It’s back! The General Lee(xus) returns for Staples2Naples 2012

It’s sat untouched for two years, bar a day trip to Silverstone, but now it’s back. The General Lee(xus) has been revived and is ready to take on the challenge of Staples2Naples 2012.

Think of Gumball, think of Cannonball Run. Now put those thoughts aside, as Staples2Naples is the pan-European rally for wage slaves. Limited to spending just £250 on a car, entrants have to nurse their steed from the cosmopolitan extravagance of Calais to the cultural hub that is Naples, via a tortuous route that takes in no less than eight Swiss mountain passes.

The General did a similar journey on 2010, its gleaming paintwork and detailed theming demonstrating the level of care that had gone in to preparing it for the challenge. This year it barely scraped through an MOT and we’ve kicked the tyres a couple of times. The General is tired, and looks it.

That won’t stop us attempting to drag it 3,500 miles around Europe though, visiting such places as St Moritz, Sorrento, Monaco, Paris and many more.

Let’s just hope it makes it, as there’s no breakdown cover…

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Phil is a motoring writer for print and web, failed racing driver, car hoarder and banger rally competitor. Nominated for the Headline Auto Rising Star award and a MGMW member, Phil freelances for outlets as diverse as Diesel Car magazine, and Cambridge Magazine, amongst many others. He also maintains a fleet of unloved motors, but spends most of his time driving an old Corvette.