10,000 miles in old ambulance? Not a problem for Gosport’s Ian

MONGOLIA-BOUND Ian Prickett and his converted ambulance.   Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (112542-5)
MONGOLIA-BOUND Ian Prickett and his converted ambulance. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (112542-5)
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ADVENTURER Ian Prickett is ready to tackle a gruelling 10,000-mile rally in an old ambulance.

The 33-year-old is taking part in this year’s Mongol Rally to raise money for charity.

He and his three team-mates have spent months searching for an ambulance to make the dangerous journey across a third of the earth’s surface.

Competition rules say the trip must be done in a vehicle with an engine no bigger than 1.2 litres.

The journey will take them through Europe, then Turkey, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia.

Ian said: ‘It’s been a nightmare to sort out but things are going great and we’re really looking forward to it.

‘This is the second ambulance we got our hands on and after a lot of work we’re ready.

‘We wanted to go on an adventure and to hopefully raise a good amount of money for charity too. I’m looking forward to driving over the amazing landscapes but I’m a bit apprehensive about the border crossings and guards.’

Ian, of Rothesay Road, Gosport, and his colleagues from the British Antarctic Survey will set off from Goodwood on Saturday.

They plan to donate the ambulance to the Mongolian authorities on their arrival in the country.

To track their progress and donate to the charity fund, visit halleyscomics.co.uk