on - stroke a camel - you know you want to!
Challenge is to drive over 3,700 miles from Plymouth to Banjul in the
Gambia (in a Left Hand Drive car costing no more than £100!)
passing through France, Spain, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal
and finally arriving in the Gambia where the car is auctioned to raise
money for charitable causes in The Gambia, West Africa.
After the success of the inaugural event in 2003, the interest in The
Challenge has grown so enormously that entries are now strictly
limited to 200 teams, with 50 teams of all nationalities departing on
4 separate dates.
The fifth Challenge, PBC07, is now gathering pace and three groups will
leave the UK in December 2006, with a fourth group leaving in February
The Silver Surfers, Chris Payne and Tim Harvatt from Pembrokeshire, Wales
will be leaving as part of Group 2, in their trusty and rusty, fifteen
year old, (one careful owner), Isuzu Trooper on Boxing Day 2006 arriving
in the Gambia hopefully three weeks later!
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1. Competing cars must cost less than £100.
2. Maximum budget for the vehicle Rally Preparation: £15
3. Once the Rally is underway, there will be no form of formal assistance
from the organisers in any way - Teams are ON THEIR OWN.
4. All of vehicles that make the full distance to Banjul must be handed
over to the Challenge Control Group to be auctioned under controlled conditions
(reported to The Gambian Government) in aid of local Gambian Charities.
5. All vehicles must be LEFT-HAND DRIVE!
The above rule is necessary because The Gambia is a left-hand-drive country.
RHD vehicles are not really welcome in The Gambia. The enormous popularity
of this event has meant that we have had to introduce this ruling in order
to ensure that the Challenge continues to receive the warm welcome extended
by the Government and People of The Gambia. RHD cars may not be permitted
entry to The Gambia or may be subject to import duties and disposal charges.
"Rules are made to be broken..." - Julian Nowill
(Organiser) "Except Rules 4 and 5"
Things we need for the trip: 2 caravan mattresses, 3 jerry cans, car
spotlights, camping stove (not gas), tow rope, first
aid kit, old mobile phones (bribes at borders!), large quantity of
ball point pens (to hand out to children), 12 volt fan, old surfboards
(see the charity page), all of these will be auctioned off at the
end of the trip - if you think you can help please email us.