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The Mongol Rally Guys

14 Feb, 2009

Interesting Mongol Rally Facts

Posted by: Scott In: Pre-Rally

These interesting tidbits are from the first (proper) year of the Mongol Rally, 2005. Yes, they are all true.

  • • 43 cars left London.
  • • 27 cars reached Mongolia.
  • • 14 cars reached the finish in Ulan Bator.
  • • 2 teams were robbed at knife point.
  • • 1 car snapped in half.
  • • 3 engines fell completely out of the cars.
  • • 1 team was held for five days in no-mans land.
  • • 1 team cycled almost 100 miles to get to the finish when their car gave in.
  • • 100’s of tires were blown.
  • • 1 team got engaged.
  • • 1 team found a 10 foot deep pot hole.
  • • 1 team found a 25 ton crane rolled by a pot hole.
  • • 3 teams attended weddings.
  • • 1 team had to reverse up a mountain after losing all but one forward gear.
  • • 1 person spent 24 hours in a Kazakh jail charged with five crimes against the state.
  • • 1 person was stoned by a Mongolian nomad, who then shot at him with a gun (and missed).
  • • 1 team was rammed off the road after an argument over water melons.
  • • 1 person spent a day in a Turkish hospital.
  • • 3 people were banned from Turkmenistan for a year.
  • • As a result of an incident with a cow one person was detained by police in Azerbaijan and threatened with a beating from a dwarf.
  • • 2 cars flipped over in Mongolia.
  • • 3 teams were chased by armed bandits.
  • • 0 team members died.

    2 Responses to "Interesting Mongol Rally Facts"

    1 | Fear and laugh

    February 27th, 2009 at 4:57 am


    I didn’t know all the facts, especially those about jailing, shooting and ‘stoning’. It sounds scary…

    2 | Dennis

    February 27th, 2009 at 10:57 am


    After reading this facts you still want to take this trip? It will be something to tell your grandchildren about! Good Luck!

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