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    Ten thousand miles from Aberdeen to Mongolia across countless mountain ranges, punishingly hot deserts and some of most spectacularly remote terrain on the planet… This summer, I’m part of a team entering the Mongol Rally!

    If you want to laugh at our choice of vehicle, scoff at our ludicrously ambitious route, ridicule our cheesy group photos or even, just maybe, find your charitable side and throw some money towards our chosen charities then be sure to have a look at the links below.

    I'm not sure how many of you use Facebook but potential sponsors seem keen on us having as many "likes" as possible! We're also giving away prizes to those who have liked us in the run up to the Rally - not least some tickets to the Final of the Women's Beach Volleyball at the London Olympics!

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    Hoping this isn't too shameless a plug!

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    A Fiat Doblo. Good luck, then!

    Seriously though, I've 'liked' your Facebook page and I will watch with interest. Hope it all goes well and you achieve what you are setting out for. Really, all the best!
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    Thanks! Much Appreciated!

    I was skeptical about the Doblo as well but there's a fairly limited range of vehicles with an engine small enough that can carry four plus luggage!
    A friend who owns a Taxi Company also swears by them - one of his has done almost 300k with only wear and tear parts needing replaced...

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    I know someone who did this in 2007 in a Citroen BX 1.3. It sounded like an amazing trip, although he reported that as the roads got rougher and rougher he could sense the other entrants' gradually building hostility towards their team as they glided by on their nitro-spheres.

    Shame the Mongolian government has ruled out taking anything properly ancient- I'd always harboured an ambition to do it in a Renault 4* or a DAF Daffodil.

    Good luck and all the best.

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    Thanks! I expected to hate the Doblo but it's actually pretty good - slow but handles well and makes you smile whenever you drive it. It's also averaging about 58 mpg!

    We've had a steady stream of likes from people I don't recognise but who seem to have LR based profile pics so thank you to them as well!

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    Good luck Jamie, enjoy the experience. Also clicked like. Once again good luck.
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    Got a mate and his wife doing a similar trip this year, but in an ambulance that they will be delivering when they get there


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    Quote Originally Posted by ButtonMonkey View Post
    Got a mate and his wife doing a similar trip this year, but in an ambulance that they will be delivering when they get there


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    That's interesting - our original plan was take a retired ambulance but they've tightened up the import rules considerably this year...

    Our 100k 5 year old excellent condition Scottish Ambulance Service Merc Sprinter (£110k new!) was deemed to old to be of any use! I'm guessing the ambulance your friends are taking must be pretty much new?!

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    That's pretty impressive!

    I hope they're taking the "tame" route through Ukraine, Russia and then in through Mongolia's northern border or it's going to be a seriously nerve racking journey! I certainly wouldn't fancy fording rivers and driving thousands of miles across largely roadless desert in a brand new £100k road vehicle!

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    I shall forgo the Facebook thing - I'm not on it - but I'm mighty impressed by the challenge. I trust there will be pictures from time to time?

    I'm tempted not to wish you luck, because you will be relying on skill, but I do wish you all the best. Have fun.

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    Thanks Roger (and everyone else who continues to "like" us on FB)

    Skill?! It's easy to see you've never met us!

    We're going to try and upload photos and blog as we go but once we're past Turkey the chances of that look fairly slim. I'll be sure to post when (if?!) we return with a link to the final blog though.

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