Daring duo to drive to Mongolia in 1.3 litre Suzuki
PUBLISHED: 21:00 30 June 2017
A father and son are about to embark on a 10,000-mile round trip to Asia in a car worth just a few hundred pounds.
Following a leaving party on July 15, Brian and Ben Sutlieff, from Cocklake, near Wedmore, will drive to Mongolia and back again in a 1.3 litre Suzuki Wagon R+ they bought for less than £250.
The pair, known as Team Slow East, will start at Goodwood Motor Circuit in Chichester before crossing freezing mountain ranges and arid deserts during the 55-day journey, which they are undertaking to raise money for blood cancer charity Bloodwise.
The event, run by journey organiser The Adventurists, is called the Mongol Rally and is also held to raise money for Cool Earth, a charity which campaigns against the deforestation of rainforests.
Ben, aged 22, said: “We are very excited to be going on this incredible journey.
“No doubt there will be difficult moments, but that’s all part of the challenge and there will be a huge sense of achievement if we can make it there and back again.
“It is great to be raising money for two fantastic charities that support two very important causes.
“Hopefully we can show everyone that adventures like this can be done and that the world is a far more welcoming place than many believe.”
The route will see Ben and Brian travel across the English Channel to the Netherlands before making their way through Germany and parts of Eastern Europe.
They will then visit countries including Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan before clipping the southern edge of Russia and finally arriving in Mongolia.
Brian and Ben, who have funded the trip themselves, have so far raised more than £2,600 for the two charities.
They are aiming to reach a total of £5,000 for Bloodwise, which funds research and clinical teams involved in more than 220 projects.
The pair have also set up a Facebook page to keep people up to date with their preparations while a tracker has been fitted to the car so their progress can be monitored.