A team of four students are taking part in the 2010 Mongol Rally. They are driving a a 1989 Land Rover Defender 110 ambulance that has served 20 years with St. John’s Ambulance in Wiltshire. The V8 4x4 emergency response vehicle was donated to the team by St. John’s Ambulance to drive the 10,000 miles from Bristol to Mongolia. The group is doing this to raise money for charity, the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation and Mercy Corps. The modified Land Rover 110 will be given to the local health agency upon the team's arrival.
One of the team, Ashley Coates, said, 'The impetus for our trip is two-fold. We want an adventure and are looking forward to driving 10,000 miles through Russia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia. Ahead of us is the 2,200km Kazakh desert, the 1,600km Gobi desert and some of the most environmentally and politically hostile parts of the planet. This also comes at a time when the Mongolians have suffered both their driest summer and coldest winter for decades. The charities we are raising money for are directly involved in the rehabilitation efforts.'
Ashley's team comprises four students, each with less than three years driving experience and no experience of off-road motoring.