Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Any which way but Heathrow

To British history students managed to coax an Ambassador car all of the 9,000 miles from Calcutta to London to arrive triumphantly in the Fulham Road last week. Max Benitz and George Vlasto, both 22, drove the 'Old Lady' of the Indian Road through India, over the 15,000ft Khunjerab Pass in Pakistan, through central Asia and across Europe.

The arduous journey proved the underlying quality in the car's design, which has been produced in Calcutta for 50 years, although the car did fail its MoT in Britain on a couple of small points. Most significantly it underlined the two adventurers' fundamental good sense - the inspiration for the expedition was " elaborate scheme for avoiding landing at Heathrow in August."

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