Rickshaw Run Rolling News Week 1

The parties have been partied, the ricks have been pimped. Our August Runners have sallied forth from Shillong.

Some went with a bang, some with a whimper but most stalled and were pushed off the podium.

And so it begins. Get your rolling news here.

15.33 11.08.2015 Mr Joolz

Last month we lent a bunch of our highly trained Rickshaw Runners to help the guys from Elephant Family to chauffeur folks around London for their fundraiser. As a thank-you they lent us a rickshaw to use at the Mongol Rally launch (we know who came off better in that deal).

Against all expectation neither time did we crash their rickshaws. Equally impressively the fundraiser raked in £700,000 which will go towards protecting the Indian Elephant. You can find out more about them over on their website or here.

11.03 13.08.2015 Mr Joolz

Krish from April team Tuk Fast Tuk Furious has won himself a case of Opihr Gin for shooting some snaps of the Opihr rickshaw on the April run. Mr Matt wanted a case for the pictures he took, but they told him to f*ck off.

17.13 12.08.2015 Rosa Earp

Team Rust and Dust are producing some truly cracking shots of their run. Not surprising really, since they are Rally Veterans and all round pros. 

15.46 09.08.2015 Rosa Earp

We did sustain our first bit of damage... friendly fire from The Thunder from Downunder.
— Adam - The Richies

Is there such a thing?

13.55 11.08.2015 Rosa Earp

The hunt is on for a new gas cap. We are using a crisp wrapper and a zip tie.
— Janice - Team Livin' Life

06.28 10.08.2015 Rosa Earp

One team with two drivers managed to find eight volunteers to help get this noble vehicle out of her ditch.

Not unusual in India, but this video makes the cut though because of that magnificent scarf toss as the end. Job done. What a charmer. 

01.15 10.08.2015 Rosa Earp

Broke down halfway across the Cuttack Bridge after dark.

Nothing Pisses off Indian truck drivers like waiting in line.
— Ryan - Team What the Damn Hell

13.29 10.08.2015 Rosa Earp

Couldn’t find a mechanic in Chandipur so got a bunch of rickshaw drivers to bang on the wheel until their brakes weren’t jammed anymore.
— Rishi - Team Stay Believe

They know what they are doing. Sounds legit to me. 

15.48 09.08.2015 Rosa Earp

Favourite restaurant so far - we ended up eating in the canteen of the Maternity and Diagnostic Centre in Kishanganj.
— Caroline - Team Krazy Jalfrezi

07.30 10.08.2015 Rosa Earp

Team ABC. In the middle of bloody nowhere

Adventurist Matt always gives the same advice:  

Matt speaks the truth...’Don’t trust googlemaps.’
— Tarek - Team ABC

Not always Tarek. Just this time. You'll discover that soon enough. 

17.38 09.08.2015 Rosa Earp

Yeah, that's not the right way. Apparently they fucked their steering axle right up with this one. 

20.16 08.08.2015

We managed to get the rickshaw airbourne off a speed bump and our spare tyre ended up in someones kitchen.
— Stefan - Team MasterCaution

18.39 08.08.2015 Rosa Earp

Did we mention it was monsoon season?

We were trying to take a shortcut to avoid the traffic jam of the trucks.
— Chris - Team Cool Runnings

Worked out well. 

14.30 06.08.2015 Rosa Earp

Dodgy bridges, topless ladies and a very lucky goat came and went as we realised reaching Siliguri before dark was going to be tight.
— Matthew - The Great New Zealand Tractor Race

I don't really want to ask actually. 

11.30 07.08.2015 Rosa Earp

They don't stop to change drivers and they still get overtaken:

11.27 07.08.2015 Rosa Earp

Not exactly the kind of newspaper coverage we're after, but you get what you get. 

09.15 07.08.2015 Rosa Earp

Top notch pictures coming in from the front lines. Day 2 is going well:

11.38 05.08.2015 Rosa Earp

Excellent last minute advice from our man in India:

You can get through that gap.
— Mr Matt

12.43 05.08.2015 Rosa Earp

Team Naanageddon have only just started and have already hit the news:

5.22 05.08.2015 Rosa Earp

Simon got punched in the cock by a transvestite.
— Freddy


17.21 05.08.2015 Rosa Earp

Team Bohemian Blokes have had a good start.

Day 1:
Start Rickshaw Run ✔
Get soaked ✔
Drive on wrong side of road ✔
Snap front axle ✔
Roll Rickshaw ✔
Police assistance ✔
Roadside mechanics ✔
Run out of fuel ✔
Get caught in traffic jam ✔
Made it out alive ✔
— Bohemian Blokes

10.15 05.08.2015 Mr Matt

And they've launched. Teams have erupted from Shillong like a past best curry between the buttocks of a pasty Englishman...


10.10 05.08.2015 Mr Joolz

This was the action from last night. Mr Matt declares this as not just one of the most ridiculous Rickshaw Run parties he's ever seen, but one of the most ridiculous parties he's ever seen, and this is a man who's been banned from most of the fetish clubs in Great Britain.

Here's his report...

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