15 Jun 2024
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Welcome to the Dollhouse: UKGBE teams up with LKQ Euro Car Parts for Bangers4Ben

The Dublin Driving Dolls are the team from The UK Garage and Bodyshop Event (UKGBE), presented by Automechanika Birmingham, who will be taking on Bangers4Ben, being held 7-10 October across Ireland.

The team will be taking on the 1,500-mile challenge in a Barbie-themed Citroen, which cost less than £750, as with all the teams. There is also a £1,050 entry fee. Post-event, all cars are auctioned off to raise even more funds for the charity.

UKGBE has partnered with LKQ Euro Car Parts and established aftermarket business owners Louise Baker and Rachel Murray, who also teamed up with Automechanika Birmingham in 2019, and last year too. Louise owns independent garage, Womanic, while. Rachel is a 25-year-old freelance refinisher specialising in the automotive industry, as well as having experience in marine, commercial and domestic spraying.

Riding shotgun with them will Alex Jones, Marketing Director at Messe Frankfurt UK, organisers of Automechanika Birmingham and UKGBE, along with Karena Shahid, Regional Account Manager at LKQ Euro Car Parts.

Karena commented: “I’m thrilled to be part of the Dublin Driving Dolls team for Bangers4Ben 2023, joining a fun bunch of ladies to raise money for charity and having a good laugh along the way – what’s not to love?”

Alex added: “Joining Bangers4Ben provides us a great opportunity to support the mental health charity community and also celebrate a more diverse workforce. Us Driving Dolls are on a mission to promote diversity in the industry.”

This year the rally will again be run by Automation Events in support of Ben.
To support Automechanika Birmingham’s Dublin Driving Dolls team, go to: https://giving.ben.org.uk/pf/dublindrivingdolls