An Exploited Joyride

This nonsensical globe-trotting is a great bad idea. We highly recommend it. To sum it up briefly, teams drive pathetic little grocery getters and/or mopeds the length of the Americas...for charity.

In 2014 the epic journey begins. Teams will gather for a highly indulgent and frighteningly irresponsible party at a race track in the Midwest USA. For a couple days they will party their soon-to-be sore butts off while finalizing preparations to drive 12,000 miles or so to Buenos Aires, Argentina. The purpose you may ask? To raise cash for charities all over the world and to lose themselves in an exploration of the Americas and all they entail. This isn't a race to finish first. This is a challenge to do as much as you can on the time you have to go the distance. Once we release the teams, the Rally is left completely in their hands to make of it what they will.

This should be you.

This should be you.

Your Vehicle

No SUVs or trucks allowed. Rally teams must find a car (compact or subcompact) with an 4-cylinder. We suggest something with a 1-liter engine, but we understand those can be difficult to find in the Americas. If you dare to bring a motorcycle, we commend you and your concave rump. But in Mountain Folk fashion you must find a ride 125cc or less. After the rally teams are encouraged to donate their vehicles to the Rallies chosen charity, so that they may auction it off for their benefit.

And please, feel free to decorate your rally car as this will only make for a better story later.

The Route

Teams are left to their own devices when it comes to the route. We give you a start and finish line, and the middle bit is left to you. We suggest no major highways, or any paved roads whatsoever. The start and finish lines are Freedom, Indiana to Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

Want to Exploit your Freedom with us? Email us. Info@TheMountainFolk.com.

Sign Up available Early 2015. 

Do No Harm

Each team must raise a minimum of $1000 for the Rally’s chosen charity. Do this any means you find necessary, next to robbing other charities. After each Rally, each group of folks able to finish will be encouraged to donate their now near worthless vehicle to charity again for their fundraising benefit.

The Official Pan-American Rally Charity for 2014 has yet to be announced.

How do I raise $1000?

  • Know the charities. Get to know the facts about this year’s charity. The more you know and care about raising money for a good cause the more you are willing to convince others as well.
  • Get out there, don’t be shy…There are people everywhere trying to raise money for charities all over the world. You might think of it as the only competitive part of the Mountain Folk. You have to put yourself out there. Don’t be afraid, the worst thing people can do is tell you "No". Then you can thank them for their time and know you’re better than they are as you walk away. But be creative and enthusiastic, make people laugh, and like the races themselves...never, never, never give up.
  • Every penny counts. Do something different to raise the cash; throw a party, sell t-shirts, annoy your boss, ask a church to throw a luncheon, sell tickets to a dinner you cook, have a tennis, basketball or any sporting tournament to raise the money, use every connection you have and use them appropriately. Know of a celebrity that endorses the charity, ask them to help out, via their agent of course, write a clever article about your endeavors and send it to the local papers, magazines, business’ and whomever else might be interested. Have a few folks dedicate $0.10 for every mile you make it. Put some actual thought into it.
  • Give yourself plenty of time and if it takes until after you’ve done your race, so be it.

Sponsors

Be the first! Contact us if you are interesting in sponsoring some part of the 2014 Rally of the Americas.

The Rules

  1. Team Size: We welcome everyone to come and join the exploited joyride, but we ask that you do it in teams of 1-4 folks.
  2. Rules for Vehicles:
    • No SUVs, or trucks allowed. Rally teams must find a car (compact or subcompact) with a 4-cylinder. We suggest something with a 1-liter engine, but we understand those can be difficult to find in the Americas.
    • If you dare to bring a motorcycle, we commend you and your concave rump. But in Mountain Folk fashion you must find a ride 125cc or less. After the rally teams are encouraged to donate their vehicles to the Rallies chosen charity, so that they may auction it off for their benefit.
    • And please, feel free to decorate your rally car as this will only make for a better story later.
  3. Travel Insurance: We would be remiss if we didn’t fully prepare you for what could really end up just being an expensive way to maim yourself.
  4. It Ain't Free:
    • Entry Fee: $650USD per person. What do you get for the entry fee?
      • The Official Mountain Folk Rally Tee, the Official Rally of the Americas Car Badges, and various other adventurous swag.
      • Camping 2 days prior to the grand exodus and access to the Rally Folk Party. The night before the grand exodus into the wild unknown will be filled with the telling of tales, musical tones of a sort, and many a drink of the finest firewater you can find. A true celebration worthy of the Mountainous Rally Folk and their epic quest.
      • Entrance to the Park (one vehicle per team) and Camping at the start line two nights previous to the Rally.
      • Check Points: There are two Official Mountain Folk checkpoints on the route that will be familiar with the Rally and what is we are doing. Stop in to find other Rally Folk, refuel, and get a taste of Americana at its best.
    • Vehicle Deposit: $400USD per team
      • Each team will be required to deposit $400US for their vehicle(s). This is for a number of reasons, one of which being that you’ll very likely break down and find yourself lost in Patagonia somewhere. This is to ensure you don’t just walk away and leave it in the wild. If all goes well, and you make it to the finish line, your deposit will be returned to you within 4 weeks from the end of the Rally. If you are unable to finish the Rally and need to leave your vehicle, you must get it to a designated Rally Checkpoint to be picked up and disposed of properly. If your auto is still in prime shape, it will be auctioned off for the charities benefit, and you will not receive your deposit. We Mountain Folk aim to leave the Earth in better shape than we found it in, and the deposit is to ensure that we are not leaving a junkyard in our wake. Once you have finished the Rally and the Mountain Folk have proof that your auto/moto is not left on the road somewhere, you will be eligible to receive your deposit in full. For those paying with a different currency, please send us the equivalent of $400USD, and keep all receipts in case of a change in exchange rate.