YOU KHAN DO IT!
MONGOL M RALLY: Ex-cop takes on 1 10,000 mile challenge... in a rubbish car
A RETIRED policeman and his friend are set to drive 10,000 miles through some of the world’s most dangerous countries in a 24-year-old hatchback car.
On Sunday July 17 Paul Kerr, 55, will head off from Goodwood in Sussex with John Coe in a 1.1 litre Renault Five Campus, travelling through Turkey, Iran, Kazakhstan and Mongolia before finishing their epic journey in Russia.
Mr Kerr, from Chalfont St Peter, and Mr Coe, from Ash, Hampshire, are taking part in the Mongol Rally, a once in a lifetime motoring trip which bills itself as ‘the greatest motoring adventure on the planet’.
The rules of the rally are simple –the worse your car is, the better. On the rally website, http://www. theadventurists.com/ mongol-rally-the-vehicles/, it states: “Use a car you swapped for a bag of crisps. Seek out a steed that most people wouldn’t even use for the weekly shop.”
And along with the terrible car, there will be ‘no on-the- road backup or support’, as the race states ‘if it’s not dangerous and you aren’t lost, you’re not on an adventure’.
The rules also stipulate that participants must also raise money for charity – Mr Kerr, an ex-Little Chalfont policeman, is raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society and Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA), and Mr Coe is fundraising for The Lymphoma Association.
The pair have already raised around £1,800 but are hoping to raise that amount as much as they can.
Mr Kerr, who retired in 2010, said he was doing it for an ‘adventure’ despite not being a particularly adventurous man: “I’ve never done this before, but I’m very, very excited.”
Describing himself as ‘not very into cars’ and a selfconfessed motorcyclist, the challenge of the rally lies in keeping an old car, bought for about £200, going for as long as they can.
He added: “It’s an opportunity to see different cultures and visit different countries.
“We’re pretty much following the old Silk Road before we end up in Mongolia.”
And while the duo have fitted the car with things like a snorkel, spare wheel and roof rack, it has not received any special treatment.
“All we’ve done is get this car up to a level – it’s road legal,” he said and added: “I hope the car will make it –it’s a long way for such a small engine.”
Visit https://carryoncampus 2016.wordpress.com/ the-reason/johns-charity/ to follow the adventure.
Rallying: Paul Kerr (right) and John Coe with their ‘steed’