The Camel Trophy, an overlanding extravaganza of adventure and exploration was launched in 1980, and there have been some fantastic expeditions to remote destinations such as the San Pedro Volcano in Guatemala, South America in the 1990s.
Robust vehicles were fundamental to winning the Camel Trophy, as well as committed participants with the relevant expertise and knowledge to keeping the vehicles well maintained, and of course good navigators! When the Camel Trophy was first launched, the vehicles used were German Jeeps, Range Rovers and the whole spectrum of Land Rovers.
The Camel Trophy ran until 2000 and was superceded by the G4 Challenge in 2003, using Land Rovers and supported by competitors from 16 nations. Despite the large “gas guzzling” vehicles, overlanding does have a social responsibility and Land Rover supported the Red Cross Societies until the cancellation of the event in 2009.
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