I found two passenger manifests while looking through an old trunk the other day. One was for this westbound I couriered in 1980, and the other for another westbound of mine in 1978, that one for Capricorn.
While I'm still in touch with Chris Marchant, are any of these others still out there somewhere?
Diane Bishop (Australian)
Colleen Butler (Australian)
Vicki Clayton (Australian)
Diane Daveson (Australian)
Paul & Anne Goodrick (Australian)
Helen Grant (Australian)
Julian Hamilton (Australian)
Sue Heggie (British)
Wendy Johnson (Australian)
Dianne Joyce (Australian)
Richard Kensington (New Zealand)
Larry & Karen Langford (Australian)
Bran & Patricia Lavery (Australian)
Geoffrey Leong (Australian)
Chris Marchant (British)
Nichola Marchesi (British)
Richard McGuire (Australian)
Lynette Meaton (Australian)
Michael Morgan (New Zealand)
Adrian Nadebaum (Australian)
Karen Nicoll (Australian)
Helen Robertson (British)
Lisette Shooter (British)
Campbell & Ellen Smyth (British)
Glenda Street (New Zealand)
Andrew & Barbara Wilson (New Zealand)
Patricia Wright (New Zealand)
All the Best to them all, wherever they may be.
who was the driver on this one Mike?
It was Perry Hildebrand. Sundowners had hired him, and his coach, from another company. Perry mainly worked around Europe. It was his second and (as far as I am aware) last overland.
On the previous trip, Perry had to follow instructions to drive very slowly, which had annoyed many (as I found out in Kathmandu). On this trip, he was allowed to drive like the good driver that he was. I think you played a part in getting permission for him to do so. As I recall, he was appreciated by everyone on board.
PS The Capricorn trip was an eastbound, not westbound as I said above.
That is stretching my memory.
I can't remember this exactly, but i am sure it will come to me.
I think the bus came from Yorkshire, from Ian Stockdale. Give me a few days to jog the brain.
Hi Mike and Kit,
Perry Hildebrandt was the driver, he was from CCT. I took him on the trip East bound. He was instructed by his boss ...... Phillips to take the trip very cautiously and yes it was slow on the way to Kathmandu. Perry was a very good driver, he drove for CCT for quite a while. The coach was an ex Excelsior Coach from Bournemouth.
Nice to hear from you
Rod Brooks was the courier on that trip. We went through southern Iran and crossed the border east of Zahedan at Nok Kundi.
The road from the border to Quetta was the worst corrugated road I have been on to this day. If there wasn't a loose screw or bolt on the bus before you left the border, there was heaps when you got to Quetta.