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Bondi to the Baltic

Bondi to the Baltic

$ 32.95

John McCombe

April 2020

Two antique cars, a few old mates, and the journey of a lifetime – Bondi to the Baltic is a fascinating story told through photos and the distillation of blogs and diary entries by some foolhardy, adventurous blokes.


Print ISBN: 9781925893199
ePub ISBN: 9781925893205
ePDF ISBN: 9781925893076

18 in stock (can be backordered)

Product Description

Take a couple of vintage cars and their owners’ determination to drive them on a pilgrimage from Australia to Finland, and you have a fascinating story about some foolhardy, adventurous blokes, told through photos and the distillation of blogs and diary entries.

Starting out from Thailand, their travels took them through Laos, China, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Russia and Finland – a six-month journey spread over two legs in successive years.

Told in an engaging, self-deprecating and personal style, the book takes the reader on a journey that follows the ancient Silk Road route into the mountains of south-west and western China and the Tibetan Plateau where Muslim and Buddhist communities have lived for centuries, then through the ‘-stans’, and beyond.

Many adventures, impossibly sticky situations, near misses and regular mechanical breakdowns were inevitably resolved with the support and civility shown towards this motley group of travellers in their vintage cars, by locals renowned for their hospitality. Nothing was ever too much trouble.

They had no sponsor, no professional photographer or filmmaker, no journalist to publish the story, no ‘name’ to add fame and celebrity, no contract in the pocket for a coffee table book with quality photos or informed historical and cultural insights, and no travelling mechanical workshop. There was just a determination to get each of these old cars to Helsinki in one piece and smell the roses along the way.


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