Off for a Mongolian adventure

By ROBERT LINNEHAN | The Voorhees Sun

Maybe it’s not quite as hard as crossing the nation in a covered wagon, but the pioneers who settled this great land didn’t have to deal with corrupt Mongolian policemen or drive a .9 liter car across the Kazakh Desert.

Alex Insel, 19, and Richard Rinaldi, 19, are officially entered into the Mongol Rally, an annual 10,000 mile race from London, England to Ulan Bator, Mongolia. The Jersey Boys — their official team name — will depart for England on June 29.

The League of Adventurists International Limited organizes the race each year with the intent of raising at least one million pounds for a designated charity. The unique English organization, according to its Web site, was developed and created with the intent of making the world a less boring place.

The boys secured a Fiat Seicento — a city car produced by the Italian car making company Fiat — for a price of 1,000 pounds. A 2003 Fiat Seicento boasts a whopping 39 horsepower engine and can go 0–60 in 18 seconds flat, according to conceptcarz.com.

So what would lead two (generally) sane teenagers to undertake such an expedition?

“If you really want to do something, just do it. There are many points where people look back on their lives and wish they could have done something,” Insel said. “In general, people sometimes have great ideas, but for various reasons they don’t go through with them. If you really want to do something, do it when you have the chance.”

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