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201313 Feb

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Philip Young (left) and Paul Brace

 

At 5.30pm on Monday, February 11, 2013, two British adventurers Philip Young, 63 and Paul Brace, 49 drove their Fiat Panda under Marble Arch at the end of their gruelling 10,000 mile drive from Cape Town to London shaving over a day off the previous best time ever achieved. They traversed through 13 countries and 2 continents in 10 days, 13 hours and 30 minutes claiming not one but two world driving records.

 

Kenya

Driving through Kenya

 

The British duo bettered the record of driving from Cape Town to London in 14 days, 19 hours and 26 minutes set in 1983 by Brigadier John Hemsley and his wife Lucy Hemsley in a Range Rover V8.

 

Nairobi

En route to Nairobi

 

Young and Brace also beat the record of driving from London to Cape Town (in either direction) in 11 days, 14 hours and 11 minutes set in 2010 by Mac MacKenney, Chris Rawlings and Steve MacKenney driving a Land Rover Td5.

 

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Crossing the Zambezi

 

Young and Brace have more than 25 years of experience of driving in Africa since competing on Paris-Dakar in 1986. An elated Philip Young said, “We knew that breaking the Cape Town to London record wasn’t simply a matter of jumping in the car and driving non-stop to London. African road conditions and bureaucracy bring their own very particular set of problems. Before we could start there have been extensive discussions with various Government officials to help speed up the transit at frontier crossings.”

 

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Travelling from Nairobi to Marsabit

 

He went on to add, “Many of the countries in Africa have a speed-limit of 75 mph. The current outright record holders who set a blistering new time in 2010 driving from London to Cape Town in a Land Rover Discovery with a three-man crew covered most of Africa cruising at 65 mph. They carried a satellite tracker to confirm that they were not exceeding the speed-limits. The earlier pioneers of the 1950s and 1960s were none too concerned about speed limits which mostly didn't exist, or were not enforced. They were out to prove not only that the cars of the day could go anywhere, reliably, but could cover whole continents swiftly but, like most of the world, Africa has changed since then. Our plan was to keep the Panda within the speed limits to break the Cape Town to London World Record set by John Hemsley and his wife Lucy in 1983 while averaging a tad faster than the ultimate time of 11 days, 14 hours, set by the Max Adventure team in their Discovery.” But in the end, the duo surpassed their expectation completing the route in 10 days, 13 hours and 30 minutes.

 

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Driving through Tunisia

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British Duo Set New Driving World Records in a Fiat Panda

At 5.30pm on Monday, February 11, 2013, two British adventurers Philip Young, 63 and Paul Brace, 49 drove their Fiat Panda under Marble Arch at the end of their gruelling 10,000 mile drive from Cape Town to London shaving over a day off the previous best time ever achieved. They traversed through 13 countries and 2 continents in 10 days, 13 hours and 30 minutes claiming not one but two world driving records.

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