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Published on February 5, 2014 | by Alastair Gilmour


One more step on the road to Rio

The World Cup Bus project dreamed up in a pub by Tom Henriksen and Simon Hall from Hexham, is getting closer to rolling.
The pair plan to drive a 20-seater American school bus from Vancouver in Canada to Rio de Janeiro in time for the first game of the World Cup in June.
Tom, right, tells Cheers the bus is being bought this month and the international crew – British, Canadian, American, Mexican, Peruvian, Brazilian, Polish and German – will set off on April 14, recounting their adventures to Cheers.
“We also hope to have an Irishman, and Aussie and an Israeli on board,” says Tom. “Some are travelling the entire trip and some are just coming for parts. We have football matches organised in Portland, Guadalajara, Lima and Cuzco and we’re looking to arrange a few more.”
A huge fiesta is being organised for their arrival in Guadalajara – home of tequila – and they have a tour of the Flor de Cana rum distillery arranged in Nicaragua, a visit to a pisco (grape brandy) museum in Peru, and a cachaça (sugar cane) distillery in Brazil.
Wylam Brewery produced a Yellow Bus Brew (4.3% abv) last year to help with funding the trip and will brew more in the run-up to April. Keep up with the project in Cheers and at

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