Group United! and Launch Live Online

Well the Group is now all united here in Oxford. Anand is finishing up packing his apartment (he’s moving) and tying off loose ends at work. The rest of the team is trying to get a couple last minute things for the car and we’re waiting for a delivery of a tent from Sierra Designs, one of our terrific sponsors. We also just had an excellent English breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, tomatoes, beans, and toast. Great food and great staff at The Excelsior in Oxford if you’re ever in that area.

We just got an email from the Adventurists, who run the Rally, telling us that you’ll be able to watch the launch live online!  Here’s the information from them:

The Festival of Slow The Mongol Rally Festival of Slow LIVE online…
Saturday 18th July 11.30 – 15.30 BST
The Mongol Rally launch will simultaneously fart in the face of boredom from Barcelona, Milan and Goodwood in the UK. The English launch of just over 300 teams from all over the world will be broadcast live for your amusement so bookmark for the broadcast. We’ll even have a highlights show posted on Saturday evening…

This Saturday Goodwood Motor Circuit will be temporarily declared the ‘Independent Republic of Adventurism’ complete with menacing border guards, maurauding entertainers, live music, cossack dancers, Russian strongmen, real ale, properly made lamonade, and more than 300 Mongol Rally teams from more than 20 countries.

A fire engine completely covered in fur, London Taxis and a tiny car with a 15 foot Viking long boat on top feature among the ‘Vehicles of Significant Comedy Value Category’. Before they depart for a gargantuan party in a Czech castle on Monday each team will enjoy a parade lap of Goodwood Motor Circuit and they will be flagged off by former rallier and all round top chap Nick Hewer, who you may have seen on the tellybox in The Apprentice.

There are also 100 teams heading out from Barcelona and another 50 leaving from Milan simultaneously this Saturday, check the website for updates.

Festival of Slow website.

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