Friends take on Mongol Rally in 50-year-old car

David Wotherspoon and Mike Jenic proudly show off their old banger which is set to travel thousands of miles (s)
David Wotherspoon and Mike Jenic proudly show off their old banger which is set to travel thousands of miles (s)
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Two years ago, David Wotherspoon from Ribchester and his university friend Mike Jenic, from Halifax, decided they needed some adventure in their lives after graduating from the University of York.

So, they decided to enter a car in the 2018 Mongol Rally - an old car - and before long they had acquired a rare 50-year-old Triumph Herald Estate - with one big snag - the car was completely dismantled and turned out to require extensive repair, as well as rebuilding!

After hundreds of hours of work and scouring the country for spare parts, “Team Triumph and Tribulations” are ready for their 16,000-mile adventure starting on Friday.

The Mongol Rally is an intercontinental car rally that begins in Europe and now ends in the Siberian town of Ulan Ude, Russia, after passing through Mongolia. The rally originally ended 400 miles south in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, but local regulations and taxes concerning vehicle imports necessitated the change. This year’s launch event will take place near Prague in the Czech Republic for what the organisers describe as “The greatest motoring adventure on the planet !”. Some 400 teams have now registered for the 2018 rally, which sees on average a 70% completion rate.

David (24), a former pupil of Ribblesdale High School Technology College, Clitheroe, said he is looking forward to travelling through Iran and raising money for two good causes. “Both myself and Mike are excited and it will be great to meet new people and travel to fascinating places such as Iran.”

David, who is a software engineer and works in Cambridge, will be raising lots of money for Macmillan Cancer Support and environmental charity, Cool Earth.

The duo’s route will encompass 19 countries, covering 16,000 miles, which they plan to complete in 60 days. All costs so far, including the cost of the rally itself, are being borne by the pair. Anyone wishing to sponsor them or follow their progress can do so via Facebook: