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.
Miles (The Brains)
Instigator, inspirer, and ingenious mind.
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.
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.
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