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KETTLE Ridge Crisps Dodgem Derby 2011

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The inaugural KETTLE® Ridge Crisps Dodgem Derby took place on Saturday 26 March and saw 6 competition winners take to the roads against AJB and ex Stig Ben Collins. The rally took place from Wallop to London in 4 custom made dodgems and featured 4 challenges along the way to determine the overall winner. We started at Thurxton Race Track where page 3 model and ‘Wallop Girl’ @AmiiGrove got us under starting orders and sent us on the way to the short drive to the sleepy village of Wallop. We then set about putting some extra Wallop into Britain with a quick photo shoot before heading on to our first challenge.

The inaugural KETTLE® Ridge Crisps Dodgem Derby took place on Saturday 26 March and saw 6 competition winners take to the roads against AJB and ex Stig Ben Collins. The rally took place from Wallop to London in 4 custom made dodgems and featured 4 challenges along the way to determine the overall winner. We started at Thurxton Race Track where page 3 model and ‘Wallop Girl’ @AmiiGrove got us under starting orders and sent us on the way to the short drive to the sleepy village of Wallop. We then set about putting some extra Wallop into Britain with a quick photo shoot before heading on to our first challenge.

The first pit stop challenge was at Micheldever Tyre & Auto Services. Each team had to remove and replace one wheel to strict judging guidelines. Team Flamed Steak, Ben Collins and AJB Joe, set the bar too high for the other teams with an F1 like 45 seconds to win by over a minute and take the prize. Teams Salt & Malt Vinegar and Cheese & Onion finished 2nd and 3rd respectively and Spicy Chilli were disqualified for ‘incorrect’ fitting.

P.S. we didn’t just make up these random team names, they are all flavours of Ridge Crisps!

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After a quick chat with the local fuzz we were back on the road, well 3 of us were…
Unfortunately the girls in Team Salt & Malt Vinegar managed to break their dodgem mid route! However we did all make it (albeit on a trailer) to challenge number two and playing cricket against the England team! OK not quite the England team, but a group of kids from Basingstoke Sports & Social club. Each team had a 4 ball over and a chance of 4 bonus points for mashing some spuds. Again AJB and Ben came out on top with 5 runs (4 from ahem, yours truly) and the 4 bonus points. We then had a few moments over lunch to watch the actual England get smashed by Sri Lanka before all 4 dodgems were back on the road (and under their own steam!)

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An hour long drive doing 55 in a dodgem on a motorway and we finally reached Campaign Paintball for our third challenge. Drive-by paintballing was first on the list, with teams taking aim at a Purple Stig (thanks Tim!). 3 teams managed to get 2 bonus points for direct hits before we headed into the forest for warfare. Good teamwork and flanking saw Team Flame Steak (yes, us) escape un-harmed and picking up full points again. Others however, were not so lucky with nurses Claire and Rebecca having to come to the rescue of others.

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The final drive, and detour, and getting lost, saw us eventually arrive at Daytona Motorsport Sandown Park where we swapped our dodgems for go-karts, some of the quickest go-karts in Europe (seriously quick!). With fairness in mind, Ben was handicapped in a standard twin engine kart, which was about 6 seconds a lap slower than ours. Now I know what you are thinking, Ben won? Another AJB Flamed Steak win? Afraid not…
With less than half a second separating the top 4 drivers, team Spicy Chilli took the 1 – 2 with Adam and Carl, Ben came in third and I came in a disappointing fourth. A quick chat with Hugh Grant (yeah that one but no Ms Brown present, I don’t think) and we were on the road for our final leg to London.

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It was dark and wet, but we eventually made it to Battersea Park in London, albeit with a few diversions (we really needed Sat Nav!), the scores were counted and Team Flamed Steak, AJB and Ben took the spoils with a near perfect 44 points, Sarah and Claire, Team Salt & Malt Vinegar finished second and both Team Cheese & Onion (Chris & Ian) and Team Spicy Chilli (Adam & Carl) came joint third. Being the suckers we are here at AJB for any girl in uniform (even a racing one) we didn’t feel it fair for us to take home the dodgem, so well done to Claire and Sarah who get to keep their wacky mobile!

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In total we clocked up a total of over 300 miles, 8 helmets, 7 pit stops, 6 competition winners, 5 mechanics, 4 dodgems, 3 counties, 2 race circuits, 1 sack of potatoes, 1 Glamour Girl, 1 ex Stig, a lifetime’s supply of crisps and an amazing blog!

A huge thanks to Kettle Chips UK, who you can keep up to date with on Facebook. and Twitter for other comps and we look forward to next year! Some ‘behind the scenes’ pictures can also be seen on our Facebook Page.

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