The Wacky Races

Picture the scene: A group of British ‘rosbifs’ in all manner of costumes romping through the countryside and bringing typical ‘Anglais’ eccentricity to the tranquillity of local hamlets as they hunt for answers to the devious clues.

This is The Wacky Races – a 2 day event to northern France where you will need to master various skills and talents such as map reading, navigation, observation, question solving plus working out the devious clues and perhaps improving your language skills as you seek help from the French locals. It will bring villages to a stop – particularly as the group will be wearing all manner of fancy dress costume (strictly optional but it really does add to the sense of occasion).

The route rambles through the forgotten France of yesteryear. Coastal backroads, B roads through the valleys and hills, stop offs in tiny hamlets and scenic villages. During the day you will be answering cryptic questions, chasing down dodgy clues, collecting items and all the time the clock is ticking and your mileage is mounting. Complete the route in the target distance and reach the checkpoint on time and you could be the winners. You will need to work as a team and decide your strategy and the more answers you get the more points you earn

At the checkpoint finish which will be at your overnight hotel the points are added up and over dinner the prizes awarded plus bonus awards for the best fancy dress.

The next day is time to explore a little more and perhaps enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Calais and the ferry back to ‘Blighty’.

Event Details

Date: Year Round
Price: £ From £295 per person


» Based in Northern France
» 2 days/1 night
» Perfect for company and private groups
» Can also be organised in the UK

What's Included

» Return ferry crossing Dover to Calais for car and passengers
» Flexible return ferry crossing times
» 1 night country style hotel in northern France
» Use of the hotel’s leisure facilities
» 3 course dinner with wine and coffee
» Breakfast
» Private car parking at the hotel included
» All route and clues packs
» Prizes and trophies to be awarded at the dinner
» Judging of the event
» Fully escorted throughout by Wildside representatives
» £5,000,000 tour operators’ liability insurance

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Julien Piombino

This kind of events for car is extremely expensive and often too fake/posh. But this one for bikes is extremely reasonable, even cheap I will say and it's a familly. The road books are the best I've ever had. I've just done 3 Cannonballs, and they were all different and all great. The organisers are far better than they look.

05 October, 2021

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Tom Harvey

Amazing trip, it's now a yearly event! Always so excited to go and so sad to leave.

19 October, 2021

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Jon Bridle

Nick and the team always deliver a fantastic event focussed on the customers having a great time while enjoying a motor racing theme.They must be doing something right as I have enjoyed 20 consecutive trips to Le Mans

16 October, 2021

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John Cuthbertson

Fantastic events, great people and wonderful organisation.

15 October, 2021