LRO columnist Sam Watson organises occasional events around Yorkshire and the NE for the Royal Geographical Society. Last year it struck him that the Camel Trophy gets very little mention outside Land Rover circles these days so he asked John Carroll to speak about his experiences with the Camel Trophy in 1991. In the past John has talked to other clubs and organisations about the trip including the Yorkshire LROC and the North Lakes 4x4 Club but done nothing recently.
As a result, on January 26th, in the Geography Lecture Theatre East in the School of Geography at Leeds University John blew the dust of his slides and related tales of the Tanzania-Burundi event of 20 years before. In 1991 the, then annual, event traveled from Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania westwards to Bujumbura in Burundi through the landscape where Stanley traveled and The African Queen was set. The talk attracted an audience of between 20 and 30 people, some of whom had travelled a fair distance, comprising Land Rover-types, some older school pupils and overland-types.
Among the audience was Land Rover owner Ben Targett who said, 'It was obvious that even after 20 years it's still a topic that John is passionate about, and that it really did shape the years ahead.'