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London to Cape Town Record Breaking Drive

On the 16th of October 2010 Mac MacKenney, Chris Rawlings & Steve MacKenney set out to break the driving record from London to Cape Town of 13 Days, 8 Hours and 48 minutes set in 1963 by Eric Jackson and Ken Chambers in a Ford Cortina.

[Update: Video interviews with Mac, Chris and Steve available here ]

Incredibly this record has stood for 47 years. I'm amazed the Cortina managed the trip, let alone setting a record that has stood for nearly half a century.


That record stood until today, when at 12:39 (GMT +2) the Max Adventure Team crossed the finish line at the AA South Africa House in Cape Town.


10,000 miles, 21 countries, 3 continents in a record time of 11 Days, 14 Hours and 11 Minutes, breaking the 1963 record by 1 Day, 18 Hours and 37 Minutes.

A remarkable feat managed by three fantastic human beings chasing their dreams and in the process raising money for the Help for Heros Charity.


I had a chance to speak to the team on their arrival and although thoroughly exhausted the team was in high spirits, humble and delighted by the support shown to them by a convoy of 20 Land Rovers escorting them along the final yards of their epic journey and a crowd of supporters and journalists assembled at the AA House.

I'll include some video clips of the guys arriving and chatting to Drive South Africa tomorrow morning, in the meantime here are some photos taken at the finish line.


Well done Mac, Chris and Steve, inspirational!

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Corlia Goosen

Corlia Goosen Title: Blog Contributor
Affiliation: Drive South Africa Blog

Corlia Goosen is an avid traveller and foodie. She exchanged the media industry for the dynamic world of tourism. The marriage of the online world and her love for travel fits her like a glove and her diverse work environment ensures that she’s got a fresh outlook on things.

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  1. Gravatar Mike Boyd says:

    If I am not mistaken, from memory, it was a Ford Corsair and it raced the mail boat to Southampton just beating it.

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  2. Gravatar Sandy says:

    Wow, that?‘s a really clever way of thinking about it!

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