Personally I feel I have the camera presence of a tone deaf Auntie on a wedding reception dance floor, but more and more people are suggesting that our fate should be captured on film. I guess I could get used to a camera following me around, but my real stroke of genius was inviting my dear old friend Adrian Palengat along as a sort of team cultural attaché. Adrian, a well educated art dealer from Britain, is not an easy man to locate. Last I knew he had taken on a palatial apartment in Buenos Aires. One day he popped up on my Skype. I caught him on the deck of a beach bungalow in India...and explained the mission. He said he was in and would have ten safari suits in various shades and colors tailored just for the project. True to his word, the following week I logged on to Skype and got a bizarre low-rez beach fashion show from a bearded man one half inch short of being an official giant. (6’8" is the cutoff).
As the discussion became more serious it was time to call in someone serious. Actually, two people: Scott Waugh & Mike "Mouse" McCoy, also known as The Bandito Brothers. These are the men responsible for re-inventing the wheel when it comes to shooting moving action involving cars, bikes and surfers. Their films Step into Liquid and Dust to Glory make the best of the most beautiful segments of Top Gear look like a student film. These guys know how to shoot, because they've lived it.
Alex Roy and I were summoned to the surprisingly posh Bandito Compound and met with what I consider to be two legends. Instantly it felt like family. Similar to people that have served in uniform, we all instantly recognized the fellow aficionado of velocity in each other. Bizarrely, the GGTR's official team transport - Alex Roy's 1973 Citroen SM - even found a fan in Mouse...the desert racing legend. Apparently, the SM's sex appeal knows no bounds.