On 19 July 2014, I’ll be departing for an epic trek across Europe and Central Asia, journeying by car with a few friends from the UK to Mongolia!
If you haven’t heard of the Mongol Rally before, essentially it is what it’s called. It’s a charity rally, where teams from all over the world journey from Goodwood, UK to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Unlike a ‘traditional’ rally, there are no support crews, no designated stops, no set route nor time limit to get there.
This year, the cars are required to have sub-1000cc engine (previous years up to 1.3L was allowed) and they should generally cost no more than £500. Teams have journey through the Balkans, Iran, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Kazakhstan to reach their final destination. Though the rally has been run for a number of years now and hundreds of teams have successfully completed the journey, many teams have fallen victim to the inhospitable terrain and driving conditions which have resulted in mechanical breakdowns, traffic accidents and the crushed spirits… Challenge accepted!
This year, the official charity of the rally is Cool Earth, aimed at protecting the world’s rainforests from deforestation and illegal development. My team has also decided to support Legacy, an organisation founded to support the families of Australian soldiers who have been incapacitated or have died whilst serving overseas.
Watch this space for the link to our team’s blog, which will have our official fundraising page, progress of the team leading up to July 19 and of course, team tracking during the rally.