Pair depart on 10,000 mile drive

PUBLISHED: 15:46 15 July 2013 | UPDATED: 15:46 15 July 2013

Cyrus Brochu and Mike Longhurst pictured ahead of their 10,000 mile Mongol Rally adventure.

Cyrus Brochu and Mike Longhurst pictured ahead of their 10,000 mile Mongol Rally adventure.

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Two adventurers have set off on an epic 10,000-mile drive to Mongolia – with support from the Exmouth area standing them in good stead.

Mike Longhurst and Cyrus Brochu, both from Canada, are taking part in the 2013 Mongol Rally, which started at the weekend from Bodiam Castle in Sussex.

To prepare for the rally, and modify their car – a 2004 Suzuki Ignis – to comply with rally rules, the intrepid pair visited Lympstone, where they stayed with Mike’s aunt and uncle Frances and Rob Longhurst while the final preparations were carried out.

Mike said: “We could not have gotten this far without the help of the kind people in Lympstone and Exmouth.

“They have shown us hospitality, humour, patience, and they have provided us with the necessary skills to get our car ready for its 10,000-mile adventure.

“We would like to send a personal and sincere ‘thank you’ to the people at Signs Express in Exeter, to the staff at Autosave in Exmouth, to Dave Lance Automotive Shop, to Christopher Pope in Lympstone for providing manual driving lessons, to Dave Palfrey who fabricated our custom roof rack, and to all the kind people who expressed interest in our adventure and offered support to our charities.

“The tradespeople of Exmouth and Lympstone have shown their remarkable character and we could not have done it without them!”

The pair are raising money for three charities, including UK-based Cool Earth.

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