A team of three drivers in a Land Rover Discovery 2 led by adventurer Mac Mackenney will set off on October 17 to attempt to beat the world record for driving from London to Cape Town, South Africa. The current record stands at 13 days, 8 hours and 48 minutes set by Eric Jackson in a Ford Cortina GT in 1963. The original record was established back in 1939.
The London to Cape Town attempt, supported by Chevron Lubricants, is one of the most challenging overland expeditions, driving through some of the most inhospitable areas and difficult road conditions in the world which will test to the extreme both men and machine. The diesel-engined Discovery 2 will be using the latest Havoline lubricants and fuel additives to provide maximum fuel economy and engine protection as it battles with cold nights, extreme heat and punishing round-the-clock usage.
The expedition leader Mac Mackenney, a very experienced adventurer who runs Max Adventure, specialists in adventure and expedition logistics, will be joined by navigator Chris Rawlings and mechanic Steve Mackenney. The team will start from the RAC Club in Pall Mall on October 17 and arrive at the AA building in the centre of Cape Town to stop the clock on what is hoped will be a new world record. The attempt has received enthusiastic support from a variety of sources and automotive companies and the attempt’s patron is Sir Stirling Moss OBE and the honorary patrol is Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE, no stranger to challenging expeditions. The London to Cape Town event will also raise money for Help for Heroes.