H4H - Plymouth to Banjul Challenge

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  1. Ladies and Gents - we are entering this rally to raise money for H4H (www.justgiving.com/Team-SLAG) Essentially, buy a car for under £100, spend no more than £15 doing it up and then drive it 4,000 miles through Spain, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania and Senegal arriving in Banjul, The Gambia about 3 weeks later. It's a bit like a Poor Man's Paris-Dakar but without the support vehicles. We depart Plymouth 20 Dec, arrive Banjul 8 Jan (fingers crossed).

    We're asking MOD contractors and others to donate a minimum £500 for a logo on the car and hoping to get a load of private donations too. If any of you know of any companies wanting to get their name on this fantastic piece of clapped-out French engineering (already got 300,000 miles on the clock), please PM me with their details.

    Also, if anyone's got any tips on crossing the Sahara (or some maps), we're all ears...

  2. Guns

    Guns LE Moderator Book Reviewer
    1. The Royal Navy

    Take water.

    And sun screen.

    Oh yes and a passport.
  3. Thanks Guns - managed to think of that! We've had fantastic support from a number of units so we're well kitted out. We can load 86 litres of water (if required) as well as taking an extra 40 litres of fuel.
  4. I've been to Banjul. It's a hole. You'll love the Air Force sat at the end of the runway......it's hilarious.
  5. Once we get past Marrakech everything looks like a bit of a hole - particularly Nouakchott!
  6. Been to Marrakesh also, it's not too bad. Some good food at great prices.
  7. Good news - we've got another £1,000 donated from 2 more contractors. I'd be very grateful for any more leads though or advice from anyone who's in a position t put pressure on a contractor to cough... their profits are after all coming directly out of the Defence budget!

  8. UPDATE - On advice from the FCO, our Challenge has been cancelled due to the increased threat of terrorism and kidnapping in the Western Sahara and particularly Mauritania. It's with great regret that we are having to pull out after receiving so much support and encouragement and with less than a week before our departure date. Hopefully we can find a new Challenge and continue to raise money for H4H without nanny pulling the plug!
  9. Sorry to hear it's cancelled guys.
  10. Guys, can't you alter the route in anyway? still keep it to the same kind of Epic distance but change the route or the End Location even?

    It would also be good if you could add Holidays 4 Heroes to your funding efforts ...
  11. The current route takes us down the W African coast through W Sahara, Mauritania and Senegal. Alter course inland and you've got Algeria, Mali, Niger etc which are all worse. We've looked at getting the cars containerised in Casablanca and shipping them down to Dakar - but that's expensive and sucks most of the joy out of the event. We might end up doing the Silk Road run next year to Tashkent, but having spent the last 6 months modifying the car for the desert we really did want to have a go at some sand. We'll probably end up auctioning the car and giving the proceeds to H4H, but first we've got 3 weeks leave booked and are hitting the Atlas Mountains and Morocco's surfing beaches! Christmas.... bahh!
  12. Western Sahara okay, Mauritania not so good and as highlighted routes to the east not so good. Given 3 Spanish Aid workers were lifted on the coast road north of Nouakchott recently, not a suprise.

    A few years ago, a work colleague was involved in rescuing a couple of blokes on a similar challenge whose car had conked out in Mauritania. The conditions for old vehicles is testing even before you add unfriendly locals. It doesn't help that a main smuggling route runs in between the tarmac bit of coast road and the sea and that foreigners are worth a bit these days.

    I reckon a trick is being missed, how about a sponsored dragon boat race using the abandoned pinnaces beached on the canary islands back to senegal?

  13. [quote="smallbrownprivatesI reckon a trick is being missed, how about a sponsored dragon boat race using the abandoned pinnaces beached on the canary islands back to senegal?


    Genius idea mate, blinding! I'm in - it's about 650Nm to dakar, so at worst would take about a month. Need to assess condition of the hulks, anyone going to Canaries like to undertake a quick survey?