Long distance driving is set to take on a new twist as a team representing Mazda Motors UK Ltd prepares to tackle one of motoring’s toughest endurance events.
Team Mazda is tackling the 5,500 km Cape to Cape Challenge which starts today at Nordkapp, the northernmost tip of Europe, before the long haul south to Cape Tarifa in Spain.
The three-person team of motoring writers Iain Robertson and Alyson Marlow together with photographer Innes Marlow face around 60 hours in the 2.3 litre Mazda6 and are relishing the challenge ahead.
"We have already completed the 3,000 km drive from the UK to the start line in Nordkapp and we are raring to go," said Iain.
The team crossed from Harwich to Cuxhaven in Germany before heading north through Denmark, Sweden, Finland and into Norway and have been impressed with the comfort and performance of the Mazda6.
"We have certainly given the car a good shakedown ahead of the start," said Alyson. "We have fine tuned the rota of driving, navigating and sleeping and the Mazda is proving ideal for all three roles and the car has also proved good at avoiding the reindeer, moose and other animals we have seen on the Scandinavian roads."
The team are competing against around 20 others in the challenge and are hoping to set a new time record for the drive which must be completed obeying all speed restrictions on the route.
"We have a sophisticated GPS and data logger system to ensure that we remain within all speed limits and the organisers can plot our progress as we complete the challenge," said Iain.
The team are expected to arrive in Cape Tarifa on Friday afternoon.Published 28 June 2003