In less than a month, four friends from Sydney will drive 16,000 kilometres from London to Mongolia as part of the Mongol Rally to raise money for Youth Off The Streets. The trek will see Haylee Tumanik, Patrick Lee, James Murphy and Natalie Baldovin travelling through 16 countries including Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia in arguably one of the most underwhelming rally cars we have ever seen.
Not to discredit this beauty, but the team has a challenging time ahead of them in the 0.9L, 2 Cylinder Fiat Panda (see: lawnmower) as they traverse the seemingly endless deserts of Mongolia.
“The Mongol Rally is about getting lost, using your long neglected wits, raising bucket-loads of cash for charity, and scraping into the finish line with your vehicle in tatters and a wild grin smeared across your grubby face.” Says the team’s website, “Neither your car, nor your life, will ever be the same again.”
The team consists of well-travelled individuals with all with skills that will help them along the way. An experienced driver, a mechanic and very basic language knowledge arm our travellers with the ability to push though the rough terrain and (hopefully) make it through the journey.
Youth Off The Streets wishes Haylee, Patrick, James and Natalie the best of luck on The Mongol Rally and we hope to see them returning home safe and sound.
To read more about the ride and team check out: https://mongolrally2017.wixsite.com/thatsnotacar