RTL-You's very own Edouard Paquet decided to join efforts with his friends Sam and Isaac from the UWE Bristol to face what might very well be the challenge of their lives: the intercontinental Mongol Rally.
The Mongol Rally is an intercontinental car rally of superlatives that sees 350 teams race from Prague to Ulan-Ude in Russia. The rally takes participants through mountain regions, deserts, and steppes. Sometimes the roads are paved, sometimes they're... a little less comfortable to navigate.
RTL-You's very own Edouard Paquet decided to join efforts with his friends Sam and Isaac from UWE Bristol to tackle the tricky challenge. The three students bought a 15-year-old Fiat Panda for around €700 to get team Bristangolia started. As you might expect given the enormous distance of the rally, things don’t always run all that smoothly - a reality that the young contestants experience first-hand in the seventh episode of the “Bristangolia’s Mongol Rally” series.Having driven across the whole of Uzbekistan and made it to Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, it is time for the Bristangolia boys to tackle the Pamir Highway - the second highest international road in the world. And calling it a road is a bit of a stretch at times, as you can see in episode seven of their series!
After losing their friends in Dushanbe’s traffic they have to continue the adventure on their own. The Pamir Highway, which shouldn’t be called a highway, is a roughly 600km long road traversing the Pamir mountains in Central Asia. The first day they only manage to drive about 20km and decide to set up camp in a beautiful gorge. The terrible roads slowly start breaking the boys’ Fiat Panda as they struggle to drive a long distance.
After finding a questionable petrol station and driving alongside the Afghan border, Ed, Sam and Isaac finally bump into another team! They set up camp right next to Afghanistan and convoy together, taking turns breaking down. While the other team’s exhaust keeps falling off, it is the sump guard and the roof rack that causes headaches for team Bristangolia. In the middle of the Pamirs, there aren’t any conventional fixes, and cable ties and duct tape usually do the trick.
That said, and to use their own words, “there are worse places to break down”. See for yourself by watching the latest episode of Bristangolia's Mongol Rally here!