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BMW and MINI Enter the Allgau-Orient Rally

This year, BMW, MINI and BMW Group Classic are registered as partners of one of the biggest fundraising campaigns involving cars ever to be held, the Allgau-Orient Rally.
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This event is a beautiful initiative started by the automotive world that combines driving fun with fundraising skills. Out of the 250 entrants, 41  cars are BMWs, including 3 Series, 5 Series and 7 Series models.

The rules of the Rally are simple. Each team has €1,111.11 ($1,446) to buy a car that's at least 20 years old. They then have to prepare the car to undergo a long trip across Europe and all the way into Jordan, where the race ends.

On the way, the teams must cover maximum 666 km (416 miles) per day, they cannot use highways and they must leave the cars behind at the end of the race, to be sold for charity.

This year will be the 7th edition of this interesting Rally and over 500 people have already signed up for the event. The most popular BMW car to enter the contest this year will be the first 5 Series Touring, the E34.

The British brand will be represented by a MINI Cooper, model year 2003 that has over 180,000 km (110,000 miles) on its odometer. This car will be the only exception from the 20-year old rule and will be the official car of the organizing committee.

The Rally will start on the first week of May from Oberstaufen and will end in Amman, Jordan, going through parts of Germany and Austria before heading into Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and Bulgaria on their way to Turkey. From the southern Turkish port of Iskenderun the rally convoy will cross over by ferry to Haifa in Israel, before embarking on the final leg of its journey to Jordan, where the winners are due to be crowned on 17 May.
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