Stafford half-brothers Adam and James Rowley have started their journey to complete a gruelling 15,000 miles to Mongolia and back from the M6toll, their first major sponsor.

Adam and James decided to take up the Mongol Rally car challenge in memory of their grandfathers who both died of Alzheimer’s disease. Under the rules of the endurance challenge they will travel unaided, driving their 1.2 litre VW Polo, nicknamed Wilson which cost less than £1000.

Along the way, they will be fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Society and the rainforest charity Cool Earth.  Adam’s grandfather, Micheal Creamer was an ex RAF heavy goods driver and James’ grandfather, Godfrey Bailey, ran a pharmacy in Hednesford.

Adam explained: “This is the culmination of months and months of hard work and the excitement now that we’re on the starting line is incredible and yes, a little bit scary. It’s really appropriate that we’re here at the M6toll as it was our first financial sponsor and so kick-started the journey in many ways.”

 As they encounter all sorts of terrain and cross most of Europe, Adam and James can be tracked and even texted via a GPS link, .

James Hodson, Director of Motorway Operations for Midland Expressway Limited, said:  “We’ll be closely monitoring the boys’ progress and can’t wait to be in contact with them as they reach their milestones. It’s a great cause and they are showing a fantastic, adventurous spirit in taking it on. We look forward to welcoming them home back.”

Adam and James have set up a charity fundraising page, for anyone who wants to donate.

More information about Adam and James’ adventure is available on

undefinedPictured Left to Right: James Hodson, Director of Motorway Operations at Midland Expressway with James and Adam Rowley and 'Wilson' the car