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What is the Twin Town Challenge?

At its simplest, the Twin Town Challenge is a fun charity car rally. Teams buy a £500 banger and pimp their ride however they like. Then over Spring Bank Holiday weekend they take an epic road trip.

The route goes from Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire to Witney's twin town, Le Touquet in northern France. Along the way you'll take on challenges and the occasional lap of a circuit. The event is in aid of SpecialEffect – a charity focused on improving the lives of the physically disabled.

We arrange a series of fun events and challenges before the main event to help you get in the spirit and meet your fellow Twin Towners. These will see you rubbing shoulders with celebrities, stoking team rivalries and having great fun.

The big jamboree is in Le Touquet itself, where our French compatriots throw a street party extravagaza. Expect live bands, fine French food and flowing drinks to help you toast your successful trip!

On our return to Merry England, afternoon tea and an awards ceremony round off a fantastic, fun weekend. All in aid of a great cause.

"Really great fun, with great people and all for a great cause. I'd do it again tomorrow!"

Established in 2014, the Twin Town Challenge takes place every two years. To date the event has raised over £450,000 for SpecialEffect.

Organised by Brendon Cross, the event attracts teams from a wide range of backgrounds. In previous years we have seen teams from West Oxfordshire businesses, the games industry and some of the world's top tech firms, but all are welcome.

"Epic road trip. Enormous fun AND raising funds for fantastic charity"

What's involved?

The full events calendar will be set in early 2018. Keep an eye on the events page for fundraising opportunities and get-togethers in the build up to the main event.

Twin Town 2016 itinerary

Check out the itinerary from last time to get a flavour of what the Twin Town Challenge 2018 will offer.


  • 08:30 – VIP Departure of 100 £500 cars from Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire.
  • 09:30 – Arrive at Silverstone for a safety briefing before completing challenges and parade laps. Form up on the grid for departure.
  • 12:00 – Depart Silverstone for Folkestone where we take the afternoon Eurotunnel to France.
  • 19:00 – Arrive in Le Touquet for a TTC16 Soiree Francais.


  • 10:00 – Rendevous at ‘Operational HQ’ in Le Touquet for some more awesome challenges.
  • 13:00 – Share a typically French lunch with your team mates and other Twin Towners.
  • 14:00 – Civic Reception & drinks.
  • 16:00 – A free evening for you to enjoy the beautiful town of Le Touquet at your leisure .


  • 10:00 – Depart for a day at the fantastic Abbeville circuit.
  • 11:00 – Safety briefing before completing challenges on and around the Abbeville tracks.
  • 16:00 – Depart Abbeville for Le Touquet.
  • 19:00 – ‘Themed Gala Evening’ and street party in Le Touquet with live bands including the ‘Village Idiots’ for you to dance the night away to!


  • 10:30 – Depart Le Touquet for Calais and Le Shuttle back to Blighty!
  • 15:00 – Arrive at West Oxfordshire Motor Auctions where you may choose to ‘donate’ your vehicle to SpecialEffect.
  • 15:15 – Depart West Oxfordshire Motor Auctions by shuttle bus for the prize-giving & awards.
  • 15:30 – Afternoon tea and prize giving at Abbott Diabetes and a chance to say au revoir to your TTC16 friends.

How do I take part?

To take part in the Twin Town Challenge 2018 you'll need to enter your team. There is a registration fee of £995 for each team, £500 of which is payable at the point of registration.

Once you've entered you'll receive full details of what's required, but here's an outline:

  • Find a team of up to 4.
  • Enter your team online and create your team profile page.
  • Buy a £500 banger and make it your own. Don't forget to update your profile page with pictures!
  • Take part in fundraising activities to raise money ahead of the main event.
  • Compete in fun challenges and try to get the most points.
  • Drive from Blenheim Palace to Le Touquet for a long weekend of fun and fundraising.
  • Attend the awards ceremony and celebrate.
  • Watch the movie and relive the Twin Town experience with friends and family.

See how SpecialEffect helps

SpecialEffect make a real difference to people's lives. Their one-to-one support allows people to enjoy themselves in ways their disability has previously made impossible. See what taking part in the Twin Town Challenge can do.

Read the case studies

Experiences of Twin Town

The Twin Town Challenge is a great experience and offers you the chance to meet new people, have a great time and raise money for charity. Read what previous participants have to say and get an idea of what Twin Town can offer you.

Read testimonials

Donate to the Twin Town Challenge

Your donations help SpecialEffect to change lives. If you can't take part in the Twin Town Challenge you can do your bit by donating. All money raised by the Twin Town Challenge goes directly to SpecialEffect so please donate what you can.

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