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.
|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.|
The Secret Safari
A safari company called ‘Africa Hinterland’ was set up in the early 1980s by the African National Congress in South Africa during the time of apartheid. The company was really a cover to smuggle arms into South Africa. It operated legitimate safaris from Nairobi to Johannesburg but in Lusaka in 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.
|The Secret Safari||A DVD of this film is available from Ronin Films.|
|Capetown 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.
|Wheels Across Africa – Armand Denis|
|Destination Cape Town 1952
a record-breaking dash from London to Cape Town in a Humber Super Snipe