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.
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