One Imp, two guys, three continents and 14 000km in less than 40 days… sound impossible? It should have been!
Geoff Biermann and Terence Tracey planned to trek England’s most unreliable car, the Hillman Imp, across three continents in unforgiving conditions, through countries at war, in the space of just 40 days. Madness? Certainly. It seemed they stood more chance of falling pregnant than they had of achieving their lofty goal. Nonetheless they planned and prepped for this arduous trip and, in late March of 2013, they rolled out of Johannesburg – destination Coventry, England.
Their first breakdown occurred just ten metres into the journey as a result of a leak from the auxiliary fuel tank. This was a quick and easy fix, but they discovered another more serious issue at the same time: they had lost reverse gear. But with a stubborn refusal to allow anything or anybody to bar their progress, they chose to look at the no-reverse situation as a good omen. After all, with no reverse there could literally be no turning back.