I stumbled across an on-going story about another RV-8 builder that you may be interested in. 76 year old Bill Randolph is in the midst of an around-the-world flight attempt in his RV-8. He built the plane himself, and added fuel tanks in the rear cockpit and in one or both baggage areas. He left his home in California on March 9th, and headed south-east to Brazil. He crossed the Atlantic from north-eastern Brazil to Dakar in Africa. He got stuck in Dubai for a few days, went through India, and is now stuck in Thailand, after blowing two tires on landing. He will be there until new tires and tubes arrive.

You can read the background here and here. His EAA chapter is posting updates on Bill Randolf's progress, as news arrives from his wife.