The Camel Trophy and its vehicles

This section not yet finished by Alain Hoffmann

The color code of Camel Trophy Land Rover is:

LRC 361 sandglow

Above: One of the 1997 Mongolia vehicles at the dunsfold Museum Days 1998

Look at how battered and bent these vehicles are before being refurbished and sold on to customers. Although it does not show up very well in the above picture there was hardly a straight panel anywhere on these poor trucks.

On this 1993 Discovery the protection plate was crushed so hard it bent the chassis rails.

This one had lots of bad luck. They dropped the container holding the car back in the UK. So the car almost made it unhurt- until the last 30 foot from home. Luckily it wasn't hurt too much and it should have found a new owner.

The Mongolia Trophy vehicles showed a (let's be nice) unusual color. Seen at Billing 1999

Where to get ex-Trophy vehicles?

As far as I know almost all vehicles are sold by Nene Overland, Manor Farm, Ailsworth, Peterborough PE5 7AF, Phone +44 1733 380687, Fax +44 1733 380338. They are a bit hard to find as they are in the most hidden corner of a small village.

Those vehicles are not cheap by any standard. 2 year old Discoveries start at £17500, all others similar. Every buyer must judge himself if he wants such an abused vehicle at that price. I must however admit that Nene Overland services them extensively before selling them. They also offer other conversions. In my opinion they have not the fastest working force, so beware of hourly rates.

Of course they can also transform a brand new vehicle to look and drive exactly like the original thing.

Club to contact: Camel Trophy Owners Club, Mr P Sweetser, Flat3, 16 Drayton Green Road, West Ealing, London W13 8RY, Tel. (+44) 181 8404960

Here is the history of the Camel Trophy in a nutshell:

P=Petrol Engine otherwise its a diesel

Year Place Vehicle #teams Nations

1980 Transamazonica Jeep, P 3 1
1981 Sumatra Range Rover, 2 door, P 5 1
1982 Papua New Guinea Range Rover, 2 door, P 8 4
1983 Zaire Series III 88 14 7
1984 Brazil Land Rover 110 12 6
1985 Borneo Land Rover 90 16 8
1986 Australia Land Rover 90 14 14
1987 Madagascar Range Rover TD 14 14
1988 Sulawesi Land Rover 110 12 12
1989 The Amazon Land Rover 110 14 14
1990 Siberia-USSR Discovery Tdi 3-door 16 16
1991 Tanzania-Burundi Discovery Tdi 5-door 17 17
1992 Guyana Discovery Tdi 5-door 16 16
1993 Sabah-Malaysia Discovery Tdi 5-door 16 16
1994 Arg-Parag-Chile Discovery Tdi 5-door 18 18
1995 Mundo Maya Discovery Tdi 5-door 20 20
1996 Borneo Discovery Tdi 5-door 20 22
1997 Mongolia

1980 Transamazonica
Route: Belem to Santarem
Distance: 1,600 km
Teams: 3 from West Germany
Winner: West Germany (Klaus Karthna-Dircks & Uwe Machel

1981 Sumatra
Route: Medan to Jambi
Distance: 1,600 km
Teams: 3 from West German
Winner: West Germany (Christian Swoboda & Knuth Mentel

1982 Papua New Guinea
Route: Mont Hagen to Madang
Distace: 1,600 km
Teams: 2 each from: Italy, the Netherlands, West Germany and United States
Winner: Italy (Casare Geruado & Giuliano Giongo
Note: Special Tasks introduced
1983 Zaire
Route: Kinshasa to Kinsangani
Distance: 1,600 km
Teams: the Netherlands, Portugal, Hong Kong, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain
Winner: the Netherlands (Henk Bont & Frank Heij)

1984 Brazil

Route: Transamazonica Highway, Santarem to Manaus
Teams: 2 each from: Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland & West Germany
Winner: Italy (Maurizio Lavi & Alfredo Redaelli)

1985 Borneo

Route: Samarinda to Balikpapan
Teams: 2 each from: Brazil, West Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Canary Islands
Winner: West Germany I (Heinz Kallin & Bernd Strohdach)
Team Spirit Award: (1st year) Brazil II (Tito Rosenberg & Carlos Probst)

1986 Australia

Route: Cooktown to Darwin
Distance: 3,218 km
Teams: France, Italy, Canary Islands, Switzerland, Holland, Japan,Australia, USA, UK, Spain, Germany, Brazil, Malaysia, Belgium
Winner: France (Jacques Mambre, Michel Courvallet)
Team Spirit Award: Australia (Glenn Jones & Ron Begg)

1987 Madagascar

Route: Diego Suarez to Fort Dauphin
Distance: 2,252 km
Teams: Italy, USA, Holland, Spain, Malaysia, Germany, Brazil, Japan, UK, Switzerland, Belgium, Canary Islands, France, Turkey
Winner: Italy (Mauro Miele & Vincenzo Tota)
Team Spirit Award: Spain (Jaime Puig & Victor Muntan)

1988 Sulawesi

Route: Manado to Ujang Padang
Distance: 2,092 km
Teams: Turkey, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Canary Islands, Japan, Switzerland, UK, Spain, France, Germany, Argentina
Winner: Turkey (Galip Gurel, Ali Deveci)
Team Spirit Award: UK (Jim Benson & Marc Day)
Note: Two distinct series of Special Tasks introduced

1989 The Amazon

Route: Alta Floresta to Manaus
Teams: UK, Brazil, Spain, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Holland, France, Japan, Argentina, Canary Islands, Belgium, Yugoslavia, Switzerland
Winner: UK (Bob Ives & Joe Ives)
Team Spirit Award: Belgium (Frank Dewitte & Peter Denys)

1990 Siberia, USSR

Route: Bratsk to Irkutsk
Distance: 1500km
Vehicles: 19 Discoveries, 4 Defender 110 Station Wagons, 5 Defender 127s
(3 4-door crewcabs and 2 2-doors--all had a solid,enclosed load bed
Teams: the Netherlands, Germany, UK, Spain, Italy, Yugoslavia, Austria, France, Switzerland, Greece, USA, Turkey, Canary Islands, Belgium, Soviet
Union, Japan
Winner: The Netherlands (Rob Kamps & Stijn Luyx)
2nd: West Germany, 3rd: UK
Team Spirit Award: Canary Islands (Carlos Barreto & Fernando Martin)

1991 Tanzania-Burundi

Route: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to Bujumbura, Burundi
Distance: 1,600 km
Teams: Turkey, Switzerland, Belgium, Greece, UK, USA, Italy, Canary Islands, Austria, France, Yugoslavia, Spain, Poland, Germany, Soviet Union, the
Netherlands, Japan
Winner: Turkey (Menderes Utku & Bulent Ozler)
Team Spirit Award: Turkey (Menderes Utku & Bulent Ozler)
Special Tasks Award (introduced): Austria (Joseph Altmann & Peter Widhalm)

1992 Guyana

Route: Manaus, Brazil to Georgetown, Guyana
Distance: 1,600 km
Teams: Switzerland, USA, France, Austria, UK, Greece, Italy, Germany, Japan, Belgium, Commonwealth of Independent States, Poland, Canary Islands,
Spain, Turkey, the Netherlands
Winner: Switzerland (Alwin Arnold & Urs Bruggisser)
Team Spirit Award: United States (Dan Amon & Jim West)
Special Tasks Award: France (Eric Cassaigne & Patrick Lafabrie)

1993 Sabah-Malaysia

Route: Circumnavigation, Kota Kinabalu to Kota Kinabalu
Distance: 1,500 km
Teams: United States, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Greece, the Netherlands, Canary Islands, Italy, Turkey, Poland, Russia,
Malaysia, Japan
Winner: United States (Tim Hensley & Michael Hussey)
Team Spirit Award: Canary Islands (Ellis Martin & Francisco Zarate)
Special Tasks Award: France (Paul Gasser & Loup Tournand)

1994 Argintina-Paragua-Chile

Route: Iguazu Falls, Argentina to Hornitos, Chile
Distance: 2,590 km
Teams: South Africa, UK, Spain, Canary Islands, Greece, Russia, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Poland, France, the Netherlands, United States,
Japan, Turkey, Hungary, Belgium
Winner: Spain (Jorge Corella & Carlos Martinez)
Team Spirit: South Africa (Etienne van Eeden & Klaus Hass), 2nd UK
2nd UK ( Damian Taft & Mark Cullum)
Special Tasks: 1st Spain (Carlos Martinez & Jorge Corella)
2nd Switzerland

1995 Mundo Maya

Route: Lamanai, Belize through Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras to Xunantunich, Belize
Distance: 1,700 km
Teams: Czech Republic, United States, South Africa, France, Russia, Italy, Spain, Greece, Poland, Belgium, Canary Islands, UK, Germany, Israel, Hungary,
Japan, Holland, Switzerland, Turkey, Scandinavia
Winner: Czech (Zdenek Nemec & Marek Rocajdl)
Team Spirit Award: Russia (Pavel Bogomolov & Sergei Fenev)
Special Tasks Award: Czech Republic (Zdenek Nemec & Marek Rocejdl)

1996 Kalimantan (Borneo)

Route: Balikpapan to Pontianak
Distance: 1850 km
Teams: Germany, South Africa, Belgium, UK, Italy, Greece, United States, Japan, France, Morocco, Turkey, Switzerland, Russia, Denmark/Norway,
Finland/Sweden, Poland, Canary Islands, Spain, Czech Republic, the Netherlands
Winner: Greece (Miltos Farmakis & Nikos Sotirchos)
2nd: United States (Ken Cameron & Fred Hoess)
3rd: France
Team Spirit Award: South Africa (Samuel de Beer & Pieter du Plessis)
Special Tasks Award: Russia (Dmitriy Surin & Alexei Svirkov)
2nd: Greece (Miltos Farmakis & Nikos Sotirchos)
3rd: France
Land Rover Award: Greece (Miltos Farmakis & Nikos Sotirchos)

More information on the 1995 Camel Trophy: F-Pro: Expedition to the Heart of the Mundo Maya (1995 Camel Trophy) F-Pro: Photos from Mundo Maya
Camel Trophy 1996 Trials



Over the last 18 years, Land Rover and Worldwide Brands Inc., sponsors of Camel Trophy have worked together to build an
unrivaled international event. This reputation has mutually benefited both parties providing the ultimate showcase for Land Rover
vehicles and Camel Trophy Adventure Products. As lifestyles change, Camel Trophy has successfully evolved into a multi-disciplined
event. This shift in direction is targeted primarily at broadening the appeal to an even wider audience. Land Rover and WBI as a direct
result of this shift in strategy have decided to dissolve the co-sponsorship agreement of the world's foremost international adventure
challenge, Camel Trophy.

Driving will still play a part in the event, but the emphasis has move away from a 4x4 focus, and as such, no longer maximizes Land
Rover's sponsorship objectives. The partnership, has ended on a high after last years' ground-breaking event in Chile and Argentina,
which offered an ideal showcase to demonstrate the world-beating off-road capabilities of the Freelander, Land Rover's newest
lifestyle 4x4.

"There are few sponsorship relationships that have withstood the test of time as successfully as Camel Trophy and Land Rover. This
has been as excellent association for us and over the years Land Rover has given the event an outstanding level of support. However,
as the event now includes so many other sporting activities, the emphasis can no longer remain solely on 4x4," commented Nick
Horne, WBI Special Events Director.

Speaking about the decision, Rover Group Marketing Director Martin Runnacles said: "We have enjoyed a unique relationship with
the Camel Trophy event over almost two decades and it has played a major role in sustaining the image of Land Rover as the
manufacturer of the best 4x4's in the world. However, with the changing character of the event it will no longer provide us with an
active demonstration of Land Rover's brand essence - limitless capability. We wish Camel Trophy every success with their new
format. As for Land Rover, future activities will concentrate on our customer base with the emphasis very much on rugged off-road

As Land Rover focuses on new sponsorships the Camel Trophy event will continue to push the parameters of adventure for the year


Issued by:
Jardine Wesson International PR Consultants
25 February 1999