Brothers start epic rally

Pete and Mikey Sellens with their Mini-Moke SUS-150722-104538001
Pete and Mikey Sellens with their Mini-Moke SUS-150722-104538001
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Dozen’s of cars taking part in the Mongol Rally made a pit stop at the Stade Open Space last weekend and two brothers from Hastings are amongst those making the epic 10,000 mile journey.

The Mongol Rally - in which older cars travel from England to Ulan-Ude in Siberia, via Ulan Bator in Mongolia - visited the Stade Open Space, Hastings Old Town, on Sunday (July 19). Around 120 cars taking part in the rally had set out from Goodwood Motor Circuit, and passed through Hastings en route to Siberia.

Brothers Mikey and Pete Sellens from Hastings are making the journey in their 1972 Mini Moke, made entirely from recycled materials. Pete says there are many personal reasons for both him and his brother attempting the rally but the main reason is to honour the memory of their grandparents. “The first we lost when we were only ten and seven, then last year we lost our other grandad and this February we lost our nan,” he said.

“We were lucky to have outdoorsy grandparents that instilled in us that life is an adventure. So we hope to raise money for our charities and also to make the finish line to make them proud.”

Known as team OMJ (one man’s junk), Pete and Mikey entered the rally thanks to the kindness and generosity of local people and businesses. They borrowed or were given everything needed to make the journey and they plan give most of it away to the people of Mongolia when they reach their goal.

“To ensure maximum donations we are going to do the whole trip sleeping either in a tent or in the car, so no hotels. We will also be taking tinned and dry food so no restaurants either.” said Mikey.

Also packed into the Mini-Moke were toys and books for children along with first aid and blankets, to give away to people they meet along the way as they travel through impoverished areas.

The 10,000 mile rally covers 18 countries with vast extremes of temperatures and will take approximately 6 weeks.

Pete and Mikey are collecting money for two charity’s, Coole Earth and St Michael’s hospice, which they say is even more important to them following the recent fire. At the time of departure they had raised £1,000 but hope to raise at least £2,000.

Speaking on behalf of St Michael’s, Marcia Dart says the Hospice is delighted that Mikey and his brother are taking part in the Mongol rally and raising money for the Hospice. “We wish them all the very best of luck on this thrilling adventure,” she said.

As they set off from the Stade, Pete and Mikey were given a warm send off by family friends and well wishers.

To check on their progress as they compete in the rally or to donate to their fundraising visit: www.teamomj.com