FAQ

What is the VW Golf Challenge Morocco?

A non-competitive adventure in which solidarity, friendship and the pleasure of experiencing a unique experience are the ubiquitous elements. The main objective is to spend a wonderful week in Morocco while carrying out a solidarity action by delivering all the supplies that we bring to Morocco in the poorer regions of the country. The other goal is to become part of the VWGC family.

How much does it cost?

845 € per person + 295 € per car.

¿What is included in the registration?

Ferries, 7 nights hotel, dinners, challenges, travel insurance and official stickers.

¿Where are we going to meet the rest of teams and Org?

Saturday the 21st March 2020 at 8.30h am in the Algeciras port

¿When we’ll be back to Spain?

Sunday 29tt March 7.00am we’ll arrive to the Almería port

¿How is solidarity carried out?

Each crew must bring at least 15kg of supplies (school supplies, toys, children’s clothing etc). During the adventure, you will be informed of the poorest regions from the organization, and each crew will have to stop as soon as possible to reach as many families as possible. Apart from that we will also stop in some schools that we already know.

¿Accepted cars?

Golf mk1, mk2, mk3, mk4, Jetta mk1 and mk2, Vento, Bora and Caddy. If you want to participate with another VW you can ask us.

¿What is the preparation needed for the car?

Mandatory: Sump guard protection, and fuel pump protection for the cars have it installed it under the car (Golf mk2). And 2 spare wheels with oem rims. It’s highly recommended to install higher suspensions

¿Is there any technical restrictions regarding the car preparation?

No. The VWGC is not a competitive adventure, so there are no technical restrictions. The only limitation is your imagination and budget. In the previous VWGC we have had 100% original cars up to super preparations with Golf that looked like WRCs. Feel free.

What is the best engine for this adventure?

In fact there is not a clear answer. In all the editions we had all kinds of engines. Since 1.6 carbu or 1.6GTD  up to 2.9Vr6 but also 8v and 16v. In our opinion though, it looks like one of the best options is carbu, GTI 8s or sync but there is not a clear option.

¿What do I need for my car?

1 first aid kit, 1 fire extinguisher, tools, scotch, and necklaces. Also two rims with tyre (recommended gravel or winter tyres), a towing strap and a smartphone app that can play tracks in GPX format. (like GPX viewer which costs 6 €) It is obligatory toservice the car before leaving. Recommended: Fuel pump, gasoline and water hose, one coil. Anyway, rember that servicing the car and make sure it’s reliable is a MUST!

¿What % of road and off-road we’ll find in the adventure?

There is more road indeed, but of course, it is not the same 100 km of road that 50 kms of off-road or 10 km of sand. So keep don’t worry, because you will have the opportunity to get stuck in the sand, to cross rivers with your Golf, etc.

¿What should we do if we have a break down?

The VWGC spirit will always be there, and there will be other that will stop to help you, but remember that in VWGC there has no “official assistance” to help you out; breaking down is part of the adventure. In 2017 there was Team P’tiot Noche for example that broke the engine. No worries, we changed the same day the engine and they finished the adventure! In Morocco there are thousands of Golfs everywhere and  all the local mechanics know the Golf very well, so it’s quite easy to fix. It is possible to lose 1 stage if we have technical problems on our car before we can rejoin the group again and even spend 1 or 2 days alon, but that’s why we talk about ‘adventure. If you want less emotion you can go to a luxury resort on a 5 * Hotel in Rivera Maya. In any case, 90% of the breakdowns are repaired on site and continue. We never abandoned a team in Morocco … 😉 In any case, it is important to take with you some cash or credit card to be able to pay a major repair if needed!

¿What documents do I need to take?

To enter Morocco we need the Passport with an expiration at least 3 months after the date of our arrival in the country. (Members of CE ).

And for the car?

Car documents and the insurance green card document. If the car is not registered in your name, you must have a signed authorization from the owner with a copy of his document of identity authorizing you to enter Morocco with his car. If the car is registered in the name of a company consult us.

¿Do you need to decorate the car?

Of course! Because in the VWGC we love the beautiful decos! And on the other hand, it is a tradition among the challengers to decorate cars that come “without deco”, and you must know that in that case your car will be decorated with stickers of any kind. So you’d better start the adventure with the car already decorated by you

¿What temperature will we have during the adventure?

Normally we will have days with high temperatures but also cold days. We must be well prepared, knowing that we can exceed 30º, but also arrive at negative temperatures in the High Atlas in the same week.

Where are we going to sleep?

7 nights in hotel. Though, it is recommended to take your sleeping bag and a good blanket in case you need to sleep one night in your car. No tent or sleeping bag needed.

Where are we going to eat?

Breakfast and dinners are included on the days we have Hotel. Lunch is up to you,  you can picnic or either stop in typical Moroccan restaurants. That’s the best option to discover the local gastronomy, which you will undoubtedly love.

What is the Moroccan currency?

The dirham. Aprox 10 dirhams = 1 €. We change the money once in Morocco when we arrive.

¿How much can I spend in Morocco?

Between 200 and 500 € in gasoline (it depends on whether you drive in 1.6 carbu or 2.9VR6) and + -200 € in lunches (it also depends on if you eat a lot). In any case, don’t forget the importance of taking a credit card or cash enough to pay repairs in case of big breakdown or just in case you need to buy expensive things (such as a carpet for your mother-in-law).

¿How we’ll be able to follow the route and complete the stages without getting lost?

Before you leave we’ll give you the routes for your GPS so that you can follow the correct routes. Between that (and the Michelin map of Morocco you must buy) you can not get lost. The tracks we’ll send you are in * .gpx format. They can be readed by your laptops or GPS apps for your smartphone like GPW viewer.

¿Other important things to take in the adventure?

A disguise and water pistols

¿How will you be able to contact the organisation if needed during the adventure?

With the Moroccan phone numbers that you will be given, and that you can contact almost all the time.

¿Alcohol is legal in Morocco?

Yes, absolutely. But it’s hard to buy. So if you want to drink during the adventure, you’d better take it from Spain or France.

What is the VW Golf Challenge Romania?

A non-competitive adventure with the same spirit than the original moroccan experience in which you will be able to discover an amazing country through its fantastic road, including the astonishing Transfagarasan Road. We’ll also do some off roading, but in this case you will be able to do the adventure in a full stock Golf. No mods needed.

How much does it cost?

745€ per person

¿What is included in the registration?

Hotels, dinners, breakfasts, challenges, travel insurance and official stickers.

¿Where are we going to meet the rest of teams and Org?

Saturday the 18th of August in our Hotel in Oradea, Romania, next to the Hungarian Border

¿When we’ll be back home?

Saturday the 25th we’ll leave back home. Depending of our country of origin we can arrive home the same saturday, sunday or one month later if you come from Australia.

¿Accepted cars?

Golf mk1, mk2, mk3, mk4, Jetta mk1 and mk2, Vento, Bora and Caddy. If you want to participate with another VW you can ask us.

¿What is the preparation needed for the car?

No preparation needed

¿Is there any technical restrictions regarding the car preparation?

No

What is the best engine for this adventure?

As for the Morocco experience, there is not a clear answer. In all the editions we had all kinds of engines. Since 1.6 carbu or 1.6GTD  up to 2.9Vr6 but also 8v and 16v. In our opinion though, it looks like one of the best options is carbu, GTI 8s or sync but there is not a clear option.

¿What do I need for my car?

1 first aid kit, 1 fire extinguisher, tools, scotch, and necklaces. Also two rims with tyre (recommended gravel or winter tyres), a towing strap and a smartphone app that can play tracks in GPX format. (like GPX viewer which costs 6 €) It is obligatory to service the car before leaving. Recommended: Fuel pump, gasoline and water hose, one coil. Anyway, rember that servicing the car and make sure it’s reliable is a MUST!

¿What % of road and off-road we’ll find in the adventure?

In the Romanian adventure most part of the tracks are on road. Some of them are though extremly special, like the Transfagarasan, one of the best roads around the world. We’ll also do some off roading. The good thing is that the off road tracks in Romania are quite easy as there are no rocks. Only problema can be the mud, specially if we have rainy days. That’s why we’ll always have road tracks alternative to the off roads.

¿What should we do if we have a break down?

The VWGC spirit will always be there, and there will be other that will stop to help you, but remember that in VWGC there has no “official assistance” to help you out; breaking down is part of the adventure. In Romania, like in Morocco, there are still a lot of Golf on the road, so we are talking about quite easy cars to fix there, as there are a lot of spare parts, plus the mechanics know the car in general

¿What documents do I need to take?

If you are european citizen you need your ID, no need of Passport

And for the car?

Car documents and the insurance green card document. If the car is not registered in your name, you must have a signed authorization from the owner with a copy of his document of identity authorizing you to drive his car.

¿Do you need to decorate the car?

Of course! Because in the VWGC we love the beautiful decos! And on the other hand, it is a tradition among the challengers to decorate cars that come “without deco”, and you must know that in that case your car will be decorated with stickers of any kind. So you’d better start the adventure with the car already decorated by you

¿What temperature will we have during the adventure?

In general we’ll have very good temperatures in August. Only in the Carpathians we can have a Little bit colder days. You also need to take raincoat with you in case we have rainy days.

Where are we going to sleep?

We’ll sleep all the nights in Hotels, some of them more occidental and some of them more communist. One of the nights though we’ll have a suprise that we are sure you will love. No need to take camping kit though. Every single night you will have room.

Where are we going to eat?

Breakfast and dinners are included on the days we have Hotel. Lunch is up to you,  you can picnic or either stop in typical romanian restaurants. That’s the best option to discover the local gastronomy, plus is not expensive at all.

What is the Romanian currency?

The leu (RON). 1 €= 4,6 RON. We change the money once in Romania when we arrive.

¿How much can I spend in Romania?

Between 120 and 250€ in gasoline (it depends on whether you drive in 1.6 carbu or 2.9VR6) and + -200 € in lunches (it also depends on if you eat a lot). In any case, don’t forget the importance of taking a credit card or cash enough to pay repairs in case of big breakdown or just in case you need to buy expensive things like a Castle in Transilvania.

¿How we’ll be able to follow the route and complete the stages without getting lost?

The same than Morocco: Before you leave we’ll give you the routes for your GPS so that you can follow the correct routes. Between that (and the Michelin map of Romania you must buy) you can not get lost. The tracks we’ll send you are in * .gpx format. They can be readed by your laptops or GPS apps for your smartphone like GPW viewer.

¿Other important things to take in the adventure?

A disguise and water pistols

¿How will you be able to contact the organisation if needed during the adventure?

With the phone numbers that you will be provided, and that you can contact almost all the time. The coverage is good around the country.

¿Alcohol is legal in Romania?

Yes, absolutely. And there are a lot of fantastic beers. You must not drink and drive. No problema to drink after driving though.

If you have more questions let us know