John Coleman, the veteran overland traveller died in January this year aged 81. In 1959, he drove a 35-year-old Austin 7 Chummy from Buenos Aires, Argentina to New York, USA. The route took him through the Andes and the Atacama Desert and the journey took 11 months and saw Coleman overcome numerous difficulties including a road accident, an earthquake and other obstacles. Coleman was son of a motor engineer and was born on May 13 1928, and went to Haileybury School before doing his National Service with the Royal Army Education Corps, which taught him to drive. He then read Theology at St Peter's Hall, Oxford, where a keen interest in motor vehicles grew into a lifelong love affair, which led to the journey recounted in Coleman's Drive - From Buenos Aires to New York in a vintage Baby Austin. It was published by Faber & Faber in 1962 but subsequently republished in paperback including a 1996 edition. Later, Coleman became a teacher and political campaigner and wrote his book by funding a spell of free time with the winnings from a US TV game show in which he fooled a lie detector. In 2005 Coleman received an ovation when he lapped the Silverstone circuit in the Chummy, an exhibit at the Beaulieu Motor Museum. He wrote feature articles for the Daily Telegraph and other papers, and recently completed his last book, about an his 1968 Morris Minor from Southampton to John O’Groats. It took him four weeks to complete the 2,700-mile journey around Scotland in the 40-year-old saloon. Driving back from the printer on January 5, he died at its wheel after losing control of the blue Morris Minor near the junction of Common Lane and Warsash Road in Titchfield, Hampshire.