Rick, Jen & Michael are taking part in the Mongol Rally 2017 to raise funds for Cool Earth.
The Mongol Rally thunders 10,000 miles across the mountains, desert and steppe of Europe and Asia each summer. Thereâ€™s no backup, no support and no set route; just you, your fellow adventurists and a tiny car you bought from a scrapyard for Â£11.50.
If nothing goes wrong, everything has gone wrong.
RULE 1: Small & Shit
You can take any car, as long as itâ€™s crap and with an engine of 1 litre or less.
You need to drive a small, shit car to make the rally tougher. It's no fun if it's too easy. If you want easy go for a spa weekend.
With a small car, you're more likely to break down so you're more likely to interact with the locals, so you can remind yourself you're alive without jamming a fork into your eyeballs.
RULE 2: On Your Own
We could tell you everything you need to know about all the countries, roads and borders between here and Mongolia to ensure you have a safe, uncomplicated journey. But if it's not dangerous and you aren't lost, you're not on an adventure. That means no on the road backup or support. If you get stuck or in trouble, you need to solve the problem yourself. Any â€˜Help! Weâ€™re broken down in Tajikistan,â€™ type phone calls to Rally HQ will be met with a snort of derision and a click of the receiver.
RULE 3: Save the World
It only seems fair that if youâ€™re having the mother of all adventures you should give a little back, so we ask teams on the Rally to raise a minimum of Â£1000 for charity.
We estimate we will cover 16,000kms and travel through 20 different countries on our adventure.
We’re partnering with three strategically located villages to halt the advance of the palm frontier from the east – shielding the pristine rainforest behind.