So what issues have plagued the Chimaera so far? Surprisingly few, given the reputation these Wheeler-era TVRs harbour. Breakdowns? None. Yep, that surprised us too. The car has suffered a few of those small TVR-traditional niggles which constitute either character or flaws, depending on your viewpoint, but other than a mildly worrying spot of clutch wear, nothing major has gone wrong... yet.
The reliability is even more surprising when you consider what the TVR has gone through in the past few months. Offroading in Death Valley, at 50°C ambient? Yep, tick. Slaloming the tyre-pounding potholes and vertiginous speed bumps of Guatemala's backroads? No problem. Dodging errant motorists in Mexico, where anyone can buy a driving licence without taking a test? A few close shaves apart, the Chimaera has taken it in its stride. Running the quarter mile against a Dodge Charger at Amarillo Dragway in Texas? Smashed out without breaking a sweat. And 600 mile, roof-down days dodging pick-ups on the US interstates? According to the team, these weren't too tough actually, given the grand touring credentials of these '90s TVRs.
So what's next for Pub2Pub? With 14,500 miles complete, the expedition is well over halfway to its ultimate goal - the world's southernmost licensed premises, in Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia. They're aiming to be there in January, to raise a glass to the brand's future. And we'll be here to let you know how they get on!