Cookie and Co

Cookie and Co with Mike Perkins from Marble Arch, London to Sydney, Australia in a 1924 Vauxhall car

It all started in 1986 on the ski slopes of Austria when Mike Perkins had a chance encounter with a near neighbour, Brian Mullineaux from Hayling Island. After exchanging surprise pleasantries Brian asked if they could meet up that evening at his hotel as he had something he wanted to discuss with Mike. Knowing Mike’s interest in old cars, Brian asked him if he would be willing to take part in a classic car endurance rally to celebrate the bi-centenary of Australia. All vehicles taking part had to be of pre 1936 vintage and would drive across the world, without back-up, starting at Marble Arch on New Year’s day, 1988, finishing at the Sydney Opera House. There was no time limit specified or any specific route to complete the journey. Without hesitation, Mike’s answer was yes.

This book is that adventure...