"A fascinating Project...truly great and novel." - Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Explorer
"An Extraordinary tale of high adventure." - Malcolm McDowell, Actor
"I want to join...I want to go on a fire truck expedition to Nepal." - Johnny Depp, Actor
"The expedition may sound like the ultimate road trip, but it is much more than that." - Scott H. DeLisi, U.S. Ambassador to Nepal (2012 - 2012)
Source New Spotlight Online
In his book, Kobold explains the many setbacks that have delayed the project. Kobold also details his struggle to convince potential sponsors of the benefits of the fire truck expedition, which is expected to draw a worldwide audience of over 50 million (in addition to audiences in Nepal and India).
The book is not just about the lack of fire trucks in Kathmandu Valley. It tells the story of the genesis of the idea to drive fire trucks through Nepal. Initially, Kobold and his friend, the late actor James Gandolfini, were supposed to drive a single fire engine to Kathmandu. After Gandolfini's death and the 2015 earthquakes, the fire engine project turned into a major philanthropic and public awareness campaign for Nepal tourism.
The Fire Truck Expedition consists of international celebrities, diplomats and adventurers who are joining forces to drive ten fire engines across the Himalayas to Kathmandu and donate them to the local fire department. Bollywood stars such as Manisha Koirala, Rajesh Hamal and Sunil Thapa, are joining international actors like actors Malcolm McDowell, Michael Imperioli and Scott Glenn.
MICHAEL KOBOLD was born in Kronberg, Germany in 1979. A Graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, he is a watchmaker, entrepreneur and adventurer. After successfully climbing Mount Everest in 2009 and 2010, Kobold developed close ties to Nepal. Kobold splits his time between his home near Pittsburgh and Kathmandu.