Roy Locock and his 1977 Bridget the Midget in Jaipur
We cover a lot of stuff here at TCC. Most is directly related to the auto industry, some other items are just for fun, and every so often, we stumble across something really special. Case in point: the story of Roy Locock, a 52-year-old Brit who bought a 1977 MG Midget a couple of years back, and it changed his life.
Shortly after purchasing the Midget -- coincidentally, named Bridget -- Roy took her on a brief tour of the Continent. He had so much fun that he decided to restore the car and take it for a slightly longer spin. Roy's original plan was to drive from Abingdon in the UK (home of the first MG factory) all the way to Nanjing, China, where the new MG factory is housed. Unfortunately, the tariffs and fees laid on by the Chinese government made the journey cost-prohibitive. So Roy made a few small changes to his plan and set out to drive around the world.
Beginning in the English village of Chinnor, Locock took the Chunnel to France, motored across Europe to Istanbul, drove through Turkey, Iran, then on to India, ferried to Australia, then another ferry to Argentina, and finally north to the U.S. and Canada. Through it all, he's been raising money for UNICEF. (The trip is covered by other means, so 100% of the donations go to UNICEF.)
Roy's been traveling since July of 2008, and we're pretty sure he's nearly done. (According to his Google Map, he looks to be in Chicago now.) He's maintained a weblog for the duration of the trip, and he's taken some great photos along the way. We'd be lying if we said we weren't envious. His website is definitely worth checking out -- and while you're at it, you might want to note that he's still accepting donations. Just a thought.