Extract from Modern Motoring & Travel - February 1953:
Covering 10,500 miles in 13 days 9 hours 6 minutes, he has knocked 8 days 10 hours 39 minutes off his January time according to a cable received from Cape Town.
Hinchliffe, driving a new Humber Super Snipe, reached Cape Town on December 9 at 7.21 pm GMT. He had left Hyde Park Corner, London, at 10.15 am GMT on Wednesday November 26th.
Walshaw is an experienced international Rally driver. He drove a Hillman Minx in the 1952 Monte Carlo Rally from Glasgow and in the 1951 Daily Express National Motor Rally he won a class award.
Before leaving London, Hinchliffe said ?If they ask, 'Where's George?', say he's gone to lunch in Cape Town?
?I was getting restless again,? said Hinchliffe, who is a bachelor, ?and one day at the Motor Show in October I decided there and then to 'have another go.' This should get me away from the English winter for a time, to enjoy plenty of sun and with any luck be back home by Christmas.?
Apart from a luggage roof, two headlamps and an extra petrol tank to carry 30 gallons, no alterations were made to the car.
So that the party could remain in constant touch with England by radio, the range of the receiving set was slightly modified. Hinchliffe on the trip also carried a compass, two sporting rifles and ammunition, a camera and a kettle ?in order to make tea at any time of the day or night.?
As some example of the arduous going, Hinchliffe and his co-drivers completed over 1,200 miles in the last 24 hours, which means the remarkable average of 50 mph.
This shortened film has been edited and shown with kind permission from the Sunbeam Car Club of New Zealand.
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