LONG distance reliability has long been a key to the success of Mazda cars and the company is set to reinforce this by taking part in the 7,736 km Cape to Cape Challenge.
Driving a Mazda6 the team will set off from Nordkapp on the northern tip of Norway for a non-stop drive south to Cape Tarifa, the southern-most part of Spain. The challenge then continues with a final leg back to the finish in the UK.
"The idea of the challenge is to pick the quickest route between each Cape and back to the UK, but remaining within all speed limits," said Jeremy Thompson, Marketing Director for Mazda Motors UK Ltd.
"It's going to be a great demonstration of the economy and reliability of the car and the only thing we will be changing on the route is the driver!"
The Mazda team is led by motoring journalists Alyson Marlow and Iain Robertson with photographer Innes Marlow completing the challenge crew.
"The Cape to Cape Challenge is something totally new to all three of us but we are looking forward to showing what the car can do on such a long distance route," said Alyson.
"We have a data logger and GPS system for the organisers to monitor our progress and the back seat of the Mazda6 looks comfortable enough for us to sleep before our next scheduled driving sessions."
The challenge gets underway in Norway on 25 June with the crew back in the UK on 1 July.Published 22 June 2003