TWO Brits who flew the flag for Bahrain during a high-profile coast to coast rally in the US are on their way back home. Damon Cheasley and John Moore embarked on a marathon journey from Times Square in New York to Los Angeles in California in a Lamborghini Spider sporting the Bahraini flag and national emblem.
They took part in the 2012 Gumball 3000, which saw them cover as much as 960km per day.
The 4,800km rally, on public roads, included stops in Toronto, Detroit, at the Indy 500 race in Indianapolis, St Louis, Kansas City, New Mexico and Las Vegas.
Their trip was supported by Lamborghini's Bahrain dealer Al Ghassan Motors and the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC).
Al Ghassan Motors regional manager Auf Al Delaimi said it was a proud moment for the team, which was the only Bahraini representative at the event.
"Lamborghini immediately accepted, the moment they decided to represent Bahrain and offered the two Europeans whatever support they needed," he said.
"It is a matter of great pride for us that we are making people in the US aware about Bahrain with the Spider featuring the Bahraini flag, the country's map and emblem.
"Hopefully others will do the same in the name of Bahrain in this event as well as others in the future to help promote and publicise the country."
Founded in 1999 by Maximillion Cooper, the event attracts 120 entries every year and covers different routes.
Mr Al Delaimi said the team had now reached Dubai and would be back in Bahrain over the weekend, while their car was being shipped by air and will arrive here the next week.
"The team is now relaxing in Dubai after the lengthy tour that saw them drive from New York to Los Angeles, California.
"On the way they had the chance to attend the annual epic Indy 500, drive past Niagara Falls, stay in Kansas City and Santa Fe before pulling into Las Vegas, the party capital of America, in true Gumballer fashion," he said.
"Their final day saw them leave the famous strip and head to Los Angeles via Death Valley before finishing on Hollywood Boulevard.
"Their car will be shipped by air and will arrive next week and we are seeking permission from the team to have it exhibited in our showroom for those interested in taking pictures before the car is returned to its owner - one of the team members."