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Old 09-23-2021, 11:11 PM   #1
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Around Africa in a 1940 Bedford QLR

In 1959/60 I and a friend (Tony Fleming) drove my 1940 QLR Bedford twice over the full length of Africa including two Sahara desert crossings. The Sahara is about the size of the USA.

That crossing was the very last ever possible. The full crossing was closed at 12 pm that day and has stayed so ever since.

If interested Google 'Last Drive Across Africa'. It has many pictures of historical interest. Please note they are copyright but OK to use as long as acknowledged 'copyright Antony Fleming'.

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What a fabulous trip.
Makes my latest travels seem like a day on the couch...
Bravo
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I watched that a couple years ago. It is a great road trip story.
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How was the availability of fuel?
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How was the availability of fuel?
The Sahara is roughly equal in size to the contiguous United States. We had tankage for about 400 US gallons - that gave us a range of about 1400 miles. There are several major oases across the desert with the longest stretch without fuel being about 1000 miles.

Our return, on the 30 June 1960, was the very last vehicle to have made that full crossing. The route was closed and has been ever since. On that crossing, we towed a 4-tonne Forward Control Jeep that had broken its transfer box and had only front-wheel drive.

To our surprise Jeep announced that the useless vehicle had circumnavigated the world without any mechanical issues!

Our video shows this was totally untrue.

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The Sahara is roughly equal in size to the contiguous United States. We had tankage for about 400 US gallons - that gave us a range of about 1400 miles. There are several major oases across the desert with the longest stretch without fuel being about 1000 miles.

Our return, on the 30 June 1960, was the very last vehicle to have made that full crossing. The route was closed and has been ever since. On that crossing, we towed a 4-tonne Forward Control Jeep that had broken its transfer box and had only front-wheel drive.

To our surprise Jeep announced that the useless vehicle had circumnavigated the world without any mechanical issues!

Our video shows this was totally untrue.

Collyn
That is so amazing - I can't imagine what that must have been like! And as the owner of two Jeeps, that's funny as heck about them promoting the trip as having no mechanical issues. Sounds about right, LOL.
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That is so amazing - I can't imagine what that must have been like! And as the owner of two Jeeps, that's funny as heck about them promoting the trip as having no mechanical issues. Sounds about right, LOL.
The American owners of the Jeep were not amused - and made that publically known. If interested Google Last Drive Across Africa.

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