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VOTD: VW Beetle, Antarctic Overlander

via West County Explorers Club: What vehicle did the overland-savvy Australians take with them on a year-long research expedition to Antarctica in 1963? A Land Rover? A Toyota Land Cruiser? No, they took a practically bone-stock VW Beetle.

It looks almost comically unassuming next to the hard-core Swedish Snow Trac seen in the background of one of the shots in the film but the humble Beetle reportedly held its own against the harsh, icy terrain.

There you go, the Type 1 Beetle. The most popular car in the world and the first production car on the Antarctic continent.

Read more here on Jalopnik.

VOTD: In Asia

Via West County Explorers Club: My friend Greg just sent me a link to this outstanding travel video by Munich-based freelance filmmaker, Vincent Urban and Clemens Krüger. Part 1 of a five-part series, it shows three friends traveling through southeast Asia in a Land Rover Defender 110. There is hardly any narration, hardly any dialogue. Moments of the trip are just strung together like memories. It’s beautifully shot and edited and gets to the heart of why we all travel.

The first three in the series are already on Vimeo. See Part 2 here and Part 3 here.

Thanks for the tip, Greg!

Columbia Overland: An Interview with Larry Grubbs

Columbia Overland: An interview with Larry Grubbs

Columbia Overland is a premium vehicle outfitter located in the Pacific Northwest that specializes in Land Rover service and modifications for all popular overland platforms. Their reputation has been built by producing high-quality skid plates, suspension components and interior panels for Rovers, but that ingenuity has extended to the Toyota Tacoma as well with their new dual-battery tray. Their line of products extend from campaign furniture to satellite phones.

We spent some time with Larry Grubbs, one of the company principles talking about their product offerings and design/testing philosophy.

Website: www.columbiaoverland.com

Get Ready for Black Dog Cycleworks’ Selkirks Adventure Rally!

August 12 – 14, 2011 in Sandpoint Idaho, Black Dog Cycleworks will host its annual Selkirks Rally at Black Dog Headquarters!

Attendance is limited to 50 people who will enjoy camping beside the Upper Pack River and spending their days riding some amazing road and dual sport routs while exploring incredible scenery and end their days with good friends, starry skies, campfires and a pig roast!

Visit www.blackdogcw.com/IdahoRally2011.html to register and www.blackdogcw.com/index.html to get geared up!

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