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    SEOUL, April 20, 2017; The Great Grandson of legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, Patrick Bergel has made history by becoming the first to drive a passenger car across the Antarctic.
    The 30-day route - driven in a Hyundai Santa Fe - traversed the continent from Union Camp to McMurdo and back again, completing the journey that Shackleton began over 100 years ago.
    The 30-day expedition, facilitated by Hyundai Motor, saw Patrick and small team take on almost 5,800km of icy terrain in bitter conditions.
    They not only had to cover extreme distances at temperatures down to minus 28-degrees Celsius but also had to plot new paths on floating ice caps that have never been travelled by wheeled vehicle before.
    Bergel, who normally works as a technology entrepreneur, said: "I'm not a polar explorer; I'm an indoor guy. So it was a big cultural shift — and it was quite something to have been the first to do this.
    Getting to the South Pole was a special moment. The fact that this was a place my great grandfather tried to get to more than once and I was there, it felt like a genuine connection.
    "What we did though was one thousandth as hard as what they did. You know, no comparison — modern appurtenances, comparative luxury. But it was an amazing journey, and an amazing achievement."
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    The expedition which took place in December 2016 has been made into a short film by Hyundai which will be shown for the first time tonight at an event at the Hospital Club in London.
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    One of Antarctica's most experienced driving experts, Gisli Jónsson from Arctic Trucks was tasked with managing the vehicle's preparation before the event and then led the expedition out in the Antarctic. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]



    The 5,800-kilometer drive took place in icy terrain and temperatures [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. Arctic Trucks prepared the Santa Fe 2.2 diesel to run on Jet A-1 fuel, which is the only one available on that continent, and installed a pre-heater to deal with the cold.

    Other modifications include raising the body to fit low-pressure tires, which operate at one-tenth of a standard tire pressure for the road. Those big tires are so soft that it is possible to drive over someone’s bare hand and not hurt the individual. New sub-frames had to be installed, along with a different suspension and distinctive gears within the wheel hubs.

    A higher capacity fuel tank was implemented to enhance range. According to Gisli Jonsson from Arctic Trucks, any machinery can break down in Antarctica, but they know how to prepare vehicles for this type of expedition.
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    On November 15, 1939, another expedition sailed out of Boston Harbor for a three-year visit to the south polar regions. Sponsored by the United States government and known as the expedition of the United States Antarctic Service, the expedition's objectives are: to renew the attack upon the unknown regions of some 4,000,000 square miles of Antarctica; to survey such new lands as are discovered in as much detail as practicable; and to carry on scientific research in many branches of science.
    In command of the expedition Is Admiral Byrd who is leading this, his third, Antarctic party at the express wish of President Roosevelt. The Admiral will not remain in the field for the entire three years, but he will supervise establishment of the bases and visit them perlodically, directing activities for the most part from this country. Working with the Commander in a supervisory capacity is a group of government officials who comprise the Co-ordinating Committee. Members include Dr. Ernest Gruening, director of the Division of Territorics and Island Possessions, Department of Tritenor; Admiral Russell R. Waesche, U. S. Coast Guard; C. C. Hartigan, office of the Chief of Naval Operations, U. S. N.; and Hugh Cumming, Jr., Department of State.
    Largely financed by a $350,000 congressional appropriation and outfitted with the assistance of various governmental departments, the expedition sailed from Boston on the Bear of Oakland, the barkentine used by the Byrd expeditions, and the North Star, a Department of Interior vessel formerly in the Alaskan Illthan Service. The party Includes approximately 55 Men, 21 Of whom are scientists representing almost every branch of science; and 140 dogs and 20 puppies for dog sledge service. The two ships will go through the Panama Canal and then "down under" to New Zealand where the), will refuel for the last leg of the voyage across the Ross Sea, through the Bay of Whales to the Ross Ice Barrier, which marks the beginning of Antarctca. The landing on the Barrier must be accomplished by the early part of January, 1940, before the long winter night sets in, else a landing cannot be made until the following year.
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    The Snow Cruiser arrived at [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] in the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], Antarctica with [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] in early January 1940 and experienced many problems. It was necessary to construct a ramp from timber to unload the vehicle. As the vehicle was unloaded from the ship, one of the wheels broke though the ramp. The crew cheered when Poulter powered the vehicle free from the ramp but the cheers fell silent when the vehicle failed to move through the snow and ice. The large, smooth, tread-less tires were originally designed for a large swamp vehicle; they spun freely and provided very little forward movement, sinking as much a 3 feet (0.91 m) into the snow. The crew attached the two spare tires to the front wheels of the vehicle and installed chains on the rear wheels, but were unable to overcome the lack of traction. The crew later found that the tires produced more traction when driven backwards. The longest trek was 92 miles (148 km) – driven completely in reverse. On January 24, 1940, Poulter returned to the US, leaving [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] in charge of a partial crew. The scientists conducted seismologic experiments, cosmic-ray measurements, and ice core sampling while living in the snow- and timber-covered Snow Cruiser. Funding for the project was canceled as the focus in the United States became [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].
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    During [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] in late 1946, an expedition team found the vehicle and discovered it needed only air in the tires and some servicing to make it operational. In 1958, an international expedition uncovered the snow cruiser using a bulldozer. It was covered by several feet of snow but a long bamboo pole marked its position. They were able to dig down to the location of the bottom of the wheels and accurately measure the amount of snowfall since it was abandoned. Inside, the vehicle was exactly as the crew had left it, with papers, magazines, and cigarettes scattered all around.
    Later expeditions reported no trace of the vehicle. Although there was some unsubstantiated speculation that the (traction-less) Snow Cruiser was taken by the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] during the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], the vehicle most likely is either at the bottom of the Southern Ocean or buried deep under snow and ice. Antarctic ice is in constant motion and the ice shelf is constantly moving out to sea. In the mid-1960s, a large chunk of the Ross Ice Shelf broke off and drifted away; the break occurred right through [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. It is not known on which side of the ice shelf the Snow Cruiser was located.
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