Land Rovers, Lambrettas, and a Yorkshire Sheepdog — all available on DVD from Teeafit Sound & Vision. For prices, see the bottom of the page.
A new book of photos from the 1955-56 Expedition, and another new book recounting the 1954 Trans-Africa Expedition — both now on sale. For more details, see below.
In 1955 six students from Oxford and Cambridge set out in two Land-Rovers to drive from London to Singapore. Apart from the English Channel and the Bosporus, they drove overland all the way — the
first time it had been achieved.
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The main feature of 'First Overland' is also available to download from Vimeo, but the 'Extras' are only on the DVD.
'FIRST OVERLAND — The Photos’
Most of the photos in the 'First Overland' book were taken by Antony Barrington-Brown ('BB'), and not all editions of the book have the same set of pictures. Other members of the team also took photos, but from the hundreds taken, only small numbers were published.
But now Adam Bennett (who repatriated the remains of SNX 891, got ‘Oxford’ back on the road, and re-united the old Land-Rover with remaining team members) has gathered together a comprehensive selection of photos — some never published before — in this 118-page spiral-bound book. It's an unparalleled record of one of the most iconic journeys of the 20th Century, and a must for any Land-Rover enthusiast.
To order the 'First Overland' Photobook, click here.
'Boat Race On Wheels’
Before 'First Overland' there was another Oxford & Cambridge expedition — a circumnavigation of Africa. There was a manuscript account written about it by expedition member Don Calman, but it was never published. Now, however, a new book has been launched based on that manuscript. Entitled 'Boat Race on Wheels', and edited by eminent Land-Rover historian James Taylor, with many photos taken by expedition photographer Ross Charlton, it will fill a gap in the important story of the original travels that led to Land Rover becoming a world-wide brand.
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The Land Rover has generated a lot of folk lore since the first one appeared in 1948 — for example, the body was made of aluminium because there was a lot of aircraft scrap left over after World War
2, and it was painted green because there was surplus cockpit paint available. The trouble is, there was no-one left from the early production team to tell the truth from the fiction.
To order 'Stop Gap', click here.
The main feature of 'Stop Gap' is also available to download from Vimeo, but the 'Extras' are only on the DVD.
'LAND ROVER 65’
In April 2013 Land Rover marked its 65th Birthday with a special 4-day celebration on the Packington Estate in Warwickshire. This DVD is a video record of those days, with the iconic and historic vehicles
involved, the enthusiasts who brought them, and a unique airborne birthday cake.
To order 'Land Rover 65', click here.
The main feature of 'Land Rover 65' is also available to download from Vimeo, but the 'Extras' are only on the DVD.
After the 'First Overland' expedition returned from Singapore, the Land-Rovers were returned to The Rover Company. But what happened then? Some say they should have been put into a museum, but they weren't — SNX761 ('Cambridge') was used by another expedition, crashed into a ravine in the Middle East and lost. SNX891 ('Oxford') went with an ornithological expedition to Ascension Island in the South Atlantic, and remained there when the expedition was over, moving to the even-more-remote Saint Helena when the new owner retired. Cannibalised for spares, the remains were eventually bulldozed into the hillside to make way for a new road. 'Oxford' too was, to all intents and purposes, lost.
But a very determined Yorkshire Land-Rover enthusiast, refusing to take 'No' for an answer, has brought the remains back to the UK, and rebuilt 'Oxford'. This DVD follows the rebuilding, and meets some of the people who've been touched over the decades by one of the world's most iconic Land-Rovers. And a couple of years 'FO Photobook', Tim Slessor and Antony Barrington-Brown ('BB') from the original 'First Overland' expedition took another Land-Rover overland to Burma to film footage of a young White Elephant that had been reported as having been born there. In the DVD, Tim Slessor describes the journey, and we see original colour footage not seen publicly for over 60 years.
'After Overland' had its first showing at the Land-Rover Series One Club's 70th Anniversary Rally on Anglesey in June 2018. It completes the story of 'Oxford'.
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'After Overland' is also available to download from Vimeo.
Nell was a working sheepdog who also became a video star, making three films about her native North York Moors.
To order 'Nell's Moors', click here.
'Nell's Moors' is also available to download from Vimeo.
In the 1960s the motor scooter was the people’s transport, and it was cheap and easy for riders to compete in motorsport events. In theory it was completely possible to turn up to an off-road scramble
meeting on your every-day road bike, compete, and ride it home again afterwards. But realistically most riders would modify old Vespas and Lambrettas, and the rules meant that they had a lot of leeway.
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'Still Batty' is also available to download from Vimeo.
All titles can be bought online, and paid for by credit card or PayPal. The 'Nell's Moors' DVD is £19.50 (including post & packing) anywhere in the world — all the other titles are £22.00. For the prices of the download versions of the Land-Rover topics, see the Vimeo pages, but they are approximately £8.00 for a 6-month rental, and £15.00 to view or download for all time. 'Still Batty' is £2.00 and £5.00 respectively.