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Why now not? in any case, no-one had ever performed it sooner than. it'd be one of many longest of all overland trips – part means around the international, from the English Channel to Singapore. They knew that numerous expeditions had already attempted it. a few had received so far as the desrts of Persia; a number of had even reached the plains of India. yet not anyone had controlled to move on from there: over the jungle clad mountains of Assam and throughout northern Burma to Thailand and Malaya.

Over the final 3,000 miles it appeared there have been ‘just too many rivers and too few roads’. yet no-one fairly knew …In truth, their difficulties begun a lot in advance of that. As mere undergraduates, they'd no cash, no vehicles, not anything. yet with a funky audacity, which used to be to turn into attribute, they started working – wheedling and cajoling. First, they coaxed the BBC to return up with a few movie for a potential television sequence.

They then lightly persuaded the brands to lend them factory-fresh Land Rovers. A writer was once even sweet-talked into giving them an enhance on a ebook. by the point they have been able to pass, their sponsors (more than eighty of them) ranged from whiskey distillers to the makers of collapsible buckets. In overdue 1955, they set off.

Seven months and 12,000 miles later, very weary Land Rovers, escorted via police outriders, rolled into Singapore – to flash bulbs and fizz. Now, fifty years on, their ebook, ‘First Overland’, is republished – with a foreword by means of Sir David Attenborough. finally, it was once he who gave them that movie.

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