Pub2Pub - the adventure continues


You know you're on a big trip when you have to smash out over 3,500 miles just to get to your start point, but that's exactly what the Pub2Pub Expedition were faced with earlier this month. First there was the small matter of a seven day, 2,800-mile drive to reach northern Norway, after which a mixture of plane and boat travel took the team to the planet's northernmost bar, located only 700 miles from the North Pole, in an abandoned Soviet-era mining settlement on the Svalbard Archipelago.

There are worse views in the world!
There are worse views in the world!
From Svalbard, all roads lead south. A long way south in Pub2Pub's case, given journey's end is the planet's southernmost licensed premises, tucked away in deepest Patagonia. So far, the expedition has made it back through Europe to the UK, from where the Chimaera is currently being shipped over to New York to continue the journey down through the Americas. So how is the mighty piece of Blackpool engineering fairing so far?

Well, with over 6,000 miles already under its belt in the first month, it's fair to say it's doing a pretty good job of dispelling the reputation these classic TVRs have for reliability. Breakdowns? None. Well, none for the TVR anyway, though the expedition has been through three different support vehicles so far...

And the highlights? Well the trip hasn't been short of those. From looking out for polar bears in the high Arctic to dropping into the Koenigsegg factory, Pub2Pub's European leg hasn't been short of stand-out moments, which you can read more about on the expedition's blog.

The adventure is all set to resume when Pub2Pub hits the road across the USA in mid August, and we're looking forward to seeing how the TVR fares as it crosses the new world...

 

 

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  • numtumfutunch 02 Aug 2017


    Loving this, it makes me proud to be British!

  • fivetenben 02 Aug 2017

    numtumfutunch said:
    Loving this, it makes me proud to be British!
    Thanks, adventures don't get much more quintessentially British!

    The full-fat video content from the expedition will be rolling soon, but until then, here is a montage of what we've been up to on the Euro leg of the trip...

  • Denorth 02 Aug 2017

    fivetenben said:
    Thanks, adventures don't get much more quintessentially British!

    The full-fat video content from the expedition will be rolling soon, but until then, here is a montage of what we've been up to on the Euro leg of the trip...
    Brilliant! If you go that far South as planned, you must go to the Falklands. There are at least three pub licenced there. Feel free to email me if need any info on helpful contacts down there (including shipping contacts)

  • rtz62 02 Aug 2017

    My cap is well and truly doffed, Sir!
    Reminds me of my old Chimera, which was BRG with a dark green hood and, unbelievably (considering the wonderful engine / exhaust sounds) a fantastic sound system.
    The only things I would have changed on mine for a long-distance journey, were the seats (possibly for a Tuscan pair) and the wipers, which I always found missed part of the screen near the drivers windscreen pillar.
    Non-TVR owners find it hard to believe that they are actually reliable, if looked after, and quite rugged, and hopefully your epic journey will prove the nay-sayers wrong!

  • Mr-B 02 Aug 2017

    Fantastic effort! As others have said good advert for Britain.

    Seems a bit ironic that the support car failed so early on, so 1-0 to the TVR so far, hope it keeps it up. Wasn't the K10 mentioned in another thread about which car you would choose to do huge miles in without bothering to service it? Er...LOL.

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