Remember last summer? It seems like such a long time ago now. The McLaren Senna was still months from breaking cover and dividing opinion, the new TVR Griffith was still some mythical beast which nobody had yet seen and Shed of the Week could only muster up a thousand pound budget.
So, if last July feels a long way ago for you, it probably seems positively ancient history for the team behind Pub2Pub who, having set off from Dartmoor on July 2nd last year, finally burbled across the finish line in Devon on Sunday, having completed their journey from the Northernmost bar on the planet, to the southernmost.
So, what have they achieved? Arguably, the longest journey ever to be made by a sports car (although of course, you may know differently?) The final scores on the doors for the expedition's TVR Chimaera are 27,000 miles completed, across 25 countries, on three different continents. In the course of the trip, they've taken their steed to an altitude of 4,700m, endured temperatures of over 50°C, crossed everything from rainforests to salt flats, and even made it across Patagonia without anyone so much as batting an eyelid at the TVR's number plate.
If you've been following our coverage of the expedition, you'll know that it's been a pretty compelling advert for the TVR brand. The '97 Chimaera used for the journey has completed the entire trip without a single breakdown, and no major fettling other than a routine clutch change in Nicaragua, as the original clutch had began to slip. There can't be many cars - modern or otherwise - capable of completing such a feat so nonchalantly.
So with the Pub2Pub crew having crossed the finish line on Dartmoor, from where they set out over eight months ago, what's next? How do you surpass an eight-month trip across the globe in an old TVR? Pub2Pub's Ben Coombs explains:
"We've been so blown away by the interest which Pub2Pub has generated, that we've decided it'd be rude not to keep the ball rolling, so we're setting up Pub2Pub Adventures, with the dual goals of enabling others to enjoy their own bar-based adventures, and also raising the bar to surpass what we've just achieved, by undertaking yet bigger, bolder journeys."
So, it seems the Pub2Pub crew and their plucky slice of Blackpool fibreglass aren't retiring from roadtripping any time soon...
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Pub2Pub would like to thank their friends and supporters, without whom the journey wouldn't have been possible:
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