Conducted for 20 years, the Camel Trophy was the most coveted trophy that any Land Rover owner or her extended brands such as Defender 90, Defender 110, Discovery, Freelander could win. The idea to have this race originated while three German teams were exploring the Amazon. Though this team could not complete the circuit but the idea to have one in the future was cast. Well known brand called CAMEL, the lead sponsors for the subsequent rally's got the cup to be named after their cigarettes.
During the years a lot of rules were modified but one thing remained the same – the original colour (called the Camel Trophy Colour) had to be painted on every participating vehicle. The technical name of the paint was Sandglow LRC361.
The participating vehicles were heavily modified as per terrain requirements. Every year different regions were selected for the competition. If the first race in 1980 was on the Trans-Amazonian Highway (a 4000 km. Highway in Brazil), then other races were conducted in far distant Borneo, Sumatra, Siberia, Mongolia. Once the race was even held in the Pacific island of Tonga. No doubt it was considered to be the Olympics of 4WD driving.
The vehicles were heavily modified and included winches, roll cages, underside body protection, ropes, jacks, communication equipments, etc.
In India, the Managing Director of the Indian Express Group possess one (though this car did not participate in any race).
This Land Rover Defender is an exact rendition in 1:18, and comes with spare tyres, storage bins, petrol tanks and cables. All the doors open and has carpet and working steering.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Moving wheels|
|- Opening bonnet and doors|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||13.5 x 7 x 7|
|Color||Yellow / Black|