Trying to Save the World by Driving to Mongolia

This July, I will be driving from London to Mongolia, in a piece of #### car, all in the name of charity.  I'm taking part in the Mongol Rally.  It is, in fact, as ridiculous as it sounds. 

What: The Mongol Rally is an annual charity race across Eurasia where 500 cars traverse 1/3 of the world in 1-liter engine vehicles and, with a lot of luck, make it all the way to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. There’s no route and no help, but a whole lot of road and good deeds along the way.

From the Upcoming ueue, submitted by ahammel.

They did this sort of thing in Africa on the show Top Gear, and it was hilarious when they were to drive over the salt flat and had to remove as much weight from the vehicles as possible (seats, chasis, etc).
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It makes me sad to hear about things like this, there has to be other ways to raise money and awareness than by encouraging people to drive very long distances in cars without good fuel economy, its such a shame for the environment to encourage this.
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I reckon a car with a 1-liter engine actually gets superb fuel economy, maybe even better than a prius! For instance the thirstiness of the Daihatsu Cuore, a car which slots nicely into the rally rules, is effectively demonstrated here:
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I did this in 2006, it was excellent fun, though pretty hard going at times! Which route are you doing?

My flickr set of the pictures is here...
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Come on, that's great that its for a charity, but does it have to be using long distance driving? Not trying to be a buzzkill, but in our economy/ climate crisis, it's terrible how your using your car like that. I'm only in high school, but even I know not to do that.. -sad face/ maybe ride a bike all the way? Hahah..
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