From humble beginnings, our little jaunt from one Pub to another has created quite a stir. Thousands of people have followed our progress on a daily basis and millions have read about our mildly daft adventure in news coverage which ranged from the BBC to the Hindustan Times. The buzz the expedition has generated has exceeded all our expectations; the obscure corners of the globe which our story has reached blew us away.
So what’s next? When the expedition draws to a close shortly, is the whole Pub2Pub concept to come to an end, abandoned to memory and the motoring history books?
Of course not. We didn’t come here to tell you how this was going to end. We came here to tell you how this was going to begin.
So, how is it going to begin? What’s next for the Pub2Pub concept?
Pub2Pub Adventures, that’s what.
One of the main things we took from the excitement which Pub2Pub generated is that people loved the unique, fun and irreverent style in which we undertook the adventure, and were inspired to hit the road on their own pub-based adventure. It’s this collective enthusiasm which convinced us that Pub2Pub shouldn’t end at that southernmost bar in deepest Patagonia; it should keep on rolling, and provide people with the opportunity to get involved as it does so.
So, as the inaugural journey crosses the finish line, we’ve already started work on the next adventures. These range from accessible European road trips with a sprinkling of the Pub2Pub magic, right up to ground-breaking undertakings which redefine what’s possible with a sports car.
All the journeys are going to be brought together under the ‘Pub2Pub Adventures’ banner, and we’ll be kicking off the fun with our first organised event: The Eagle Rally; a journey across Europe which ends at one of the world’s most evocative bars – The Eagle’s Nest.
Built as a 50th birthday present for none other than Hitler himself, and located on the summit of a mountain which thrusts up to over 6,000 feet above Bavaria, Bars don’t come much more spectacular than this. But first, you have to reach it. A week-long drive from the UK, taking in other quirky bars and sights, will get you to the foot of the mountain. From there, Germany’s steepest road leads partway to the summit, before a tunnel takes you deep within the alp, where you board a brass elevator, powered by a U-Boat engine, which lifts you to the summit bar, and its beer garden.
The Eagle Rally will be hitting the road in October, and as well as Hitler’s Beer Garden, the journey will take in plenty of other Pub2Pub-worthy destinations, from historic race tracks to unique bars; from great driving roads to the unique buzz of Oktoberfest. And as our first organised event, we’re delighted to invite you to join Kermit and the Pub2Pub crew as we hit the road on this next adventure, with the strictly limited 20 spaces becoming available shortly.
So that’s how Pub2Pub Adventures will begin, but what’s the ultimate goal of the brand? Put simply, it’s to enable as many people as possible enjoy their own Pub2Pub adventure, while pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. How? Well, we’ve set ourselves quite a big goal for the future.
The South Pole. In a sports car.
Why? To paraphrase JFK:
‘…but why, some say, the Pole? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask, why climb the highest mountain? Why, 10 years ago, drive a Porsche across Africa? Why take a TVR to Chile?
We choose to go to the Pole! We choose to go to the Pole in the next decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organise and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win.’
So there you have it – After the Pub2Pub Expedition, all hail Pub2Pub Adventures – an organisation committed to keeping the glorious eccentricity of Pub-based adventuring alive while giving as many people as possible the opportunity to get involved, and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the world of offbeat automotive travel in the process.
We’ll be launching this next chapter via a kickstarter campaign later in April, and hopefully, we’ll be seeing you on the road soon…
(All Photos copyright Alvaro Andres Pinzon Photography)