1963 London to Cape Town – January 18th
Eric Jackson and Ken Chambers still had a long way to go, especially if they were going to be in with a chance of beating the record. They had been averaging a good speed but as they left Arusha, the heavens opened and there was torrential rain. Once again, they had to drive a little slower, damaging their average speed.
But even when the rain sopped, there were still obstacles to overcome.
From Petrol in My Blood:
We came to a river crossing that had no bridge and there was just a sea of mud; red, red mud. Ken volunteered to wade in and see how deep it was. He left his shoes, trousers and shirt with me. The mud came up to his belly button. I thought I might be able to fly the car all the way across if I was lucky and could get up enough speed …
Would this work? And if it didn’t …. ?