1963 London to Cape Town January 14th
On January 14th, Eric Jackson and Ken Chambers approached a border control. This time, there were no guns pointing at them for a change. But Eric took a look at the transit book. This was a book in which all passing travelers had to add the details of their vehicles.
When he was filling in the details of the Cortina he noticed that the last vehicle to go through was a Land Rover – there was no record at all of any saloon car going through – ever. Looking further, he realized that the last vehicle to go through had been … four months previously.
From Petrol in My Blood:
“If we were stranded, what were our chances of rescue? Very remote, it seemed. However, we reckoned that we didn’t have a choice. As we got into the car to set off, Ken muttered ‘I hope you’re right when you say you’ve got nine lives, Jacko.’ Well, we were going to find out.”
What they didn’t know was that on the following day, they were going to encounter an experience that could have completely put an end to the record attempt.
And to their lives.