New record London to Cape Town

New record London to Cape Town

Posted: Nov 01, 2010 07:53 am EDT

When Mac MacKenney, Chris Rawlings & Steve MacKenney reached Cape Town the 28th of October they had travelled from London covering 10,000 miles through 20 countries and breaking the current record of 13 days, 8 hrs 48 mins set in 1963 by Eric Jackson & Ken Chambers.

The new record now stands at 11 days, 14 hours and 11 minutes, which is 1 Day 18 Hours 37 Minutes inside the previous record.

11 days

Mac MacKennedy writes in joy when reaching Cape Town:

"I cant believe that we are actually here, it still hasnt sunk in yet. Looking at a map of Africa makes it even more unbelievable, did we really drive all that way and in just 11 days?"

Eric Jackson lost his record from 1963

It wasn´t an easy record to beat. The previous record was claimed to have been set by Eric Jackson, a Ford dealer from Barnsely in the UK, all they way back in 1963 when he in a Ford Cortina together with Ken Chambers made it all the way. 18 minutes faster than the earlier record set 1951 by George Hinchcliffe. As interesting is that the first recorded drive between London and Cape Town was in 1924, when Major Chaplin Court Treatt led a team of Crossley trucks from Cape Town to Cairo and then on to London. It took 16 them months!

Half of the journey in darkness

Mac continues to write on his blog:

"My memory of each country is also very sketchy, but this is no surprise since half of our entire journey was driven at night. Had we seen the sights during daylight and had more time to absorb the countries that were driving through, maybe I would believe it then. For the moment though, its all a bit surreal."

Difficult border crossings

The most difficult part was when they were stopped at the Ethiopian border for 4 hours, since they didn´t have the needed papers, but was eventually let through to continue there trip. Border crossings where generally the main issue of the trip,where local people had problems understanding why they were doing it. But it always ended on a good note. Mac writes about a visit to the Tanzanian border guards in the middle of the night:

" He opened it cautiously, standing in front of me in his pyjamas and slippers.

'Why you want to go to Tanzania now?' he asked.

"I explained about the record attempt and our fund raising efforts. To ensure that we don't offend anyone, we have simply been mentioning that we are raising money to support disabled people, after all, not everyone agrees with what's going on in Afghanistan. Even though it was getting on for 11:00pm and way passed his bedtime, he was more than happy to help. This was excellent news and a huge relief to me. Escorted by the Police Officer, I briskly walked back to the Land Rover to let the other two know. As the rain fell on the wooden hut, we stood bedraggled in front of the Customs & Immigration officers humbled by their kindest and willingness to leave the comfort of their homes late at night, trapse across sodden mud paths and open up a border crossing point that had officially shut some 5 hours before. I somehow can't imagine that would happen in the UK."

How long will it last?

Lessons learned and a new record set. How long will it last this time?

Stirling Moss is the patron of the 2010 London to Cape Town record attempt being undertaken by Mac Mackenney and his team at Max Adventure, which is aiming to raise £100,000 for the charity Help for Heroes. The team will attempt to beat an endurance driving record that has stood for 46 years, held by former British Rally Champion, Eric Jackson.

The race against the clock will take them 10,000 miles and across 20 countries in order to beat the incredible time of just 13 ½ days, arriving at the finish, Cape Towns City Hall, the location of Nelson Mandelas historic speech upon being released from prison.

This expedition is the ultimate Endurance Driving Challenge! Border-crossings; navigation; hazardous roads; extreme caution and team dynamics while driving day and night, enduring temperatures from -20°C to +50°C; working, eating and sleeping together in the confined space of a vehicle, are just a few of the elements that fuel this race against time.

The team undertook a successful practice run in October 2009 following the route that Stirling took in 1952 when he drove through 15 countries in less than 4 days in a Humber Super Snipe from Oslo to Portugal, completing the journey in the same time.

Mac Mackenney will be leading this team of extreme driving experts, his credentials well suited to the challenge that lies ahead. Ex-military British Army Rapid Deployment unit and RAF Pilot, Mac left the forces to pursue an adventurous career. Selected by Sir Ranulph Fiennes for a team to circumnavigate the globe by amphibious Land Rover, and on Rans last Polar expedition, as his right-hand man.


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London to Cape Town, the new record now stands at 11 days, 14 hours and 11 minutes, which is 1 Day 18 Hours 37 Minutes inside the previous record.
Image by Max Adventure courtesy Max Adventure, SOURCE
The previous record was claimed to have been set by Eric Jackson, a Ford dealer from Barnsely in the UK, all they way back in 1963 when he in a Ford Cortina together with Ken Chambers made it all the way.
Image by Eric Jackson courtesy Eric Jackson, SOURCE
The most difficult part was when they were stopped at the Ethiopian border for 4 hours, since they didn´t have the needed papers, but was eventually let through to continue there trip.
Image by Max Adventure courtesy Max Adventure, SOURCE
"My memory of each country is also very sketchy, but this is no surprise since half of our entire journey was driven at night. Had we seen the sights during daylight and had more time to absorb the countries that were driving through, maybe I would believe it then. For the moment though, its all a bit surreal."
Image by Max Adventure courtesy Max Adventure, SOURCE
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