John McGowan

Team 001 - The Grumpy Old Veteran - fundraiser for Blind Veterans UK

Fundraising for Blind Veterans UK
raised of £2,000 target
by 11 supporters
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The Veterans Banger Rally 2023, 24 September 2023
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Welcome to "Team 001 - "The Grumpy Old Veteran"

John (aka The Grumpy Old Veteran) will be taking on the 2023 Veterans Banger Rally from North Wales to Gibraltar and back in September 2023.

With my son having to drop out due to personal reasons, I was left with a dilemma;

A. Carry out the rally on my own (not very good for health and safety reasons)


B. Try to recruit some idiots to travel with me!!

Well on that note, I placed a plea on social media and I am pleased to say that two gentlemen stepped forward to take on the challenge.

Mr Chris Davies of Abergele

Mr Scot Griffiths of Wrexham

The three of us had never met before, however have quickly realised that we have a passion of helping others and also a health obsession for cars!

We will be raising funds for The Blind Veterans UK charity.

We will be travelling in the luxury of a 19 year old Citroen C2 1.1 petrol. (Ideal power for going up and over the Pyrenees Mountains - NOT)

Once i hit Gibraltar, we will simply scrap the car and fly home.


As I am not only taking part in the rally, but am also the rally organiser overall, I, along with several other teams will be featured in two episodes of the award winning TV show, “Bargain Loving Brits in the Sun”

The show will be filming for 3 days with us from Benidorm to Gibraltar

***** I have been set a CHALLENGE *****

That I would get a tattoo of the shows logo whilst in Benidorm!!!!!

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IF (and it’s a BIG “IF”) We reach our target of £1000+ on here, I WILL agree to getting it done!

Gawd only know what my wife will say!!!!!


If you want to see me in pain “ON TV” then you know what to do……..

I’m guessing I’m safe because as I type this message we are 2%towards our target!!!! So I’m safe from the needle!!

A massive thank you to one of our sponsors, Mr Andy Wild of Viper Graphics Wales for all your hard work in getting the car ready.

Would you like to see your name and/or business on my little car for the rally, with the chance of seeing it on TV?

Get in touch today with your details via and we will get this arranged for you. Prices start from from just £10.

Please support this Grumpy Old Veteran, in my challenge.

More info on the rally can be found at or via most social media channels.

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Blind Veterans UK

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We believe every blind veteran should be able to lead the life they choose. At Blind Veterans UK we’re one, transformational team. We provide rehabilitation, training, practical advice and emotional support. Together we can help rebuild lives.

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