These 16 Land Rovers are being driven by 40 auto enthusiasts, tacking the rough roads of three continents and 11 countries in a total of 80 days. The vehicles and their drivers began this expedition on June 9th and will stand the test of durability and capability during the journey as they have already travelled through mainland China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and France.
In the UK, the vehicles and their drivers were warmly welcomed at the Solihull plant by Joe McNamara, Land Rover Manufacturing Manager at the plant where they were originally built. The drivers were also taken on a tour of the plant and the new Handover Center. Land Rover Manufacturing Manager, Joe McNamara said, “It is a pleasure to welcome these vehicles home to Solihull, and to meet their intrepid drivers and passengers, who are undertaking such a challenging and gruelling journey. But they have certainly chosen the right vehicles for the trip. Land Rovers are engineered to be the world’s most capable all-purpose vehicles, and these have already demonstrated enormous durability over the world’s most challenging and inhospitable terrains, with yet more to face before they return to Hong Kong. Equally, their drivers and passengers embody the “above and beyond” ethos for which Land Rover is renowned.”
After Solihull, the group left London. The next stage saw them go through southern Europe and North Africa. Then the expedition members headed to mainland Europe from Casablanca. A number of the vehicles were then shipped back to Hong Kong, and the others to Halifax, Canada. The cdontinuing vehicles journey through North America, looping south to New York and Washington DC, and the head west to Los Angeles and San Francisco. After thsi teh route extends north to Vancouver where they will be shipped to Tinjan in China. The group then goes via Wuzhou to visit the new Chinese Land Rover Experience centre. The final destination will be Shanghai, before a return to Hong Kong on 24 September.
On July 26th, Land Rover Discovery embarked on an adventure across the US, an all-terrain 5,000-mile journey tackling America’s toughest deserts, mountains and forests. The SUV traversed through forest and rocky terrain to get to Tellico Plains. The journey saw the Discovery go along the trails in Mountainburg, Arkansas, and caught Morgan Freeman filming at Clarksdale, and today visited the AF Falcons at their pre-season training at Colorado Springs.