Welcome to the original Banger Challenge


The original Banger Challenge, that has spawned so many others. In December 2002, the first group of hopeful souls left the UK in a motley collection of vehicles, optimistically believing that Julian Nowill knew what he was doing, and had substance and experience behind his words. Despite later finding out to the contrary, this first event was a great success and most of the 42 Teams even made it to Banjul. This Challenge is now in it’s 14th year!

The 3 week Banjul Challenge is now the longest running banger challenge anywhere and runs every Christmas It has been joined by a sister challenge to Timbuctu, (or rather Bamako in Mali as Timbuctu sounds like a snappier title for a website.) The Nouakchott challenge kicks off on the same date as Timbuctu and Banjul and all teams journey together. However the Nouakchott Challenge is for those who can only afford 2 weeks off work. The St Louis Challenge is for those who fancy a full Africa rally experience but prefer to fly out for a week in Senegal and Mauritania.
Vehicles can be either 2WD or 4WD and indeed we have separate routes for each.

DATELINE SEPT 2016 Please note that all cars are permitted on the Banjul Challenge. Not just LHD. The rules just changed.