Carmoola’s going to Kazakhstan 🚗 🌍

Well, sort of. 

We're all about embracing adventure, taking on challenges, and pushing boundaries. Oh, and used cars, of course!

That's why we're sponsoring two extraordinary young adventurers, Rafe Stratton and Finn Murray Threipland, as they embark on the 2024 Mongol Rally - aka ‘The World’s Greatest Road Trip’ and ‘Motoring Stupidity on a Global Scale’. 

And they’re travelling a third of the way around the world in…. a 35 year-old, one-litre Nissan Micra 😬

What is the Mongol Rally? 🏁

The Mongol Rally is not your average road trip.

It's a 10,000-mile journey from Europe to Mongolia, traversing some of the world's most remote and challenging terrains.

There are no set routes, no support teams, and the only rule is that participants must drive a small, impractical car.

This rally is all about derring-do, resilience, and experiencing the world in a way few ever could, would or, frankly, want to. 

Meet our intrepid explorers 👨‍🚀👨‍🚀

Finn and Rafe with their Carmoola-branded Nissan Micra

Pictured: Finn (left) and Rafe (right) with their Carmoola-branded Nissan Micra

Rafe Stratton

  • Age: 20
  • University: University of Exeter
  • Major: Engineering
  • Hometown: Salisbury, Wiltshire

Rafe decided to take on the Mongol Rally to experience different cultures and landscapes firsthand. For him, the journey is about embracing the unknown and meeting people from all corners of the globe. He's excited to drive through less-travelled roads, especially the mountain passes of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan 🏔️🚗

Finn Murray Threipland

  • Age: 20
  • University: Oxford Brookes
  • Major: Biological Sciences
  • Hometown: Salisbury, Wiltshire

Finn was looking for a travel challenge beyond traditional backpacking. The Mongol Rally caught his eye as one of the most demanding adventures he could undertake. He is particularly excited about the rugged landscapes of Kyrgyzstan, where the roads give way to dirt tracks and breathtaking scenery 🌄🛤️

Our commitment to adventure 🌟

We believe in the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone, and by sponsoring Rafe and Finn we’re not only supporting their incredible journey but also highlighting the values we hold dear. Their determination, courage, and passion for exploration resonate with us. 

Plus, we’re curious to see how a car that was manufactured 15 years before either adventurer was born fares on this trip. We reckon it’ll stand up to whatever the route has to throw at it - after all, Japanese cars are renowned for their reliability.

Track the Mighty Mongol Micra’s progress📍

We know that Rafe and Finn's journey will inspire many, and we're making it easy for you to follow along - plus we’ll be setting some dastardly tasks for them along the way… 

At the bottom of this page you’ll find a live tracker, allowing you to see their real-time progress as they navigate through various countries and landscapes. You'll also be able to witness their challenges, triumphs, and the stunning scenery they encounter along the way through the Mongol Micra TikTok account as well as via Carmoola’s Instagram page

Stay tuned for regular updates, stories from the road, and exclusive insights from Rafe and Finn.

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