As a teenager in the early Eighties, I remember visiting the Toronto Autoshow one year and being amazed that the coolest car at the show wasn’t a car at all. It was a dusty and dirty GMC Suburban that had set some sort of global driving record. Not big on the actual details of the trip, I was captivated by the roof rack full of gear, the big off road rubber and a collection of hard core off roading tools. Years later, when I began working in automotive media, I met a guy named Garry Sowerby. It didn’t take long to connect the dots and realize that my new friend was the mind behind that super cool truck.
Sowerby’s accomplishments are impressive: 4 world records for long distance driving, while circumnavigating the world, crossing 75 countries. On any given day, if you try to reach the guy, he is usually out of cell range exploring a new road that might just be perfect for inclusion in a drive event.
1980 Volvo 245 DL
Known as Red Cloud, this might just be the most successful Volvo ever. Red Cloud set a new Guinness Record for Fastest Circumnavigation of the World by Car (74 days, 1 hour, 11 minutes) and was on the cover of the 1984 Guinness Book of Records. It has been featured at auto shows around the world and the Petersen Museum. Red Cloud is still running strong today with close to 500,000 km on the odo.
Naturally, somebody with this sort of wanderlust has a few stories to tell. Sowerby and his wife Lisa Calvi, a talented scribe and adventurer herself, have compiled 50 short stories from Garry’s travels and published them in a new book called Driven Mind.
In an interesting twist, Driven Mind is being released at 7 book launches at different locations around the world, spread over the next 11 months. Each launch is set to coincide with specific tales from the book. To figure out the book launch locations however, one would have to read the book ahead of time!
To order your copy, visit Driven Mind online. Be sure to wish Garry a happy 65th birthday!