Most individuals consider themselves lucky to write a classic in just one genre. However, Alastair Borthwick created two classics in very different areas. The first classic is Always a Little Further, which was published in 1939. The book focused on a carefree number of years that Borthwick spent mountaineering in the highlands of Scotland. It is full of adventure and humor where he describes encounters with hawkers and tinkers as well as the usual youth shenanigans. The book also includes a journey to Ben Nevis where he boarded a lorry filled with dead sheep.
The classic describes the initial grass-roots movements into the hills of Scotland. Ever since it was published, Always a Little Further was known as a classic of outdoor literature. The book is remembered for its humor, memorable characters and Alastair Borthwick’s vivid descriptions which always made the classic more interesting than other novels on mountaineering and climbing during the time.
At first, Faber and Faber declined to publish the classic because they were not impressed with the new writing style and unique subject content. However, T.S. Elliot, who served as a member on the board of directors, insisted that the book should be published.
Alastair Borthwick’s second classic, Sans Peur was published in 1946. The book is also as popular as the first one. San Peur was written immediately after World War II, and it contains graphic detail and a sense of immediacy. Alastair had experienced a lot of incredible events during the war and was talented enough to recapture and describe this series of events accurately. Sans Peur was well received, and in 1994, it was republished with the title, ‘Battalion: a British infantry unit’s actions from El Alamein to the Elbe, 1942-1945′. The book received excellent reviews and widespread acclaim, now preserved as a non-fiction war classic.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Alastair Borthwick’s books were re-issued, and he enjoyed immense acclaim especially in the outdoor community. He also enjoyed the recognition along with Tom Weir, Seton Gordon, and Bill Murray, who were among the great celebrants of his home country’s highlands.
Michel Terpins is arguably one of the renowned rally drivers in all of Brazil. Together with his partner/ navigator, Mykel Justo, they are part of the Bull Sertoes Rally Team. Recently, they participated in the 25th edition of the Sertoes Rally. As a testament to their prowess, Michel and Mykel managed to clinch victory in two out of three race stages in the Prototypes T1. As such, they were among the top five fastest in the rally, took the lead in the entire category and were in the fourth position with 11.45m23s.
Third Stage of the Rally
The third stage of the rally involved a distance of about 360km from Santa Terezinha de Goias to Aruana. In this stage, Micheland Mykel experienced slight mechanical issues, which forced them to slow down. This mechanical hitch was due to their participation in the marathon stage. Despite their car problems, the pair managed to scoop the fourth position in the Prototypes T1 as well as the 10th position overall.
The 25th Edition of the Sertoes Rally
The 25th edition of the popular Sertoes Rally took place in various states including MatoGrosso do Sul, MatoGrosso, and Goias. The rally hosted about 280 navigators, pilots, and participants from different parts of Brazil and the rest of the world.
About Michel Terpins
Michel Terpins is well-known in the rally circles. He has proven to be a force to reckon with in the Brazilian Cross Country Rally Championship. He joined this sport back in 2002 during the Rally dos Sertoes grid in the motorcycle category. Later on, Michel Terpins served as a navigator for his brother, Rodrigo Terpins, before making his way into driving. For the last four years, he has participated in several key stages of the famous Brazilian Cross Country Rally Championship.
The enthusiasm for off-road and speed led Michel Terpins and his brother, Rodrigo Terpins, to establish the BullSertoes Rally Team. Since then, both brothers have participated in various races such as the Sertoes Rally and the Brazilian Cross Rally Championship for four seasons. The Bull Sertoes Rally Team has several sponsors including Xarla, Eventos, Terpins&Cintra Advogados and Motul and Ohlins.