Pam McNaughtan is part of SM Stowaway,
the only one of the few female-only teams in the 2012 Mongol Rally.
We talk about the Mongol Rally, her team-mate Charlie Grosso, their fundraising efforts, and the craziness that takes hundreds of teams across a third of the world in tiny little cars.
Pam and Charlie
They met — for the first and only time — after Pam responded to a tweet about the upcoming rally. They formed a Rally team with DJ, but now it’s just the two of them again. With only a brief face-to-face meeting, but hundreds of emails and tweets under their belts, they’re going to hit the road for a 6-8 week unplanned, unscheduled adventure.
The Mongol RallyThe Mongol Rally is an unplanned adventure which raises funds for various charities each year. The whole scheme is the brainchild of the Adventurists, and attracts hundreds of participants each year, raising millions of pounds for their chosen causes.
Teams must get from London or Prague to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital. It’s no race: the idea is to have as many adventures as possible. And with a 50% failure rate, there’s certainly adventure to be had.
The official charity this year is the Lotus Children’s Center, and Pam and Charlie have cooked up a bunch of bonuses to go with your donation. The Intrepid Foundation will match donations dollar-for-dollar (up to AUD$10,000), Pam’s putting together mystery crates for donations of US$75 or more, and also offering to dye her hair, get a piercing, a tattoo, or sing the Canadian national anthem in each country they pass through!