Granddad's builder’s Microvan was suddenly destined to become an Arctic explorer
‘Right at the start, we had to find an answer to the decisive question’, says Lucas Günther. ‘What kind of vehicle would fit our needs?’ Lucas (32) is a member of the ‘Power of Adventure’ – his brother Jonas (20) and Sebastian Siwek (36), one of his mates, are along for the ride. The 1994 T4 Syncro was affectionately nicknamed the ‘Syncronator’. One rule of the rallye was that all vehicles taking part must be at least 15-years old – the 78-hp, 4x4 Microvan was old enough, and had already clocked up around 270,000 kilometres. Jonas explains: ‘My granddad bought the T4 years ago. As a building site vehicle, it had never been driven all that far at a stretch – at least until we came along.’ As it happened, the Syncronator took everything in its stride – without a hitch or hassle at all. ‘We even slept in it a couple of times’, adds Sebastian Siwek with a grin.
An Arctic experience that Arndt Gaube (48) and Boris Terwey (46) from the ‘Champagne Supernova’ were spared. The put their trust in a 15-year old, green Touareg to get them through the tour. ‘I took it out for a test drive, and I knew right away that this was the one. It will get us to the North Cape and back.’ In an ironic aside, the guys from the ‘Power of Adventure’ team poke fun at the Touareg – ‘It’s only got a measly 98,000 kilometres on the clock. What’s so tough about cruising around the Baltic in a nice and shiny Touareg?’ They were soon to find out.