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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 12:36 pm 
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Looks like an interesting read.....excerpts are currently being published in Miniworld magazine.
The Journey That Never Was
http://www.mereobooks.com/books/genre/t ... rney-never

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"To Jeanne de Ferranti’s business-minded parents, it was dismissed as an irresponsible waste of time, and it quickly became ‘the journey that never was’. It didn’t enter the record books, and it was never reported in the press. But to Jeanne and her friend and co-driver Jane, it was rather a big adventure. Back in the early 1960s, as two young women in their twenties, they drove one of the first Minis right round the world, and made it home in one piece.
The pair survived endless mechanical breakdowns and a major road accident, enduring hunger, thirst, poverty, bureaucratic red tape and food which ranged from the delightful to the disgusting. They frequently had to fight off the attentions of amorous men, even, at one point, escaping from an attempted rape at knifepoint. But along the way they experienced the kindness of many strangers and saw some of the greatest sights the world has to offer, finally making it safely home two years after they had set out.
This, half a century on, is Jeanne’s enthralling account of the round-the world adventure which at the time was simply swept under the carpet."

Published: May 2015
Pages: 300
ISBN: 978-1-86151-370-0
Size: 203 x 178
Price: £12.99
Format: Paperback

Available to buy at:
Barnes and Noble, Amazon.co.uk, Waterstones, Amazon.com, WH Smiths, Google Books
http://www.mereobooks.com/books/genre/t ... rney-never


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 6:42 pm 
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you find some cracking bits and bobs for us lot to read mab, that's for sure

why they used that mini on the cover though.......

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 9:21 pm 
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rich@minispares.com wrote:
you find some cracking bits and bobs for us lot to read mab, that's for sure

why they used that mini on the cover though.......


Thanks for the positive feedback Rich 8-)

I too wondered why they did not use the '59 Mini on the cover? (it looks like the books cover designer has added Sportpack wheels & arches!).....especially when there are plenty of nice 1960's colour photos of the actual 59 Mini in the MW preview that were taken while on they were on their round the world trip.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2016 12:20 pm 
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Some of the original photos.
https://www.facebook.com/thejourneythat ... eferranti/

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Book Introduction
"I had a dream; to go to Australia. Rather than go by ship I opted to go ‘overland’. I was lucky to have a father who extolled independence, as he himself had travelled widely as a young man. He understood my vision of adventure and rather than stand in the way, encouraged and helped me, even though I was ‘only a girl’.
Another English girl, Jane, who I had met briefly in Switzerland where we had been working, was also eager for adventure. She agreed to go with me, providing we included New Zealand and her extended family in our plans.
The Mini, Jane and I eventually reached Australia and New Zealand. After a year of trying to adapt to the culture and earn a living, we headed back home (which had not been the original intention), across the Pacific Ocean, through Mexico, the United States of America and Canada. Our expedition took two years to complete.
It was definitely a first for the indomitable Mini, to travel all the way round the world and home again. The achievement was never released to the press, as it never occurred to me to do so. Besides which, my family shunned publicity. So the story that follows has never been told before."
https://www.st-christophers.co.uk/trave ... c.facebook

Jane Murphy
"This is a true adventure at a time when there was no drug trafficking and people in every country respected each other and their cultures - or that is how the world appeared to me as we drove, worked, talked with, ate with, stayed with and enjoyed the experience. I can vouch for that as I was the co-driver - until I crashed the Mini - and became the navigator, etc. Two girls in our twenties we survived and remain good friends. Jeanne did a good job of recording it all."
http://www.amazon.com/The-Journey-That- ... 1861513704


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:09 pm 
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I finally got around to reading this book on a recent break.......what an amazing story and a journey that few people today with little mechanical knowledge, would be brave enough to undertake even in a modern 4wd off-road vehicle more suited to the roads and hostile conditions encountered, never mind in an early classic Mini which at the time few overseas mechanics had any spares or experience in repairing! Sadly the author does not know what eventually happened to the Mini at the end of her 2 year epic journey around the world......only that one of her father's employees collected it and it was replaced with a shiny new Mk1 Mini Cooper which never touched her heart in the same way.

Chapter one - France, Switzerland and Italy
The airport at Lydd, in the south of England, was casual and friendly after the turmoil of preparation in the big city. Passengers sat around idly waiting, cups half-full of tasteless coffee on the bare tables in front of them.

The 12.15 flight, No 206, was a quarter of an hour ahead of schedule and the early morning drizzle had finally cleared. With only eight other passengers and minimal fuss, we filed past the customs officer, who eyed us critically as he examined our passports. Three cars were lined up with their bonnets open so that the engine numbers could be checked before being driven, by the airport chauffeurs, up a wide ramp into the gaping mouth of the small plane. Once inside they were secured with heavy chains, the ramp was removed and the great doors were closed.

It was the 5th of September 1961, and at last Jane and I were on our way to Australia, overland in a blue Mini. I had met Jane earlier that year when she came out to Switzerland as a replacement for my job in a finishing school. She was a trained children’s nurse, tall, with short dark hair, twenty-eight years old, a no-nonsense sort of girl. I was only twenty-one, ripe for adventure, with a burning ambition to go to Australia.

In those days most people went by passenger liner via the Suez Canal, which took six weeks, but that meant that I would miss all those exciting places on the way. So slowly a plan took shape; to drive overland through Europe, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan and India. The RAC were extremely helpful providing me with a very rough map showing the principal, mostly dirt roads, crossing the region and the necessary triptych, containing all documents and a detailed passport for the car, which guaranteed I would not sell it on the way.

Initially I had planned the expedition with a cousin, but we soon fell out over whose car we should use. That was the first blow. I had already given up my job and preparations were well underway. It was not a journey I could undertake on my own, and no way did I want to back down and go by ship, so I wrote to a friend I had worked with in Switzerland. She suggested I ask Jane, who enthusiastically agreed, provided we postpone the departure date. She felt obliged to give her new employers six months’ notice. We also agreed to modify the route to include six months in New Zealand, where she had numerous relatives.

At last we were on our way, belted into rough canvas seats at the rear of the aircraft, which lumbered along the runway, creaking and shuddering as it gathered speed and then finally took off protesting, and oh, so slowly!

“I didn’t think we’d make it!” remarked one of the passengers. Neither had I. The sea below looked very close and rough and I began to wish we had crossed the Channel on an old-fashioned steamer instead; that is until only twenty minutes later, we circled over Le Touquet and glided gently down onto the runway in France.

Hopefully the 2018 Mongol Rally Mini entrants in the recent thread below will also be successful in completing their epic journey in a Mini. 8-)
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=22723

One mini and over ten thousand miles?
https://miniadventure.co.uk/


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:39 pm 
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Fair bit later, but just out of interest, does anyone remember the two 'stop polio' around the world minis?

They were due to be at goodwood this year??


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:08 am 
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Some info and photos on the 1980/81 'Stop Polio Mini Expedition' here:-
viewtopic.php?t=9928&p=75480


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:32 am 
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mab01uk wrote:
Some info and photos on the 1980/81 'Stop Polio Mini Expedition' here:-
viewtopic.php?t=9928&p=75480



I might have known they would be on here - thanks ;-)

Do you know if Tim Ferris helped in any way (the mechanic that went along on the trip). I read somewhere that they were gong to be put on show at Goodwood this weekend but not seen anything??

The posters you have posted were done by Ian Heard, an illustration student and friend of mine from the era ;-)


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:35 am 
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Just answered my own question by checking the image's origin ;-)

Tim has written a blog so something else to read for anyone interested on global mini travels perhaps?

http://roundtheworldinmini1980.blogspot ... art-1.html


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:31 am 
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I seem to remember those 2 Minis being for sale a few years ago. On ebay I think.


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