Our Inspirators

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Chris Scott

This is a guy I admire greatly. I true adventurer in every sense of the world. We are really honoured to have Chris spend some time with us. Read his bio below and you’ll see what I mean.

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Since 1982 Chris has undertaken over fifty expeditions or tours through the Sahara from Egypt to the Atlantic by motorcycle, 4×4, M.A.N truck, Mercedes saloon car, bush taxi and with camel caravans. All this has enabled him to gain an unparalleled knowledge of the practicalities of desert travel across the entire Sahara both as a tourist, a driver, rider, trekker and as a tour leader.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris’s books, Sahara OverlandAdventure Motorcycling Handbook (‘AMH’), Overlanders’ Handbook and Morocco Overland have frequently been described as ‘bibles’ for adventurous overland travel. 

 

In 1997 Chris was the first to coin the term ‘adventure motorcycling’ to describe overland travel by motorcycle.

 

In 1998 Chris was one of the first British motorcyclists to visit the slowly emerging Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, or ‘Libya’ for short. In1988 he led his first Sahara motorcycle tour and in 2000 and 2001 he organised and led the first UK 4×4 and motorcycle tours to return to Algeria as well as Libya.

In 2003 he led the Desert Riders expedition across unvisited parts of southern Algeria to the Tenere Desert’s Lost Tree in Niger. A film about our trip was broadcast on National Geographic Channel. A few visits to Egypt’s Gilf Kebir followed, then in 2006 he organised an exclusive tour to view the Saharan Eclipse in Niger, and in the same year completed the second known traverse of the Majabat al Koubra or as he translated it, the Saharan ‘Empty Quarter’ from Mauritania to Algeria, on the way traversing half the width of the Sahara, but not without having to abandon his Toyota pickup before he even got halfway across.

What: two talks + Q&A

Where: Cinema

When: Friday 7pm, Saturday 7pm

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Side Car boys

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These young chaps - Reese Gilkes and his riding partner Matt Bishop are two people that should be listened to. They quit their jobs, created an unusual and unique idea and set off to see what they could do. If we look at what 'adventure' means, this ticks every single box. Can do, will do, will find a way.

"We’re Matt and Reece and we are  ‘The Sidecar Guys’. We’re called ‘The Sidecar Guys’ because it’s what everyone else seemed to call us when we returned from our around the world journey by scooter and sidecar. From 2017-2019 we circumnavigated the globe by scooter and sidecar and became the first (and only) people to ever do so on that very niche kind of vehicle. We hold the Official Guinness World Record for the longest journey by scooter and sidecar and travelled 34,000 miles, through 35 countries and 5 continents to get it. The trip saw us tackle the sands of the Sahara, the heights of the Andes, and the freezing cold temperatures of Siberia. We decided to take on such a challenge as we wanted to raise funds and awareness for charities fighting modern slavery across the globe.

 

Since returning from the trip they have given various talks about their adventure to audiences of all kinds, recently having released a book about the adventure called Our Ridiculous World (Trip).

What: two talks + Q&A

Where: Cinema

When: Friday 4pm, Saturday 4pm

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Matt & Reece's book will be available, signed from the authors on the day...