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• A unique sponsored run through ten countries and three continents
• Driving a 50-year-old car 11,063km in 37 days
• Helping provide special days for desperately ill young people
• The transformation of a barn find into a long-distance champion
• Classic Mini drives to Asia-Minor – a real Mini adventure
• How to plot and plan an independent route or trek
• Documentation and visas – what’s needed & who to contact
• The hurdles faced when applying for sponsorship
• Practical tips on home restoration of a classic car
• Stately home and back again ... via the Great Pyramids
This is the story of an independent trek in a 50-year-old Mini – all the way to the Great Pyramid and back – with no assistance or support crew, to provide much needed funds and publicity for the Willow Foundation.
Inspirational to others, the book includes practical advice on the car preparation and documentation required for such marathon drives, along with photographs of the Mini’s preparation and the amazing journey itself.
Oblivious to the sound of chalk scratching on blackboard, Nicky stared wide eyed into the pages of the atlas. The Mediterranean landscape beckoned, and it occurred to her that Egypt – land of mystery, Bedouin tents and Turkish delight – didn’t seem very far away at all ...
Thirty years later and determined to help Willow Foundation, Nicky decided it was the perfect time for a sponsored run with a difference: a never-been-done-before trek of 11,063km in under 40 days, driving all the way to the Great Pyramid and back in a 50 year old Mini – ten countries, three continents ...
A lone expedition, it would undoubtedly be an epic and arduous drive, without a support crew, enduring potholes, sandstorms and occasional wayward camels; but it would also be an incredible adventure, with every mile the car covered helping children devastated by life threatening disease.
This book follows Nicky’s journey from preparing the Mini, to crossing the scorching sands of North Africa and the Middle East, all the way to the exhaustion and sheer elation of elation of finishing back at Hatfield House again. An inspiring and informative read.
'This book follows Nicky's journey from preparing the Mini, to crossing the scorching sands of North Africa and the Middle East, all the way to the exhaustion and sheer elation of finishing with a wave of the chequered flag at Castle Combe racetrack. An inspiring and informative read.'
Classic Performance & Retro magazine, May 2013
'An awesome story of a truly epic journey… once I started this book I simply could not put it down simply wanting to know what happens next.'
Morris Minor magazine, 17 Jan 2013
'Driving from the UK to the pyramids of Egypt (and back) would be an adventure in itself. Doing so in a 50-year old Mini is surely bordering on madness. Judge for yourself as this book follows two charity fundraisers on their epic 7000-mile drive.'
Evo magazine, 12 Dec 2012
'There's been a rush of epic classic drives recently, and this one charts Nicky West's charity challenge across 10 countries to the pyramids (Your Classic magazine, Oct). The book covers everything from car preparation to crossing the scorching deserts, and all proceeds go to the Willow Foundation.'
Classic & Sports Car magazine, 11 Dec 2012
'To the Pyramids in a 50-year-old 850cc Mini for charity – a great adventure!'
The Bookseller, 4 Dec 2012
Period covered: July 2006 to July 2011