Supervan - Information wanted
We were initially contacted by Alice Nelson with a view to supplying an Anglia van for a short film she was making. In talking to Alice to establish what was required an amazing story unfolded.
This is the story of Alices late father, Brian Nelson, owner of the 'Monte Carlo' garage in Dublin and the two trips that he and his Anglia Van, known as 'Supervan' made in the early 1970's.
The first trip was from Dublin to Moscow and then the following year the van made a second long distance trip from Dublin to Timbuktu.
The first trip with Co-driver Paddy McClintock was in 1972, sailing to Helsinki they then drove into the Soviet Union from Leningrad to Moscow and then on to Kiev in the Ukraine, from there they drove into Poland and then passed through Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, Yugoslavia, Italy and France before finally sailing back to Ireland.
14 Countries, 12,000 miles, in 26 days. What do these rich kids that do the Gumball Rally know about driving.......
The Ford Motor Company of Eire helped out by providing parts etc as did Duckhams and Dunlop.
The second trip in 1973 was to Timbuktu and was done to raise money for Famine Releif, this time the Co-Driver was Gerry Mooney.
The route taken was down through Spain, across to Morocco and straight down to Timbuktu through the Sahara Desert and then back to Dublin.
Here are some pictures taken along the way on the Russian trip.
Well the film, 'A Map with Gaps' has been made and you can find out more about it by clicking
If you know anything about the trips or where the van is now
If you have an Anglia van with a window conversion like Supervan
Please get in touch