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Old 10-10-2010, 02:36 AM   #1
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Alvin "Spike" Rhiando attempts Sahara crossing in the '50s

http://www.500race.org/Men/Spike%20Rhiando.htm


Racing driver and designer "Spike" Rhiando seen with his cabin scooter. With this machine he was to attempt a North-to-South crossing of Africa in his London to Cape Town epic journey.
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Somewhere in the Sahara, he was found in a very poor state, resting in the shade of a large rock, by a patrol of the French Foreign Legion.
Long before the infamous stainless steel bodied DeLorean DMC-12 (as seen in Back to the Future) was built in Ireland in 1981; Rhiando was engaged by US entrepreneur Bill Curtis (in the late '50s) to design a glass fibre bodied car. The Shamrock was to be built in Ireland, for sale in both America and Britain, but just eight were built.
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