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Around the world with Roy Locock and Bridget the Midget


When you reach the age of 50, it’s normal to start thinking about things that you still want to accomplish before you become too old to do them. For 52 year old, Roy Locock, that involves circumnavigating the world in a car.
Now if you think that this is more than just a pipe dream from an ambitious man, guess again.

Locock is dead serious about going around the world and he’s doing it behind the wheel of the unlikeliest of vehicles, a 1977 MG Midget. Locock purchased the car three years ago and began touring parts of Italy and Spain. Not content with the miles he covered in his first go-round, Locock decided to take his trusty Midget – which, by the way, goes by the name of Bridget – to see the world. Literally.

Armed with nothing more than five-days of ration, two 10-liter gas cans, and his trusty old Bridget, Locock set out for his journey a year ago, starting from Oxford, England and moving all the way to Chennai, India. Not long after that, Locock took a boat down to Australia, where he proceeded to drive around the entire continent before hopping on another boat, this time to Argentina, where he has gone all the way up to Canada.

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Locock’s quest to circumnavigate the world is more than just a personal quest for immortality. The 52-year old’s adventure was done to benefit UNICEF. We applaud you for your dedication and endurance, sir, especially considering that the car you’ve been taking with you all this time is a 32-year old vehicle that we can surely guess has been through a lot of wear and tear – and we’re not even talking about the almost 30,000 miles it has logged with you on your trip.

6 comments:

And all the best to this guy’s trip. Motoring for a good cause is always a good idea.

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Ha! I saw him driving in the other direction as I was driving to Sault St. Marie from Sudbury! I was wondering what the ’Round The World Drive’ sticker on the front was about!

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On commuter level, I would really go on Minis not because they are cute but feature wise their better than any on the list.

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I’m so proud of him. He is a great inspiration. Cruising around the world? really it’s not a big joke.

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This is almost a year ago, I wonder what happened to his attempt.

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ol, I wouldn’t really call it as the unluckiest vehicle, I mean although it may get some tough times being always on the road, at least it has the chance to see the world and be seen by the world as well. I hope I can get the chance for a long drive as well, although, it will not be as long as an around the world trip, I’m sure that it will be great.

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