In the year 1955 to 1956, a group of six young men successfully made history by embarking on The Oxford & Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition (The First Overland) which require them to travel a total distance of 10,000 miles from London to Singapore. After 64 years, an award-winning film-maker, Alex Bescoby (age 31) join forces with one of the member from the first expedition, Tim Slessor (age 87), to retrace that first overland expedition in the same 1955 ‘Oxford’ Land Rover Seris 1.
The team arrived here in Malaysia on the 26th August 2019 after flagging off in Singapore on the 25th of August. The team are doing the journey in reverse from Singapore to London. Their journey will take them across 3 different continents that will see them through the jungles of Malaysia and Myanmar, the mountains of Himalayas northern Turkey, the deserts of the Middle East, as well as over 20 other countries, including Nepal, China, Uzbekistan, Iran, and Bulgaria within their aim of 100 days.
The original 1955 ‘Oxford’ Land Rover have been fully restored and transported to Singapore on the 30th May 2019. The expedition started on Sunday, 25th August 2019 along the Singapore’s F1 pit straight in Marina Bay. The ‘Oxford’ is being escorted through the streets of Singapore by a parade of other Land Rovers driven by local enthusiasts from the group Land Rover Owners Singapore.
The team made their first stop to the land of Land Rovers in Malaysia, Cameron Highlands, after crossing the borders. The team will continue their journey on to Penang, and finally making their way to Thailand on the 27th August 2019.
The Last Overland adventure takes their inspiration from the 1954 Oxford and Cambridge Trans-Africa expedition, where six Oxford and Cambridge university student taken 2 Land Rovers named ‘Oxford’ and ‘Cambridge’ to travel the 10,000mile journey. Back then, the journey was describe by Sir David Attenborough as “a madcap adventure”.
The team will be accompanied by a team of professional advisors, Land Rover enthusiast, and travel expert with safety equipment, satellite navigation, and risk advisory through their journey. There will see the involvement of major press and marketing events across over twenty country. And to mark the end of the journey, there will be a record-breaking gathering of classic Land Rovers in London to mark the end of the journey and to celebrate the global love affair of Land Rovers.