THE MONGOL RALLY
Created by The Adventurists, the Mongol Rally is 10,000 miles of feral, unsupported adventuring chaos from Europe to Mongolia, to raise money for a good cause. There’s no backup, no support and no set route - just you, your fellow adventurists and a tiny car with an engine the size of a lawnmower's.
Some might say it's crazy, but this is arguably the greatest motoring adventure on the planet.
There are 3 simple rules:
You can only take a vehicle of 1.2 litres or less.
You're completely on your own
You need to raise at least £1,000 for charity
Neither your car, nor your life, will ever be the same again
TEAM SPOILER ALERT
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26 | Junior Architect
To hate everything (see below)
Velvet, generally everything
Dead Sea, Jordan
30 | Engineer*
Can sleep through an apocalypse
Being woken up
*not the kind that can fix cars :(
29 | Physiotherapist
Can kill two stones with one bird
our trusty steed
Meet Betty, our rusty steed named after the truly immortal Betty White.
She took us all the way to Mongolia!
Model: Panda Fire
Engine: 999 cc
4x4: Let's pretend she is
0-60 mph: Unlikely
Our 15,000km journey started with a pre-rally road trip from Malta to Prague via the Dalmatian Coast. Here we worked on our Adriatic tans and sampled the finest budget-friendly wines.
From Prague we decided to brave the 'Southern Route', the longest and ballsiest of all the rally routes. This took us along the Silk Road, through Iran, the 'Stans and the Pamir Highway, before reaching the desert steppes of Mongolia. This route offered balmier temperatures, shock-absorber testing terrain, questionable cuisine and border-crossing bribery.
The Mongol Rally wasn't just about having the mother of all adventures, it was also about giving something back. As part of the rally rules, every team was asked to raise a minimum of £1,000 for charity, of which at least £500 had to go to the official rally charity Cool Earth. The rest of the money raised was split equally among our two chosen charities.
We chose to support a charity in each of the two places closest to our hearts; our childhood home Malta and Debbie and Andie's current home Manchester. Team Spoiler Alert was proud to support the below awesome charities:
Inspire is a Malta-based charity that helps over 1000 individuals with various disabilities ranging from Down Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy and others. Inspire believes that everyone has a right to equality and inclusion. They do this by providing individuals with disabilities and their families with educational, therapeutic and leisure services. Inspire also advocates for inclusion, educates the general public, raises awareness among peers, and holds the best knowledge base on disability on the island.
COOL EARTH is a charity that works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction. Half of the world’s rainforest has been destroyed in the last 40 years. And, contrary to the headlines, rainforest continues to be lost at a faster rate than ever. By developing local livelihoods, their mission is to end the cycle of deforestation entrenching villages into further poverty.
Cool Earth aims to encourage and sustain strong, self-determining communities – not dependency. They're also the only charity that works solely where the threat to the forest is greatest, on the front line of deforestation.
Lifeshare is a charity established to meet the needs of people in Manchester and Salford who are homeless, vulnerable or marginalized. Their projects engage with those in need and provide information, practical assistance and support both in times of crisis and over the longer term to help them return to self-sufficiency.
Lifeshare believe that all people regardless of race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, age, level of ability or HIV status are entitled to respect and dignity and should be afforded equal opportunities.