It's not every day we get given the keys to one of the most impressive castles in the world, so when the National Trust let us borrow Bodiam Castle for a weekend we thought it would be a good idea to throw a little party before we handed it back. After all, this is the 10th Mongol Rally which is something that should be celebrated.
At The Adventurists we don't often do sophistication, but when we do we like to do it right. Saturday 13th July 2013 was one of these situations. Once the teams had all arrived and were fed a locally sourced organic dinner a bizarre procession began up the hill to the castle. Led by a sequinned Pied Piper character and accompanied by bearded ladies, wenches and an ominous becloaked figure a conga of ralliers wound their way to the moated castle.
At the doors a giant key was produced and the doors flung open to reveal a classic ensemble playing some delectable music. as the revellers flooded in, gallons of mead were dished out which seemed like the perfect way to enjoy the decadent surroundings. The group continued playing while the sun set and the mead was consumed, this civilised scene was complemented nicely by dueling knights and a mis-fortune teller proclaiming the woes the ralliers would face on the Rally.
The party continued back at the stage with the Trans Siberian March Band and DJ Penny Metal introducing the partygoers to the delights of the music of the Balklans, Russia and Central Asia. Everyone was on their second best behaviour, proving that even Mongol Ralliers can scrub up nice and appear respectable sometimes.