The Namibian (Windhoek)

14 September 2012

Egypt: Classic Cars in Cape-to-Cairo Adventure

TWENTY-TWO adventurers in two MGA and nine MGB classic British cars are driving through Namibia from Cape to Cairo and back to Abingdon in England.

The 21 000km trip is expected to take 92 days to complete and will take the vehicles and drivers through 12 countries.

The drivers are from Australia, England and South Africa. The youngest participant is 29 and the oldest 73.

The trip is organised by David and Laurel Godwin, who had previously arranged five other MG adventure trips - the most recent being the Silk Road trip in 2010 from Beijing to London, in which four couples participated who are now also part of the Cape to Cairo party.

Godwin advertised the trip in MG enthusiasts' magazines worldwide and received the most responses from MG owners in Australia.

The group will spend seven days in Namibia where they will stop over at Ai-Ais and Sossusvlei before driving on to Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Sicily, Italy, France and England. They will stop in Abingdon, England, at the MG centre where the cars were assembled.

The only concern for the travellers is the 450km stretch of dirt road which is known as 'The Road from Hell' between northern Kenya and the Ethiopian border.

"In addition, the route chosen includes another approximately 1 500km of unknown dirt roads so the trip has the ingredients to be a 'Trip of a Lifetime'," said David Godwin.

Participants worked on their cars prior to the trip by putting stone guards at the bottom and fitting the cars with extra springs to lift the usually very low-slung cars.

"I am blown away by Namibia's spectacular scenery, it is extraordinary," said participant Ros Bastian - a sentiment echoed by most of the participants.

The trip has been smooth so far, with some cars requiring minor repairs. The only ugly moment was when some boys standing next to the road in southern Namibia threw rocks at the cars, breaking the windscreen of one which will have to be replaced in Nairobi.

"Some of our friends think we are stark raving mad, while others are extremely envious," Bastian added.

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