Led by adventurer Mac Mackenney, the London to Cape Town attempt team started from the RAC Club in London and should cover 10,000 miles through 20 countries. One of the most challenging modern driving adventures, the attempt will take the team through some of the most inhospitable areas and difficult road conditions anywhere in the world. The endeavour has the enthusiastic support of Chevron Lubricants and the Land Rover Discovery 2 is using Havoline products to protect the engine and fuel additives to provide maximum fuel economy and engine protection as the vehicle battles with extremes of weather conditions and continuous driving.
The original record was established back in 1939, the target Mac’s team has to beat is 13 days, 8 hours and 48 minutes set by Eric Jackson in a Ford Cortina GT in 1963. Mac’s team aims to rewrite the history books with a journey time of under 13 days. The attempt will be raising money for Help for Heroes and has received support from patron’s Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE and Sir Stirling Moss OBE.
The London to Cape Town attempt is being supported by SSI Schaefer, specialists in adventure and expedition logistics. SSI were pleased to donate 30 heavy duty security plastic containers in which to store essential kit, food, spares and clothing for the journey. Currently holding the Ministry of Defence tri-service contract, SSI Schaefer were delighted to support the record attempt in aid of Help for Heroes.
There are a few 'crux' points on the team's chosen route to Cape Town. The first of these is entry in Saudi Arabia. Getting the correct permission and paperwork to transit the country by vehicle would fill a website on its own. At 14:17hrs BST the team crossed the border and we are pleased to announce that all went smoothly. This is in no small part to the efforts of supporters on ground anticipating the team's arrival and preparing the way. The next potential showstopper is making it on time to the ferry in Jeddah. Photos and blogs have been added to the website this evening. Follow the team's progress on the expedition website at www.maxadventure.co.uk click here for Max Adventure