A West Yorkshire farmer has set a new record by becoming the first person to drive across the Bering Straits.
Steve Burgess, a 52 year old farmer from Mirfield, drove his Land Rover Defender, fitted with Cooper 4×4 tyres, over 10,379 miles of the most inhospitable terrain on the planet. The drive across frozen tundra, at temperatures as low as – 46 degrees Celsius, took Burgess 50 days.
Burgess managed to cross the Bering Straits by attaching floats to the side of his Land Rover, and installing a motor and propeller blades to the rear. He then sailed through the 56 miles of freezing water, landing in Wales, Alaska on the 8th August.
Burgess said, “It’s been a phenomenal trip. I can’t say it was all enjoyable – I wouldn’t do it again – but it has been incredible. We were on ice roads virtually all the way from Moscow – thousands and thousands of miles – and could not believe how much traction we got from the Cooper tyres; they were phenomenal.
Landing on Wales was brilliant. It was the culmination of nearly nine years work, and to be the first to get across was incredible. I’d watched other people before me try to do it – rich people, big companies, and I thought ?how am I going to square up to these people?’ But I showed them how it’s done!”
A sucker for punishment, Burgess now intends to attempt a drive of 30,000 miles from northern Canada to Cape Horn.