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Driving the Americas tip to toe

Filippo Dattola, from Bologna, Italy, decided after 10 years working in IT to take some time off.

He found himself in Canada, where he bought a 20-year-old Toyota Corolla for $400. He drove to Alaska, where he began an epic journey across the Americas, bound for Tierra del Fuego at the southern-most tip of the continent.

He has written a book en route, which he sells out of the boot of his car to fund his journey, and claims that the car has not broken down once over a distance of more than 70,000 kilometres.

The BBC's Dan Collyns caught up with him in Lima, Peru.

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