London to Cape Town – January 6th, 1963
On January 6th, 1963 Eric Jackson kissed his wife goodbye outside the RAC Headquarters on Pall Mall, London. Along with his co-driver Ken Chambers, he was leaving to embark on an epic driving challenge – beating the record for driving from London to Cape Town in South Africa.
Ken and Eric had never driven together before but this was the first of many adventures they were to have.
They left London at four in the afternoon. Newspaper reporters, photographers, RAC officials and the higher echelons of the Ford Motor Company’s staff were there to see them off and record the beginning of this marathon drive.
During the next two weeks, Eric and Ken would be travelling through the most inhospitable countries with appalling road conditions. They would encounter situations that were unbelievably dangerous and on several occasions, they believed that they would never see the UK again.
Even the first ‘simple’ part of their journey - Driving through France and Spain wasn’t without incident…