John-Paul Flintoff

Incredible journey

From John O’ Groats to Lands End, powered only by wind and sunshine

Like Thelma and Louise, but with two blokes, no guns, more interviews – and no fossil fuels.

I made this trailer a few years ago, to get TV companies interested in backing a trip from John O’Groats to Lands End in my little G-Wiz, in the days before electric cars had become (relatively) normal.

They liked it, then filmed me and Gary (Cook) doing it for real (for a day). But the idea was ahead of its time, and the programme never went ahead.

(And somebody at the TV company lost the professional version of the film, so all that’s left is this home-made one, featuring among other nuggets Harriet pretending to be sceptical about the car that she has basically taken over from me completely.)

A few years later, a man traveled across Europe for the BBC in a different kind of electric car. And today you can hardly throw a stick out of the window in my part of London without hitting an electric car. (Not something I recommend, mind you.)

The good news for 2013 is that, thanks to a certain inventor coming up with something that could possibly enable the car to do the entire trip on just one charge (!), my incredible journey may be on again. Sadly not with Gary, who was kind enough to pretend he was interested at the time, but happily with the well-known explorer (and my partner-in-impro) Robert Twigger (yay!).

More news to follow…

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