Toyota Land Cruiser BJ40

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The Toyota Land Cruiser BJ40 is a famously tough 4×4 that bears close resemblance to its sibling, the petrol-powered FJ40. These two off-roaders are uncompromising, spartan vehicles designed for use in the harshest environments on Earth, in fact many of them are still in use today across North Africa, Australia and South America. The two countries that…

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1985 Land Rover Defender 90 TDi

Land Rover Defender 90 7

1985 was just the second year of production for the Land Rover Defender 90 model, it was closely related to the short wheelbase Land Rover Series III but it included a number of small improvements that together would have a major impact on both on and off-road performance. The now antiquated leaf springs had finally…

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Mercedes-Benz Unimog Doppelkabine

Mercedes-Benz Unimog

The Mercedes-Benz Unimog is the German equivalent of the British Land Rover, the American Jeep and the Japanese Land Cruiser – It’s a function-first 4×4 with military, agricultural and leisure uses that’s spawned its own rabidly loyal, global fan club. Much like the Land Rover, the Unimog was developed in the years just after WWII…

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Camel Trophy 1988 – Sulawesi

Camel Trophy

The Camel Trophy was an event that included a long list of things I love, from Land Rovers and off-road driving to continent crossing and driving through large, fast moving rivers. Although I’m not entirely sure how much I love that last one. The competition started in 1980 and ran until 2000 when cigarette advertising…

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Land Rover – Safe Operating Angle 30°

Land Rover - Safe Operating Angle 30°

The original Land Rover is a marvel of post-war British engineering, this period in British history is often derided from a quality-control perspective but I think it’s largely exaggerated. Some of the most beautiful and brilliantly designed vehicles in human history came out of Britain during this post-war chapter and all the tired old Lucas-Electrics-jokes…

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Jeep: The Adventure Never Stops

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Jeep: The Adventure Never Stops is a biography of the world’s most famous 4×4, and the vehicle that spawned the SUV domination we’re seeing in the modern world’s auto markets. The original Jeep was famously designed in a single day by Karl Probst at the request of the US Army. The remarkable ability and usefulness…

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Willys Jeep Cutaway

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The Willys Jeep is a vehicle that I’d love to see make a comeback, the relatively small form factor of the design coupled with its mechanical simplicity makes it a fantastic four-wheeler for all manner of off road escapades. Of course there’s no way an original specification Jeep could be manufactured nowadays with emissions regulations,…

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1968 Land Rover Series IIA

LAND ROVER SERIES IIA FRONT

This 1968 Land Rover Series IIA is probably one of the nicest non-museum examples to be found anywhere in the world, it was fully restored in 2003 to original factory specifications and it now looks exactly as it did when it rolled off the end of the production line in Solihull. Originally patented by the…

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Camel Trophy 1991 – Tanzania & Burundi

Camel Trophy 1991 - Tanzania Burundi

I’ve been making my way through all of the available Camel Trophy documentaries by year, last week I posted the hour-long Madagascar Camel Trophy event from 1987 and so in keeping with the Africa theme I decided to feature the Tanzania/Burundi Trophy event from 1991. If you happen to have the original VHS tapes from…

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Camel Trophy 1987 – Madagascar

Camel Trophy 1987 Madagascar

This hour long documentary covers the 1987 Camel Trophy held on the island of Madagascar, most of the competitors were driving Range Rover Classics as it was before the 1989 release of the Land Rover Discovery, the model that would go onto be used exclusively until the competition closed down in 1998 (click here to…

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The ICON FJ40

The Icon FJ40

The ICON FJ40 is an automotive reboot of sorts, the engineering team at ICON took the traditional Toyota FJ40 and stripped it back to its bare essentials, then they went over it part by part and asked themselves how they could make it better, faster, more reliable and more modern. ICON have been working on…

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