From Bodiam Castle
15.07.2013 28 °C
It was 13th July 2013, the day is upon them, the Launch day of this years Mongolian rally. After following a few teams, I was actually going to get to meet
them all. Inc. the Adventurists. After been let down by the raceway, Dover Castle, the National Trust came up trumps and let the Adventurists use the magnificent castle to host this event.
170 teams in all all lined up ready for the off on Sunday. All the cars lined up, signed up for registration and then an orchestra played in the grounds of the 12th Century Castle ruins. This is what the National Trust's website says about the idyllic Bodiam Castle: "This fairytale castle is one of Britain's most romantic and picturesque, set in the heart of 1066 country. With spiral staircases, battlements and a portcullis, 14th-century Bodiam Castle is the real thing. Windows where arrows were once fired, a tower that was once a look-out and ruins that were once walked upon by knights; this is a place where you can relive your childhood memories and let your imagination run riot." We couldn't put it better, so we wont even try.
Much Tom Foolery was had and many a drink was drunk.
The morning after the night before the teams headed out after an award ceremony for:
Most amount of cash raised for charity
Best pimped vehicle
Least likely to make it
Best vehicle that looks like a trike
More about this can be read here
The best vehicle in my opinion was the one driven from South Carolina in the States and that has to go to Team Dixie Chicken Bus, so well done guys and gals.
So thats it this years ralliers are on there way to the Czech Republic for another party and the launch of the European end of the rally, then off down to a beach party in Romania.
To follow the progress of the rally team this year you can track them live as they travel over across to Mongolia.
Team Scrumptious are continuing to raise money for the charities, currently raised just over £2080 for Cancer Research UK and Save Infants, hope to raise more. We have many events lined up. Keep in touch with what we are doing by visiting our website. We would love to have logos on the vehicle if you have a company or know of any companies that would like to get involved get them to look here.
We have our rally car already bought, it is a Fiat Punto 1.2, logo'd up by a few sponsors, plenty of room for more, whether it be with a logo of your company or website address, prices are so negotiable. Just simply drop me an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos of Punto courtesy of Aggz Photography 2013