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Book review: Solo global pub crawl – for a few pints…

  • Taking Kermit out for a ride and a pint
  • Continental drive in a beat-up TVR sport car
  • It’s all in a book – go ask at CNA or somewhere
THE TVR ON TREK: Image: Supplied

THERE’S popping out for a quick pint, and then there’s this – a gloriously preposterous, 43 000km, beer-tasting, drive through 25 countries.

The driving binge – in a TVR sport car that many might consider untrustworthy for a local shop – started from an abandoned Soviet mine 1120km from the North Pole and ended at a remote pub at South America’s southernmost tip.

The journey packed a lot into its eight months. From braving the sheer drops of Bolivia’s Death Road, to drag racing the locals in Texas.

MAN AND MACHINE: Ben Coombs and his TVR just popped out for a few pints and came back 43 000km later. Image: Supplied

Flashing across flooded salt flats, sailing the straits of Magellan, the world’s best driving roads, the lows of life in No-Man’s-Land, trapped between borders by red tape and bureaucracy – all part of the fun.


From looking out for polar bears in the high Arctic to dodging penguins at Tierra del Fuego. The story of the Pub2Pub Expedition is an inspirational account of where your dreams will take you  only believe.

Chronicling the epic journey made by Ben Coombs in his TVR Chimaera, this book is both an exciting adventure and a fascinating snapshot of the life and culture of the countries that he drove through.

Go ask your local bookshop…

Pub2Pub by Ben Coombs
ISBN: 9781787113602
UPC: 6-36847-01360-8
£14.99 (UK), $25.00 (US), $32.99 (CAN)

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