Racing the Windsor Castle
Walter Hayes had a fertile mind – he was always on the lookout for publicity ideas for Ford; and for his intrepid duo, Eric Jackson and Ken Chambers. One evening, he dined with a director of the Union Castle Shipping Line. The director was bragging about the Windsor Castle – the ship could make the journey from Cape Town to Southampton in under two weeks.
Walter wasn’t impressed “My lads can beat that” he remarked. And so began yet another epic drive for Eric and Ken.
When Eric recalls the trip now, he says that had he known what was in store for the two of them, he wouldn’t have done the drive for a million pounds. This gives you some small idea of the dangers they faced.