Disabled soldiers conquer toughest car rally
THE Race2Recovery team of injured soldiers and civilian volunteers competing in the 2014 Dakar rally has made history for the second year running by once again finishing the “world’s toughest race”.
Sponsored by Land Rover, they became the first ever disabled team to finish the Dakar in 2013 and, by successfully crossing the line in the 2014 event, they have written themselves into the record books once again.
The truck’s on-board team included Corporal Daniel Whittingham, from Nottingham, a below-theknee amputee after injuries sustained in Afghanistan. He, along with truck driver Mark Cullum, from Hereford, and co-driver Chris Ratter, from Knutsford, battled across some of the world’s toughest terrain, including the Atacama Desert and Andes mountain range, before arriving at the final checkpoint after more than 9,100km of racing. A total of 204 vehicles completed the race in which just over 50 per cent of racers were forced to withdraw.
AVERAGE used car values at BCA (British Car Auctions) rose sharply last year. Experts put this down to the combination of buyer demand and an ongoing shortage of retail quality stock.
Across the board, the average value of a used car sold at BCA in 2013 was £7,056, a rise of £857 compared to 2012 (up 13.8per cent). It is the highest annual figure on record. Average age and mileage declined to 61 months and 56,400 miles respectively.
The peak month for value was December where the combination of a short trading month and reduced supply resulted in record values. April posted the lowest monthly value.