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    Cool The Last Overland: Singapore to London in a Series-1

    What an opportunity and what an awesome experience this would be in this day and age...




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    Historic overland journey by car from London to Singapore to be recreated after 64 years

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    Seems to me that some parts of the original trip have far too many people shooting at each other than I would like on a cross country trip!
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    couldnt be done these days as a lot of the roads have vanished as they werent looked after.

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    A lot of the roads were none too good for the original first overland either. Some bits had had no maintenance in the ten years since the war - and that's enough in the tropics.
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    This is interesting timing, anyone know anything about this journey original or current. Nice Jerrys The Last Overland: Singapore to London in a Series-1

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    This is interesting timing, anyone know anything about this journey original or current. Nice Jerrys
    It has been posted previously on another thread that I cannot find just now.


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    Quote Originally Posted by blackrangie View Post
    This is interesting timing, anyone know anything about this journey original or current. Nice Jerrys
    "First Overland" was an expedition by a group from Oxford and Cambridge Universities from London to Singapore, in two Series 1s, in, if I remember correctly, 1956. A book was written about it called "First Overland". Supposed to be the first to drive the whole distance (bar a couple of ferry trips), made possible by Japanese and Allied roadbuilding during WW2 linking Bangladesh-Myanmar-Thailand-Malaysia; but some of these roads had had no maintenance nor traffic for a decade, and the jungle had taken over.

    Again, from memory, since I can't locate the book immediately, the vehicles were loaned and prepared by Rover. The one shown in your picture was located and partly restored fairly recently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDNSW View Post
    "First Overland" was an expedition by a group from Oxford and Cambridge Universities from London to Singapore, in two Series 1s, in, if I remember correctly, 1956. A book was written about it called "First Overland". Supposed to be the first to drive the whole distance (bar a couple of ferry trips), made possible by Japanese and Allied roadbuilding during WW2 linking Bangladesh-Myanmar-Thailand-Malaysia; but some of these roads had had no maintenance nor traffic for a decade, and the jungle had taken over.

    Again, from memory, since I can't locate the book immediately, the vehicles were loaned and prepared by Rover. The one shown in your picture was located and partly restored fairly recently.
    Here’s the book



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    I must buy that book. Thanks for the heads-up.
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    It would be particularly interesting to recreate parts of the journey, including through India and Myanmar, although I have read that some sections are either derelict or closed because of terrorists in both India and Myanmar. The Myanmar bits were built by the Americans to move supplies from India to China in WWII despite the Japanese invasion of Myanmar. That was a particularly nasty campaign and deserves more publicity.
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