After garnering several driving records, Suresh Joseph is all set to steer solo across Australia’s Highway 1, the longest highway in the world. Another set of miles, another world of memories
Suresh Joseph is a maverick of gargantuan proportions. A railwayman by profession, he achieved tenure before turning his attention to a lifelong obsession—driving, or more accurately, making record-breaking marathons in a car.
Growing up, he could scarcely remember a time when he wasn’t weaving fantasies about cars or learning how to drive them. It followed naturally that he pursued and obtained a license at the earliest legal opportunity. He has rarely been out of range of a steering wheel since.
A Keralite by community, Joseph is currently a resident of Chennai, India, where he serves as consultant advisor to a large multi-national firm whilst preparing imminently for his latest epic adventure—an attempt to drive solo across Australia’s Highway 1, which incidentally happens to be the longest highway in the world. All of his record breaking runs have been titled and the current feature is no different—carrying the rather ubiquitous banner ‘Goodwill Knows No Boundaries’.
Joseph admits to being quite a glutton when it comes to records. He should, considering he holds 13 national records and one international driving record. Some of the more significant achievements include being: The first to drive from India to London; the first to drive from Singapore and back (solo); and the first to drive from India to St. Petersburg, via the Trans-Siberian Highway (solo), the second longest highway in the world.
Then there are the within India records—the record for being the first to drive solo on the Trans-Himalayan Highway, drive solo along the entire coastline of India, traverse India from East to West; to drive concurrently to all 28 States in the Indian Union; and to drive from Kanyakimari to Leh and back.
Joseph also holds the records for the fastest solo drive to the four corners of India, and the fastest solo drive along the Golden Quadrilateral of India, the fourth longest highway in the world.
The delight Joseph takes in these arduous odysseys is evident in his journals. He is the author of six books with the promise of more to come. As long as there are roads to drive on and records to beckon, it’s ‘fair dinkum’ to assume that Joseph will be somewhere in the offing. As if to underline the truth of this, he has already hinted at being tempted to drive across the Trans-Canadian Highway (solo), the third longest highway in the world, sometime in 2019.