Cape Town to London in a Panda?

2013-01-22 11:18

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.


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.


  • Sechaba Virgil Ndlovu - 2013-01-22 12:47

    I never thought that there is a road from Cape Town to London, unbelievable.

      de.stig.9 - 2013-01-23 10:25

      just when you thought africa is isolated

      peter.francis.528 - 2013-02-12 16:34

      There are no roads unless they are travelling through towns on the way and going up the West Coast of Africa . Read my post about Richard Pape and his journey from Latitude 71 degrees North to the Southern most Cape - Cape Town in 1955 when most people here were not even born. For these two guys this a walk in the park compared to the 1955 epic journey where they had to fix and repair everything that broke or got bent. That record still stands .

  • werner.nel2 - 2013-01-22 13:36

    Just think: Whatever happens, the steering wheel is going to be on the wrong side somewhere on the trip!

  • Mandy Casey - 2013-01-23 01:52

    When will they bath?

      mogo.naut - 2013-01-23 11:22

      Bath?! Fo HOOOOO?!

  • peter.francis.528 - 2013-02-12 16:26

    Richard Pape together with his Norwegian Navigator were the first men in Histroy to drive from Latitude 71 degrees North in 1955 in the humble British Austin A90/6 Westminter to Cape Town. To this day this record as far as I am aware remains unbroken. He set a world record when he drove 3500 miles in three and half days to finally end up in Cape Town exhausted sick with various tropical infections, in his British car he became the first man alive to have come from high above the Arctic Circle to the southern most point in Africa - Cape Town. I guess very people who have posted commenst have ever heard of this adventure, but if you search the internet for his book "Cape Cold to Cape Hot" by the Author /Driver, Richard Pape which I still have, you can read about this epic journey which no one else has covered.Therefore his recod still remains unbeaten as far as I am aware.

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