Updates


5 June 2017

Main Menu
– changed ‘Preparing for Departure’ to ‘Pre-departure’ with sub-menus Driver Checklists and Pre-departure EM booklets.
– changed ’On the Road’ to ‘Communiqués’ with sub-menus ENFLASH and Newsletters, Messages to Leader/Drivers and Miscellaneous Communiqués
– deleted ‘Comments and Questions’
Page: Promotional Material
Encounter Overland Brochures
– added Booking Form for 1968 London to Calcutta (thanks Rob Rumball)
– added Encounter Overland Brochure 1968 – High Atlas and Sahara  (thanks Rob Rumball)
– added Trans-Sahara Expedition to Gulf of Guinea Brochure 1969 (These expeditions did not eventuate) (thanks Rob Rumball)
– added Booking Form for 1969 expeditions (thanks Rob Rumball)
– added South East Asia Reconnaissance Expeditions Brochure 1970 (thanks Rob Rumball)
– added Encounter Overland Brochure 1971 (thanks Jonathan Rohan Kickham and Rob Rumball)
– added Encounter Overland Brochure 1972 (thanks Rob Rumball)
– added South America Reconnaissance Mission 1972 Booking Form (thanks Rob Rumball)
– added Overlanders Guide to Connecting Travel 1972 (thanks Rob Rumball)
– added Encounter Overland Brochure 1974-75 (thanks Bruce Davidson)
– added Encounter Overland Brochure (Asia) 1976 and Dates and Prices (thanks Rob Rumball)
Brief Encounters
– added Brief Encounters Brochure 1978/1979 (thanks Rob Rumball)
Posters, Stickers, Flyers, Calendars
– added Asia and South America routes posters (thanks David Hunter via Facebook)
Page:  Staff, Trucks and Premises / Staff Roll Call
– added Adrian Mortimer (thanks Tony Jones)
– added Ken Haslam and Steve Kelly (listed in Ruth Lathlean’s photobook)
– added Martin Hayes (identified in Vaculug’s International Review magazine)
– added Chris Marks and Jim Montgomery (first skipper of Gypsy) (thanks Martin Watkinson)
– added Martin Hyles and Chris Neil (thanks Rob Rumball)
Page: Staff, Trucks and Premises / Trucks and other vehicles
Austin K9s
– added film showing the preparation of newly acquired Austin K9s at Wren Park (and a following expedition to India) (thanks Rob Rumball)
– separated images for YNK229F taken on a selection/training trip to Iran, Spring 1969 and added explanatory comments (thanks Martin Watkinson)
– added photo of Austin K9 KBM345G with Martin Hayes applying final touches
– added photo of Austin K9 KBM346G (On wheel brace is Peter Hobbs, Manager of Briggs National Tyre Service, Bedford)
Bedford RLs
– correctly located two photos of 223BGF
– correctly located photo of NMJ259
– additional information included in caption for PMJ311J (thanks Martin Watkinson)
– resolved that RXP597 was indeed the correct registration
– added TMJ151K to the gallery with photos provided by David Hardham
– flipped the Early Africa photo of the RL on the ferry to give the right orientation
Bedford M types
– added Q43MPP
– added a photo of WBH645S being lifted from the Congo River at Bumba in Zaire after it was dropped into the river by the crane operator, probably deliberately. Ian Stevenson got the truck out of the river, onto the ferry and into a drivable state while on the trip up the river to Kisangani. EO London was impressed!.
– added a photo of a line-up of M-types in Kathmandu
South America Dodges, GMC
– added photo of Dodge BVS968T South America (thanks Steve Mortimer)
– added photos of BVS969T and BVS504X (thanks Steve Mortimer)
– added photo of JNW502V (by Paul E Murphy)
– added BVS968T stuck (and finally destroyed) in a South American riverbed (thanks Steve Mortimer)
– added WBH648S – photo taken from brochures
– identified registration number for South America GMC as Y39839
Page: Pre-departure / Pre-departure EM booklets
– added Pre-departure booklet London-Joburg November 1980 (thanks Rien Walrave)
– added routeing update Sudan and Nigeria/Chad early 1985
– added pre-departure information Amazon to Andes 26 May 1988 (thanks Paul E Murphy)
Page:  Communiqués / ENFLASH and Newsletters
– added ENFLASH No. 24, 20 May 1973 (thanks Rob Rumball)
– added ENFLASH December 1975 (thanks Bruce Davidson)
– added ENFLASH February 1976 (thanks Bruce Davidson)
– added Newsletters January and February 1985 (thanks Bruce Watkins)
Page: Communiqués / Messages to Leader/Drivers
– added EO Safety Award Scheme booklet (thanks Bruce Davidson)
– added messages about wage structures (1982), malaria prophylaxis (1982 and 1985), differentials (1982), company update (1986) and some hard words from Tony Jones (1986) (thanks Simon Boon for the last two)
Page: Communiqués / Miscellaneous Communiqués
– added South America Reconnaissance Report 8 February 1973 (thanks Rob Rumball)
– added proposed Encounter Overland (Freight) operation letter (thanks Rob Rumball)
Page: Leader/Driver and Expedition Member Films and Photos
– added film showing preparation of newly acquired Austin K9s at Wren Park (and a following expedition to India)
– added Ken Brown’s Backroads of Asia May to September 1996
– added a link to Ruth Lathlean’s Photobook of Africa Southbound November 1974
– added Stephen Stewart photos of Africa northbound 1972 and Asia 1971 (taken as a Leader/Driver)
– added Stephen Stewart photos of Egypt 2000 (taken as an Expedition Member)
Page: Books and Media / Media Articles
– added article from the Biggleswade Chronicle Friday 8 November 1968 (thanks Rob Rumball)
– added VacuLug’s International Review – Autumn 1969 with article India return on Duramolds (tyres) for Austin K9s (thanks Rob Rumball)
– added Newspaper article regarding the first Trans-Africa Reconnaissance “Off on a trip that can’t be done” (undated, possibly January 1970) (thanks Rob Rumball)
– added article ‘Into the Desert’ by Tom Stoppard from the Geographical Magazine, August 1970.  (The 1972 EO Brochure referred to the article which recommended the Bedford RL for desert trips.  Also included is the advertisements page as it has an advert for The Grand Indiaman Expedition operated by Paddy Garrow-Fisher who was one of the Asian Overland pioneers. A few other adverts for India and Africa overland trips as well.)
– added The Trailfinder Edition 1 of 14 May 1971 with an article on Trans-Africa by Tony Jones (page 3) (thanks Rob Rumball)
– added Newspaper article “Local man conducts tourists on 11,000 mile South American safari” The Highland Echo, East Vancouver, BC 11 September 1975 (thanks Bruce Davidson)
– added Newspaper article featuring Gerry Creamer and LLK183K (Biggleswade Chronicle 26 February 1982) (thanks Rob Rumball)
– added articles on the kidnapping and murder of six Expedition Members in Zimbabwe on 23 July 1982
– added a BBC TV report of the PIA Flight 268 disaster of 28 September 1982 in which two EO rafting/trek leaders were killed
– added article ‘One adventure too far‘ The Sunday Times (UK) 9 July 1989 reporting on the death of EM Dennis Regensburg in Pakistan
– added article ‘Why risk comes with the territory‘ The Sunday Times (UK) 6 August 1989 (thanks Paul E Murphy) – follow up to previous article
– added an article from the Telegraph newspaper (UK), 7 April 2001 which refers to the collapse of Encounter Overland
– added an article ‘The Overlanders‘ mentioning EO, The Age newspaper (Australia), 2002 
– added link to article ‘The end of the Road for overland adventures’ Financial Times, 3 May 2017
– added link to ‘Overlanding then and now’ Financial Times 8 December 2009

6 May 2017

 Page: Promotional Material – Brochures
– added 1975 ‘To the Roof of the World Brochure’ provided by Juergen Meixner
– added Encounter Overland Brochure 1993/1994 provided by George Kukos
– added Encounter Overland Brochure Autumn 1995 to Autumn 1997 provided by George Kukos
– added Encounter Overland Brochure 1998/1999 provided by George Kukos
– added better quality version of Borneo Reconnaissance  brochure provided by George Kukos
– added Dates and Prices March 1992 to 1993 (UK£) provided by George Kukos
– added Dates and Prices May 1993 to 1994 (UK£) provided by George Kukos
Page Promotional Material – Films and Slide Shows
– added reference to the film ’To the Roof of the World’
Page: Staff Roll Call
– added names to Staff Roll Call: Ken Roulston and Ray Wolfe (thanks Johno Wells). Stephen Stewart,  Charles Wright and Roger Lancaster (thanks Rob Rumball). Tony Barnes (thanks Juergen Meixner) and John Blinco (Honourable mention)
Page: Truck Gallery and Other vehicles
– added photo of GNM152F in flooded river as advised by Paul Cunnington
– added photos of Q356NVS taken by Stephen Stewart who was a driver 1971/72. He did an “Egyptian Encounter” in February 2000. (http://www.xor.org.uk/travel/egypt/)
– added photo of JNM600V taken by Glynn (Chennai 1989)
– added photo of BVS967T stuck at ferry at Bangui, Zaire January 1984 by Jeremy Cattell
Page: Pre-departure information
– added Kathmandu to London 1975 pre-departure information provided by Juergen Meixner
– added London to Joburg 25 September 1971 pre-departure information provided by David Hardham
Page: Premises
– added photo of Kathmandu Guest House provided by George Kukos
– added photo of Crew House at Hitchin by Murray Kirk
– added Old Brompton Road office photo by David Hunter
Page: L/D and EM Films
– Added London to Kathmandu 1974 by Bart Eyekams
Page: Reunion 2018
– Added contact details for Darren Nicolson to get on WhatsApp
Page: Memorabilia
– added 1985 Christmas Card provided by Jeremy Cattell
– added Christmas Card (early 1990s?) (
thanks Bruce Watkins)
– added Christmas Card 1997 (thanks Riff Ayers)
– added Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Menu (March 1985) provided by Jeremy Cattell

23 April 2017

Page: Staff Roll Call
– Added Peter Ogden to staff list (thanks David Hardham)
Page: Books
– Added a link to David Hardham’s book Africa Overland.  David was on the September 1971 Southbound Africa.
Page: Media Articles
– Added a link to the Kenyan Daily Nation newspaper article about September 1971 Southbound Africa (thanks David Hardham)

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