From New Lands To Old


From New Lands To Old

Lawrence Thaw was extremely wealthy and in June 1939, arrived in Le Havre from his native USA. Here, he and his wife Margaret connected with a convoy of trucks and cars especially supplied by General Motors. Their mission:to drive to Bombay. Rather than have the ignominy of a support crew, the Thaws travelled with six Indian manservants, a chef, mechanic and their own camera crew (who had their own car!). This retinue was filmed in COLOUR as it made its way across a Europe on the brink of war (SS officers escort them across Austria), into Turkey and across Iran and Afghanistan. The quality of the footage is extraordinary and until you have seen this film, you could reasonably not believe that it exists.

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