Reasons: Our personal reason is to test our limits and look out for places to visit again. We fancy doing the Paris – Dakar one day, so this is good training. Qualifications / Experience: What does it take to become a team member? First of all – you have to be crazy to spend so many days in a car driving 24 hours a day. As well as being mad enough to do such a thing, stamina and driving skills are needed. If you are interested in joining some of the challenges please contact us and we can find out if you also fit in the team.

 

The team for The Highway to Mongolia is formed by:

Jan Kalmar

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Nationality: Danish

Birthplace: Køge, Denmark

Residence: Copenhagen, Denmark

Favourite tracks: Knutstorp in Sweden; Spa in Belgium; Nurburgring in Germany; Le Mans in France

Jan is the one who came up with the idea for non-stop driving between the world extremities. He is the founder of The Longest Drive. Jan has taken part in all the challenges and will also be one of the three drivers on the forthcoming pre-Panamericana challenge and Panamericana itself. He is pulling all the strings with tons of experience and a fair amount of insanity: that’s Jan.

 

 

Robert NeillBob

Nationality: UK

Birthplace: Stockport

Residence: Randvaal, South Africa

Bob is the Englishman living in South Africa. Running his own mining and waterline company, Bob had a chance to be in places that most of the people never even dreamt of. He is the car enthusiast and adventure passionist eager to challenge his abilities on both Asian and American roads.

Craig Wearing:

Nationality: South African  craig_fb

Birthplace: Durban

Residence: Randvaal, South Africa

Craig is thoroughbred South-African. He runs a company selling and delivering spare parts and trucks to the deepest jungle one may imagine. He knows no fear but is well aware of the dangers waiting around every corner in this part of the world.

 

 

Participants of previous challenges:

Shaun Neill

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Nationality: South African
Birthplace: Benoni, South Africa
Residence: Randvaal, South Africa
Favourite Tracks: Port Elizabeth, and Kyalami, South Africa
Neill is a big fan of speed and cars since his early childhood. He spent a year racing Ferrari 360 Challenger’s in the GT Series in South Africa, and then spent a season racing in the VW Polo Cup Series. He is  a petrol head, but he is also a top horseman. Shaun has been South African show jumping champion 3 times, and has competed across Europe in various showjumping competitions. He is cool headed, is used to being under pressure and loves challenges.

Vitoldas  Milius

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Nationality: Lithuanian
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania
Residence: Vilnius, Lithuania
Favourite Tracks: Nurburgring
Vitoldas Milius is editor-in-chief of “Auto Bild Lietuva” magazine. Besides being the automotive market expert, he is also a talented and adventurous driver. He has done a lot of record drives alone, following his passion to adventures, driving and achieving goals. Murmansk-Magadan-Murmansk, Lisbon-Vladivostok, Northcape – Tarifa – these are just a few routes driven by Vitoldas. His motto is “Travel2Life”, and his decision to participate in The Longest Drive 2.0 is the perfect way to demonstrate this philosophy.

Michael Griffith

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Nationality: South African
Birthplace: Johannesburg
Residence: Western Cape, South Africa
Favourite Tracks: Kyalami, Northern loop of the Nurburgring and Spa in Belgium
Michael from South Africa joined in February and will be on the North-South run. Michael is a motorbike and car fanatic. He does know what racing passion and driving on the limit is about – he has even participated in Paris-Dakar race! Also, his deep knowledge of Africa should help the team facing challenges of this continent.

Campbell Fraser

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Nationality: New Zealand
Birthplace: New Zealand
Residence: London
Favourite Tracks: Silverstone,Monaco
Campbell  is from New Zealand but is living in London. Campbell is not a racing driver but has been closely involved in the sport as an organizer for the national New Zealand team in the A1GP series. Campbell took part in the ‘Russian’ challenge and is re-joining The Longest Drive  for the ‘The Big Loop’ which is closer to his native home. As Fraser himself said: “I have been to most parts of the world, but this will be something completely different”.


Will Schryver

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Nationality: British
Birthplace: Britain
Residence: London
Favourite Tracks: Silverstone, Hungaroring
Will Scryver is an experienced film maker who is the CEO of the production company Gridstars. In his spare time, he races endurance races. In Australia, he will both be driving the car and make a travelblog from inside the car recording events as they unfold. Currently, races a classic Chevron B8.

Peter Thompson – Super Sub

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Nationality: Irish
Birthplace: Ireland
Residence: Sydney
Favourite Tracks: Been to many but not as a driver, though.
Peter Thompson has lived in Australia for some years now and is currently working as a team leader at Porsche Sydney. He has been working in a number of motorsport related positions. When The Longest Drive Team realized that the third member was not able to make the ‘Big Loop’ Peter stepped in with a couple of hours’ notice, joined in and basically saved the day.

Claus Donnerstag

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Nationality: Danish
Birthplace: Copenhagen
Residence: Copenhagen
Favourite Tracks: Knutstorp, Sweden/Spa (Heaven), Belgium/Nurburgring (Hell) , Germany.
Claus works for the Scandinavian branch of the Discovery Channel. He has been driving track days for the last 15 years. Since 2008 he has held an International Racing Licence, and has been driving at the Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix (996 Cup), local sprint and endurance races. The latest challenge for Claus was the 24-hour race in Dubai (997 Cup).

Vadim Gagarin

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Nationality: Russian
Birthplace: Moscow
Residence: Moscow
Favorite Tracks: Spa, Belgium/Nurburgring,Germany
Vadim works as a professional break dancer and part time automotive journalist for Russian website Auto.Mail.Ru. Since 2005 Vadim took part in numerous driver’s trainings including Porsche Driving Experience (Ice Force Master training in Finland and Porsche Media Academy in Russia) and had practice on the Russian and European raceways. He is a big motorsport fan also and participates in amateur and journalist races in Russia.
In terms of marathons Vadim once completed the Rally Dakar 2011 behind the wheel of specially-modified Volkswagen Amarok TDI and set the world record last summer with two Germans – 23,000 kilometers from Melbourne (Australia) to Saint-Petersburg (Russia) across 9 countries in 17 days and 18 hours of non-stop driving.

Oskar Slingerland

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Nationality: Netherlands
Birthplace: Rotterdam
Residence: Monte Carlo
Favorite Tracks: Spa, Belgium
Racing experience: Porsche 911 GT3 Cup S (2009), Porsche 911 GT3 R (2010), Porsche 997 GT3 Cup (2011), Lotus Evora (Intercontinental Le Mans Series 2011) Oskar is an experienced endurance racing driver with a desire to go off-road. He has worked many years in the oil industry and is not afraid of a challenge.