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12 Apr, 2009

Wanted: Sponsors

Posted by: Scott In: Pre-Rally

It’s getting down to the line now. We have only 97 days left until the start of the rally. There’s a lot left to do, and there is still much money to be raised.

We are, of course, always grateful for personal donations. Without all of you this wouldn’t be possible. What we are currently looking for are some businesses, local and otherwise, that would be willing to sponsor our team for a modest tax-deductible amount. In return for a sponsorship your company will receive press coverage as well as your logo and web site link on our site. Your logo on our rally car is also an option.

Sponsorship opportunities start as low as $300. If your company is interested please contact us. The application deadline is July 15th (but the earlier the better as far as publicity for your company goes!).

Hope everyone had a good Easter Sunday!

03 Apr, 2009

Rotary Kindergarten Project

Posted by: Scott In: Pre-Rally

After communicating with a Rotary club in Ulaanbaatar for the past few weeks it seems as if we will be able to lend a hand in building a kindergarten some 430km south of the capital, by supplying the funds needed to purchase all outfitting materials!

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21 Mar, 2009

From Yak to Energy

Posted by: Scott In: Pre-Rally


I thought I would take a little bit of time today to highlight just one of the many interesting projects that Mercy Corps is heading in Mongolia.

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12 Mar, 2009

We’re Famous! – Farmington Press

Posted by: Scott In: Pre-Rally|Press

We’re in the news again! This time it’s the March 11th edition of the Farmington Press. Thanks to Mr. David Wallace for taking the time to interview us.

Farmington Observer: Mongol Rally Guys

We’ve just had our first article in a local newspaper, the Farmington Observer, West Bloomfield Eccentric, and other local papers owned by Gannett Publishing. Head on over to read the entire article (update: the article is unfortunately no longer available online). Thanks to reporter Stacy Jenkins and photographer Lawrence McKee for taking the time to interview us and help get the word out!

24 Feb, 2009

Our Goal

Posted by: Scott In: Pre-Rally


I’ve been posting a lot on the adventure aspects of the rally of late. I must admit that that is one of the big draws for me—the chance to travel to foreign lands and interact with different people and cultures. But that’s not the main goal of this trip.

As most of you probably know by now, we are in this to raise money for our main charity, Mercy Corps. Since its inception in 1979, Mercy Corps has donated over $1.5 billion in assistance to people in 106 nations across the globe. They take a “teach a man how to fish” philosophy to philanthropy—aiming at the root of the problem instead of just providing temporary assistance. Their main goals over the past thirty years have been education, medical care, training, and clean water and sanitation.

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14 Feb, 2009

Interesting Mongol Rally Facts

Posted by: Scott In: Pre-Rally

These interesting tidbits are from the first (proper) year of the Mongol Rally, 2005. Yes, they are all true.

  • • 43 cars left London.
  • • 27 cars reached Mongolia.
  • • 14 cars reached the finish in Ulan Bator.
  • • 2 teams were robbed at knife point.
  • • 1 car snapped in half.
  • • 3 engines fell completely out of the cars.
  • • 1 team was held for five days in no-mans land.
  • • 1 team cycled almost 100 miles to get to the finish when their car gave in.
  • • 100’s of tires were blown.
  • • 1 team got engaged.
  • • 1 team found a 10 foot deep pot hole.
  • • 1 team found a 25 ton crane rolled by a pot hole.
  • • 3 teams attended weddings.
  • • 1 team had to reverse up a mountain after losing all but one forward gear.
  • • 1 person spent 24 hours in a Kazakh jail charged with five crimes against the state.
  • • 1 person was stoned by a Mongolian nomad, who then shot at him with a gun (and missed).
  • • 1 team was rammed off the road after an argument over water melons.
  • • 1 person spent a day in a Turkish hospital.
  • • 3 people were banned from Turkmenistan for a year.
  • • As a result of an incident with a cow one person was detained by police in Azerbaijan and threatened with a beating from a dwarf.
  • • 2 cars flipped over in Mongolia.
  • • 3 teams were chased by armed bandits.
  • • 0 team members died.

28 Jan, 2009

Welcome!

Posted by: Scott In: Pre-Rally

I want to wish a hearty welcome to all of the friends, family, and well-wishers that have visited the site recently and continue to do so everyday. I have been doing my best to get the word out about the upcoming trip. It’s tough to raise donations in this economy, but we’re going to do all we can in the next five months to raise as much as we can for our charity, Mercy Corps. If you haven’t donated yet, please take the time to do so. We still have a looong way to go until we reach our goal. It’s quick and easy to do, and every donation, no matter what amount, helps us out. Donate Now

Also, I would like to post a video of the Mongol Rally. I have compiled the below video from several separate ‘teaser’ clips of the recently released Official Mongol Rally DVD. This twenty-minute video takes a humorous look at the 2007 Mongol Rally. Give it a look-see and get a better idea of what the rally is all about.

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01 Jan, 2009

Our Proposed Route

Posted by: Scott In: Pre-Rally

In the Mongol Rally there is no set course—you choose whatever path you like. This leads to some teams choosing the southern route (Turkey, Armenia, Iran, etc.), and other teams choosing the northern route (Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan). This brings a whole new twist to the race. In a way picking the course is like being dealt a hand in texas hold em poker, you don’t know what you’re going to get but you have to keep on playing. I have chosen the northern route for our team. As much as I’d love to visit Iran (I actually would…), we’re going to go the ‘easier’ route, which just so happens to also be the cooler route (climate-wise).

I’ve gone ahead and loosely planned our route from Hyde Park in London all the way to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. It’s definitely not exact, and there will be changes, but this is what I’ve been thinking of doing. As of right now it looks like we’re going to be traveling through fourteen (or more) countries! If possible I’d like to visit Turkmenistan or Tajikistan…or both. But we’ll have to see how we’re doing, how our car is doing, and how much time we have at that point.


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23 Dec, 2008

Season’s Greetings, etc.

Posted by: Scott In: Pre-Rally

Now that I am back in Michigan I’ll be ramping up promotion of the rally. Expect for a lot of new material to be coming out next month (January). We now only have about six months before leaving for the U.K., and that’s not a lot of time to raise thousands of dollars and get everything ready!

You may notice some changes and additions throughout the web site. Big thanks to Collin for the top banner artwork as well as the caricatures found on ‘The Guys‘ page. I have created ‘business’ cards to promote the rally and will begin distributing them soon. If you would like some to pass around in your neck of the woods please contact me and I’ll send some over.

Mongol Rally Guy's Business Card

Hope everyone has a great holiday season, a merry Christmas, and a happy new year!

19 Nov, 2008

Back! Time to get started…

Posted by: Scott In: Pre-Rally

Back from my trip to Japan, had a great time, like always. Even got some work done, amazingly.

So, now it’s time to get started in earnest in raising money and preparing for the trip. We have about a eight months before leaving to the U.K. for the final preparations, and have an amazing amount of stuff to get accomplished before that time.

Stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks, as well as some web site tweaks and changes.

I’ll leave you with a letter that I received from one of our charities, Mercy Corps, last week:

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03 Oct, 2008

Mongol Rally’s Official Web Site

Posted by: Scott In: Pre-Rally

Just thought I’d go ahead and post the official Mongol Rally web site for those interested in reading more about the event.
 

http://mongolrally.theadventurists.com

Other than that, I will be off to Japan in a few days. We will begin the major fundraising after I get back, sometime around December, but until then please make note of the ‘Donate‘ button near the top of the page. Thanks!

29 Sep, 2008

And…we’re off!

Posted by: Scott In: Pre-Rally

After receiving the e-mail last week that I won a spot on the 2009 Mongol Rally I was ecstatic. I had had almost no hope of getting in, as all 300 of the available positions had been awarded in under two minutes of opening. I signed up for the waiting list and a week later came the acceptance e-mail.

I called up my friend Collin and asked if he was still down to go. There’s not too many people that have the time, money, and willingness to undertake an adventure of this sort, but luckily he’s one of them. Well, kind of. He’s going to kind of have to work on the money part a bit…definitely a lot of free time though!

Anyways, having paid the entrance fee of £650 (approx. $1,300.00US) last Thursday, we are officially in the running under the team name of ‘Hardly Working’! There’s going to be lots to do between now and the start of the rally on July 11th, 2009, but we’re up for it. Expect to see the entire process blogged about on this here very web site, in mind-numbing detail.

Stay tuned…