Around the world – expenses
Just as he had with the London to Cape Town record earlier in 1963, Eric Jackson put in his invoice to Ford Motor Company for the reimbursement of his expenses before and during the trip.
It is dated 22nd. November 1963. As with the previous invoice, it makes interesting reading.
Unlike the previous trip, it seems that Ford Motor Company did supply maps and tools this time, although there is an item for ‘misc. equipment; tools etc.’ for £21.10.0. Once again there were items such as a tropical medicine kit, water purifying kit and blankets, towels and pillows. This time, there were also two respirators on the list.
There was also the comparatively massive figure of £76.0.0 for ‘Money paid out in the USA, Honolulu and Australia (i.e. payment for getting car out of customs at holiday times, toll road charges, ferries and docks etc.)’ So if you’re planning to drive round the world, be sure to have enough cash with you for those items!
Of course, Eric and Ken had found out the hard way during the London to Cape Town drive that guns were essential. This time, they didn’t buy their guns, they were hired, at a cost of £24.16.0 – including holster. The list includes 150 rounds of ammunition.