AN ADVENTUROUS Pocklington man is hoping his plans do not go up in smoke when he attempts to drive all the way to Mongolia in a fire engine for charity.
Andrew Barrett, of The Mile, is set to take part in the Mongol Rally with five friends and together they aim to make it all the way to Ulan Bator in Mongolia in a seven-ton carmichael fire engine.
The group will have to travel 10,000 miles across Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to reach their destination.
Their aim is to raise £10,000 which will be split between two charities- the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation and the Anthony Nolan Trust.
Andrew said: “It’s going to be awesome. It’s really exciting.”
The group, who met each other while at Cambridge University, had the choice of undertaking the challenge in a car with a smaller- than-one-litre engine or an emergency services vehicle. When participants complete the rally they give their vehicles to the Mongolian people.
Together, the team decided a fire engine would be the best option and bought one that was advertised on the internet.
Andrew, who recently graduated from university, said: “We spotted this on eBay and just thought it would be a better contribution to Mongolian people than just a small car.”
Andrew is one of only two men going on the trip with a HGV licence and therefore able to drive the fire engine. The pair will be taking turns to drive the vehicle a third of the way round the world.
The friends will set off from Goodwood in West Sussex on 23 July and will spend about five weeks on the road overcoming many obstacles in what is described as the “greatest adventure in the world.”
Their aim is to reach Mongolia by the end of August.
As an added bonus, P&O Ferries are sponsoring Andrew and his pals and will take them over the English Channel to France.
They are also being sponsored by Wolds Engineering, based on the Pocklington Industrial Estate, who have provided them with tools and National Windscreens, based in York, who have given them a new windscreen for their fire engine.
When they reach Mongolia, the group will fly back to Britain from Kazakhstan.
So far the group have managed to raise £5,000 for their two charities.
Christina Noble Children’s Foundation is the official Mongol Rally charity which supports underprivileged children in Mongolia and Vietnam.
The Anthony Nolan trust, which is the team’s chosen charity, helps save the lives of people who need a blood stem cell, bone marrow or cord blood transplant.
They chose the charity because a sister of one of the men going on the trip was diagnosed with leukaemia.
If you would like to support Andrew and his friends and make a donation to the two charities then visit www.justgiving.com/readytomongol.