Camel Trophy – The Definitive History (Unique Edition)

The Camel Trophy, held from 1980-2000,saw competitors drive specially prepared Land Rovers (finished in Camel’s iconic yellow livery) across some of the harshest environments on earth (including Borneo, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Siberia and Tanzania). It was these fabled events that put Land Rover at the forefront of vehicle exploration, and today the competition’s history has a cult-like following.

Porter Press, Motoring Publisher, release an “ultra-limited” (just five copies available) canvas-bound edition of Nick Dimbleby’s Camel Trophy: The Definitive History. This iconic book is the only complete guide to every Camel Trophy, and documents the rise of the event from a small German-market promotional endeavour to a multi-million-dollar international competition. Furthermore, it showcases 930 photos, incorporates interviews with all key players, and provides a comprehensive insight into the technical specifications and design of the Land Rovers used. Additionally, it’s signed by author Nick Dimbleby, Graham Fazakerley, Nick Horn, 10-time event director Iain Chapman and 1989 Camel Trophy winners Bob Ives and Joe Ives.

The book is just one component in this exclusive package, which also comprises five original issue Camel Trophy Pelican cases (brandishing battle scars), that contain an assortment of clothing, merchandise and memorabilia. Contents includes Fjällräven trousers and shirts, Camel Trophy jackets and belts, badges, stickers, maps, wash bags, metal luggage tags and more (a complete itemised inventory is available on request).

This product is a unique slice of automotive history, and I’m sure it will become a treasured collector’s piece. The price is not for the faint hearted at £5,342 ($7,112), but I’m sure this won’t deter its target buyers. If you’d like to find out more then head over to porterpress.co.uk.

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No money in the bank, but gas in the tank. Our resident Bikepacking Editor Jack Mac is an exploration photographer and writer living full-time in his 1986 Vanagon Syncro but spends most days at the garage pondering why he didn’t buy a Land Cruiser Troopy. If he’s not watching the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, he can be found mountaineering for Berghaus, sea kayaking for Prijon, or bikepacking for Surly Bikes. Jack most recently spent two years on various assignments in the Arctic Circle but is now back in the UK preparing for his upcoming expeditions—looking at Land Cruisers. Find him on his website, Instagram, or on Facebook under Bicycle Touring Apocalypse.