Imagine yourself lost in the Kazakh desert, hundreds of miles from civilization, driving your Suzuki for 12 hours per day. All of a sudden a wheel falls off. The search for tools turns up a dirty sock and two dried apricots. That’s the Mongol Rally – 10,000 miles of pure adventure over mountains, deserts and some of the most remote terrain on the planet. More than 400 teams of brave adventurists take on the challenge of their lifetime from the UK to Mongolia.
Whilst originally the rally required competing vehicles to have an engine displacement of less than 1,000cc, this has been increased to 1,200 cc to reflect the increasing difficulty of obtaining a car since the Mongolian government stipulated that all competing vehicles must be less than 10 years old.
The rally is designed to be an adventure for the participants, and not a traditional rally/race. While there is no recognition for the first finisher, there are also other differences from mainstream rallies, particularly the fact that no support team is provided and no other arrangements are made such as for accommodation. Indeed, the diminutive vehicles are deliberately inappropriate for the task, in the adventurous spirit of the rally.