Every now and then we hear folks saying the Rally is getting easier; that roads are getting better, that cars are improving, becoming safer and more reliable and the driving habits of other road users are also improving. We thought we'd investigate this spurious claim and see how the 2013 Ralliers are getting on with these hi-tec cars and impeccable roads. Not quite as well as you'd imagine it turns out.
The Desert Spoons
These chaps are so unlucky that they had to replace the car in this picture before they left the UK. To make matters worse the other two cars in their team broke down in Brussles too! Nice work. You can read more about what happened here.
Honkie Wookie Boots
"Roads are shocking! Exhaust fell off, got it welded, fell off 50 miles later. Popped tyre on lovely small section of Tarmac road. Nice lunch of pancakes. Petrol tank got a nice hole in the bottom, petrol going everywhere. Going to fix it with chewing gum and some socks."
07:50 - 06/08/13
Seems like we gotta buy a horse to get to Mongolia. Ya the mongol rally has just started.
These Guys seem to have had a bit of a bump with a truck in Russia.
Paint it Yak
Driving through Kazakh, nearly at Almaty. Stopped to sleep. Jacked the car up and the suspension piston thing is leaking black stuff everywhere but I'm sure it'll be fine. She probably doesn't need it anymore? We've seen those anti-smoking adverts.
04:26 - 05/08/13
In true Adventurist spirit the team dusted themselves off, patched their car up and made it to Mongolia. Good work chaps.
So Ukraine roads have made my exhaust fall off... Hopefully fix tomorrow
06:43 - 23/07/13
The Mongol Way Round
Ripped of fuel filter and damage 2 fuel lines late last night after crossing border. Bodged up and drove 600miles today with layman brothers.
03:25 - 12/08/13
The Rat Pack
Broke off the exhaust...car now sounds like an insane street car. #stoked
08:25 - 08/08/13
Thibault Bozimeau and his team Atomic Patrol crashed into a truck in Kazakhstan when his broken suspension caused his car to lose control (picture below). He hitched the rest of the way with another team in an ambulance while his team mates had to fly home).
He did the rally in 2011 where he broke down and had to retire (again in Kazakhstan.) Being a true adventurist he has said he will try again in 2014 or 2015, maybe avoiding kazakhstan next time?
"Taking a short break in the Pamirs"
This team managed a three-quarter turn before their car landed after losing control on the sand. They are all ok and are back on the road again.
Khan Touch This
The cheeky chaps from Khan Touch This decided to make some minor modifications to their car in a swift and brutal fashion. Yes, ok they crashed it. To make life more interesting for themselves they decided to crash in Turkmenistan a country where under no circumstances ever should one leave a car broken or otherwise. This meant the chaps had under 10 days to remove their vehicle either under its own steam or any other way possible.
Fortunately the team managed to get out of Turkmenistan just in time to avoid spending the rest of their lives rotting in a Turkmen jail. Good work chaps.