Hi My names Benn and I'm one of the Co-founders of Rally for Heroes, currently the Director of PR & Corporate Sponsorship. I'm currently serving with the Royal Navy, but am ex Army. I am married to Claire and we have two wonderful children, Eloise (8) and Ethan (7).
I've been a serving member of the Armed Forces since 1993 and have been posted worldwide to places such as Kenya, Germany, America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand as well as my fair share of tours to Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.
I am an absolute petrol-head, loving anything that has an engine in it and more importantly driving it! A keen track day enthusiast, I have frequented many of the UK’s race tracks as well as clocking up laps on the world-famous Nürburgring in Germany (although not quite as many as Mick!).
I'll be doing this years Rally with my best mate James. James is also Ex Forces, having left many years ago he moved onto retail owning his own Jewellery company until deciding to semi-retire this year.
He owns an absolutely insane Caterham Superlight 20 with the worlds supply of Carbon Fibre and no windscreen!
James is married to Clare and has 2 fantastic children, Abby 13 (going on 20!) and Aaron 11
Rally for Heroes is the ultimate excuse for us to carry out our favourite pastimes whilst raising money for charities very close to our hearts.
I've had a varied selection of cars since I've been doing the Rallys, from a Jaguar XFS on the first one to 4Ltr TVR Tuscan in 2012 & 2014 to last year when I changed the Tuscan for a fire-breathing 4.5Ltr V8 TVR Cerbera. Alas, the TVRs were ultimately costing too much to keep on the road so last year the TVR went...
But, its now been replaced by some American muscle in the form of a 2017 Mustang GT, 5Ltrs of ungodly V8 grunt & an obscenely loud exhaust all of which adds up to lots and lots of grins!
We have the pleasure of leading Team Golf this year which is comprised entirely from our event sponsors Deranged, I just hope they can keep up! ;-)
Ben & Kayliegh
Mercedes C63 AMG
Driver Ben Kilbey and co-driver Kayleigh Chamberlain.
This is our first Rally For Heroes and we are excited to be coming on this years rally! With a mix of family and friends in our group we cannot wait to set off on an adventure and make memories whilst support such a great cause.
I’m Ben and I am 28, an electrician from Essex, having grown up around a love of cars I am no expection, driving, watching, even just looking at what motor I can buy next are my favourite hobbies! Kayleigh is 27 and a hairdresser from London, she also has grown up around a love of cars, although she doesn’t quite share my passion I am sure I can get her there eventually. We have been together for just over 6 years and love going on adventures together.
We are doing the rally in the Mercedes Benz C63 which is a 6.2L V8. We have had this car for just over a year and it still puts a smile on my face every time I get in it. It has the best of both worlds with comfort, power and a cheeky little roar. We are going for the award for biggest fuel bill of the rally.
If you dont see us coming then you will definitely hear us.
Its great to be a part of raising money for such a great charity. The armed forces do so much for us and now its our turn to give back. Its never too late to donate so if you haven’t yet, please get over to our just give page. Even if you can only donate a pound it all helps.
Thank you and see you at the start line.
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Carl & Karen
Drivers: Carl Kilbey & Co-driver: Karen Kilbey
Karen and l have been married 35 years work together hand-weaving architectural Brass Grilles.
We were lucky enough to join the Rally for Heroes in the last few weeks when a place became available in our Sons and friends team.
The car we are driving does not have the bhp and speed of the others, but has great handling which will be a pleasure on the technical roads like in the alps. Our motorsport experience should help us safely through the challenging sections.
SAAFA est 1885 is a charity for all 3 of the armed forces and the families, the fallen have left behind. We will be driving a round 3000 miles to Bosnia and back, that’s 5 miles for person we lost in Afghanistan to raise over £100,000 for them.
Please give generously.