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    Paul Archer, Leigh Purnell and Johno Ellison of England broke the Guinness World Record for the longest taxi ride and raised $31,000 dollars in the process for the British Red Cross. Their mode of transportation was a 1992 London black cab fondly named "Hannah," which they bought off eBay.
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    The three college friends set out on their journey in February 2011. Over the course of their 15-month trip, they covered over 43,000 miles, and traveled to 50 countries in four continents. Shown here is Hannah at the base of the Eiffel Tower in Paris before dawn.
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    Paul Archer, Leigh Purnell and Johno Ellison's adventures took them across Europe first, into the snowy abyss of Scandinavia. Hannah is shown here near Rovaniemi, Finland, with the Northern Lights in the sky.
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    "If you want to pick the car that you least want to drive around the world in, it's this one," Leigh Purnell told "Nightline" in a recent interview. Hannah and the boys are shown here outside of the St. Basils Cathedral in Moscow.
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    The guys said they were forced to drive 1,000 miles out of their way to avoid Libya, Egypt and Syria during the height of the Arab Spring last year. So after leaving Europe, the trio traveled through Turkey and into Iraq. Shown here is Hannah in the middle of a bazaar in Iraq.
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    And what road trip doesn't have its hiccups. In Iran, the guys said they accidentally camped out in a field with anti-aircraft guns. After being detained and questioned by Iranian secret police for half a day, Paul Archer, Leigh Purnell and Johno Ellison were on their way again.
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    Big wheel showdown. Hannah faces a decorated truck in Pakistan. But Paul Archer said the British cab got a lot of looks on her own. "We've actually caused a couple of accidents as well," he told "Nightline." "People are driving along and they're too busy looking at our car and they end up crashing into the car in front."
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    The idea to take a cab around the world was first dreamed up after a night out on the town in the back of, where else, a taxi. "We were looking at the fare and we thought this is one of the most expensive taxi rides ever... it kind of came from there, the idea, to break the world record for the longest ever taxi journey," Paul Archer said. The guys are shown here at the Taj Mahal with local kids.
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    Their journey wasn't a smooth ride. Along the way, Hannah suffered flat tires, a smashed windsheild, radiator issues and engine cooling problems. Here, the guys try to fix the cab on the foothills of the Himalayas.
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    But Hannah even made the climb to the base of Mount Everest.
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    During their trip, the guys picked up sponsors who helped cover some of their expenses. Shown here is Hannah in Lhasa, China.
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    Longest taxi journey isn't the only world record Paul Archer, Leigh Purnell and Johno Ellison broke on their trip. The three friends also set a record for the highest altitude reached by taxi, having driven Hannah up to 17,143 feet in Qinghai Province, China. Shown here is the moment they broke that record.
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    Not even the world's oceans stopped the friends from continuing their journey by taxi cab. When it came time to go overseas, the group boxed up Hannah and had her shipped over as cargo. Shown here is Paul Archer, Leigh Purnell and Johno Ellison in Sydney, Australia.
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    After leaving Australia, the trio crossed the Pacific to the United States. They drove Hannah through 12 states, across the Southern half of the country and up to the Northeast. Shown here is Hannah (with a new paint job) and the guys in San Francisco with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.
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    Paul Archer, Leigh Purnell, Johno Ellison and Hannah in Death Valley, Calif. To complete their journey, the guys said they spent 12 hours a day behind the wheel. Being confined in such a small space for months on end put their friendship to the test. "There [were] always fights, and then we always make up," Archer said.
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    Hannah caught in a massive sandstorm in the western U.S.
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    ABC's T.J. Winick caught up with Paul Archer, Leigh Purnell and Johno Ellison for "Nightline" as the trio made it to New York City, two weeks before they arrived back home in England. Shown here is Hannah in Times Square. "If I go back to England and never ever see another taxi, the rest of my life, I think I'll be a happy man," Archer told "Nightline" at the time. "Never again."
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    After leaving the U.S., the trio flew back to the Middle East and toured Jerusalem and Palestine. Shown here is the guys with Hannah in the Occupied West Bank.
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    After nearly 15 months on the road, over 43,000 miles, 50 countries and four continents, Hannah and the gang finally arrived back in England on Friday, May 11, 2012. They were also rewarded with the Guinness World Record for highest taxi fare, which ended in roughly $125,000.
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