Team will be livin’ on a spare on mas­sive rally

Teenagers will drive 10,000 miles across moun­tain trails and deserts in a banger

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOURTELEGRAPH - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

A trio of teenagers will be liv­ing on a prayer - and on spares - as they take on the ad­ven­ture of a life­time trav­el­ling thou­sands of miles in an old banger.

Oliver Frisby from Oun­dle, James Keane, from Wer­ring­ton and Josh Allen from War­wick­shire will all be tak­ing on the Mon­gol Rally this sum­mer, just a year after leav­ing school.

The rally - for teams in old 1-litre bangers with no tech­ni­cal back-up - will see the lads travel 10,000 miles from Prague in the Czech Repub­lic to Ulan Ude in Siberia, Rus­sia, and the route will take the team across deserts, over moun­tains and other rough ter­rain - all in an an­cient Re­nault Clio.

The team - called ‘Livin’ on a Spare’ - will be rais­ing money for Sue Ry­der’s Thorpe Hall Hospice after Oliver’s grand­fa­ther was cared for by staff. He said: “My grand­fa­ther, David Brown­ing, de­vel­oped blad­der cancer and went into Thorpe Hall in March 2017 - he died there on 13 April 2017 after spending three weeks with them.

“They were amazing and en­abled us to say our good­byes prop­erly.”

All three team mem­bers fin­ished their A-Lev­els at Oun­dle School last year, and they bought a 17-year-old Clio with 125,000 miles on the clock to com­pete.

Oliver said: “We have no ex­pe­ri­ence of do­ing any­thing like this be­fore and have no me­chan­i­cal knowl­edge re­ally at all.

“We will hope­fully spend some time with a me­chanic be­fore we go to show us the ba­sics and make sure we have some knowl­edge.

“We think the biggest chal­lenges will be whether the car can keep up with the change in ter­rain as we will be driv­ing over ev­ery type of land­scape apart from snow. The roads in Mon­go­lia are ap­par­ently nonex­is­tent.

“An­other big ques­tion we have to ask our­selves is whether we will break first, or the car will, as it will be quite chal­leng­ing on our friend­ships.”

How­ever, de­spite the chal­lenges they are likely to face, there is still plenty to look for­ward to. Oliver said: “We are re­ally look­ing for­ward to see­ing a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent cul­tures, and specif­i­cally I can’t wait to see Mon­go­lia as ap­par­ently it has a rich cul­ture and amazing sights.

“We are also spending a week go­ing through Iran with a guide as we are not al­lowed to drive through on our own.”

Half of the money raised by the team will go to Sue Ry­der, while the other half will be go­ing to Cool Earth, which is working against the de­struc­tion of the rain­for­est.

The team are look­ing for as much sup­port as pos­si­ble to help them get across the fin­ish line, ei­ther through spon­sor­ship of the ve­hi­cle, or through do­na­tions of equip­ment they will need such as jerry cans, a tool kit, med­i­cal sup­plies.

Any­one who can help is asked to visit www.face­book. com/Liv­inOnAS­pare/

‘We have no me­chan­i­cal knowl­edge at all’ Oliver Frisby

A scene from the Mon­gol Rally which crosses 10,000 miles


Oliver, bot­tom right, with the car they plan to take on the rally and, in­set, a ve­hi­cle cross­ing tricky ter­rain dur­ing a pre­vi­ous Mon­gol Rally

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