NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
28th July, 1928 : Australian motorist and explorer Francis Birtles drove into Brisbane today in the most disreputable looking car seen in the city for many a day. And it has every right to be. For the car, with triumphant Birtles at the wheel, has completed an eight-month, 16,000 mile trip from London. Birtles had to cope with coolie tracks in India, covering only 30 miles in 28 days, and used caravan routes to avoid thieves in Iraq and Burma. He once ran out of sticks to boil the billy. He spent Christmas in hospital in India because of exposure. He made it.
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