The Forth Roof of the World Rally in 2011
The 2011 Rally saw a change from previous years - we launched with the Mongolia Rally from Horse Guards Parade in an absolutely huge event that blew everybody's socks off. We had a slightly less multinational mix this year, but the continent was represented by Team Djurovski from the Netherlands. The highlight of the year has been the handover arranged by Sworde-Teppa of Jerry's (Team TeaAmbulance) Ambulance to the Central Hospital
in Kurghan-Tyube. We've heard it was quite a party! We'd also like to say thank you to Tethys for putting up significant sponsorship of the ambulance. Prize winners this year are Jerry for best vehicle, Team Djurovski for best fundraising / best organised and Team Rustin Seamrot for doing ridiculously well in nursing an old Rover Maestro over the Pamirs and arriving with it in good condition, and if they manage to dig out their photo of a policeman posing with our bag of tea - then they will win the prize for best photo too...
The Third Roof of the World Rally in 2010
The 2010 edition of the Roof of the World Rally somehow managed to raise the bar even higher in almost every respect. Representatives of the UK, Ireland, Russia, Switzerland and America distributed tea far and wide across the land, and had some incredible adventures along the way. The 2010 Rally legend is without doubt Mr. Rickard Roycroft, who drove an ambulance all on his lonesome right down into Syria and through Iran, donating tea to everyone he met. Honourable mentions must also go to Team Charity Road Trips for setting the fund-raising and sponsorship bar and to Pillars of the West for becoming the first team to complete the round trip right back to London. Finally, rally returnee and 2009 legend Joe Taylor set a new record with his team Tajikivan for the shortest number or miles covered before terminal failure, as their van stopped somewhere around Kent. Despite this minor setback, Tajikivan and fellow Team Dodge (14 breakdowns on the way to Budapest) displayed true rally spirit by completing the journey using a combination of trains and hitching!
The Second Roof of the World Rally in 2009
The second Roof of the World Rally launched from Greenwich Park in 2009 with much tea and a smattering of dignatories. Teams did us proud, as nationals from Italy, Germany, America, France and the UK spread tea far and wide and had some incredible adventures. The Italian team came with film crew and minibus and managed to get stuck in nomans land overnight without the right permits, the German team crossed deserts and mountains in a 900cc van complete with power shower and Team ToMaTomAn set the bar for distance travelled, covering nearly 8000miles in five weeks.
However, a special mention must go to the new rally legends Kernow Krew. The joint UK/US team managed to pay for their hospital bills with tea (after nearly dying of altitude sickness), got stuck in a river overnight (where they slept with water flowing though the car) before being towed out using pieces of Chinese border fence. They also reversed over a 4700 meter pass and through the Kazakh desert after their car broke down. After refusing several opportunities to get married and passing out tea to everyone they met they rolled into Kurgan-Tybe ahead of everyone else!
The First Roof of the World Rally in 2008
The Roof of the World rally evolved from two ambitious entries into the Mongolian Rally in 2007. Ryan Walker, Alex Welsh and Michael Holloway took an Ice Cream Van 10,000 miles to Mongolia, they made it, albeit without the freezer at the end. Highlights/lowlights included encounters with the Kazakh mafia during a drug run, attending two weddings and a bizarre event late one night involving a brothel. Their trip captured the imagination of the BBC and UK:TV amongst others. Sophie Willingale and Helen Emery took a Nissan Micra named Daisy on the Mongolian Rally. They struck trouble by having expired visas in Turkmenistan, got chatted up by the mafia, tackled a severe case of altitude sickness, and broke down in the rough part of Irkutsk at 2am one night. Both teams happened to convoy and whilst doing so they pioneered a Mongolian Rally trip into the wilds of Tajikistan to visit SWORDE-Teppa. All that visited Sworde-Teppa were blown away by the great work and fantastic reception they received. The desire to help this very small charity along with the desire to come back and take on the almost mythical Pamir highway (a road touched by very few tourists – that includes the Mongolian Rally!) led to the creation of the Roof of the World Rally.