autObarn and its key Supply Partners Sabat, Castrol, Fragram, Wynn’s, and Philips Automotive Lighting are to co-sponsor and support the tough Chartwell 2 Chartwell’ Land Rover Mission that departed this month (July)

From South Africa up the African continent, destination Chartwell House Winston Churchill’s home in the UK. To return the Land Rover ‘Winston’ to the UK, the home of Land Rover, an experienced team of seven drivers in classic dated models will travel over 20 000km in the next 3 months crossing 3 Continents, 20 Countries and meeting many communities on route.

The autObarn Chartwell 2 Chartwell’ Land Rover Mission was created by Robert Eriksen Miller & Mark McClue, lifelong Land Rover drivers and adventurers both enthusiastic about the youth and the environment. Finding a Land Rover in the Cradle of Humankind, restoring it in Chartwell SA, and re-naming it Winston, gave birth to Rob’s idea to drive across Africa to Chartwell House, the ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill in the UK. Like all good things, the idea developed to have a series of heritage Land Rovers join the mission as a team and tribute to the leading role Land Rover has served over time and why many pursue such ventures in life and business. 

Specific themes for this Autobarn mission focus on identifying the critical needs of Food and Water within African communities in line with Sustainable Development Goals. This is the first of five missions envisioned to take place by 2030 as part of our support for Africa and working with the youth. said c2c spokesperson Mark McClue.

“We see this partnership with c2c as an opportunity and great promotion for our brands, an exciting program with legs, combining several social responsibilities and activities on route. The team is looking at many similar events and missions following this event going forward,” said Terry Brand MD of autObarn SA. “We will take over the automotive sponsorship for this event along with our blue-chip supply partners, Sabat, Castrol, Fragram, Wynn’s, and Philips Automotive Lighting. We are also looking at assisting the Breast Cancer Association to build awareness for them,” said Brand.

Like all good things, the idea developed to have a series of heritage Land Rovers join the Autobarn mission as a team and tribute to the leading role Land Rover has served over time and why many pursue such ventures in life and business. Planning for c2c22 was disrupted by the upheaval of Covid and whilst the c2c22 leaders were undeterred, it was seen that our youth were at a loss. Often lacking knowledge and practical life skills traditionally gained from the experience of travel, outdoor living, artisan training, serving in the forces, or being led through the ‘school of hard knocks’ to overcome such challenges. 

The autObarn c2c22 Mission was seen to address this, a Mission with Africa and Europe having over one billion youth under 35, this represents a massive need and yet like all challenges an opportunity at the same time. c2c Missions was formed as a non-profit organization to serve missions that link Continents, Countries, and Communities together enlisting participants in roles such as mechanics, drivers, cooks, technology, or media that each embrace 'The Sense of Adventure' as a Culture to enjoy and learn from.

Empowering & enriching youth that earns their way onto a c2c Mission from communities and benefit through experiences outside their normal surroundings, meeting and learning from other cultures towards achieving the c2c vision. The purpose is to enable the 2030 generation. The c2c missions aim to use these experiences to develop opportunities for the youth within Sustainable Environments and prepare leaders, managers, and entrepreneurs of the 2030 generation. “We engage with organizations such as Rotary International and private sector business supporting communities to enable research and trade missions aligned with agreements between Africa, Europe, and the UK and to encourage trade, tourism, and sustainable growth,” said a c2c spokesperson.