Historical Overland Films

First Overland

These are two versions of the film made by the ‘1955 Oxford and Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition’.  This trip is often called the ‘First Overland’. Six university students drove from London to Singapore and back in two Series 1 Land Rovers.
Icon BBC Timeshift The Lost Road - Overland to Singapore
BBC Timeshift The Lost Road – Overland to Singapore
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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. (Otherwise, I would have put it up.)  It is an interesting film.  The book ‘First Overland’ by Tim Slessor is also available.

 

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The Secret Safari

A safari company called ‘Africa Hinterland’ was set up in the early 1980s by the African National Congress.  It ran legitimate safaris from Nairobi to Johannesburg but was really a cover to smuggle arms into South Africa. The weapons were loaded at Lusaka into secret compartments on the truck.  Africa Hinterland used Bedford M-types so thankfully for legitimate overlanders they were never caught.
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The Secret Safari
   

 

A DVD of this film is available from Ronin Films. The version here was put up on Youtube.

 

 

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Other Films

Icon Capetown to Cairo (1959) - Wally Byam Caravan Club
Capetown to Cairo (1959) – Wally Byam Caravan Club
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.
Icon Rallye Méditerranée - Le Cap 1959
Rallye Méditerranée – Le Cap 1959
Icon Wheels Across Africa - Armand Denis
Wheels Across Africa – Armand Denis