Introducing the Smiles & Miles Rickshaw Run Team

Long-time friends and members of the Hot Potato Auto Racing Team, the three of us normally travel together for racing events throughout North America. When we were looking for a new adventure, we briefly considered the Ice Run, but we’re from Canada and drive an Ural year-round, so that really seemed like just another day. The Rickshaw Run seemed like a fairly calm and relaxing change of pace, and a great way to draw some attention to our causes – Cool Earth, Free the Children and the Veterans Food Bank.

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Miles (The Brains)

Instigator, inspirer, and ingenious mind.

Age:  kid-at-heart.

Early years:  playing bagpipes & racing a luge to the Olympics

Role on the Hot Potato Race Car Team:  Team Manager, Speedy Driver, Mechanic, Chef

Adventure Credentials:  Travelled around the world overland, drove an Ural sidecar rig through 20 countries & 3 continents, and took passage on a cargo ship across the Atlantic.

Normal mode of transport:  Very fast, frighteningly fast & blindingly fast.

Driving accidents:  Nothing that everyone hasn’t walked away from (unless you count the luge).

Most likely to be found … enjoying a gourmet meal I whip up on the side of the road.

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Tracey (The Beauty 😉 

Detailed, delicate and derailed.

Age:  I’m neither a wine nor a cheese, so it doesn’t matter.

Most comfortable language:  Charades.

Early years:  Working my way through University as a fashion model. Yes, that was a long, long time ago.

Role on the Hot Potato Race Car Team:  Umbrella girl.

Adventure credentials: 25 years side-by-side with Miles…need I say more?

Most spontaneous adventure:  Flying half way around the world for a birthday weekend.

Normal mode of transport:  Karmann Ghia

Most likely to be found … sipping a mango lassi.

 

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Richard (The Brawn)

Handy, hard- working, and hardly ever at home

Age:  Old enough to know better.

Family:  Father to Sarah, husband to Nancy. They’ll both be cheering on the team and following along from 11,000 km away. Sarah is counting the days until she’s old enough for a motorcycle license & her own Rickshaw Run.

Early years:  Milking cows (before the dawn of robots)

First time managing motorized handlebars: Seriously? At the age of 5, I was herding cows on a homemade scooter.

Role on the Hot Potato Race Car Team:  Transport driver, Paddock manager.

Adventure credentials:  No stranger to conflict zones, Richard has been part of several U.N. missions and maneuvered through some of the world’s toughest conditions.

Driving accidents: None… yet.

Bionic part: Hip

Most likely to be found … munching on something out of a crinkly cellophane bag.

Keep reading for more stories from these three adventurers as we head to India next week.

Tracey, Miles & Richard

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