London to Cape Town – January 10th, 1963
Eric Jackson and Ken Chambers had left London on the afternoon of January 6th to attempt to drive to Cape Town in record time. The Ford Cortina was holding up well – there had been no problems at all with the car. But there had been problems in other ways.
Already they had experienced delays in Europe, an accident in North Africa and had been accused of being spies – at gunpoint. If they were expecting this day to be trouble-free, they were very wrong indeed. As you can see from the passport stamp, they went to the customs point at Shellal and were dealt with another serious blow. The officials there refused to let them carry on!
You’ll have to read the book to find out why (shameless plug) but here’s an extract from Petrol in My Blood:
“He led us through a corrugated iron building, prodding us with his gun as he went along. He pushed us into a back room where there were six stretchers – each with a body upon it. The bodies didn’t have sheets over them, as they would if they’d been in a morgue. They were covered only in dust, and were not a pretty sight.”