A couple of years ago, a group of friends and business partners heard about the “The Africa Record Run” from Cape Town to Nordkapp at the top of Norway. When we started being involved found out about the even more gruelling drive from the southern tip of South America to Northern Alaska. Hearing about this drive put fire in our bellies and made us want to also do these mad feats. We are all fascinated by the endurance of man and machine and how these can be pushed to the edge. To illustrate this point, two members of our group have taken part more than once in the world famous “Le Mans 24 Hour” endurance race as a driver and a team manager.
We recognized that such an ambitious project would also be an ideal focal point for raising money for charity and this is also a major objective for “The Longestdrive”.
To get going, we purchased a Porsche Cayenne due to its amazing performance and reliability and had it converted by specialists to withstand the pressures of long distance travelling. To support us we have small local teams to get us started – but once we are on the road we are doing our own thing…
During a week in May 2013 we crossed the North American continent from Vancouver Island on the Pacific coast along the 48th lattitude, to Newfoundland in the Atlantic Ocean . This was not race, as we are adhering strictly to local traffic laws as we do with all our projects.
Instead, it was a test of endurance and precision driving, as the team of three adventurers drove the trusted Porsche Cayenne nonstop for nearly five days without a break to cross Canada reaching the east coast in time for a specific ferry departure to go on a 6 hour sailing trip to Newfoundland!
The experiences we gain in organising these challenges and being on the road, are vital if we are to be successful in setting a new record for “The Africa Record Run”. After that we want to be ready for the Dakar Rally.
We are using social media – the links are on this page – and this will enable anyone with Internet access to follow and communicate with our travellers. We are very keen to hear what you think and what you want to say to them. But if that is not enough and you want to experience the challenges first hand – then we are always looking for people who share our passion for this type of adventure – YOU could become part of our team for one or more of the challenges we have lined up… just use the contact details on the bottom of this page!
In any case – click on the “Challenges” tab above to find out how mad we really are….
Now we are getting ready for “THE BIG LOOP”
On return from Canada the car was brought back to England where is its now in the final stages of preparation!
We are shipping the Porsche to Australia on 24th November with the help of our partners from:
We also welcome a new driver to our team: Marc Bronzel - he is already getting ready for the biggest challenge which is the “North South Run”
We are not forgetting our friend:
This was how the Canadian experience ended:
“WE HAVE ARRIVED!!!!”
The completion of a global circumnavigation on the 48th latitude.
Second leg: Official time: 3 days, 5 hours and 49 minutes
Three happy, tired (and smelly ) guys.
Currently the team is organizing for their third challenge starting in January 2014 circumnavigating Australia in five days.
The biggest drive behind this project is to experience the great adventure itself. Driving a Porsche Cayenne throughout the world, with similar minded individuals, knowing that we will only succeed if we work as a team. We hope to be able to aid organizations and charities along the way to help people in need as well as making our own dream come true.