Explorers bid for 10,000 mile world record

A TEAM of three intrepid drivers are preparing to break a driving endurance record that has stood for nearly 50 years in aid of Help for Heroes.

Led by adventurer Mac Mackenney, the team will make an audacious bid to set a new overland benchmark time for the 10,000 mile journey from London to Cape Town, South Africa.

The current record stands at 13 days, 8 hours and 48 minutes and was set by Eric Jackson in a Ford Cortina GT in 1963.

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On October 17 this year’s attempt will set out to complete the same distance in under 13 days using a Land Rover Discovery 2.

To be successful the team of explorers will have to take the British-built off roader through some of the most challenging terrain in the world, crossing no fewer than 20 borders in the process.

All proceeds from the expedition, which is being sponsored by Chevron Lubricants, will go to serviceman’s charity Help For Heroes.