The photos and video clips are seared into my brain: heavy mud, jungle tracts that would be a bitch to hike, let alone drive, river crossings, handmade bridges, the kind of stuff that if made today would be a reality show. Except nobody would believe it, there’d be a huge contingent protesting the event because it’s vehicles churning through mud, and just wait until they get a load of who is the title sponsor of the whole thing. Camel Trophy was one of the most brutal off-roading events the world has seen and in the twenty years it ran, the iconic images of Land Rovers painted LRC361 “Sandglow” driving through all sorts of hell embedded itself into my memory. Most any Land Rover or Range Rover I see is some kind of upkitted SUV that is meant to give an Escalade driver pause in the parking lot of an upper-end store. But back then, Rovers were badass, the kind of rig that you’d use to bash through the undergrowth before driving through doorhandle-deep water with.
In their usual gorgeous style, Petrolicious check out a 1991 Discovery that is a former Trophy participant. That alone is an underscored achevement..most of the time the vehicles were so beaten-down that the only thing you could do was scavenge the good parts off of one and put the poor beast out of it’s misery. Looking ready as ever to take a trip into the Amazon, this Disco is proof that not every last SUV sucks. Some earn their keep.