After a non-stop drive of 17 days eight members of the French Army expedition from North Cape to South Cape arrived in Cape Town February 13th night.
After a non-stop drive of 17 days eight members of the French Army expedition from North Cape to South Cape arrived in Cape Town February 13th night. They left Karasjok, in northern Norway, in two cars at 1.p.m. on January 26th and arrived in Cape Town 6.13. p.m.
Along the 13,775 mile route the cars had 30 punctures - mostly in the Sahara - and their crews average about 3 hours sleep a day.
They were met on the foreshore by the Mayor of Capetown, Col. J.W.O. Billingham, the French Consul, M.C.Cansou, the Norwegian Consul, Mr Aug Fleischer, and Executives of the oil and car companies sponsoring the expedition.
For 3000 kilometres in Europe the cars travelled roads covered with ice and snow. No one had illness during the trip, and there were no mechanical failures. The temperature was 31 degrees below zero F. In the Sahara it rose to 131 F.
There had only been one incident on the route, when one of the cars slightly dented its rear mudguard trying to pass a truck on a narrow road in the Congo.
The expedition leader, Col. L.H.Debrus, said that they had purposely been loaded by 500 Kgs. more than the maximum allowed for rallies and trials in Europe as a test.