James Huff from Swindon and American film-maker Ilia Kevich make up ‘Preparation M’, one of the teams involved in this year’s Mongol Rally, an epic and slightly mad race, in a 1 litre ‘old-banger’, from Hyde Park to Mongolia.
Not for the faint hearted, the guys will be embarking on this month-long adventure on a total budget of £1,000 per person. The Mongol Rally is an adventure that starts in London and finishes in Ulan bator, Mongolia.
The twist is the teams must drive all the way in a rubbish car with an engine no bigger than 1 litre. This year, legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne’s son Jack is also joining them for the Eurasian crossing.
To raise as much money as they possibly can for charity, the guys are exchanging 1cm square sections on the roof of their car for £1 a piece. So far over 400 squares have been sold, and they want to sell the remainder of them by 21st July.
In exchange for their donation people get to choose the content of their ‘square’. Whilst someone is threatening to have his 50 squares painted a manly shade of pink, others have written the guys good luck notes.
However, the most popular number of squares being purchased is actually 12. It might seem a strange number, but when you consider that a passport photo measures approximately 3cm x 4cm it all becomes clear.
James explained "A lot of people want to come with us on our ‘mad-venture’ but there is very little room inside our car…we suggested sticking a passport photo on the roof, and people seem to love the idea"Ilia added "It would be amazing if we managed to sell all of the squares, as we would raise so much money for great causes".
Preparation M is raising money for Mercy Corps and local charity Swindon Foodbank.Richard Belsham of Swindon Foodbank says "We are delighted to be involved with James and his team. We are providing the guys with an emergency food-pack in case they get stranded in the desert. James will also be helping us collect at ASDA on 14th July; hopefully people will come down, have a chat and wish him luck!"
James added "We’ve actually just finished recording a charity mini-album – Mongol Aid’, which is downloadable from our website as well. We’ve recorded 2 songs ‘Is this the way to Ulan Bator’ and ‘Sand is all around’.
It was a great laugh recording them and I hope people enjoy listening to themTo keep up to date with James and Ilia’s ‘mad-venture’ visit their website www.preparationM.co.uk, where you can sign up to their newsletter, download their songs, view pictures and of course, purchase part of their roof.