The World is becoming a dull and safe place ruled by Health and Safety Nazis and this applies to travel, too. However if you have a pile of excrement on your drive which needs scrapping and the local car scrapdump does not fill you with excitement, then buy some cable ties and gaffer tape, and some cases of Vodka and Pot Noodle and jump in and go south or North or somewhere. You will have no support and backup, and mechanical knowledge is frowned upon. However the advantage of going with a group is that help may be at hand if your car dies and a roadbook will give you details of where to go, and what bookings and paperwork you may like to consider.
The Dakar challenges are not charity rallies. Almost all rules on the website are there to be broken. However if we have arranged a charity drop off point on the finishing line then your car must be passed over to be auctioned for local good causes. After all, you would not get much cash for it on the street and might be prevented from leaving the country. Driving home takes too long and is too expensive.Crap Car Svengali Julian Nowill created the first banger challenge in 2002 and his career as a stockbroker is simply a cover for his politics of hard line Marxism and a love for all things Soviet. These events are run in his spare time with help from his wife, Hilary which keeps entry fees low. Each year we hit Gambia,Senegal,Mauritania, and Mali in January/February.These runs last 1,2 or 3 weeks and you can leave your car or take it home. Cars left are usually auctioned for charity.