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Yo Guys,

Planning an around the world drive in a 97 W140 S280 Mercedes. We have sponsorship for the wheels, tyres, shocks and a shipping agent willing to help with shipping from S Korea to LA. I'm fishing a bit now. Question:- While my car is shipped from Korea to LA @3 wks at sea, would anyone in LA be willing to put me and my camera man up while we wait for the car to arrive. My trip is for Help for heroes a charity helping injured troops from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Need help also in bringing the Merc owners community together for PR opportunities in LA and across the US to NY.

Although we haven't gone into great detail in this thread please note this is a serious request and we would welcome any comments and suggestions. A more detailed thread will be posted when issues with Russian visas are resolved. Our drive is planned to start in early June 2010 and we should make the US in 12 week from that start date.


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Dear Richard,

Feel free to contact me if you have issues regarding Russian visas that can't be answered by your agent. We own a travel company in New York which specializes in Russia and the former Soviet Union. Also, perhaps we could jointly plan an activity in Moscow; my family has a huge art collection and is having a show at a museum in Moscow next year (you can read a little about my wife, Natalia Kolodzei, at

Also, as some of your prep work, you may want to read "Adventure Capitalist" by Jim Rogers. Rogers was a partner with Soros and retired, first riding a motorcycle around the world, and then in 1999 a bright yellow SLK with a G-wagon chassis; in a lecture he said that the reason he chose MB is that every dictator in the world has one, so he could easily find a mechanic, and the reason that he chose bright yellow is that it would stick out very much and consequently be easy to 'find' if it were 'misplaced'. You also could contact Rogers, as he is a real adventurer and might be intrigued by you re-tracing his steps 10 years later.

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Another poster already commented on Jim Roger's SLK:

You can read more about Rogers at

The Millennium Adventure

I am not sure if he covers it in the book, but Rogers said that logistically his trip was far easier in 1999 than when he biked across the world. Communications, access to cash, access to parts and other issues were far easier to address. I also know another banker who went on a motorcycle journey from Tokyo to London in the early 1990s, and he described how difficult it was to get parts in the middle of Siberia at the time.
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