04:41AM, Saturday 19 July 2014
A university graduate is about to embark on a 12,000 mile drive from London to Mongolia in a £450 car to raise funds for WaterAid.
Matthew Sugden, 22, and his three friends who he met at the University of Southampton, will be taking on the Mongol Rally in their Skoda Fabia 1.4, starting in Battersea Park tomorrow.
The physics graduate, who lives in Applecroft Road in Cox Green, is nervous about the journey which is expected to take them five weeks.
"I’m worried about driving outside of Europe," he said.
"Especially in Mongolia where they don’t have any roads."
This year there will be around 200 cars involved in the Mongol Rally, a car rally that starts in Europe and ends in Mongolia.
The four friends will take it in turns throughout the journey to drive and navigate a route of their choosing.
Matthew expects it will be a cultural lesson for them all as they get the chance to visit around 20 countries, including Kazakhstan and Turkey.
The boys are hoping to raise £2,000 for charity.
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