West Norfolk team are raring to go on West African rally challenge
Two brothers set off on the adventure of a lifetime yesterday, competing in one of the world’s most dangerous rallies in war-torn West Africa.
Ferninand and Ptolemy Pick set off on their journey to Mali where they will join the formidable Dakar Challenge to Timbuktu later this month.
Several teams have already dropped out of this year’s challenge since terrorists linked to al-Qaida recently seized control of the north of the country.
Ferdinand Pick, 32, from Stoke Ferry, joined by his brother Ptolemy, 28, from Crimplesham, and friend Danny Eves, 32, of Downham, are still revving to go to help raise money for charity.
Ferdinand Pick said: “It’s been a year in the planning. I originally got the inspiration for the trip when I watched a film where two guys did a similar challenge.
“I thought it really would be the trip of a lifetime and I hope it will be a pivotal point in my life. I’m really looking forward to sharing it with my brother and remimiscing about when we were kids.”
He added: “I’m excited - I just hope I’m ready. I was nervous before, when I heard about other teams pulling out, butnow I’m just looking forward to getting on the road.”
The trio will drive 4,500 miles in three weeks, South through France, Spain, Morocco, the Western Sahara Desert, Mauritania and Senegal before arriving in Bamako in Mali.
They will be driving a customised Volvo S60T, and are funding the trip, costing around £5,000, themselves.
Once in Mali they have to donate the car to the Rotary Club Control Committee, who will be auctioning off all the entrants’ cars to raise money to build the Eden Medical Centre in Dinfara.
To read more about their journey, follow the team for daily updates on their travels on Twitter @rubbish_racing.
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