Thursday, 23 September 2021

Friends complete rally in £400 Nissan Micra

TWO men have completed the Mongol Rally, raising £1,200 for charity.

TWO men have completed the Mongol Rally, raising £1,200 for charity.

Alex Green, from Fingest, and Guy Hart, from Binfield Heath, both 20, travelled 9,200 miles across 20 countries mint-green Nissan Micra that cost £400.

They were one of 200 teams that started at Goodwood motor circuit in West Sussex with the aim of reaching the Russian town of Ulan Ude. Less than half the teams made it.

Mr Green and Mr Hart, former pupils of Gillotts School in Henley, chose their car because the official rally rules state all vehicles must be ?farcically small? and it provided their team name, ?Micra-waves?.

The pair worked hard on modifying the car, fixing a sump guard and decorating it with stickers.

Their journey took them through Europe, Turkey, across the Caspian Sea and north east through central Asia to get to Mongolia. The final leg was across Mongolia to the finish line, just over the border in Russia.

Guy said: ?The trip took us 32 days, finishing next to Lenin's head in Ulan Ude. We spent the majority of the trip wild camping, although we had to stay in a hotel for seven nights when we were in cities.

?Our route took us along some very interesting terrain - there was a lack of proper roads after Azerbaijan. By the time we hit Mongolia, there was no Tarmac in sight. The car took a beating throughout the rally and engine warning lights came on in week three. By the end, our suspension had started to fail and the engine block had dismounted. The car was finally scrapped into Ulan Ude. We flew back to the UK.?

Guy said: ?We had a few problems along the way, although surprisingly only three broken wheels.

?We got stuck in Baku for six days, waiting for a ferry over the Caspian Sea. However, the fresh beluga caviar on the ferry made up for this!

?Some of the highlights of the trip included some of the extremely welcoming people of Uzbekistan and the scenery of Kyrgyzstan. But, of course, the main highlight was always going to be Mongolia, given its remoteness and the people's traditional lifestyles. We experienced huge temperature swing from 50C in Turkmenistan, where we were drinking 10 litres plus of water a day, to minus five degrees in Mongolia.?

The money the men raised will go to Cool Earth, a charity which works with indigenous villages to preserve the world?s rainforests.

The men were supported by a number of businesses including Central Home in Reading Road, Henley, Wacky Wheelers in Sonning Common, Savile Row Travel in Market Place, Henley, and Sno & Sun Gear, also in Market Place.

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