The Camel Trophy

Today, we unearth the story of the so-called “Olympics of 4×4’” a gruelling endurance race which pitted heavily modified Range Rovers against each other on harsh terrain…

The Range Rover Camel Trophy Expedition

Today, we unearth the story of the so-called ‘Olympics of 4x4’, a gruelling endurance race which pitted heavily modified Range Rovers against each other on harsh terrain. The first competition was held in Brazil in 1980, with the final outing taking place in 2000, in Tonga-Samoa, inviting hardy explorers and thrill-seekers across the globe to race through the tropical climes of Borneo or the freezing landscapes of Siberia. There’s even danger in the competition’s title, with cigarette brand Camel serving as the lead sponsor and namesake.

Beginning life in West Germany, from the minds of Camel’s parent company RJ Reynolds, it began as a twelve day German-only event with six lucky participants. So impressed were Land Rover by what they had seen, that they supplied a fresh lineup of off-road Range Rovers the second year. The hosts then invited a motley crew of drivers from around the globe to compete, all swerving their rugged off-roaders through the Amazon’s knee-deep mud.

Published

July 2022

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