posted 5 years ago

Old Seat Ibiza Completes Mongol Rally

A Seat Ibiza 1.2-litre has completed the gruelling 15,000 mile Mongol Rally.

A Seat Ibiza 1.2-litre has completed the gruelling 15,000 mile Mongol Rally. This compact run-around travelled through Russia, Poland, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia over torturous terrain such as sand and gravel. Not every vehicle was eligible to compete in this thrilling adventure. Entrants had to be under ten years old, worth £800 or less, and the maximum permitted engine capacity was a pint-sized 1.2-litre. As such, the 2004 Seat Ibiza 1.2 was the perfect candidate. It performed admirably throughout the rally and only required the occasional top-up of brake fluid. This was despite an unscheduled voyage through a ditch.

The Ibiza was piloted by Adrian Joubert and Roger Ashman, who have now returned home having raised over £1,000 for the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation. Mr Joubert said: “It was fantastic. I’m still finding my feet after the journey and I’ve been back nearly a month. We both miss that Ibiza, it stood up to a massive amount of battering along the way.”

Based on its rallying success, the 2002 to 2009 Seat Ibiza is an extremely robust machine. It also has fun-focussed handling, stylish looks, and a reasonable amount of space considering its city-focussed proportions. Even basic versions have a reasonable specification, so motorists benefit from: air-conditioning, tinted glass, and a CD player. Sounds like a lot of car for only £800. See Motoring.co.uk's database for used examples.