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Steve lands himself a place in record books

STEVE Burgess, a farmer from West Yorkshire, has put himself and his Solihull built Land Rover Defender into the record books as he became the first person in history to successfully cross the Bering Straits in a road vehicle.

STEVE Burgess, a farmer from West Yorkshire, has put himself and his Solihull built Land Rover Defender into the record books as he became the first person in history to successfully cross the Bering Straits in a road vehicle.

The 52-year-old from Mirfield, near Huddersfield, said he has his Cooper 4x4 tyres to thank.

He travelled 10,379 miles in 50 days to the Easternmost tip of Russia. Despite driving across icy tundra and frozen riverbeds with temperatures as low as minus 46 degrees Celsius in some of the most remote places on earth Then, in a masterstroke that differs from others who tried the voyage before, instead of trying to cross the Straits while they were covered with ice, he simply waited for them to melt in the summer.

Once they did, he strapped two huge floats on the sides of his Land Rover, added a motor and propeller on the back and sailed across the 56-mile stretch of water, pausing on the island of Little Diomede as the weather closed in, before continuing a few weeks later when conditions improved.

He landed at 1am local time on the beach of Wales, Alaska, on Friday August 8 earning his place in history.

 

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