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2013-01-22 11:18

BRAVING AFRICA IN A PANDA: Philip Young (left) and Paul Brace pose with their Fiat Panda ahead of their cross-continental trip. Some of their fears include losing time at roadside checks, bandits in Libya and their car breaking down in Kenya.

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CAPE TOWN - A British duo will attempt to drive from Cape Town to London in 10 days.

Philip Young and Paul Brace will set off from the Mount Nelson Hotel on February 1 2013 and travel 15000km in a 875cc Fiat Panda.

The previous world record for the trip, across two continents and through 11 countries, was 14days, 19 hours and 26 minutes.

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Young said: "We are not stopping other than to fill up and at borders. It's truly non-stop: about 1600km every 24-hours."

To ensure they're not breaking any laws, the car has been fitted with a tracking device to ensure they did not break the speed limit.

The pair will also be eating on the go in form of self-heating food.

Young, who organises classic car rallies for the Endurance Rally Association, is experienced with driving across continents. His co-driver Paul Brace works for Eagle, Jaguar experts in Sussex, England.

The drivers hope to avoid the fate of some previous long-distance attempts such as in 1914, when attempt to drive from Cape Town to Cairo turned deadly as the driver was killed by a leopard.

The pair aim to raise about R140000 for the charity Farm Africa.

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