Mongol Rally: probably the greatest motoring adventure on the planet.
The Mongol Rally thunders 10,000 miles across the mountains, desert and steppe of Europe and Asia each summer. There’s no backup, no support and no set route; just you, your fellow adventurists and a tiny car you bought from a scrapyard!
If nothing goes wrong, everything has gone wrong.
Founded over 10 years ago by a couple of chaps who drove a shitty old Fiat from the UK to Mongolia, the Mongol Rally is now a thing of legend. Around 800 fine people in 350 teams set off after a lap of the Goodwood circuit with the aim of getting a photo of their shitty set of wheels at the finish line in Ulan-Ude (ironically in Siberia not Mongolia). Teams take between 3 weeks and 3 months to complete this epic feat.
The important part: Parties along the way!
There are 3 general rules:
- Your car’s got to be shit and small. We’re driving a Vauxhall Agila. It fits perfectly!
- You’re on your own
- Raise at least £1,000 for charity.
Teams set their own routes between the UK and Mongolia, but traditionally split into 3 loose routes – the shorter Northern Route, the Central Route and the Southern Route, which we reckon is by far the most picturesque, but also longest.
In Europe, teams gather together for parties – this year in Heidelberg – Germany, Budapest – Hungary and Constanța – Romania.
Our route will take us through France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia, and back into Russia to reach the finish line at Ulan Ude in Siberia.
As well as supporting the official rally charity, Cool Earth, we’re keen to raise as much money as possible for our chosen charity, The Matthew Elvidge Trust. Details here: The Charities
Here’s some numbers for last year courtesy of the organizers – The Adventurists.