Tim Slessor, aged 87 (one of the original crew) & Alex Bescoby are recreating the historic First Overland expedition of 1955 by driving 16,000 from Singapore to the UK.
The Oxford & Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition – The First Overland – made history in 1955 by being the first to drive from London to Singapore. That young team inspired generations of adventurers through their extraordinary endeavour, showing many remote corners of the world on film for the first time.
Driving the original 1955 Series One Land Rover (‘Oxford’), one of the original team, Tim Slessor, aged 87 will join filmmaker Alex Bescoby and an experienced team in remaking history for a new generation of adventurers. This time, the team will forge the path through some of the densest jungles, highest mountains and most arid deserts on the planet, returning the car from Singapore to London.
The Last Overland Expedition will leave from Singapore on Sunday, August 25th, 2019, aiming to arrive in London 100 days later.
The Land Rover ‘Oxford’
One of the two 86” station wagons loaned to the 1955 Oxford & Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition for their historic journey, the car being used for The Last Overland was dubbed ‘Oxford’.
After the original journey was complete, the car ended up on remote Saint Helena in the mid-Atlantic. Most of ‘Oxford’ was dismantled and left rest to rust, but in 2017 a determined Yorkshireman – Adam Bennett – recovered, refurbished and brought back to life in the UK.
It passed its MOT at the first attempt, and its original SNX891 number plate was reinstated. In 2018, Adam gifted ‘Oxford’ to Tim, Alex and the team for one last adventure.
Keep a look out for the TV Series too!
In the meantime, take a look at this YouTube clip – Listen out for his cracking line ‘Are you listening, Jeremy Clarkson – This is motoring!’
Why not follow this amazing journey? I know I will be.