After 114 days, the Last Overland – a team reversing the famous Oxford and Cambridge Far East Expedition, have finally arrived at the finish line in London – just a few steps from the starting line of the 1956 expedition.
The journey, which was flagged-off in Singapore was completed with the original “Oxford” Land Rover Series 1, bearing its original SNX891 registration number, after it was rescued from neglect in Ascension Land.
The trip was made even more special with 87-year old Tim Slessor, one of the team members from the original expedition, who will be retracing the route in reverse with award winning filmmaker Alex Bescoby.
Alex recounts, “This journey has definitely been an action packed one, filled with many ups and downs, and I can’t believe how quickly the eighteen months that went into planning this journey has brought us here, all in one piece so far!
“We’ve managed to drive this incredible 64-year-old car once more, to so many remote and fascinating parts of the world, through tropical monsoons, -20 degree and at more than 5000 m above sea level. Oxford has taken it all in stride. ” he added.
The Last Overland was supported by Land Rover on multiple stops along the journey, including the flag-off in Singapore, and visit to Cameron Highlands and Penang, whilst most recently the Last Overland team visited Nitra, Slovakia where the New Defender is built.
At the finish line, Oxford was greeted by a new Defender 110, donned in a specially commissioned Oxford & Cambridge Expedition livery. The special livery features the original Oxford Blue & Cambridge Blue colours, along with Oxford & Cambridge Expeditions lettering on the door – in tribute to the features on the original cars.