Rob Rinder and Buttle UK team up for The Italian Job 2018

10th November 2017


Rev your MINI engines for The Italian Job 2018  Rally – registration now OPEN! Reserve your place for only £200.  Only 100 cars can take part – so hurry if you want to secure your place in the essential fixture of the classic car enthusiasts calendar.

Fans of the iconic ‘The Italian Job’ film, staring Michael Caine, can now relive the experience and help raise funds to in support of the 4m children in the UK living in poverty.

Star of BBC Strictly Come Dancing and ITV’s Judge Rinder, Rob Rinder, has pushed the button on registration for ‘The Italian Job Charity/Celebrity Rally’ - a MINI trip of a lifetime taking place in Italy next year.  

Rob Rinder, making a special appearance at Birmingham’s NEC for ‘The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show with Discovery’ has officially opened registration for MINI drivers, with a passion for the 1960’s British classic car, to take part in the long-running event.

It doesn’t matter what type of MINI you own, classic or modern, all are welcome along with any of the other classic cars featured in the film (i.e. Fiat 500, Alfa Giulia, E-Type Jaguar, Aston Martin DB4, London Cab, Fiat Dino Coupe, Lamborghini Miura).

MINI and classic car enthusiasts from all over the UK, Europe and further afield are now invited to join the charity fund-raising trip of a lifetime, following in the tyre tracks of Michael Caine’s 1969 caper film, through the Swiss Alps, across Italy and even onto the rooftop test track of the world famous Fiat factory building in Turin.

The 2018 adventure starts with cars being flagged of in Imola on Saturday 27th October where you will explore Emilia Romagna; the land of Ducati, Lamborghini and Ferrari before going onto visit cities including Bologna, Modena and Revenna and then heading North to the finishing line in Turnin via Monza. 100 MINI and/or classic car enthusiasts will head for the starting line before spending 7 adventure filled days driving well off the beaten track through beautiful un-spoilt scenery avoiding major roads to discover the magic of real Italy. 

On route you will participate in a navigational Rally, a Italian Automobile Club sanctioned event, which puts your driving skills and navigational ability to the test, with penalty points awarded for any errors of skill, precision or timekeeping.  In previous years, ‘Jobbers’ approach these trials variously as either an enjoyable bit of fun or with a more honed competitive edge! The winning team is that which receives the fewest number of penalties.  

The cost of this unique adventure holiday (based on 2 people in a each car) is £895 per person inclusive of: 6 nights in 4-star hotel accommodation (x4 in Imola and 2 in Turin); daily breakfast, luncheon and dinner with local wines included; ferry crossings (Dover-Calais-Dover); exclusive visits to local vineyards and racing circuits; assistance & escorting; parking fee; service & taxes.  Full details at

The Italian Job has already raised over £3 million for children’s charities and next year the main beneficiary will by the grant giving charity Buttle UK.  Buttle UK plan to use the monies raised to give 1000 children a bed to sleep in.  The Charity estimate that over 400,000 children in the UK do not have a bed of their own which leads to children lacking sleep, affecting concentration and therefore academic achievement.  

Rally originator and organiser Frederick St George commented on the unique holiday experience, “we offer a totally unique, action-packed experience including driving on International Grand Prix Circuits, enjoying off-the-beaten-track places, exclusive visits and being led in convoy by traffic police through busy city centres. All the time we’re raising desperately needed funds for Buttle UK, helping to transform the lives and well being of children all over the UK.”

Gerri McAndrew, CEO of Buttle UK who joined Rob Rinder to make the announcement added, “These are particularly tough times for families that are struggling and we know the numbers of children living in poverty are rising all the time. We hope that any MINI owner will seriously consider taking part next year and help make a real difference to over 1000 children. It is certainly a fun way to help children and what’s more 100% of any sponsorship money raised next year will go directly to helping these children in need and to give them a chance in life.”

You are urged to book your place now at  Places are strictly limited to 100 Minis and/or classic cars that featured in the original film. 

Raising a targeted £1,500 per car for Buttle UK is a condition of entry (this equates to 10 beds per car for a child in need).  Full rules and regulations together with detailed itinerary will be forwarded when you book your holiday.  

The Italian Job Rally 2018 starts on October 27th and reaches the finishing line on November 2nd

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