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Land-Rovers Cover 22,000 Tough Miles A FTER five months in Africa

20th August 1954, Page 45
20th August 1954
Page 45
Page 45, 20th August 1954 — Land-Rovers Cover 22,000 Tough Miles A FTER five months in Africa
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and the Middle East, a party of four Land-Rovers led by Col. LeBlanc has returned to this country. The vehicles have covered 22,000 miles over tough country arid in extremes of temperature.

The manufacturer's object in this expedition was to put the vehicles through the most searching of African routes at a time of year deliberately chosen for their difficulty, and to collect technical data on performance under these conditions.

An average of over 190 miles was covered each running day and the Land-Rovers experienced no involuntary stops, even in sections which had never been thought possible for vehicle travel. The most difficult sections were Timbuctoo to Bourein over loose sand and rock, which had to be covered as a detour round floods; the Southern Egyptian desert from Port Sudan to Asuan where the temperature was 120' in soft sand; and Baghdad through the desert to Damascus—nearly 600 miles of sandstorms, and 124° temperature.

A high-speed run covered the LuxorCairo section of 425 miles Of dirt roads in only one long day. Returning through Jugoslavia, the 213-mile Belgrade-Zagreb section was covered in four hours' running time.

FROM FARM TO MARKET 0 Luton bodies, one for carrying livestock to slaughter houses and the other for hauling carcasses to London, mounted on Atkinson sixwheeled chassis, have been built by J. H. Jennings and Son. Ltd., Sandbach, for Price Bros. (Neath), Ltd., Neath, Glam.

With a capacity of 500 sheep carcasses, the meat van has a double lining, the exterior panelling being in aluminium. The floor is formed of alloy sections which give additional ventilation.

Tubular rails set 1 ft. 6 in. apart are fixed transversely along the full length of the roof; another set of rails is fitted in a similar manner at a height of 3 ft. from the body floor, but these can be detached and placed higher to carry cow carcasses.

Similarly, the livestock body can he easily adapted to carry live sheep or cattle. Three decks are provided, the first being detachable to increase the height between floors. The rear loading ramp incorporates patent springing.

STATUTORY MAXIMUM RAISED VOLLOWING the approyal of an I increase in Chesterfield Corporation's statutory maximum fares, the Yorkshire Licensing Authority has granted the corporation's application to raise fares on their motorbus services.


Locations: Zagreb, Baghdad, Damascus, London

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