This information and payment link is for 2018 Ralliers only. Information may change for 2019.
**The team captain who originally signed up the team is the one that needs to press the buttons on this one.**
Why is there a deposit for rally teams?
Because of the nature of humanity itself - glorious and unfortunately flawed in the same breath... The spectrum of human behaviour is vast. Imagine The Queen at one end and Donald Trump on the other. One is a shining light of all that is good with mankind and the other talks about how sexy his own daughter is. We love Donald because he makes the news less boring but much like the occasional rally team he likes alternative facts.
After running the rally for over a decade we know there are always one or two sneaky buggers among the rest of you good, honest wholesome folk. In various spheres of life, the upstanding among us pay the price of sharing a genome with the less noble. So we have to take a deposit because the statistics show a few teams do something massively illegal every year then lie their arses off about it. Government authorities then start phoning us and sending bills to Rally HQ.
It's a massive pain in the ball-sack. We'd rather poke our eyes repeatedly with warm shitty-sticks than ask for deposits but such is life. Remember we really don't want to keep any of your money. If you use the shipping service you will turn it into your shipping fee. If you don't use the shipping service it's a refundable vehicle deposit so you just send us confirmation that you have driven it back and not dumped it in Red Square and you'll get your deposit back.
How much is it?
It's £1200 per team. £400 for motorbikes.
How do I pay?
You'll need to pay the deposit by credit or debit card. We have made a small amendment to your Terms and Conditions, meaning that now, rather than returning your deposits via bank transfer, they will be processed back to the account they came from.
"Deposits must be paid in full by credit or debit card and will be refunded back to the same account using the card details lodged with the payment system. The Company will refund only what it receives in GBP (British sterling pounds). The refund will be issued in GBP (British sterling pounds) and the Company will not be responsible for reimbursing monies charged by third parties, such as banks, at the point of transfer or any variation as a result of currency conversions. "
When does it need to be paid by?
Please lodge the deposit by 4th June.
Why does everyone have to pay the same amount, even those driving back?
Quite a lot of teams who plan to drive back change their mind at the finish line and end up using the shipping. We've set things up so you can change your mind at the finish line so it's flexible as possible but that means we have to peg the refundable deposit to the cost of the shipping.
Why has it gone up compared to the 2017 rally?
We've used the same shipping company a few times now and they're bloody brilliant. Very annoyingly their prices have gone up. The charges they pay for the waggons, use of the rail network, cost of staffing and facilities at either end have increased.
How and when do I get my deposit back if I don't use the shipping?
Once you finish the rally you need to send in evidence that you've made it back to Europe, or dealt with your car legally if you left it in a country along the way (which you really shouldn't do anyway, it's a pain in the arse). Have a read of 'How do I get my deposit back' in the section all about dealing with your car at the finish line and 'What if I break down along the way' is worth a read too.
Bikers of the Rally
This year, the shipping company have agreed to ship motorbikes as well as cars, so you can use your deposit for this. There are some other options too. Have a read of this page of the handbook.