It’s not a joke in keeping with the lightbulb ones that continually do the rounds (e.g. How many Manchester United fans does it take to change a lightbulb? Answer: Two. One to change the lightbulb and one to share the driving from Surrey) but it is something that has earned a Bedfordshire rugby £1,500 worth of equipment, including a smart new kit.
It was all part of a competition that was run nationally by Chevrolet to gain some press coverage and marketing for their local dealerships whilst at the same time showing off the Chevrolet Aveo Mini’s much larger than average interior space.
And it was a local Chevrolet dealership in Leighton Buzzard, Grovebury Cars, who persuaded 19 lads from Leighton Buzzard Rugby Football Club – and being rugby players they aren’t likely to be small – to squeeze themselves into the Aveo (that Grovebury Cars supplied) to beat the previous record of 17 set by rugby league side Bradford Dudley Hill.
“There aren’t many cars this size that would take an entire rugby team including reserves,” said Grovebury Cars Sales Manager George Viscogliosi. “But the best thing for us is the fact that we were able to put something back into the local community. When we heard about the competition, we’d actually just sold a car to the rugby club’s groundsman, so we approached him and asked if they’d like to take part. I was astonished when we took an Aveo down there and they squeezed 19 of them in there…”
Gaining £1,500, the first thing that the team did was to get themselves a new set of shirts to replace their three seasons old previous kit, and the kit made its debut in the team’s first game of the 2014 season against Olney on Saturday which they won 35-12 (having actually led 25-0 at half-time) which puts them joint top of the Midlands Two East (South) league with the mighty Lutterworth and Newbold on Avon.
So that new kit proved to be lucky for the team, and the record lucky for Chevrolet and Grovebury Cars, because I am writing about it and you are reading about it......
According to the Chevrolet Website: “When it comes to 5-door city cars, the Chevrolet Aveo Mini is hard to ignore: sleek looks, sporty handling, important safety features, fuel economy, versatility- and Euro NCAP 2011 best in the supermini category for safety. You get a lot of car for your money because it’s a small car that makes no compromises.”
I don’t think that that Euro NCAP rating was achieved with 19 big rugby players in it though!