'A rare 21st century addition to the great motoring adventures of old.' - Octane Magazine
So, what is there to say about the Pub2Pub book, which completes our Road Trip Trilogy of musings from the world's dustiest roads? Quite a lot, actually. Because after all, there's popping out for a quick pint, and then there's this - a gloriously preposterous 27,000 mile journey across 25 countries to grab a beer in bars at opposite ends of the world.
We're talking an epic adventure from an abandoned Soviet mine 700 miles from the North Pole, to a remote pub at South America's southernmost tip, all undertaken in a TVR, a car which many might consider untrustworthy just to drive to the shops. The journey packed a lot into its eight months, from braving the sheer drops of Bolivia's Death Road to drag racing the locals in Texas. From roaring across flooded salt flats to sailing the Straits of Magellan. From the highs of the planet's best driving roads, to the lows of life in No-Man's-Land, trapped between borders by red tape and bureaucracy. And from looking out for polar bears in the Arctic, to dodging penguins in Tierra del Fuego.
The story of the Pub2Pub Expedition is an inspirational account of where your dreams can take you if only you believe in them. Chronicling the epic journey made by Ben and Kermit the Chimaera, this book is both an exciting adventure and a fascinating snapshot of the life and culture of the countries that he drove through.
Car - 1997 TVR Chimaera
Engine - 3,952cc V8
Gearbox - 5-speed manual
Power - 240hp / 178KW
Weight - 1060kg
Mileage - 50,000 miles @departure
Modifications - none.
To drive from the northernmost bar on the planet, to the southernmost.
Distance - 27,000 miles
Continents - Three
Countries - 26
Deserts - Four
Timescale - Eight months
Pub2Pub was released in 2019 by Veloce Publishing, and is available in Kindle and paperback format. To purchase a copy from Amazon, follow the link below, or click here to buy a signed copy from our shop.
So to sum up, you need this book in your life. But don't just take our word for it, when there are plenty of others who'll back us up through the medium of the review:
'It took four years of planning and eight months to undertake - Ben Coombs' ambitious adventure to drive from the northernmost pub in Scandinavia to the southernmost one in South America is brilliantly described in his Veloce Publishing book titled appropriately enough Pub2Pub... Live the dream with Ben and his team with this fascinating read, with his carefully scripted descriptive text enhanced by a selection of superb photographs.' - Fleet Car Magazine
' ...exciting, funny and in places very deep. An inspirational read.' - Auto Express
'Recommended. The book is highly engaging and I learned much from Ben's various adventures and unique encounters. Some descriptions of the landscapes encountered are almost poetic.' - The View Through the Windshield
'...an interesting and absorbing read, even non-motoring enthusiasts should enjoy following Coombs and his crazy adventure.' - New Zealand Classic Car Magazine