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Race ahead in the run up to Christmas: the Plymouth-Banjul Motor Rally.

If you don’t want to be a couch potato this Christmas, over-indulging in anything and everything from turkey to treacle, why not ‘get up and go’ and join the Plymouth-Banjul Rally? Certainly much Christmas spirit is involved in this fun take on the flash Paris-Dakar Rally.

Firstly, it’s non-competitive, and pretty humble. To take part in this annual rally, your car must have cost less than £100 and you are not allowed to spend more than £15 preparing the vehicle, reports the BBC. Secondly, when you get to Banjul, Gambia’s capital, your car will be auctioned off to raise money for local charities, so in a way, drivers will arrive bearing gifts. And thirdly, like the Wise Men, you will be arriving from afar. Starting out from Plymouth you face the challenge of getting your £100 vehicle 6,000km across five countries, France, Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal and Gambia. On reflection, the wisdom may be questionable, but the spirit is willing.

There is no fixed departure date, with cars leaving from Plymouth throughout December and speed doesn’t matter. The journey takes around three weeks, but you can take even longer if you want to enjoy the countryside en route. Rest assured it’ll be a hoot!

For more information, go to www.plymouth-dakar.co.uk

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