1974 Penton 250

  1974 was the first year that Penton produced its 250 model with longer travel front and rear suspension, and frames made from high-grade chrome-moly steel. These engineering advancements combined with engines supplied by KTM made the Pentons a force to be reckoned with on motocross circuits around the world and even today, 40 years…

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1968 Land Rover Series IIA

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

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

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 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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1977 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser

The Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser is one of those iconic 4x4s that holds a place alongside the Willys Jeep and the Land Rover Series I in the hallowed, slightly muddy halls of the off-road vehicle hall of fame. Toyota first started making 4x4s in 1941 when the Imperial Japanese Army found an old Bantam Mk…

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Caterham Brutus 750

If this is the first time you’ve seen the new Caterham Brutus 750, it’s probably safe to say that your lower jaw is now resting on your keyboard. Whilst you gather your wits I’ll hit you with all the important numbers, just so we have it all out of the way. It’s fitted with a…

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1977 Yamaha XT500

The Yamaha XT500 is one of those motorcycles that came before its time – it was an ‘adventure bike’ before there really was such a thing and it quickly found a home in races like the Paris–Abidjan-Nice, the Paris-Dakar and races across the Mojave in the US. At its heart the XT500 has a twin valve…

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1943 M3 Half-Track

When it comes to a weekend off-roader, I’m at a loss to think of anything cooler than a World War II era M3 Half-Track. The M3 pictured here is an original 1943 unit, it’s been fully restored and is now listed as being parade ready, but I say to hell with that. It’d be a sin to own this and not get it at least a little muddy.

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