The Mongol Rally: Embracing The Unexpected

If you’re hoping to raise money for a good cause, you might think about organizing a bake sale, undertaking a sponsored silence, or even signing up for a marathon. How about driving 10,0000 miles across Europe and Asia, over mountains and through deserts, in a tiny car and without any kind of backup or a preplanned route? If you’re looking for an adventure, then the Mongol Rally certainly promises that.

There are three basic rules: 1) The teams must drive a small car, with an engine of one liter or less; 2) Each team is completely on their own: there is no backup if you get lost or your car breaks down; 3) Each team must raise £1,000 for charity, half of which should go to Cool Earth, and the other to a charity of their choice. The Rally starts in the UK and finishes in the Russian city of Ulan Ude, but where the teams go in between is entirely up to them. The event organizers, the Adventurists, recommend that teams avoid spending too much time planning but instead embrace the unexpected. Previously, teams have gone as far south as Iran and Pakistan, while others have passed through the Arctic Circle.

James Cockshull and Aaron Lewis undertook this great motoring challenge over the summer of 2015. Read the full interview here.

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