10,000 miles, 20 countries in under 13 days – Land Rover Discovery London to Cape Town Record Attempt in support of Help for Heroes.
A team of three drivers in a Land Rover Discovery 2 led by adventurer Mac Mackenny has set off (17th October) 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 SSI Schaefer, 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.
SSI Schaefer were approached by Mac Mackenny of Max Adventures, specialists in adventure and expedition logistics, 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.
Mac Mackenny is joined by navigator Chris Rawlings and mechanic Steve Mackenny. The team started their journey at the RAC Club in Pall Mall and will 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 the attempt’s patron is Sir Stirling Moss OBE and the honorary patron is Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE, no stranger to challenging expeditions.