Are you struggling to come up with a satisfyingly bonkers challenge involving a motorcar? Just leave it to an Englishman who's crazy enough to drive an old TVR called Kermit! Rest assured, he will think of something.
Being a Plymouth resident, Ben Coombs must have been eager to cross waters wider than the English Channel. I must assume that because one day, he decided to drive his TVR from the world's northernmost drinking hole on a frozen Norwegian island to a crate of lager at the southernmost tip of Chile.
If you think about it, Mr. Coombs' weapon of choice kind of makes sense. After all, the 1992 TVR Chimaera was the long-wheelbase "tourer" version of the Griffith, powered by essentially the same 4.0 V8 as what Land Rover put in a number of its 4x4s. No problem with parts availability then, and thanks to those softer springs, nor with comfort.
Starting last July, took seven month to complete, requiring a few gallons of antifreeze right at the first stop in Pyramiden, on the Norwegian island of Svalbard.
Pyramiden was a coal mining community founded by the Swedish, who sold it to the Soviet Union in 1927. Today, it has four permanent residents, all living in the last functioning building, Hotel Tulpan. And since the hotel has a bar, Pyramiden can claim to have the northernmost public house on the planet.
It's safe to bet that no TVR has ever been parked in front of Hotel Tulpan prior to Kermit's arrival.
Russian vodka with Pringles? Why not?
The Pub2Pub trip only went south from there, across Europe and towards New York on a ship last August. Once on U.S. soil, Coombs drove to California before heading towards Mexico. the TVR soldered on despite a number of unavoidable off-road sessions. The only major issue was fixed in Nicaragua, where Kermit got a new clutch fitted. No biggie.
Having left Central America behind, the green wonder was shipped again, around the Darien gap from Panama to Columbia, followed by an 8000-mile drive across Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and finally, Argentina.
Apparently, the world's southernmost bar in Puerto Williams is bit of a letdown...