WHAT IT IS?
"The Mongol Rally thunders 10,000 miles across the mountains, desert and steppe of Europe and Asia each summer. There’s no backup, no support and no set route; just you, your fellow adventurists and a tiny car you bought from a scrapyard for £11.50.
If nothing goes wrong, everything has gone wrong.
Bollocks to tarmac, ABS and gadgets that help you find your navel. The Mongol Rally is about getting lost, using your long neglected wits, raising shedloads of cash for charity and scraping into the finish line with your vehicle in tatters and a wild grin smeared across your grubby face.
Neither your car, nor your life, will ever be the same again."
RULE 1: Small & Shit
You can take any car, as long as it’s crap and with an engine of 1 litre or less. For motorbikes we've generously allowed 125cc, but would prefer it to be a scooter.
You need to drive a small, shit car to make the rally tougher. It's no fun if it's too easy. If you want easy go for a spa weekend.
With a small car, you're more likely to break down so you're more likely to interact with the locals, so you can remind yourself you're alive without jamming a fork into your eyeballs.
RULE 2: On Your Own
We could tell you everything you need to know about all the countries, roads and borders between here and Russia to ensure you have a safe, uncomplicated journey. But if it's not dangerous and you aren't lost, you're not on an adventure. That means no on the road backup or support. If you get stuck or in trouble, you need to solve the problem yourself. Any ‘Help! We’re broken down in Tajikistan,’ type phone calls to Rally HQ will be met with a snort of derision and a click of the receiver.
RULE 3: Save the World
It only seems fair that if you’re having the mother of all adventures you should give a little back, so we ask teams on the Rally to raise a minimum of £1000 for charity.
£500 of this must go to our official charity Cool Earth. The other £500 can be donated to a charity of your choice. Read more about this in the Saving the World section.
To see why we think Cool Earth are fucking awesome check out the Saving the World page
3rd March 2018: International Mongol Rally Route Beers (various locations)
4th June 2018: Last date for informing the Company that the Team intends to drive their vehicle out of Russia or make arrangements for export themselves without the assistance of the Company
4th June 2018: Last date for registering vehicle details on the Event website and informing the Company of intent (if any) to export vehicle from Mongolia (obligatory, unless otherwise agreed by the Company prior to this date)
4th June 2018: Last date for paying vehicle deposits (obligatory, unless otherwise agreed by the Company prior to this date)
14th July 2018: UK launch party
15th July 2018: Mongol Rally UK Launch
17th July 2018: Europe Party
19th July 2018: Mongol Rally Party, Vama Veche, Romania
10th August 2018: Finish line opening ceremony
10th September 2018: Finish line closing ceremony - deadline for delivering vehicle to finish line for taking up services of shipping provider
1st October 2018: Adventurists start paying back Team deposits
22nd October 2018: Last date for paying all the charity money (obligatory, unless otherwise agreed by the Company and Official Charities prior to this date)