TRABANT - FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
Four Europeans and four Americans decided to make a trip from Germany to Cambodia in three Trabants built in Russia from the 50's into the 90's. The car probably never changed during all that time. They wanted to raise money for the M'Lop Tapang Day Center and Mith Samianh Outreach Program in Phnom Penh. Which the advertised over the internet.
The cars broke down very often on this 16,000 mile trip which was covered in 173 days. From Germany across Central Europe, Turkey, across Central Asia, Siberia, Mongolia, China, Loas, Thailand and into Cambodia. All this at less than 50 miles per hour.
Towed by camels, raced by horses, pushed by humans they ran into a few problems:
1. Georgian border guards thought that they were smuggling oil.
2. No ATM's.
3. "No Seat Belt" ticket in Mongolia.
How much did they raise...$30,000...an excellent effort and that should go a long way in Cambodia.
"WHAT WILL WE DO AT THE NEXT HILL?"