Mongol Rally 2013 - For A Baatar World
The 14th of July 2013 the tenth edition of the annual charity event Mongol Rally
starts near Dover, UK. In this year's Mongol Rally there are approximately 280 participating teams, all of which share one common goal - to drive a really small car, maximum a 1200cc engine, to the finish line in the capital of Mongolia, Ulan Baatar. There is a great chance that there will be a few teams that will have their first car breakdown even before they've left Europe, a couple of teams will probably be robbed, and a shit load of small dollar bills will probably find their way into the pocket's of corrupt police men along the way - all for charity and the adventure of a lifetime of course.
Who are For A Baatar World?
We are six friends from Sweden who decided to take one hell of vacation in the name of charity. Our preparations for the journey began with signing up for the Mongol Rally in September 2012 and since then we have been nagging local companies for sponsorships, fixed visas for quite a few central Asian countries, bought ourselves two cars, and prepared mentally for spending six weeks together on the road. On 10th of July 2013, four days before the start of Mongol Rally 2013, we will rev up our tiny cars and start our 17000 kilometer journey towards Mongolia from Sweden.
Skoda Fabia -06
Engine power, kw: 47,0
Has done: 200000 km
Smaller engine, bigger boot. Our Fabia is everything our Clio is not - Quick (despite the small engine), stable and roomy! The Fabia will be pulling the heavy load this summer with a fully packed roof box as well as the HeckPack on the back!
Renault Clio -05
Engine power, kw: 55,0
Has done: 200000 km
Despite looking like a rally car, the Clio does not pack the punch for it. It's sluggish, shaky and (very) small. But we like it anyway, and we trust it will take us to Mongolia without giving us too much trouble!
While racing around a third of the planet, we are raising money for two charity organizations. The first being the official charity of Mongol Rally 2013, Cool Earth
, an organization that protects and secures rain-forest under imminent threat of destruction. Cool Earth has secured 352,091 acres of rain-forest since it's founding in 2007, and we'd like to see that number increase substantially. The second charity we are supporting is the Lotus Children's Centre
, who are active in Ulan Baatar where they are providing a home for 90 children. Through donations they are able to provide primary care to all of their children, including food, health-care, clothing and accommodation.
How do I help?
You can help us by donating to our fundraising through PayPal, BitCoins or Flattr. In doubt? Ask yourself, what could be better than saving the planet and its children at the same time?