Southbound to the Sunshine


Preview Book

In stock

SKU: 842 Category:


In the 1907 tyre tracks of a pioneering Daimler Car.

It’s February 1907, one of the coldest, snowiest winters for many years, when a group of four early motoring enthusiasts set off in an open-top Daimler to drive from London to North Africa. One is the great-grandfather of British Prime Minister David Cameron and another is the Punch cartoonist Leonard Raven-Hill, who document their ‘motoring tour’ in words and sketches as they go. The driver of the car is the man who came second in the first Manx Tourist Trophy race and the fourth is an unidentified car expert. The terrible state of the roads and lack of bridges in Spain defeat their ultimate aim and they have to turn north for home just past Valencia.

Armed with their century-old reminiscences, a modern ‘road trip’ follows their route and discovers much of what they saw – and some surprising things they didn’t.

For more information and background of this book please click on this link:

Additional information


Susan Jellis




Softback, 21cm x 21cm




Lily Publications

Publication Date

April 2015

3 reviews for Southbound to the Sunshine

  1. Helen Williams

    This charming read is one of those rare finds – a book that really does have something for almost everyone. Whether you enjoy travel literature or memoirs, have an interest in classic cars or British and European history, or just like spending time in the company of a passionate writer, there is plenty here to enjoy.

    A half-remembered find in a university library, rediscovered by chance many years later, lead author Susan Jellis and her husband (“The Driver”) on an extraordinary road trip across France and Spain. They follow the route, detailed in that dusty book, taken by four friends in an iconic Daimler in 1907. The Driver on the original trip came second in the first ever Manx Tourist Trophy race. His journey to the sunshine was to prove even tougher, in what was to prove a bitterly cold winter.
    It is the huge changes in both road travel and the features of the route taken that have occurred in the intervening century that really captivate the reader. There are of course also plenty of landmarks which have barely altered in nearly 100 years, as the beautiful photographs that pepper the book show.
    Join our intrepid duo in this diverting read and get a unique look at some fascinating parts of France and Spain. You will never take your reliable car, with its heating, air conditioning, watertight roof and powerful engine, for granted again. Amazon: Helen Williams 30 July 2015

  2. Jane Witheford

    What a fabulous concept! It’s truly fascinating to journey on this adventure – both then and now. Jellis peppers the book with humorous anecdotes alongside fascinating historical insights. It is interesting to hear how much things have changed and sometimes how they have, seemingly, stayed charmingly frozen in time. Although you will learn a lot from this book, it never gets bogged down in being ‘educational’. Like all good travel writing, it leaves you with a good helping of wanderlust. Amazon: Jane Witheford 5 July 2015

  3. Manx Tails

    It’s a great read….. see Manx Tails p62

Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review.