Escaped an African Desert by Turning His Broken-Down Car Into a Motorbike

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Re: Escaped an African Desert by Turning His Broken-Down Car Into a Motorbike

Post by Speedofile » Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:44 pm

ollydog wrote:think it would make a good short film though, guy martin as the french chap and 15 gallon of tea

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Post by WIBO » Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:02 am

Good idea.....but we'd need to watch it at half speed so as we could understand what he was saying.....he speaks the same speed as a machine gun :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
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Post by Chris S » Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:16 am

This story originally went viral in 2012 when we discussed it on HU.
See this ABR post.

When I got back from that recent trip I looked into it again, and translated his account published a decade after the events in a 2CV mag.
A lot of it chimed with my former experiences and motivations, except of course the 2-hour walk vs nearly 2 weeks metal bashing. (His own account is vague on distances, but it probably was 10km from the road to Tan-Tan).
My feeling is he went out there intending to stage the stunt, which was why he was so well equipped with provisions and all he needed to complete the task. But only 10 clicks from a road if it didn't work out.
The bit about needing to dodge a checkpoint tries to explain why he was on that piste, but I think he just drove up there and got stuck in, then was caught riding his contraption within hours, and did indeed pay a fine for being in charge of a 'non-conforming' vehicle.
He admitted back then it was barely rideable, just as Mythbusters later proved.

In 2006 he turned a 2CV into a boat in western Mali, except he didn't spin a survival story round it. Instead he made a dvd to flog.

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Re: Escaped an African Desert by Turning His Broken-Down Car Into a Motorbike

Post by halfpint » Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:14 pm

its the panties that gave it away. if they were black no problem .

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Re: Escaped an African Desert by Turning His Broken-Down Car Into a Motorbike

Post by ScottT » Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:08 pm

Would it not have been easier to just fix the car!

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