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.
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 Bamako, in Mali. The Nouakchott challenge kicks off on the same date as Bamako and Banjul and all teams journey together. However the Nouakchott Challenge is for those who can only afford 2 weeks off work.
And finally: We run trips to the Chernobyl dead zone every September.