The Camel Trophy Was Special, And Should Return [W/Video]
Back when cigarette advertising was big in motorsports, there was some pretty in-your-face branding, including the Marlboro McLaren F1 partnership, Rothmans and Porsche at Le Mans, and this – the Camel Trophy, one of the toughest 4x4 competitions the world has ever seen. Held from 1980 until 1998, the Camel Trophy pitted international teams of experienced four-wheelers against one another to cross some of the planet's most treacherous terrain and inhospitable environments. Luckily, the competitors sported some seriously hardcore Land Rover vehicles to bring them to the finish, including the first generation Range Rover, Land Rover 110, Discovery, and Freelander. Ironically however, the built-to-last offroaders partially led to the event’s demise when Rover pulled its sponsorship for 1999, due to shifts in the event’s structure.
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But never mind how it ended, experience why it existed. The film below covers the 1988 Camel Trophy in Sulawesi, Indonesia. There’s some close calls, a lot of diesel clatter, and an interesting example of ten-wheel-drive at around 51 minutes.
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