10 000 miles of mostly bumpy roads, small cars and randomly dependable motors is what The Mongol Rally is all about. Pierre de Coubertin's Olympic philosophy, where the taking part reigns above all else, is at the heart of this wacky initiative, as many of the participants may not even finish the race in their small, vulnerable vehicles.
The Mongol Rally strips back the necessities of health and safety, rules and regulations. This is true travelling, not the sanitised version many young students get involved in. With a bit of luck, at some point in the middle of September, these participants will find themselves in the Asian plains, hundreds of miles from human civilisation, surrounded by nothing other than dust, dirt and mountains. This is not a holiday, and it's most certainly not for the lighthearted.
Saturday's free event at the Port Olimpic is an opportunity to have a look at the cars, meet the participants and generally enjoy the pervading spirit of fun and adventure. Teams will start leaving around 2pm so come along and cheer them on.