It may not have been the longest, the most dangerous or the most glamorous expedition, but for its no-nonsense determination and sheer pluck the ‘Oxford and Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition’ remains one of the greatest trans-continental drives ever undertaken.
With a foreword by an up-and-coming documentary maker by the name of David Attenborough, Tim Slessor’s magical book about the endeavor titled ‘First Overland’ would become a landmark of its genre, establishing the expedition as an emblem for a golden era for overland travel.
This day in 1956, the First Overland team was beginning to unwind in Singapore after completing the 18,000-mile outward journey on March 6. What sometimes goes forgotten is that, after a few weeks R&R, the team then turned around and drove all the way home again!
Filmed by the expedition’s sharp-witted cameraman Anthony Barrington-Brown (who sadly died in 2012), the movie about the venture manages to cram the excitement, derring-do and substantial peril of the 18,000-mile outbound journey into an exhilarating three-and-a-bit minute romp.
Grab yourself a tiny pack of popcorn and indulge…
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