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Welcome to the website of Team Baikonur, the twenty-sixth team of the 2009 London-Tashkent Rally; the expedition to drive the 5,000 miles from Britain to Krygystan in a car costing £100 or less (this is, for us, a freebie Volvo 740 estate.)

This website is one hell of a work in progress, as I have never done anything like it before, but nontheless, I may as well do so this time, if only to assist in the noble aim of furthering my abilities.

Team Baikonour,
Is (sadly) no more,
Due to a flaw,
That we couldn't ignore,
But which we were sure,
Would severely cramp our style.
(Apologies for the above butchery of the English language)
To cut a very long story short, two important components responsible for connecting the engine to the wheels (i.e. very important) took it upon themselves to spontaneously fail on a German Autobahn. Amayingly, we managed to make it to Kiev, but it would have taken weeks (and $$$) to get the car running ourselves, so the car now has a Ukrainian owner. :)
The description of what we'd intended to do is listed below.

-Thirty cars, vans and indeterminate wheeled machinery are making the trip.
-Over 5,000 miles of driving through France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
-Sights include Auschwitz, Chernobyl (really uplifiting so far...) Kiev (cool!!), Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) and, naturally, the Baikonur Cosmodrome, from which our team name came from and where the likes of Sputnik I and Mir were blasted into outer space.
-The London Tashkent has never taken this route before; previous rallies went south, via the Caspian Sea and Turkmenistan. Thus we shall blaze new ground...
-No, it doesn't actually go to Tashkent. The more geographically-minded of you will have noticed that Tashkent is not in Kazakhstan but is, in fact, in neighbouring
Uzbekistan. The reason for sticking with Tashkent is largely that "London-Tashkent" rolls off the tongue nicely,  is semi-established as a name and, importantly, sounds cool. Furthermore, why change something that the press like?



1. Competing cars must be worth less than £100. They must look it too!
2. Once the rally is under way there will be no form of formal assistance from the organizers in any way. Teams are on their own!
3. All vehicles making the distance will register with the local London-Tashkent representitive and will then be sold for charity

The London Tashkent website is here.
You can find out a bit about us here.
We are also raising funds for two particularly worthwhile causes; The Martlets Hospice and NO2ID. Please note that we are NOT raising funds to cover our own expenses! In these tight times, asking other people to (effectively) pay for us to go on holiday would be so cheeky as to be worthy of a unrestrained slap round the chops.

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