RE: Pub2Pub's TVR arrives in Patagonia

RE: Pub2Pub's TVR arrives in Patagonia

Thursday 1st February

Pub2Pub's TVR arrives in Patagonia

With more than 22,000 miles covered, the Pub2Pub team have just 1,200 left to go...



We've all experienced the urge. The urge to just keep driving. To fire up the engine and just keep rolling, past city after city; country after country; continent after continent. It's definitely an appealing prospect, and it's one which the good folk of the Pub2Pub Expedition have taken to extremes, by covering over 22,000 miles across the globe since hitting the road last July.

If you've seen our previous updates on the expedition, you'll know the score. A group of adventurers have set themselves the task of driving a TVR Chimaera from the northernmost bar on the planet, to the southernmost. From the frigid heights of Arctic Norway, they've journeyed across Europe, the USA, Central and South America, and have just reached Patagonia. So, what's new since our last update?


Well, we last caught up with the expedition in the jungles of Central America, and they ended up hanging around there for quite a while, thanks to Costa Rica's extreme aversion to right-hand-drive vehicles. Bureaucracy kept the car trapped in no man's land between international borders for a rather stressful eight days, before a truck could be arranged to transport the outlawed machine across Costa Rica, to Panama. Where further RHD-related red tape was encountered. Fortunately, however, the expedition had well-connected friends in Panama who were able to smooth the car's entry, and its subsequent shipping around the Darien Gap, to Colombia.

So how has South America treated the expedition so far? More of the trial-by-red-tape treatment? Not at all. Since arriving in Colombia and hitting the road south, Pub2Pub has found itself scrolling through a bucket list which should be at the top of everyone's dream driving experiences. Experiences like roaring across the Peruvian Highlands, 4,000m up with the roof down, or roaming the world's largest salt flats - the Salar de Uyuni, in Bolivia. They've driven the famous 'Death Road', near La Paz, and cruised past active volcanoes in Ecuador, rolled past Llamas on the Altiplano, and drag-raced a horse across a field in Colombia. And through all the challenges, the TVR has been carrying on, business as usual, with no serious maintenance required so far in the trip, other than a clutch change in Nicaragua (a new clutch being sent out from the UK by TVR specialists Powers Performance in less than seven working days - impressive stuff!)


So what's next for Pub2Pub? Well, with 22,300 miles completed, the mere matter of another 1,200 miles across Patagonia now remain between the trusty TVR and the last licensed premises on earth, in Tierra del Fuego, before the expedition heads back north to Uruguay, from where the car will be shipped back to the UK. We'll be rooting for them as they push on towards their goal of completing the longest journey ever made by a sports car.

For updates as the expedition closes on its final goal, feel free to head over to the Facebook page.

Previous PH updates below:
The journey begins!
6,000 miles in...
Pub2Pub makes it to South America

Pub2Pub would also like to thank their supporters, without whom the journey couldn't have happened:
The TVR Car Club
, Dartmoor Brewery, Dewerstone Lifestyle Clothing, Powers Performance, GAZ shocks, IMS Diving Panama

And all the people who've helped the expedition along the way - you know who you are!







Words: Ben Coombs

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CedricN

Original Poster:

329 posts

74 months

Thursday 1st February
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Its been a joy to follow their trip, really an epic journey.

But the longest for a sports car? not so sure, porsche did 37279 km with a 924 turbo when it was new, and i think they made an even madder trip when the 944 came out.


I scanned the booklet for the 924t trip, if anyone would like to read obscure stuff.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3GfYntUoi5aQ1Vs...

fivetenben

488 posts

99 months

Thursday 1st February
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Those Porsche trips were epic, weren't they?! Why don't manufacturers do that sort of thing with their sports cars these days?

After reaching the southernmost bar, we'll still have the small matter of another 2,000 miles to drive, to get the car back up to Montevideo to be shipped home, so the final distance will be around 25,500 miles, or 41,000km.

Fingers crossed it goes smoothly!

CedricN

Original Poster:

329 posts

74 months

Thursday 1st February
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fivetenben said:
Those Porsche trips were epic, weren't they?! Why don't manufacturers do that sort of thing with their sports cars these days?

After reaching the southernmost bar, we'll still have the small matter of another 2,000 miles to drive, to get the car back up to Montevideo to be shipped home, so the final distance will be around 25,500 miles, or 41,000km.

Fingers crossed it goes smoothly!
Probably because its cheaper to do facebook commercials, and people care more about connectivity than how tough a vehicle is.

The distance is so bizarre its hard to grasp, Im glad mad people like you exist smile


fivetenben

488 posts

99 months

Thursday 1st February
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CedricN said:
Probably because its cheaper to do facebook commercials, and people care more about connectivity than how tough a vehicle is.

The distance is so bizarre its hard to grasp, Im glad mad people like you exist smile
Yeah, it's a tricky distance to visualise, isn't it?!

Here's a map of the journey so far, to (hopefully) add some perspective:


yonex

11,258 posts

97 months

Thursday 1st February
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Just an awesome journey. Been following this one since the start, what PH is all about!
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Turbobanana

968 posts

130 months

Thursday 1st February
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Roof up in all but one of the pictures?

B-, must try harder smile

fivetenben

488 posts

99 months

Thursday 1st February
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Turbobanana said:
Roof up in all but one of the pictures?

B-, must try harder smile
I apologise profusely smile

But when you're smashing out anything up to 600 miles a day under the equatorial sun, shade is a pretty welcome commodity. That's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it!

SpeckledJim

14,038 posts

182 months

Thursday 1st February
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Great stuff. My envy is almost boundless.

Turbobanana

968 posts

130 months

Thursday 1st February
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fivetenben said:
Turbobanana said:
Roof up in all but one of the pictures?

B-, must try harder smile
I apologise profusely smile

But when you're smashing out anything up to 600 miles a day under the equatorial sun, shade is a pretty welcome commodity. That's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it!
Yup, I did France north-south in a day once in summer with the roof off the Saab. I too know that sunburnt forehead feeling, matted hair and dry lips. But you could have made the effort for photo opportunities smile

unsprung

1,870 posts

53 months

Thursday 1st February
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A timeless (and seemingly boundless) idea. Great, also, the visits to local car meetups.

Were there any unusual / amusing conversations with strangers? Somebody offer to buy the car on the spot? Wanna sell an organ? Come join our cult? Moments of the Tarantino / David Lynch variety?

givablondabone

2,427 posts

84 months

Thursday 1st February
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One day, I'm gonna do something like this. Just epic. An inspiration surely for any petrolhead? I bow to you.

bow

Maccar

8 posts

8 months

Thursday 1st February
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Nothing other than the utmost respect for all involved. What an epic adventure in a great car.

f1ten

1,616 posts

82 months

Friday 2nd February
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Epic epic trip just amazing

FN2TypeR

5,087 posts

22 months

Friday 2nd February
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greghm

313 posts

30 months

Friday 2nd February
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Such a perfect advert for the car! I wonder what were the total cost of all this... If they got any sponsorship ?

dhutch

1,479 posts

126 months

Sunday 4th February
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Old just picked this up, mad fools, good work!

How old are you guys?

fivetenben

488 posts

99 months

Monday 5th February
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unsprung said:
A timeless (and seemingly boundless) idea. Great, also, the visits to local car meetups.

Were there any unusual / amusing conversations with strangers? Somebody offer to buy the car on the spot? Wanna sell an organ? Come join our cult? Moments of the Tarantino / David Lynch variety?
Hi, sorry for the slow replies, everyone. The last few days have involved 1,000 miles across Patagonia - not an area renowned for its WiFi...

Everyone is very interested in the car, especially since getting to Chile and Argentina. with people's reactions being overwhelmingly positive. Well, except for the mechanic who tried to buy it yesterday - claiming it looked 'abandoned' as an opening gambit. I mean, it's pretty filthy and has a cracked headlight, but abandoned? That's a bit rich...

I'm sure if our Spanish was better we'd have had some particularly surreal conversations, but we've not exactly been short of the strange and the surreal anyway. Wait for the book; it'll all be in there ;-)

As for the car meets, we've been mostly getting in touch with local clubs and enthuisasts as we've gone along. Doing so has opened the door to some fascinating experiences, and amazing metal:










fivetenben

488 posts

99 months

Monday 5th February
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greghm said:
Such a perfect advert for the car! I wonder what were the total cost of all this... If they got any sponsorship ?
Cheers! The total cost of the trip is... some tens of thousands of pounds, for two people. Which is a lot. But not when you cinsider that people will pay many thousands for a week in the Maldives, or something. It's all relative.

We've raised some sponsorship (see the list of supporters at the bottom of the article), which has gone a long way to taking the financial 'bite' out of the trip, and are working on a way to make the journey pay for itself post-trip, so watch this space...

fivetenben

488 posts

99 months

Monday 5th February
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dhutch said:
Old just picked this up, mad fools, good work!

How old are you guys?
Cheers! The various team members who've been involved in the trip range in age from mid twenties to mid/late 30s.

unsprung

1,870 posts

53 months

Thursday 8th February
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fivetenben said:
Wait for the book; it'll all be in there ;-)
Ah yes, PistonHeads University Press, if I recall correctly wink

After a run on first and second editions, there's the guest appearance alongside Harris Monkey, and the inevitable invitation to join the chattering classes on "Have I Got News for You." Clarkson begins a punchy tete a tete in the papers and there are murmurs of a sort of A.A. Gill redux.

It's all too claustrophobic, I'm afraid. Eventually you're back in the Americas and taking meetings in Tinseltown. Step aside, James Corden!

Fun photos, BTW. In particular the pre-War stuff, baking there in the sun. Magnificent.