Trip around world ends in prang... in Sussex
Geoffrey and Hilary Herdman drove their 1956 Bristol 405 Drophead Coupé for 33,000 miles across the prairies of Canada, the deserts of Australia and the Andean mountain passes with their beloved vehicle suffering hardly a scratch.
Then they left it in the car park at a Sainsbury's in Sussex. "I was just walking back towards the car and I thought 'gosh, that doesn't look right'," said Mr Herman, 68.
The retired chartered accountant said that, during their "wrinkly gap year", the couple were constantly warned of dangers from theft of the vehicle to kidnap and worse, but faced no problems other than the need for a few minor repairs including a couple of punctures. "It was very nice reflection on human nature. The bad thing is when we got back I leave the car in Sainsbury's car park and find there is a large dent in the front wing," he said.
Mr Herdman, a retired chartered accountant, and his wife, 70, a retired lawyer, started their journey in July 2010 from Miami, driving up the east coast of North America to Halifax before crossing Canada and then heading south down the west coast.
After a couple of months in South America, they headed across to Australia before the car was shipped back via Turkey for the drive home through Europe.
The couple eventually returned to the UK in November. To celebrate the achievement, the Royal Automobile Club is to put the Bristol 405 on display at its Pall Mall clubhouse from 3 January.
- 2 Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to join show
- 3 General Election 2015: 14-year-old boy asks Nick Clegg – 'can you kill Katie Hopkins?'
- 4 University student in court for allegedly covering housemates' food in window cleaner and spit
Italian police 'reveal' what Jesus looked like as a young boy
Mysterious 'X-Files' sounds heard miles above the Earth
University student in court for allegedly covering housemates' food in window cleaner and spit
Garland shooting: Isis claims attack on Prophet Mohamed cartoon contest in Texas as its first action on US soil
Met Gala 2015: Beyoncé manages to out-skimp Rihanna, Miley and Kim Kardashian combined with near-naked ensemble
In defence of liberal democracy
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
Andy McSmith's Sketch: Feisty audience is the real star of an enlightening show
£13676.46 - £16411.61 per annum + OTE: SThree: SThree Trainee Recruitment Cons...
£18000 - £22000 per annum + training: Ashdown Group: Business and Marketing Gr...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + Commission: SThree: Are you great at building rela...
£20000 - £22000 per annum + excellent benefits: Ashdown Group: Application Sup...