. Earn up to 500 points for your team’s 007 themed photograph taken somewhere in the town and posted on your team profile page!

Challenge 11: European Aunt Sally Championship (max 600 points)

Has your team got what it takes to become European Champions at this traditional Oxfordshire game? What do you mean you've never heard of Aunt Sally? Google it!

Challenge 12: Right on Range Road… the final challenge! (max 1000 points)

Get to the end of Range Road in Witney and turn left to go straight to the homecoming party and no points OR turn right and drop your car off at West Oxfordshire Motor Auctions for a whopping 1000 points!


Risk Assessment

Download a pdf of the Twin Town Risk Assessment (pdf document)


Schedule of Insurance for the Event

Here's the Schedule of Insurance for the event, should you need it (pdf document). This doesn't cover your car, so remember that you're responsible for insuring your own vehicle. Contact Mark Fitzgerald at Bridle Insurance by calling him on 08450 349648 or emailing


The Twin Town Challenge event is organised by Brendon Cross, with the proceeds going to SpecialEffect. Any enquiries should be made to the organisers on 01993 220666 or email