Duo to drive from Cape Town to London

5th Dec 2012

The target of beating a 30-year-old record and raising cash for charity is pushing a daring duo to make a non-stop drive from Cape Town to London in only 10 days.

The two adventurers, Paul Brace and Phil Young, are going to take on one of the great motoring challenges in a specially adapted Fiat Panda.

But they will need to push their 85bhp, two-cylinder, twin-air engine Panda 1,000 miles a day to reach their goal. Brigadier John Hemsley set the previous 14-day record in a Range Rover 30 years ago.

Brace and Young have experience in cross-African drives having twice motored up Africa's eastern coast. They will have no support vehicles for this trip, which traverses desert and dirt tracks on its route to the finish line in the capital.

The team will set off from Cape Town on February 2 on a journey that'll take them across Africa and into France with a 11-hour drive to Calais putting them on the home straight to London. If all goes to plan, they'll arrive in London on February 11.

The drive will raise money for Farm Africa, a UK charity working to ease hunger in eastern Africa by introducing innovative agriculture and commercial enterprise.

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