What’s the story?
Theo is in Malaysia at the invitation of local Land Rover obsessive and off-road guru, Rambo Liew, tagging along with the recovery crew of a five-day, 14-vehicle Defender expedition through the rainforest – the daring culmination of an intense off-road training programme that Rambo and his team have been co-ordinating, in China, for members of the Hong Kong Land Rover Club. Five days on a jungle trek, what could go wrong?
Our favourite bit?
Theo became completely smitten by Rambo’s own vehicle, a faultlessly dependable 200Tdi Defender 110, rebuilt by him and running beautifully. Aside from the Old Man Emu dampers it’s mechanically standard, and carries an ex-Malaysian military roof rack, spotlights, and a large coolbox. It’s a tribute to what a standard Defender will do.
And the verdict from LRO senior staff-writer Theo Ford-Sagers?
It’s been a spectacular adventure and the team and their Defenders have performed with a heroism that’s hard to match. Experiences like this live long in the memory.