Mongol Rally 2017 - The Launch Rolling News

It's that time of year again. Nearly nine hundred Ralliers descended upon Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit for the biggest ever Mongol Rally launch. 

Starting on Sunday 16th July, they're now heading Eastwards toward Ulan Ude and the Mongol Rally finish line. They have no set route. They have no backup. Most of them don't even have a plan. It's going to be bloody brilliant.

They have 10,000 miles before them. Deserts, mountains, dust, a variety of shit crisps, breakdowns (vehicular), breakdowns (emotional), hangovers, glorious mischief and adventure in spades await.

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Aaaaaaaand.....They're off. More than 300 teams have hit the road. Good luck and godspeed everyone. 

Aaaaaaaand.....They're off. More than 300 teams have hit the road. Good luck and godspeed everyone. 


10,000 miles like this. What could possibly go wrong?

10,000 miles like this. What could possibly go wrong?


I see no ships. Funny that.

I see no ships. Funny that.


It's all smiles now. What Nan doesn't know is that they're planning to trade her in for petrol on the Mongolia/Russia border.  

It's all smiles now. What Nan doesn't know is that they're planning to trade her in for petrol on the Mongolia/Russia border.  


Alex and Pirman from Team 'HueBu' being awarded the golden prize for 'winning' the 'Emperors of Shame' award for bringing a car with a gigantic 1.6cc engine. They took their public shaming on the chin and with a smile, and now have to take their prize to Russia. It weighs about a tonne.

Alex and Pirman from Team 'HueBu' being awarded the golden prize for 'winning' the 'Emperors of Shame' award for bringing a car with a gigantic 1.6cc engine. They took their public shaming on the chin and with a smile, and now have to take their prize to Russia. It weighs about a tonne.


It was over in a flash. Quite what her grandchildren are going to think we just don't know.

It was over in a flash. Quite what her grandchildren are going to think we just don't know.


England's finest waving the brave adventurers off. You won't find girls like this in Russia, boys. 

England's finest waving the brave adventurers off. You won't find girls like this in Russia, boys. 


Fighting brides, partying, cane fighting, and a whole load of crappy vehicles. All the action from the pre-launch of #mongolrally2017


And at the close of day today, this is what the teams are up to. We'll leave them to it. They hit the road tomorrow at 09:30.

And at the close of day today, this is what the teams are up to. We'll leave them to it. They hit the road tomorrow at 09:30.


...And these guys are just smashed.

...And these guys are just smashed.


The DJ is smashing out the tunes.

The DJ is smashing out the tunes.


Team 'Stumped but Never Walking' enjoy a dignified drink or ten. Someone won't be walking anywhere tonight.

Team 'Stumped but Never Walking' enjoy a dignified drink or ten. Someone won't be walking anywhere tonight.


Team 'Third Wheel' took part in the cane fighting demonstrations. Now they're off literally getting caned.

Team 'Third Wheel' took part in the cane fighting demonstrations. Now they're off literally getting caned.


Pandamonium ensues. 

Pandamonium ensues. 


Handsome bunch the Ralliers. Well, most of them anyway.

Handsome bunch the Ralliers. Well, most of them anyway.


The Mongolian wrestlers began their destruction of the Ralliers,  keeping with tradition.

Then Casper came along with his enormous balls and defeated a wrestler, winning himself a place in the Mongol Rally Hall of Fame. Children will tell tales of his victory for centuries to come. 


We just had a bride fight. Testosterone levels have gone through the roof
— Mr Matt
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Team 'Slow East' bought their car for £200 and have somehow managed to make it worth even less. After talking to them, we can absolutely guarantee that they haven't got a clue what they're doing. Sterling work chaps.

Team 'Slow East' bought their car for £200 and have somehow managed to make it worth even less. After talking to them, we can absolutely guarantee that they haven't got a clue what they're doing. Sterling work chaps.


Team Navarricos have run out of fuel and are already pushing. Get used to it folks. At least you'll get fit.

Team Navarricos have run out of fuel and are already pushing. Get used to it folks. At least you'll get fit.


Behold, what happens when you give the videographer too much coffee.


Team Aquaduck. Dan from the team just serviced it on the side of the road by crashing it up on the bank so he could squeeze underneath to change the oil. 10 points Sir.

Team Aquaduck. Dan from the team just serviced it on the side of the road by crashing it up on the bank so he could squeeze underneath to change the oil. 10 points Sir.


Finn from The DDR Devils."It's a communist car, made from communist cotton with a 2-stroke communist engine."

God speed, comrades.


Graeme from team Jacky moo-arts': We've had the car converted into a cow and unfortunately we were storing it on a farm and the artist who converted it also owns 23 highland cows. The bull "Roddy" showed particular interest in "Morag" the car. He wants a bit of rough and tumble with Morag. Lots of drool, lip licking and come hither calls, I was a wee bit worried my exhaust was going to get shagged before we left."

Seems like a lovely place to start our rolling news...welcome to the mayhem Morag.


The Mongol Rally launches tomorrow - July 16th - from Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit

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