You'd have thought the first week was the quiet one. How much trouble can they get in driving through Europe, right? Wrong.
Next week, 340 heroic teams will assemble, many of them sporting some of the shittiest cars we’ve ever seen. Here are a few of our favourites.
1977 was the year that as a country we started buying more foreign cars than British ones. Coincidentally that was the same year that this Wartburg came spluttering off the production line in Germany. With it’s 2-stroke, 998cc engine it was commonly nicknamed ‘farty Hans’ due to it’s high emissions. Lovely.
This shit-hot beach buggy started it’s life as a Volkswagen Beetle. Team Kraken Molotov have spent the past few months crafting her into this beast. Sterling work chaps, fingers crossed it doesn’t rain.
This 1992 Rover Metro Chairman is one of our top choices for shit-dom. It’s a wonderfully awful 90's version of a Popemobile.
Much like it’s owner’s hair; this car is business up front, party in the back.
All hail the Trabant 601. This "spark plug with a roof" represents a bygone era of East Germany and 2-stroke engines. Apparently most popular in green, as it’s thought to bring good luck. Let's see what this eye catching red and yellow paint job will bring them. Especially seeing as they’re going to need every ounce of luck they can get their grubby little mitts on.
Last but certainly not least, we have a real hero-mobile. Please join us in doffing our hats to the oldest car on the rally ever. Introducing the Ford Model Y. Hailing from 1937 this distinguished gent brings a much needed air of vintage style and grace to proceedings, that is, if the owners have refitted its body in time for the launch.
See these cars and a whole shedload of other glorious junk-mobiles at the Mongol Rally 2017 launch. The action kicks off from the historic Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit on the morning of 16th July. Come along and have a chuckle, then be inspired and sign up for 2018.
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Six legendary teams embarked on the Ngalawa Cup last week. It was one of the closest races there's been to date. Now the winners have been crowned, let's have a look back at how the teams got on...
WINNERS: Mast and Furious
These three heroes dominated the race from the very beginning. Though maybe a whole barrel of rum to celebrate is overdoing it slightly. Or not. Fantastic race gentlemen, and very well deserved champions of the Cup.
GENTLEMAN'S AWARD: Backstreet Buoys
Seen here looking a bit out of their depth during pre-race training, but don't be fooled. They soon pulled it back and maintained a comfortable second place throughout most of the race, being hot on the heels of the leaders the whole way.
Although they were tough competition, this didn't stop them from being true gents. They woke team BQ up when they noticed their boat was drifting off, and ended up getting their dry clothes drenched helping them retrieve it. Great show chaps.
MOST TENACIOUS - Team Pole Pole
A broken yard and having to haggle for a new sail mid-race would damage lesser teams and could easily have been a major setback, but they held on like particularly needy barnacles and clung furiously to third place. Congratulations.
WILLOUGHBY CUP - Hold my Beer, I think I’ve got this
This award was born when a pioneer team bought a chicken called Willoughby, which (maybe quite predictably) ended up drowning. This is the award for the most ridiculous idea.
HB risked life and limb for the sake of a flip flop, ending up with a man overboard. They also managed to destroy four trackers. Nice one you lot.
Jon's pearls of wisdom?
"If you want to win then don't capsize 2 times in less than 2 hours!"
INGENUITY: Dos Bollitos Un Quesito
Truly deserving of this award, this team snapped their yard but heroically managed to jury rig it and continue to the next checkpoint. They also managed to fix their rudder while at sea.
Alberto summed up their experience perfectly:
"So proud of my Team. We came as regular people, now they are sailors and warriors. We will never forget the people and this adventure, always in our memories, for the rest of our lives."
MOST ADVENTUROUS - Fiasco de Gama
Hardly surprising they won this award, as veterans of the Rickshaw Run and entering the race as sailing novices, they were definitely in it for the adventure.
This team had race officer Libby biting her nails and they skimmed some fairly dodgy looking rocks (pictured left).
Not satisfied with leaving the course unfinished, they sailed another day after the race had officially ended. Bravo chaps, bravo.
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