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 me, fellow adventurists and my tiny little car.
If nothing goes wrong, everything has gone wrong.
Forget tarmac, ABS and gadgets that help me to find my navel. The Mongol Rally is about getting lost, using my long neglected wits, raising shedloads of cash for charity and scraping into the finish line with my vehicle in tatters and a wild grin smeared across my grubby face.
Neither my car, nor my life, will ever be the same again.
I can take any car, as long as it’s crap and with an engine of 1.2 litres or less. For motorbikes I'm generously allowed 125cc, but the preference is for a scooter...
I need to drive a small, shit car to make the rally tougher. It's no fun if it's too easy.
With a small car, I'm more likely to break down so I'm more likely to interact with the locals, so I can remind myself that I'm alive without jamming a fork into my eyeballs.
If it's not dangerous and I'm not lost, then I don't consider this an adventure. That means no on the road backup or support. If I get stuck or in trouble, I have to solve the problem myself. Any ‘Help! I've broken down in Tajikistan,’ type phone calls to Rally HQ will be met with a snort of derision and a click of the receiver.
It only seems fair that if I'm having the mother of all adventures I should give a little back, so teams are asked on the Rally to raise a minimum of £1000 for charity.
£500 of this must go to the official charity Cool Earth. The rest will be donated to the MS Society - the Charity that supports people like my Granny who battle with Multiple-Sclerosis.
To see why the MS Society is so awesome check out their website: www.mssociety.org.uk
The MS Society is a community of people who live with MS; scientists, campaigners, volunteers and fundraisers. They understand what life’s like with MS, and support each other through the highs, lows and everything in between.
The MS Society has a real impact on peoples lives - and so can you.