Hola! Its Race Day!!
We are writing this on our way down to Mongol Rally 2012 start line at Goodwood Racecourse, Chichester. Where the adventurists are hosting the infamous "festival of slow" – the launch party before the rally begins.
(although you may think we have our Alzheimer's Research UK t-shirts on backwards – the 'Pioneering' text has actually been printed on the front... definitely a mistake!)
Since our first blog post we have been sponsored by Sulis Pizza, Allen Ford (who apparently sell Kias as well...) and ColourWorks Bath. Allen Ford/Kia was kind enough to supply us with all the spare parts for our car (including two brand new wheels!), while Colour Works Bath printed out all of our car stickers.
Having no space in the boot we put our engineering skills to the test and made a roof-rack out of decking, to which we have bolted both tyres and two 10L cans of petrol, so in theory we are driving with two bombs attached to our roof... although being metal cans we shouldn’t have a problem (hopefully...). We also looked at making a sump guard, although decided against it as the bottom of the car had absolutely no practical mounting points (unless we made it out of a 1m x 1m sheet of metal, which would have been ridiculously heavy!).
We sent off our passports 10 weeks ago to The Visa Machine asking for 7 visas. At the time they told us we might not get them all in time... our passports arrived on Wednesday... cutting it a bit fine... although they now look pretty awesome with all the full-page visas!
In the weeks leading up to 'race-day' we got vaccinated against all kinds of diseases, picked up a small course of malaria tablets, bought a couple of military grade smoke grenades (for fun) and tested our SPOT satellite tracker. Luckily all our last minute orders from Amazon (like our European road map) arrived in time, even though the expected delivery date was 2 days after we left...
After applying all the ColourWorks stickers, we packed the car for the first time and it all fitted perfectly! Which is lucky as it would have been effort cutting down our stuff.
So having had our last 'luxury' meal at TGI Fridays last night we went to sleep early, as one the race starts we're going to drive 11 hours (+ 1 hour time difference) straight to Switzerland to watch Sean and Scott's dad in the Zurich Ironman tomorrow.
Once the rally starts (between 2-4pm this afternoon) you will be able to follow our progress live on the Live Tracking Google map.
That’s all for now! Let's hope our car makes it to the starting line!
Simon, Sean & Scott