The Plymouth-Banjul 2006 and
Amsterdam-Dakar 2005 Challenges both took place over the end of 2005
- beginning of 2006. Both Challenges involve driving cars across
Europe and North Africa to Banjul in The Gambia, on a very limited
budget, with absolutely no official support. Winning is not
important - just getting there is the challenge. Several teams in
both Challenges have helped Pageant in various ways, so we have
created a number of pages to describe their exploits. This page
contains a brief summary for each team.
Challenge - Delft Dustbusters
The Amsterdam-Dakar Challenge also finishes in Banjul
official route starting at
Ceuta, on the south side of the Straits of
website is mainly in Dutch, but if
you don't read Dutch
you can try the
Babelfish translator to
translate this into (sort of) English. There is a
great video of previous rallies and driving through the desert on
the Amsterdam-Dakar website. It really gives a good flavour of the
whole event, with both Dutch and English cars featured.
The Delft Dustbusters consisted of four aerospace
engineering students at Delft University - Michiel van der Meulen,
Mark Hoekstra, Steven Quaak and Egbert Pot. Their car was a Volvo
740 saloon with a 2.3 litre engine, acquired just before
departure when their Renault van was declared a total loss! They
Pageant team page and their
They reached Banjul on 24
November 2005. On their return to the Netherlands, they made a
donation of 1500 Euros to Pageant.
Pageant team page
Delft Dustbusters team page on the Pageant
Delft Dustbusters own website (select
Daily news from Delft Dustbusters
during the Challenge
Delft Dustbusters photo gallery
* These pages are in
Dutch. We recommend you use Babelfish to translate them into
The Plymouth-Banjul Challenge
started in 2003, when it was called the Plymouth-Dakar Challenge.
The 2006 Challenge comprised 205 teams, divided into four groups.
Group 1 left the UK on 19 December 2005, Group 2 left on 26 December
and Group 3 left on 29 December. Group 4 left on 9 February 2006.
You can find out more about the 2006 Challenge on the
Challenge 2006 website, and also look at
route they took. At the end of the
Challenge, the cars which made it to The Gambia were sold off in a
series of auctions. Considering the adverse conditions en-route, and
the condition of some of the cars, we are amazed to learn that 106
cars were auctioned, raising a total of 4,504,500 Dalasis (£88,649).
This was distributed between
(Association of Small Scale Enterprises in Tourism) and
(The Gambia National Olympic Committee). The two teams highlighted
below raised a substantial amount for Pageant in sponsorship, and
provided us with extensive information and
pictures which we have published on their Pageant team pages.
Team Shap Ahoy, in
Group 1, consisted of Nick Capron and
Tim Lovatt, both from Cumbria. Their car was a 1996 Toyota
Starlet, which they named Bill. The picture shows it en-route to The Gambia in the Sahara
Desert. The Pageant
Shap Ahoy team pages contain a full
description of their journey, with lots of pictures.
Tim and Nick raised a staggering total of £4572.55
and this has gone towards the refurbishment of
The sale of their Toyota raised 86,000 Dalasis, equivalent to
£1692, which was then donated to ASSET and the GNOC in The Gambia.
Team Super Trooper, in Group 2, consisted of Rupert Williams and Paul
Clifford, from Malmesbury in Wiltshire. Their car, a 1989
Isuzu Trooper, is shown here at the end of the Challenge. The
Trooper page briefly describes
their preparations and journey,
Trooper's own website gives a
lot more detail and there are lots of pictures in their
Their Wine and Cheese evening in
Malmesbury raised over £1000, which is being used
to help complete three new classrooms at Bakalarr. They also
took to Bakalarr lots of T-shirts and
ex-Slough Football Team kit, as well as countless pencils, pens,
chalk and textbooks. The sale of the car raised 36,000 Dalasis
(£708) for ASSET and GNOC.
The final total which Super Trooper raised
for Pageant was
Two other teams expressed
their interest in helping Pageant. Unfortunately, they didn't give
us much information about their preparations and journeys so we have
now removed their very brief team pages from this website.
Dundledots (T6324) consisted of
Stephen Pocklington and Fiona Walker, from Thatcham
in Berkshire. Their car was a 'Y' reg Mercedes 380SE, with a 3.8
Litre V8 engine. They
collected educational equipment in and around Berkshire and
transported this to The Gambia for Pageant. See more
details on their
GingerBeard (T6460) consisted of
the daughter and father team of Briony and Peter Dumenil. Their car
was a beige 1986 Citroen C15 van, affectionately called 'the Camel'.
They had hoped to raise sponsorship for Pageant, but unfortunately
time ran out.
A surprise bonus was that
several other teams decided to donate money and items to Pageant projects
in The Gambia. Some teams learnt about Pageant from one of
'our' teams. The
Challenge organisers in Banjul also advised teams with
items to donate and no particular recipient in mind to
contact Pageant's agent Kemo. Pageant would like to thank all these
Howells Enterprises (T6104)
travelled to The Gambia in the old Ringwood School minibus. (More on
Ringwood School website - it's
about 2/3 of the way down the page.) They
asked Pageant to assist in distributing the large amount of supplies
they took out with them and the huge quantity of football kit they
supplied went to the up-country schools football tournament at Janjanbureh (Georgetown) - the first time these youngsters have had
proper kit for this event.
Organic Mechanics (T6118) Steve
Hall and Pat Mann from Bognor drove a 1991 Opel Omega, and were in
the same convoy as Shap Ahoy. They have decided to donate some of
the money they collected from their sponsors to Pageant. See also
Organic Mechanics own website.
Piston Broke Again (T6200) went
to Bakalarr school with Super Trooper, and donated a picnic table
and several other items. However, the large patch of oil left by
their Land Rover should not be viewed as a donation.
Janners on Tour (T6253) also went
to Bakalarr with Super Trooper and donated at least 15 footballs,
valves to inflate them and other items.
Idiots Abroad (T6317) - Emily
phoned Pippa from Banjul, and was put in contact with Kemo to
distribute the many things they brought with them.
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