The Beast Mklla
The Beast Mklla, 5.0l V8, tricked suspension.
To all you idiots commenting about how your bog-standard Lada Niva 1200 can
do better than this -- please note: it was Xmas day afternoon, I just got a
new iPhone I wanted to try out, we'd spent the morning washing and
polishing the Landy, and then we killed an hour doing a little shoot before
dinner. We didn't let the tires down. We didn't even want to get dirty, we
didn't want to get the truck dirty, in fact, we didn't even want to get our
shoes dirty. Sorry if you couldn't crack one on, but we all know you could
do much much better of course. And thanks for helping us get more than
To everyone else who left sensible comments and compliments - thanks for
Oh yes, and to all the know-all experts, the lockers are now in ...
Camel Trophy 1996 - Kalimantan
Although the "special tasks" were introduced at the beginning of the
decade, some would argue that the 1996 event was the last "traditional"
Camel Trophy. Starting at Balikpapan on the east coast of Kalimantan, the
route wound its way through the very heart of Borneo to the finish
approximately 100km north of Pontianac on the west coast. From the Dusit
Inn Hotel, teams made there way to the first set of special tasks via a
barge crossing of the Balikpapan River and then on into serious jungle and
Many of the tracks and trails in the interior had not seen any form of
motorised transport for more than a decade and were in diabolical
condition. Just the job for Camel Trophy.
From the task site the route swung in a large loop first north, then east
towards Muaratewe, where heavy rains had turned much of the countryside
into swamp. The teams battled for days through seemingly impossible
conditions, heading for the small river port and crossing site at Tumbang
Samba. However this was not to be. Conditions became so bad and progress so
slow that, in order to have any hope of making the finish on time, a detour
was found bypassing some of the most treacherous sections.
The convoy moved on, at last able to make a reasonable mileage per day but
still behind schedule. Days turned into 24- hour marathons, each with its
own set of problems to be overcome. Eventually, after missing out a planned
section in the extreme south west of the island, the weary crews arrived at
the last special task site on the coast near Singkawang. A day and a half
of special tasks followed before the teams headed in convoy for the final
award ceremony held later that evening in the principle hotel in Pontianac
This was the last Camel Trophy to adhere to the traditional formula of
teams undertaking the route as a convoy. Like its predecessors it will be
remembered for the camaraderie and team spirit generated amongst the crews
as they worked together to overcome the odds. Once this concept was lost,
critics say the event never truly regained its magical qualities, to say
nothing of its toughness, character and reputation as the "Ultimate
Team Vehicles: Land Rover Discovery 300Tdi
Support Vehicles: Land Rover Defender 110 300Tdi
Distance: 1,490km by road
Number of Teams: 18
Belgium - Deirdre Morael & Wim de Vocht
Canary Islands - Adolfo Suanzes & Belen de la Fuente
Czech Republic - Zdenek Tomasek & Jakub Havel
Denmark/Norway - Bjorn Jacques & Henrik Jorgensen
Finland/Sweden - Pontus Hellgren & Ato Ihamaki
France - Denis Rosand & Yves Truelle
Germany - Christine Hofer & Eberhard Stettner
Greece - Miltos Farmakis & Nikos Solirchos - Camel Trophy & Land Rover
Holland - Carolien Stelma & Alex van Delft
Italy - Giampaolo Giusti & CristianBertolani
Japan - Tomotaka Miyata & Minoru Omae
Morocco - Samir Berrada & Yorel Levy
Poland - Jarek Kazberuk & Michal Kielbasinski
Russia - Dmitriy Surin & Alexei Svirkov - Special Task Award
South Africa - Samuel de Beer & Pieter du Plessis - Team Spirit Award
Spain - Antonio Canete & Ricardo Quiros
Switzerland - Olivier Soltermann & Andrea Burkhardt
Turkey - Selim Kemahli & Ali Nasuh Mahruki
United Kingdom - William Tapley & John Leach
United States - Ken Cameron & Fred Hoess
Camel Trophy Russia Siberia 4 of 4
The Camel Trophy was a vehicle oriented competition that was held between
1980 and 2000, and was best known for its use of Land Rover vehicles over
challenging terrain. Enjoy there are many more clips to come....
History of Land Rover
Land Rover from Series I to the new Range Rover sport. Covers the birth the
the Land Rover brand, Series, Defender, Range Rover, competition with Jeep,
the Discovery, Camel Trophy and modern times.
Croatia Trophy 2010 stage 8
Stage 8 the final day - a tough day through innocent looking swamps ending
in a river crossing with no winch points.
Land Rover vs. Land Cruiser
A Toyota Owner calls a challenge on our Land Rover group.
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