Cooper supports ‘Heaven Can Wait I’m Busy’ crew’s ‘Ultimate Challenge’
Cooper is backing a septuagenarian crew on the final leg of its around-the-world expedition. The ‘Heaven Can Wait I’m Busy’ endured a series of setbacks delaying the arrival of the Cooper Discoverer A/T3-shod Jimnys into Vancouver from Hong Kong, but the two vehicles arrived safely on Canadian soil on July 22. It was then a further five days before the cars, which have traversed some of the world’s harshest terrains, were cleared by customs.
Once back behind the wheel, the team journeyed from Vancouver to Anchorage, Alaska, where it arrived on August 2, before really hitting the road and heading south for the fourth and final stage of its fundraising tour.
The crew is travelling down through Fort Nelson, Dawson Creek and Calgary, before crossing the border into the United States, where it will visit major cities such as Buffalo and Chicago, before eventually arriving in Newark. From there, the Jimnys will be loaded onto a container ship for the final time, as they make their way back to Southampton, where the adventure began on Easter Sunday.
Cooper Tire spoke with Les Carvall, who masterminded the fundraising project, as the team began its final leg and Carvall praised Cooper’s A/T3s: “Throughout our journey across some of the world’s most extreme terrains, we haven’t had a single puncture. The tyres that we’re running on our Jimnys now are the same ones that we were running when we left Southampton all that time ago.
“The A/T3s have performed well in excess of what we expected; they’ve covered around 15,000 miles across all terrains in all weather conditions and they look like they’ve barely been touched.”
Having said that, Carvall admitted he is relieved to be back on well-maintained roads: “We’re all very pleased to be back driving on decent road surfaces; it means we can cover a lot more mileage and really make up some time. In truth, I just feel very lucky to have been able to take part in this challenge – the whole journey has been a series of highlights and for a great cause.”
Donations will be distributed amongst a number of charities, including Save the Children. They can be made via the team’s website: www.heavencanwaitimbusy.com.