Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Photo Gallery: Driving the Trans-Siberian - 6,500KM Across Russia...in a 1986 Ford Sierra

Chris Raven (L) Simon Raven (R)
In 2003, brothers Chris Raven and Simon Raven set off on one of the most epic road trips on the planet. Not being petrol heads and having zero knowledge of the internal combustion engine, the brothers fired up their rusty Ford Sierra Sapphire and headed east.

After clocking up over 10,000 miles from the UK, quite literally living in the car, they miraculously arrived in the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok in Siberia on the Sea of Japan. What they had in fact done was to drive the entire length of the new Amur Highway before it was finished, which crosses Russia and the notorious Zilov Gap in a 6,200 mile swath of cracked tarmac and potholes. Along the way our trusty heroes drink vodka with Chechen criminals, escape highway robbery, trade banana flavoured condoms with Russian cops, meet the eccentric and plain weird at truck stops in darkest Siberia, endure torturous road conditions and have a race to the finish with the Germans. Surviving this insane journey by the skin of their teeth the brothers are forced to confront their worst fears in this toe-curling comedy of extreme road trip adventure.

Priding themselves in going it alone, Simon and Chris have been noted by Lonely Planet for their talent to portray an “accurate view of what to expect”.

Here is a collection of photos from their amazing adventure.

In the middle of Siberia near the Road of Bones another typre blow out. Photo by Chris Raven
Somewhere near the China border, Siberia. Photo by Chris Raven
Unpaved road deep in the taiga. Photo by Simon Raven
Mechanic in Kemerovo, Russia. Photo by Chris Raven 
Abandoned Orthodox church in Perm. Photo by Simon Raven
Driving through one of many rivers in Siberia. Photo by Chris Raven
Chris enjoying the view near Irkutsk. Photo by Simon Raven
Traditional wooden house near Perm. Photo by Chris Raven
Amur Highway under construction between Chita and Khabarovsk. Photo by Chris Raven
Hammer and sickle in Chita, Siberia. Photo Chris Raven
10,000 kms to go! Photo by Simon Raven
Buckets of apples in Eastern Russia on approach to the Ural mountains. Photo by Chris Raven
Police gives Simon his cap. Looking good! Photo by Chris Raven
Soviet soldier mural on Giv in Chita, Siberia. Photo by Simon Raven

Huge forest fires in Siberia causing smoke to fill the sky for thousands of miles. Photo by Chris Raven
More construction for hundreds and hundreds of miles. Photo by Chris Raven
In a small cafe in Siberia Chris asks for directions for Vladivostok...which is 3,000 kms away. Photo by Simon Raven
Funky transport near Novosibirsk. Photo by Chris Raven
Rustic and broken, scene in Siberia from off the beaten path. Photo by Chris Raven
Made it to Vladivostok. Giving away the keys to a new Russian friend. Photo by Chris Raven

Buy the book

Driving the Trans-SiberianThe Ultimate Road Trip Across Russia

Available in paperback & digital

Other travel books by the Raven Brothers


Black Sea Circuit: An Adventure Through the Caucasus

Carnival Express: A South America Adventure

Living the Linger: Freedom on the American Highway