The Legacy of Alastair Borthwick Still Lives On in his Books

Although gone, Alastair Borthwick is far from being forgotten. His reputation mainly stems from being an avid writer who managed to pen two acclaimed books including Always a Little Further and Sans Peur. The impressive bit about the two masterpieces is that they do not belong to the same field, yet they manage to vividly capture whatever Alastair Borthwick intended to pass to his readers.

Alastair Borthwick went outside the norm by writing Always a Little Further, which until now is nothing short of a classic book. In fact, at the time the only available mountaineering and rock climbing literature could be found in expedition books, whereby the well-off narrated their travels to exotic destinations.

Always a Little Further mainly touches on domestic mountain adventures. Alastair Borthwick managed to explore the start of unemployed and working-class people from Clydebank and Glasgow moving into the Scottish Hills. At first, this movement was stirred by the “Wandervogel” movement, which was taking shape in the Weimar Republic of Germany.

The Wandervogel movement entails a wave of climbing and hiking enthusiasm that spread all over northern Europe by the start of the 1930s. In Scotland, mass unemployment in the shipyards of Clydebank triggered the massive interest in hiking and climbing, as the able women and men had access to mountains and time to spare. Alastair Borthwick focused on the new breed of impoverished, carefree climbers as opposed to other writers such as J.H.B. Bell and W.H. Murray who not only documented the accounts of the mountaineering elite only but also concentrated on climbing itself.

About Alastair Borthwick

The late Alastair Borthwick was a renowned broadcaster and author. Alastair Borthwick’s career as a writer started at the Glasgow Weekly Herald, where he wrote on a wide array of topics including the children’s and women’s pages, front page leads and coming up with the crossword. His first book, Always a Little Further, became published in 1939. After participating in the Second World War, Borthwick penned his second book titled Sans Peur (1946), which was later reissued as Battalion back in 1994. He died on September 25, 2003, in Beith, Ayrshire, where he had lived for the last 30 years of his life.

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A look at the rallying career of Michel Terpin.

For all the rallying enthusiast in Brazil when they hear the name Bull Sertões Rally Team they are filled with pride and admiration. This is one of the most successful teams in the country have taken part in numerous rally events in Brazil and always emerged among the top finishers. Their sense of commitment and need for excellence is infectious. They compete to win in every race they enter and no matter the challenge with terrain or mechanical problems its one of those teams that seem to keep going and every new challenge only seems to prove the point of how good a team they have become.

The team was started by two bothers sons of the legendary Jacko or better know as jack Terpins. His sons Rodrigo Terpins and Michel Terpins formed the team after Michel left the cross country championship. He was the reigning champion in cross country and as he left he knew he still had a lot of racing left in him.

He was a tad lucky as his brother was already a member of the Brazilian rallying community and this to him meant that he had someone he could learn from. He was already a very good driver but rallying required an extra set of skills as opposed to what he was already used to. His determination was rewarded soon coz after joining the team he was able to start racing. He would start as a navigator for his brother during there first days and slowly graduated into more driving roles which saw him prove he was more than just a rider or navigator.

This aspiration to excellence and to represent the Bull Sertões Rally Team as a driver drove the two to conclude that they were better off getting navigators and split into two teams. Soon Michel Terpin was a driver and by this time they had already brought the T-Rex onboard meaning that they would not be looking for a new vehicle for the T1 prototype category.

This was the beginning of his dominance in the racing world which would see him win circuit after circuit in the Brazilian Sertoes rally.