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#1 CharlieBrown

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 08:59 PM

Hi all,

Some of you know me some of you don't, so on behalf of those that don't (or don't know what the Mongol Rally is)

I am taking part in the Mongol Rally (http://mongolrally.t...venturists.com/), a 10,000 mile trip from the UK to the capital of Mongolia to raise money for Charity. We are doing the event representing www.theminiforum.co.uk, an international mini forum of over 25,000 members).

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The chosen vehicle for this trip is my old trusty 998cc Mini 30 which has taken me to both Italy and Germany raising money for the National Children’s Hospice (NCH) and Macmillan Cancer Support.

As it is so far:

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**CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW MY PROGRESS ON THIS RALLY.
WITH DAY TO DAY UPDATES**



My love of minis and indeed adventure started many years ago. Whilst at Uni I was lucky enough to get my Dad's mini that he had for a few years. The mini bug then caught on in a big way. I became involved in a mini forum (www.theminiforum.co.uk) and slowly learnt a bit more about this great little car and at the same time made some friends along the way.

My first Charity trip in the mini took me to Italy on an organised event called the Italian Job (http://www.italianjob.com/). This was a trip in the north of Italy and took in some of scenes from the great film. I did this trip with my twin brother and we manage to raise 1,000 pounds for the National Children’s Hospital (NCH).About this time I became aware of a Charity event like no other that minis had been taking part in. The trip was called the Mongol Rally. This event sparked my interest and I knew one day I had to take part in the event and in a mini!

I then became more involved in the mini forum and became a staff member. This lead me to assist with organising our own Charity trip which took from Brands Hatch to the mighty Nürburgring. I took part in this trip a total of 4 times and raised money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

In 2006 I had the opportunity to help my cousin move house....from Boston to Seattle, how could I refuse. So off I set and an amazing journey taking in some amazing sights along the way. Adventure by car was definately the way to go.

In 2008 I then sold the mini to make room for a mini I was building. A year went buy and the opportunity to take part in the rally became a reality, work had given me the OK to take the time off to go on the rally. The day I was informed of this I found out my old mini was for sale, it seemed too good to be true so I parted with some of my hard earned cash and a vehicle for the rally was found.

I am raising all I can for the forums unofficial charity so if you can help me with this and give what you can that would be amazing.

http://www.justgivin...golia-Macmillan

#2 hystrix cristata

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 09:06 PM

Don't you have to use a car less than 10 years old?

#3 CharlieBrown

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 09:12 PM

Yes you do. If you want to take an old car then you have to make sure you get it out of Mongolia (due to import laws) i.e. drive it back......gulp

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 09:36 AM

FOLLOW HIS PROCESS HERE AND READ HIS DAILY REPORTS!

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Charles Milner, aka Charlie Brown of The Mini Forum, is taking part in the Mongol Rally with his Mini 30 this year. At the Ace Cafe Mods 'n' Mini night on 1 July he auctioned off some items that has been donated to him and raised around £100 towards his target for Macmillan Cancer Support. Charlie would like to thank Haynes, Muc-off, Wizards of NOS, Titan Classics, Turtle Wax, NGK, Halfords, OBP and Sven van der Hart for their donations, the Ace Cafe for hosting the auction and Dan Stokes and the TMf gang for their assistance. For more information go to www.mongolrally10.theadventurists.com and search for theminiforum2mongolia.



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Posted 28 July 2010 - 09:38 AM

so what are these strange export laws about?

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 10:50 AM

his latest update made me laugh lol

Monday, 26 July 2010
Oh and speedo light out so using glow sticks to see it

:gimme: Dow!

Tuesday, 27 July 2010 19:00
Nice shorter drive today. Not without drama though. I've just been stopped by the police for running a level crossing that i thought like others was just flashing to say it was there. No such luck, and right in front of a police car. He was not happy. Licence and passport got taken and a 2500 fine was going to be given until he spotted a drunk on a bike and let me off. Close! Luc so unimpressed. In a cheap hotel now to make up for it. Good nights sleep and a longer drive tomorrow. Mini running much better. Temp was on a quarter for last bit of day. Food them sleep.



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Posted 28 July 2010 - 11:24 AM

This his him leaving on saturday.


Pictures taken by Raz and Jammy and Christine Crocker. All pictures taken from Facebook.

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#8 marksmini

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 02:25 PM

so what are these strange export laws about?


Not sure what you mean by the strange export laws but:

Try this link for your answer, If this doesnt answer it look under the 'Tell me More' drop down box

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 07:31 PM

donated.
If we all do he will hit his target easy
by the way
A friend tried this a few years back in the winter. Sam route but not part of the rally.
He was in a renault 19 and failed with about 500km to the mongolian boarder.

good luck

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 07:45 PM

This his him leaving on saturday.


Pictures taken by Raz and Jammy and Christine Crocker. All pictures taken from Facebook.



Nice bonnet stripes Lol! Sounds like you're having a great time - I'm very jelous, i'd love to do this run sometime

Good luck and keep us posted !!

Edited by roofless, 28 July 2010 - 07:46 PM.


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Posted 28 July 2010 - 10:32 PM

Coopersmate, Thank you very much. if he get access to get onto The Mini Forum during the rally the support will help keep him going when he gets a tough day or three.

Taken from his mongo page:

Wednesday, 28 July 2010
18.20, just got to krakow. Had to stop on the way though as terrifying squeak from passenger front wheel! Then i realised it was just a loose fan belt. phew. Found a cheap etap hotel just outside city so going for a wander. See if it's like i remember. Oh been raining and the glove on the dizzy is doing its job and car is running cool. Good afternoon's driving. Oh again, footwell is now a pond. Had to do a bit of bailing out. All good fun

20.33, been wandering round the city and spotted a mongolia rally car. Ran after them and caught up as they did a u turn. found out they needed to got the airport quick so ripped out half my city map. Hope we don't need that bit tomorrow. And saw an italian team's car parked up in center

22.21, wandering back from hotel and saw 3 uk minis drive past. Got back to hotel room and looked outside and they were just parking up. How random! Went down to say hi and they are from just near bristol. More randomness. Great end to a day



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Posted 30 July 2010 - 02:00 PM

Please help support TMF's Charlie Brown by donating here http://www.justgivin...golia-Macmillan

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 01:17 PM

Hi charlie hows it going i was the one that helped in the car park hope you are well and the car is ok we have done 3300 mile all got back and thanks to you for a lend of the sockets see you and good luck sacha

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 07:52 PM

O NO! not sure if anyone else is following the progress but poor charlie. hope the part arrives in the morning. Very nice of mini Spares to do that for hima nd get it sorted ASAP.

Chrlie teaching english! lmao that i would like to see....

check out his updates. makes good reading

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 07:54 PM

I second that, i'm following the progress.

O NO! not sure if anyone else is following the progress but poor charlie. hope the part arrives in the morning. Very nice of mini Spares to do that for hima nd get it sorted ASAP.

Chrlie teaching english! lmao that i would like to see....

check out his updates. makes good reading






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