Rickshaw Run Rolling News Week 2

We've got eighty-three Rickshaw Run Teams spread about north-east India like tea leaves in the wind.

These rattling turds for vehicles are about as roadworthy as a penny farthing on a windy day, but our runners are proving they've got the balls to withstand it all. 

Some are having more trouble than others though - here is the latest from the subcontinent:

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That's it from us folks. The run is over so the rolling news from the road will cease. 

But never fear. They say that when The Adventurists close a door they break open a window. That window is our Rolling News - The August Finishers.

Shimmy on over there to see how our teams fared at Kabaddi and celebrated at the parties.

Spoiler alert - they went nuts. 

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Team Sharon - We have your camera, money belt thing and phone - left behind at the bar tonight.
— Caroline - Krazy Jalfrezi

"You're all fucking useless" says Mr Matt. He means it with love. Thats what we tell ourselves anyway. 

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Te Awamutu Fury. And guests.

This looks like a comfortable journey. 

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Remember Michael, who joined the shattered piston club? Well, here's how they fixed it: 

I was whisked away into a neighbouring town and led into this totally legit bar while the mechanic was getting parts.
— Michael - Planet Express

Make sure they don't forget the lime wedge in your gin and tonic.

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Want a flavour of the run? Check out this cracking gallery from Rick Rolled for Shaw:

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I found myself undertaking on left hand bends and just thought...what the hell am I doing? It’s amazing how quickly you get into it.
— Nick, Team Mad Dogs and Englishmen

Now you're feeling confident, why not bring it back to the UK? We reckon people would really respond to your new driving style.

4.47 19.08.2015 Rosa Earp

Te Awamutu Fury's Rick has been hijacked:

To the finish line. Cheers Drive. 

Apparently he smells better than his predecessor. 

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Story of the August Run might just go to this jammy dodger: 

Morgan has just been detained in his room in Mahbubnagar for an hour with five policemen after we “caused a public nuisance.” Morgan has no idea where we’ve been or where we’re going, has two passports with different names, walkie talkies and unidentified electrical equipment in his bag and looks a bit like a stereotypical terrorist. All that and somehow the adventurist license was the thing that made them leave us alone with the bribe fund still untouched.
— The Great New Zealand Tractor Race

Just in case you thought we did something legit, this is the license that saved him:

"Definitely official. It even says 'genuine' on it." Mr Matt is feeling smug.

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Fuck that was brutal.
— Shake and Bake

Second over the Finish line, but the first to drive the whole way. Bravo Team Shake and Bake. 

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A big hurrah for the Silver Foxes. First over the finish line, although according to Adventurist Matt, they did only arrive with half an engine. 

I don’t know how the traffic works but it just does.
— Bruce - Silver Foxes

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Team Draft providing proof positive that the Rickshaw is the same size as a bed. Probably just as comfy to sleep in too.

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The Brooklyn Dodgers. Somewhere.

We Win!
— Brooklyn Dodgers
Where are you?
— HoliCow!

Well HoliCow, we reckon that's Vegas. 

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Joined the shattered piston club.
— Michael - Planet Express Ship

Congratulations Michael. It's an elite club with an exclusive membership. 

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Spotted by our man on the ground:

What. The. Fuck.
— Adventurist Matt

We're all here for you buddy. 

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We have a small situation here.
— Marco Yolo

Marco Yolo. Not on the road. 

A bit of a situation? I'll say. You can't let go. 

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Another weekend is over and our teams are full of recommendations for how to start the week right. 

Just got all our nipples greased. Would recommend it.
— Jimbo - Thunder from Downunder

Apparently this can be used to describe a legitimate mechanical term, but on this occasion, he's probably being literal. 

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It's going quiet on the rolling news front until Monday now folks. If you fancy it, you can get live updates over the weekend on our tracker.

If you'll take our advice, read it with a gin in one hand, cigar in the other and a handlebar moustache. The teams won't be able to tell but you'll look bloody brilliant. 

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The Mighty Tuks. "Are you squeezing lime onto your balls to cool them down?" asks Adventurist Matt. 

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My arse has taken an absolute pounding last few days (from the driving)
— Adam - The Mighty Tuks

Yeah yeah....

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Cool Running India are producing some excellent material on their run. This is the team travelling with Torben who broke his leg playing football at the launch. Good stuff. 

It takes a brave driver to get through the Rickshaw Run. 

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So it turns out that in Chennai, $30 AUD gets you a shit tonne of fireworks.
— Simon - Rick Rolled for Shaw

That's Simon. Answering the questions we never thought to ask. 

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Two more cracking shots from Team Rust and Dust. If they were trying to encapsulate their team name in a picture, I don't think they could do a better job than these two. 

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Had a police officer come knock on our door in Visak and demand to inspect our room. Don’t know what he was looking for, but he found three grown men watching Harry Potter.
— Team Buzzy Bee

Don't worry gents. When you retell this story in years to come you can pretend it was Mad Max, eh? 

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The Rickshaw run rolling news just not rolling fast enough? 

Have a gander at the Mongol Rally channel. This week we've had a fairly spectacular crash, a car repaired with a condom and a camel with a sticker on his bum. 

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I saw a dog chasing a monkey carrying a shoe. What a time to be alive.
— Adam - The Mighty Tuks

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Because we are British we feel compelled to bring you a weather update: 

Fuck its sweaty. Feels like trying to run through glue.
— Adventurist Matt
It’s probably cooler in hell than it is in India.
— Ryan - Team What the Damn Hell

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Loads of teams are having mechanical trouble. These are shitshaws after all. 

Apparently they don’t sell parts for our rickshaw any more, so we’ve had to make them ourselves.
— Ryan - Team What the Damn Hell

"Looks better than the real ones." Adventurist Mr Matt. 

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Ferry not available.
— The Great New Zealand Tractor Race

Looks good boys. 

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Now i’ve gone and shat myself in the back of a Tuktuk. It’s ripe in our shaw.
— Hugo - Highway to Health

Glad we know. 

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Tandem mounted with rope. One fuel bill, less noise and we can garrote the goats on the corners.
— Graeme One Two Free

It's all about that silver lining eh, Graeme?

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Straw huts with cow pat walls, a hedge on a bike, another dead dog, woaw - watch that cow!!
— Alex - Never a Dahl Moment

It's like we're right there with you Alex. 

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Loads of breakdowns....loads of cows. Still loads of fun
— Tarek - Team ABC

Sounds about right. 

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Never a Dahl Moment are getting the hang of things quickly:

Our first breakdown happened with a crunch while cruising at 40km/ph. Roger skillfully pulled to the side of the road and we assessed the damage. We deduced that the engine must be too hot and using our combined knowledge of engineering resorted to expertly squirting it with water. It did the trick and we remain with the same parts we started with.
— Alex - Team Never a Dahl Moment

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Landers Army in Assam. Don't get too used to this kind of road folks. 

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Internt is shit here so you don’t get any photos,
— Michael - Planet Express Ship
 "Here is a rubbish photo of the Ganges."

"Here is a rubbish photo of the Ganges."

A good workman never blames his tools Michael.

Mind you, this is what teammate Tim came up with:



Actually guys. Don't worry about pictures. 

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Potholes: fuck them.
— Lander's Army

Truer words were never spoken.

Oh look. You've reached the end of this week's news. Never fear - you can catch up on last weeks Rickshaw Run Rolling News right here.

Maybe you're a Rolling News junkie? We've got another on the go for the Mongol Rally. Its Week 4 for them. 

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