|In 1955, six university students drove from London to Singapore and back in two Series 1 Land Rovers. This trip is usually referred to as the ‘1955 Oxford and Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition‘, but is often called the ‘First Overland‘ after a book written by Tim Slessor.
Below are two versions of the film made on the expedition by Antony Barrington Brown.
|BBC Timeshift The Lost Road – Overland to Singapore|
|Oxford & Cambridge Land Rover Expedition to Singapore|
|A DVD of the original film (shown above), remastered and including interviews with the then surviving members of the team, is available for purchase from Teeafit Sound and Vision. It is an interesting film. The book ‘First Overland’ by Tim Slessor is also available.|
|Through Africa by Motor-Cycle (1934-1935) (no sound)
Theresa Wallach (30 April 1909 – 30 April 1999) was an adventure motorcyclist, engineer, mechanic and author. In 1935 with another experienced motorcyclist named Florence Blenkiron, she rode a 600 cc single-cylinder Panther motorcycle complete with sidecar and trailer, from London to Cape Town, South Africa, crossing the Sahara desert, reportedly without a compass. (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theresa_Wallach)
|Wheels Across Africa – Armand Denis (1936)|
|Destination Cape Town (1952)
a record-breaking dash from London to Cape Town in a Humber Super Snipe
|Rallye Méditerranée – Le Cap (1959)|
|Cape Town to Cairo (1959) – Wally Byam Caravan Club
The original documentary film of the Wally Byam Caravan Club’s 1959 trip from South Africa to Cairo, Egypt. (Wally Byam designed and built Airstream caravans.)
The film was found in a dusty box in a warehouse at Airstream’s headquarters in Jackson Center, Ohio and converted to digital. Wally Byam towed a gold anodised airstream caravan.
|Between 1959 and 1961 Collyn Rivers and Antony Fleming drove a 1940 Bedford QLR off-road truck from the United Kingdom to Rhodesia and back, studying road surface conditions. For part of the journey, they were joined by Rex Yates. Africa, back then, was in political turmoil. Here are two accounts of the journey.|
|Crossing Africa and the Sahara by Truck (1959) – a slide show narrated by Antony Fleming.|
|Last Across Africa (1959) – a narrative written by Collyn Rivers.
Despite being shot in 1959/60 the photos are of high quality. The negatives for the photos were surgically cleaned and scanned at 3500 dpi! The originals for these two items can be found at Collyn Rivers website Solar Books or via the link at his other website RV Books.
|The Secret Safari
In the early 1980s, during the time of apartheid in South Africa, a safari company called ‘Africa Hinterland’ was set up by the African National Congress. The company was really a cover to smuggle arms into South Africa. Africa Hinterland operated legitimate safaris from Nairobi to Johannesburg; but in Lusaka, Zambia, weapons were loaded into secret compartments on the truck. Africa Hinterland used Bedford M-types, the same model truck used by Encounter Overland and several other British overland companies. Africa Hinterland’s operations were never discovered.
A DVD of this film is available from Ronin Films.
|A Tramp in the Darien (1989)
In 1989, the BBC produced a film of a trek across the Darien Gap from Panama to Colombia along a route similar to that used by Encounter Overland. The host and narrator is Jonathan Maslow. Allardes Hoiting, a former Encounter Overland staff member, was the Field Assistant for this production. Allardes was hired because of his experience crossing the Darien Gap – he had made the Darien Gap trek eight times.