PHer's Pub2Pub adventure!

You know how it is. You've ticked driving to Mongolia in a Mini. You've coaxed a Porsche across Africa, and steered a Rolls Royce and Corvette across Asia, to Singapore. So what do you do next?

There are worse first world problems to have. But this is the dilemma which faced PHer Ben Coombs a few years ago. The solution, predictably, was waiting for him at the bottom of a pint glass.


Why not drive from the northernmost pub on the planet to the southernmost?

Such a compellingly simple idea has yielded a gloriously complex road trip, which has a start point only 700 miles from the North Pole, at the abandoned Soviet mining settlement of Pyramiden, on the island of Svalbard, and a finish point in Tierra del Fuego, near South America's southernmost tip. Whichever way you slice it, there are a lot of road miles on that itinerary. About 20,000 to be exact. Across 20 different countries, on three continents, with a route which takes in Europe, the USA, Central and South America. So what car would you choose for such a trip?

Simple. Given this is TVR's renaissance year, by Ben's logic it simply had to be a 20-year-old TVR Chimaera. Which, by journey's end in early 2018, will hopefully have completed the longest road trip ever made by a sports car. Or will have caught fire somewhere in Mexico. One or the other...

The Pub2Pub Expedition left Dartmoor to start the long haul up to Northern Norway on Sunday (2nd July), and we'll be checking back periodically to share their progress with you. In the meantime, for a fuller description of how PHer Ben came to be setting off to a pub on the far side of the world in a TVR, feel free to peruse the blog post here.

Good luck Ben!

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  • Dafuq 04 Jul 2017

    Ben Coombs at it again........

    This has the mercury in my 'Hero Barometer' shooting skywards once more.

    Hats off to you BC, you have just re-qualified yourself as a total nut job.


  • Trexthedinosaur 04 Jul 2017

    Hero! But seriously how do people fund these things, especially as he seems to go from trip to trip!

  • williredale 04 Jul 2017

    Excellent I followed his V8nam thread and bought the book of the Africa trip.

  • g3org3y 04 Jul 2017

    Best of luck Ben, another epic road trip. We need more of this kind of stuff on PH. Can't wait for the updates. thumbup

    Oh, and don't forget to write another book please. Thanks smile

  • sparta6 04 Jul 2017

    Trexthedinosaur said:
    Hero! But seriously how do people fund these things, especially as he seems to go from trip to trip!
    Does he have a wife ? There are practical and financial benefits without

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