London to Cape Town – January 12th, 1963
Every day do far, Ken Chambers and Eric Jackson has suffered various problems on their attempt to break the record for driving from London to Cape Town. Interrogations at gunpoint, dead bodies … that sort of thing. But today, there was a pleasant surprise. At Wadi Halfa they found that two chaps from Scotland and a massive Nubian called Hamid had driven from Khartoum to act as their guides. It had taken the guides several days to reach Wadi Halfa. They wouldn’t drive at night and on several occasions their 4×4 vehicle had become stuck in the sand.
When Eric and Ken arrived, they told the guides that they needed to leave at once – their various delays meant they had no time to lose. The guides couldn’t believe it – they had taken days to get to Wadi Halfa, they were tired and wanted to rest. But Ken and Eric insisted that they set off at once.
Eric says, in Petrol in My Blood:
But they didn’t like driving at night one little bit, but we kept them at it until Hamid got lost and lost and lost. Yes, our expert guides had got us lost.