Project Arctic MINI - UK to Arctic Circle to raise money for Leukemia Research

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  1. Nathan

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    In December this year a group plans to drive their MINI Cooper S to above the Arctic Circle to raise money for Leukemia Research.

    This expedition, starting in the UK, will take the intrepid crew over 5,000 miles through snow and ice across Scandinavia in the depth of winter.

    Once above the Arctic Circle they will be in 24 hour darkness - driving to reach the goal of Nordkapp in Norway, the furthest point North one can drive to in Europe.

    Mod list:

    • 15" pepper pot alloy wheels
    • Winter tyres
    • 15" rocket alloy wheels - bought
    • Summer tyres - bought
    • Full roll cage - fitted
    • Roof Rack w/extra driving lamps
    • 4-point TRS Harness - driver - fitted
    • 4-point harness - passenger
    • Drivers bucket seat - fitted
    • Passenger bucket seat
    • Fire extinguisher - fitted
    • Raise suspension (higher than stock)
    • Defi Oil temperature gauge
    • Defi Water temperature gauge
    • Oil change - 0W 20
    • Coolant change
    • Battery change
    • Block heater
    • Radiator shield
    • Brake line flush
    • Extra driving lamps
    • Glass breaking safety hammer
    • Seatbelt cutter
    • Gas burning stove
    • Shotgun
    • Book: 'Eat Thy Navigator: A History of Cannibalism' - Amazon UK

    Website

    MINI 2 the Arctic

    Donate to the cause

    David Bayliss is fundraising for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research

    Motoring Alliance is helping out too and has donated £65.00 or about $100.
     
  2. Mr. Jim

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    Awesome adventure!
     
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  4. DavidB

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    First massive thanks to Nathan for the donation to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. This is a charity very close to my heart as my sister had Leukaemia when she was 8 and a friend, in the MINI community, is battling with it at the moment.

    This epic trip is to raise money and awareness of the charity but will also be a huge test of ourselves and the MINI that will be taking us there. The distance is the equivalent of driving London to New York and over half way back, in temperatures I'm told (by people in the know) that could drop below -40oC :eek6:

    The MINI is my 2005 Cooper S and is currently setup for the track as I run it in the UK 'Time Attack' series at circuits across the UK. Once the last event has been completed (October 10th) the MINI will undergo the transformation it needs to cope with it's Arctic adventure.

    I'll be keeping this thread updated with the latest news on this adventure, we are hoping to attend a few MINI shows to further the awareness of our trip and the charity.

    Thanks again from across the pond :Thumbsup:

    Btw we spell Leukaemia differently here - just to confuse things ;)
     
  5. agranger

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    Instead of raising the suspension, why don't they just drive a stock R56? :D :devil:
     
  6. Vikki

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    Hi all! My names Vikki and I have just joined your site. I am David's girlfriend who will be accompanying him on this epic trip of a lifetime! I would just like to say thank you so much for sponsoring us :) It's not long really now to the trip and I can't wait. I am full of excitement, fear and unknown! I think its going to be amazing though! :)
     
  7. Minidave

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    This sounds like a fantastic adventure to me too!

    Nathan, in the mod list in your post, why do you have summer tires listed?

    Also, I would think some 17" wheels with tall aspect ratio/narrow winter tires would be more effective than 15" - more room for snow to clear under the car and less able to pack it into the wheels.

    The best way to find out is to ask the Norwegians tho - they'll know what to run!
     
  8. Nathan

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    I only went with what was provided, hence the listing of Summer Tires.

    Hopefully the driver/navigator team can explain.
     
  9. DavidB

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    Hi guys, sorry for the delay in replying.. The reason we had summer tyres listed as we will need tyres for the dry roads and a separate set of studded tyres for the ice roads we are told to expect.

    We've got some exciting news about the trip which will be coming next week. The route has now been finalized - from our original goal of 5,000 miles somehow we've managed to add another thousand.


    1 England to Spannan, Germany 600 (9 hours 43 mins)

    2 Spannan, Germany to Jonkoping, Sweden 446 (7 hours 01 mins)

    3 Jonkoping, Sweden to Sundsvall, Sweden 433 (7 hours 29 mins)

    4 Sundsvall, Sweden to Lulea, Sweden 327 (6 hours 47 mins)

    5 CROSS ARCTIC CIRCLE – ENTER 24HR DARKNESS
    Lulea, Sweden to Rovaniemi, Finland 156 (3 hours 26 mins)

    6 Rovaniemi, Finland to Inarintie, Finland 203 (4 hours 31 mins)

    7 Inarintie, Finland to Sor-Varanger, Norway 124 (2 hours 52 mins)
    8 Trip to Øvre Pasvik National Park &
    Storskog Russian Border 100 (5 hours)

    9 Sor-Varanger, Norway to Gamvik, Norway 217 (5 hours)

    10 Gamvik, Norway to Nordkapp, Norway 238 (5 hours 25 mins)

    FURTHEST POINT NORTH DRIVABLE
    IN MAINLAND EUROPE
    11 Nordkapp, Norway

    12 Nordkapp, Norway to Alta, Norway 115 (2 hours 41 mins)

    13 Alta, Norway

    14 Alta, Norway to Tromsø, Norway 192 (5 hours 30 mins)

    15 Tromsø, Norway to Harstad, Norway 187 (4 hours 21 mins)

    16 Lofoten Islands - Ã…, Norway 184 (4 hours 41 mins)

    17 Ã…, Norway to Harstad, Norway 184 (4 hours 41 mins)

    18 Harstad, Norway to Bodo, Norway 199 (5 hours 23 mins)

    19 Bodo, Norway to Mosjøen, Norway 200 (4 hours 53 mins)

    20 Mosjøen, Norway to Grong, Norway 121 (3 hours)

    21 Grong, Norway to Trondheim, Norway 124 (3 hours 04 mins)

    22 Trondheim, Norway to Molde, Norway 138 (3 hours 58 mins)

    23 Molde, Norway to Geiranger, Norway 067 (2 hours 28 mins)

    24 Geiranger, Norway to Lærdal, Norway 160 (4 hours 9 mins)

    25 Lærdal, Norway to Oslo, Norway 180 (4 hours 22 mins)

    26 Oslo, Norway to Malmo, Sweden 351 (6 hours 16 mins)

    27 Malmo, Sweden to Bremen, Germany 387 (5 hours 55 mins)

    28 Bremen Germany to UK 481 (8 hours 5 mins)
     
  10. Justa Jim

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    Looks to me like you have realistic legs (distance & time wise) set up to allow for the unexpected and still be safe. Best of luck and have fun. :Thumbsup:

    Jim
     
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    Will you have a website set up where we can follow you along your route?

    In-car video? Real time?

    "Chat"?

    Good luck, and know that the worldwide MINI community will be watching you and pulling for you!
     
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    All that might be asking too much of you all, but it woud be cool.

    Jim
     
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    3G coverage is actually pretty good in the countries we are visiting so lots of blogs with video along the way :Thumbsup:

    Sorry I've not been updating this, too much going on here :crazy:

    This weekend we are going to the Grand National new MINI Show in Liverpool to promote the event, video and photos from that soon :)
     
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    Hi again everyone - big apologies for the lack of updates, as you may of seen on other forums the project MINI was in a major crash during a Time Attack event.. I still don't know if it's 'totaled' or not.

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    As for the Arctic trip we'll now be taking an ALL4 MINI Countryman which I'll be collecting on Thursday :Thumbsup:
     
  15. Justa Jim

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    Sorry about your crash, but the Countryman might be a better choice. Best of luck. :Thumbsup:

    Jim
     
  16. Nathan

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    Sorry to see the MINI was hurt, however the Countryman is probably a better choice for the adventure. Sure glad I sent extra stickers!
     
  17. DavidB

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    Here he is :Thumbsup:

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  18. Nathan

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    Thats shiny....

    We don't have the Countryman here in the states yet, but soon.
     
  19. Justa Jim

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    Now you are ready for that trip. :Thumbsup:

    Jim
     
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    excellent bounce back. i still want to see the previous car back in TA in 2011. what is it's condition?
     

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