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History Revealed - - GREAT ADVENTURES PAN-AMERICAN HIGHWAY -

SUL­LI­VAN C RICHARD­SON

Born to a poor fam­ily in Mex­ico, close to the bor­der with the US, ‘Sul­lie’ was the 17th child of 20 chil­dren. A jour­nal­ist and film­maker, he led the ex­pe­di­tion, acted as nav­i­ga­tor and trans­la­tor, and metic­u­lously recorded its progress on pa­per and film.

ARNOLD WHI­TAKER

The youngest of the group, Whi­taker was the ex­pe­di­tion me­chanic who kept the Ply­mouth purring through the tough­est imag­in­able con­di­tions. In 1943-44, he drove through Mex­ico and Cen­tral Amer­ica with Sul­li­van a sec­ond time in a four-wheel-drive weapons car­rier, on a scout­ing mis­sion for the fu­ture US vi­cepres­i­dent Nel­son Rock­e­feller.

KEN­NETH VAN HEE

A friend of Whi­taker’s, Van Hee was the ex­pe­di­tion cook. He spent most of World War II in Trinidad, be­fore re­turn­ing to the US to work for the Amer­ica Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion (AAA) as a field and road re­porter, driv­ing around 90,000 miles per year. In the 1950s, Van Hee and Whi­taker re­turned to Mex­ico to chart the coun­try’s roads for the AAA.

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