An 87-year-old man who made history by driving overland from London to Singapore 63 years ago will be doing it all over again in August. This time, Tim Slessor and his six team members will be making the journey in the opposite direction - from Singapore to London. They hope to complete their return journey in 100 days.
It’s a blogpost by the writer, sharing his encounters with Alex and his experience on an overland trip. It shares about the First Overland book by Tim, and includes multiple images of Aug 7’s send off at The Grenadier. It shares how the new expedition will take the First Overland’s journey in reverse, Alex’s role in conceptualizing the journey, ‘Oxford’ being in Singapore. It also introduces Tim who was also at the sendoff, who will be part of the trip, should health permit.
It shares about Tim reading from his journal recounting the days leading up to the first expedition 64 years ago, the differences (eg tech) and similarities (eg safety, political sensitivities) between the two trips. The article describes the handing over of keys to Nat in a “symbolic gesture of passing on the legacy”, and introduces Nat as taking over Tim’s place, though Tim will still be joining the journey albeit at a later time. It also introduces Nigel and Pat as members of the first overland team, who will not be taking part in the expedition.
This article is a condensed version of the one published on 8 Aug. Unlike the first article, it does not include mention of Tim’s experiences from the First Overland, Nigel and Pat, and of Tim’s surgery of which will see his delayed joining of the expedition. The focus of this article is on passing on the reins to Nat.
The article introduces the Last Overland as a remake of the First Overland, of which Myanmar is one of the countries the cars will pass through. It also introduces Nat, his background, and how he is following in Tim’s footsteps, and Tim’s recovery from operation – which has been positively positioned, with Tim still being part of the expedition. It also shares details of the flag off event on 25 Aug and the Land Rover escort.