Our team is competing in the Mongol Rally which is an intercontinental ‘race’ from the Czech-Republic to Ulan-Ude in Eastern Siberia. It covers almost a 1/3 of the globe, approximately 10,000 miles, and the challenge is to complete it in an entirely unsuitable car which has an engine capacity of 1.2 litres or less. We will be crossing mountain ranges, Mongolian deserts and the Eurasian Steppe in a car that’s designed for going to the shops in. There’s also no backup or support team, so any issues we run into we will have to resolve ourselves (including getting stranded in the middle of the desert)
The spirit of the event is to have no firmly planned route, so other than hitting borders on certain dates in-line with our visas we don’t really know where we’re going apart from our end goal of Ulan-Ude.
It’s an annual event hosted by the Adventurist, here’s a link to their website below if you are interested in reading a bit more about it.
The whole purpose of the rally is to raise money and awareness for Cool Earth – a rainforest and climate change protection charity. The proceeds of the rally are going towards the Asháninka Project. The Asháninka are indigenous people living in the Amazon Rainforest in Peru and the project is aimed at preventing illegal logging and deforestation of the Peruvian rainforest and the illegal coca trade which is leading to the destruction of the Asháninka’s livelihoods and homes.
Our team has also chosen to support Mind, the mental health charity. All of the money we raise is going towards the Cool Earth and Mind charities. We have separate donation pages on our website and are allowing people to choose which charity they wish to support and donate to. We have a goal of raising at least £1000 for each charity.
In short, we’re doing it for an adventure and we’re doing it to raise money for a rainforest preservation charity and to support Mind. To donate to these great causes click here: https://theaateam.wixsite.com/themongolrally2019
Meet the Team
Alex Proctor – Our Paper-Pusher
After studying neuroscience and graduating from Edinburgh with a degree in Biomedical Science, Alex has gone on to work for Network Rail as a Station Capacity Specialist.
What will you bring to the team? A jerry can of factor 50 and an attempt at reading a map
Elliot Pote – The Mechanic
Taking on an apprenticeship after college, Elliot is an engineer with Tarmac and works as a Maintenance Fitter in the quarries around the Buxton area.
What’re you most looking forward to? Driving through the desert in a car with no A/C
Sebastian Rimmer – The Other One
After working as an engineer in the offshore industry within the Merchant Navy, Seb went to university to study for a PhD designing micro hydropower systems for off-grid communities in Sub-Saharan Africa.
How will your terrible car make it 10,000 miles? I’m guessing that it won’t.