Oxford In America

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The Rover Owners Association of Virginia (ROAV) is proud to announce the official kick-off for the North American Tour of Oxford. To make all of this happen, the ROAV is seeking  your help with funding things like, shipping of Oxford back and forth from the UK, insurance fees, domestic transportation costs, equipment and supplies for the TAT journey, marketing and administration costs, and any unexpected repairs. We are hoping  for your support in funding this exciting adventure. 

Oxford was one of the two Land Rovers that took part in the 1955-56 Oxford and Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition, also known as the First Overland. Six students  teamed up in these two Land Rovers and drove from London to Singapore. The journey took six months and six days and covered over 18,000 miles. In addition to the legendary story of the trip, the adventure gave birth to books, television documentaries, and has inspired overland travelers for decades. 

More about the journey can be found here on YouTube . 

Oxford  went on to continue to do “important things” long after the completion of its inaugural journey. Eventually, the Land Rover ended up on Ascension Island in the South Atlantic serving transportation duties for a bird watching and research expedition. It remained on this island where it was used until it fell into disrepair. The Rover was rediscovered in 2017 by Adam Bennett, a Land Rover enthusiast from York, England.

More about the return of Oxford can be found here on YouTube . 

Adam purchased the truck and mechanically restored it with the intention of allowing this truck to continue its mission as a world explorer.  Since its restoration, Oxford has made several trips to car shows across the continent of Europe. Most recently, Oxford completed an epic journey from Singapore back to London dubbed “The Last Overland” that was a reverse of its original journey. You can learn more about its adventures on Facebook by joining “The Last Overland: Singapore to London” Facebook group.  

For 2020, the ROAV is working with Adam to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the First Overland as well as the introduction of the new Land Rover Defender by continuing Oxford's travels around the globe. Our plan is to transport Oxford to the United States in January of 2020 and begin a North American tour.  We are planning to have Oxford move between various clubs and special events moving from the Eastcoast to the Westcoast this Spring and Summer. In late summer, Oxford would then make the return journey back east along the Trans-American-Trail (TAT) on a Sea-to-Sea expedition. The goal is to have it back in England by December of 2020. 

Please share this with any Land Rover club or or overland enthusiast that you think would be interested and helpful to this mission. We also welcome commercial sponsorship and promotional partnership opportunities. More information and an update to date schedule of Oxford events can be found at www.roav.org.


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