The Rugged Road (1935)

Thirty-five amazing minutes of the first ever motorcycle trip across Africa by Theresa Wallach and Florence Blenkiron

In 1934 two English women, Theresa Wallach and Florence Blenkiron set off from London to ride to Cape Town in a motorcycle sidecar outfit pulling a trailer. Nobody had ever attempted such a trip before and there were plenty of doom-mongers who predicted they would fail. They were wrong. The women overcame breakdowns in the Sahara, rebuilt the entire engine in Agadez, and even managed to have a crash in Tanzania with the only car they had seen in days! But they made it. Fortunately for us, they also managed to film this wonderful black and white 16mm footage of their incredible adventure.

35 minutes, 16mm b/w