A three-strong team of farmers from Kilkenny, Cork and Wexford will take a 22-year-old Nissan Micra from the Emerald Isle to Tbilisi, Georgia next week for three “very worthy” charities.
The team will participate in the Poles of Inconvenience Rally which challenge teams to “drive tiny cars to totally ludicrous places”.
Ahead of the event, the trio, known as Team 3 Best Spuds, told That’s Farming:
“We all met while working in Reardon’s Bar in Cork City. Ten years ago, we were watching rally car videos on YouTube and came across a video from a company called The Adventurists.”
“It just looked crazy, so I searched for more Mongol Rally videos and since then, it has always been a must-do.”
“Our Micra only cost us €200, and we are basically hoping for a 10,000km miracle to get it to Georgia and back. We are driving all the way to Georgia together with no backup or bailouts.”
The rally route, under normal circumstances, would take the team all the way to Mongolia, but due to the war in Ukraine, they will venture to Tbilisi instead.
With only days to go, they “cannot wait” to get on the road:
“We are over excited at this stage. We have been planning and waiting for this for a very long time now and cannot wait to get going.”
“The car is pretty much good to go, just getting service done in a few days and it is all systems go then.”
The team – with the support of its main sponsor, Slaney Farms – is fundraising for:
- Marymount Hospice in Cork;
- Irish Cancer Society;
- The Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
If you want to help the team meet their goal, you can donate to their GoFundMe.
On the trip, they will face some “seriously difficult terrain” driving across some of the most mountainous parts of Europe and up to the gates of Asia.
They said conditions in mountainous Georgia have been “particularly dangerous” in recent days because of heavy rain and landslides.
If you want to see the team and their two-ton Micra before they leave, they will be at Cork Cars and Coffee on the morning of July 10th and at The Still, Enniscorthy on the evening of the 10th.