The Last Overland


As a prelude to the inauguration, Autoworld welcomed the penultimate stage of the transcontinental long-haul event: 'The Last Overland' on December 12.
Three Land Rover, of which an original 1955 model, arrived at the Esplanade du Cinquantenaire after a journey of more than three months. Having set-off from Singapore on 25th August, the cars retraced, in a reversed route, the journey carried out 64 years ago by three Brits who had left from London to reach Singapore.
Yesterday Land Rover had invited the entire 'Defender' community to attend the event.
A rather original manner to greet one of the legendary English vehicles. 

In 1955, Tim Slessor carried out the “The First Overland”, an expedition from London to Singapore with a Defender Series I. It was one of the most emblematic and dangerous road journeys with this iconic vehicle. 64 years later, Tim has passed the torch on to his grandson who is doing the journey in the opposite direction, accompanied by the film maker Alex Bescoby: from Singapore to London in 100 days. This expedition was given the name “The Last Overland” and is carried out with the original hero: the Defender Series I dating from 1955. 

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