One of the epic tales of modern motoring history. In the late summer of 2003, odd-couple adventurers Richard Meredith, a middle-aged author (aka the Balding Backpacker), and his young student companion, borrowed a small family hatchback from General Motors and drove it halfway round the world. GM were hoping to publicise Daewoo, the bankrupt car business they had bought in S. Korea after founder Kim Woo Choong disappeared with 2 billion dollars of company cash. They got more than they bargained for - and so did the intrepid duo, defying sandstorms, rioters and gun-totting rebels as they meandered across Europe, battled through the ranks of Taliban and al-Qaeda forces in Afghanistan, and juddered across India into Laos and Vietnam. The trip raised GBP40,000 for orphaned and abandoned children and generated extensive worldwide publicity.
Richard Meredith's background was mostly in newspapers and the business press - until he discovered adventure travelling. He is a member of the Society of Authors and his previously published works have included One Way or Another(ISBN 0954143205) in the Balding Backpacker series and Voice From the Front Lines (ISBN 0954143213), a collection of articles about the UK independent publishing industry. When not travelling he lives sometimes in Spain, but mostly at a 100-year-old former farm-worker's cottage in England with a pub at the end of the lane.