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1961 Land Rover 109
My new Land Rover 109 built for the legendary Camel Trophy.
About this creation
The Camel Trophy began in 1980 with a crossing of the Transamazonica highway, subsequent events have been called "the Olympics of 4x4". They were all about adventure and exploration. Over the next eight years, the expeditions crossed Sumatra, Papua New Guinea, Zaire, Brazil, Borneo, Australia, Madagascar (the first north-south crossing) and Sulawesi before returning to the Amazon. These grueling tests of human endurance brought together teams from around the world in the hope of triumphing in some of the most treacherous off-road conditions imaginable. Team work and camaraderie were crucial. The competitive element came in a series of "Special Tasks," such as winching and timed driving routes, in which the national teams competed against each other.

In the 1990s, the Camel Trophy headed to Siberia and the USSR, followed by Tanzania, Burundi, Guyana, Argentina, Paraguay, Chile (the "Road to Hell" event), Belize, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras (controversially serving 500 out-of-season lobster at a dinner), Kalimantan (a thousand miles and 18 rollovers to celebrate the first crossing of the island 100 years previously) and Mongolia. But the Camel Trophy didn't just change venue. Over the years, the event evolved from a mud-plugging expedition to involve elements of adventure sport, such as kayaking, mountain biking and winter sports. Teams were selected by each competing nation in competitions held nationally, designed to test the athletic, engineering and driving prowess of potential candidates. For some events, a million people applied to take part! One person's hell is another person's heaven.

Although the events had an impact on the environment through which they traveled, there were ways in which the Camel Trophy benefited the local society or environment. In 1993, for example, the teams worked through the night to build an environmental monitoring station in the jungle so biologists could accurately study the flora and fauna of an area which had barely been explored previously. In all the events, the convoy's progress reopened roads and tracks which had fallen into disuse and frequently rebuilt bridges and repaired sections of damaged tracks.

In 1998, the Camel Trophy returned to Argentina and Chile for the penultimate Tierra del Fuego event. The Freelander made its debut and was used to speed the competitors six thousand miles across the remote and snowy environment. Outdoor pursuits dominated the event. Shortly afterwards, Land Rover, a major sponsor, felt that the Camel Trophy was moving away from adventure and exploration and a news release indicated they would not sponsor future events. This ultimately lead to the cancellation of the 1999 event which was planned for Peru.

"We have enjoyed a unique relationship with the Camel Trophy event over almost two decades and it has played a major role in sustaining the image of Land Rover as the manufacturer of the best 4x4's in the world. However, with the changing character of the event it will no longer provide us with an active demonstration of Land Rover's brand essence - limitless capability. We wish Camel Trophy every success with their new format. As for Land Rover, future activities will concentrate on our customer base with the emphasis very much on rugged off-road adventure." Martin Runnacles, Rover Group Marketing Director

In 2000, the Camel Trophy returned with a new style of event. It developed the spirit of the Tierra del Fuego event and the Camel brand but with the 32 competitors exploring Tonga and Samoa in RIB powerboats. This event was the single most successful Camel Trophy event as both a sporting activity and a Camel PR and marketing exercise. Unfortunately, at this time the international brands of RJ Reynolds (which included Worldwide Brand Inc, the owners of the CT brand) were in the process of being sold to Japan Tobacco Inc. JTI subsequently chose to change direction and instead concentrate on the Camel Active fashion brand. It was to be the last Camel Trophy event.
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Patrick L.
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Karl M
  September 10, 2012
Superb.
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  March 4, 2011
That is so beast 8)
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  December 8, 2010
i like the dirt its a pretty good land rover ive never heard of a land rover 109 my freinds dad has a land rover defender
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  November 12, 2010
Nice job! :)
Patrick L.
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Arnaud V.
  November 10, 2010
yeah! this is camel trophy,mud and Land Rovers,i'm sad it does not exists now
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  November 10, 2010
very impressive and efficient presentation in context!,by the book!,if not better!,as for the build,very well done!,typical of your most excellent usual work! great job patrick!
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  November 10, 2010
Nice MOC, but the presentation is superb.
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  November 10, 2010
:-) I'd like you to join this contest : http://www.flickr.com/groups/lego/discuss/72157625316818406/
Patrick L.
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Fruity Toucan
  November 8, 2010
Cool, if you look at my homepage this MOC is my MOC of the week!
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  November 8, 2010
Quoting Sven Bode & Jens Matuschek IST DAS RINDENMULCH???! Krasses Teil...mal wieder! Gibt's bei dem auch Motor und Innenraum oder hast du diesmal darauf verzichtet (was ja entschuldbar und verständlich wäre). Ansonsten will ich Fotos sehen! Beste Grüße & auf bald, Jens PS: Mach mal 'ne Pause, man kommt gar nicht mehr nach... ;-P
Hehe, jupp, das war Cat´s Idee.Aber sag´s nicht weiter.:-)Hast schon ganz Recht.Motor und Innenausbau hab ich zwar,wird aber erst nach Säuberung verbaut, owohl ich schon überlege ihn so zu lassen.Meinen MadMax Interceptor ( http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/191084 )hab ich auch noch verdreckt im Regal stehen.Sieht irgendwie besser aus. Gruss Patrick
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  November 8, 2010
Quoting Fruity Toucan Cool, if you look at my homepage this MOC is my MOC of the week!
I have seen....thank you very much;-)
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  November 8, 2010
A-MAZE-ING! The mud makes it all!
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  November 8, 2010
Superb job mate :)
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  November 8, 2010
Haha, back when people actually used their Land Rovers to go OFF-ROAD!!! And the same thing goes for Hummers and Jeeps, too. But great work on this, especially on the front. I'm just loving all the dirt!
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  November 8, 2010
Superb - really authentic. Landies should be muddy!
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  November 8, 2010
SO, cool... This really worked out very well mate-superb presentation...
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  November 8, 2010
Nyeaa... on this I can't say "Nice and very clean work" However the jeep looks very well executed! Nice one!
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  November 8, 2010
IST DAS RINDENMULCH???! Krasses Teil...mal wieder! Gibt's bei dem auch Motor und Innenraum oder hast du diesmal darauf verzichtet (was ja entschuldbar und verständlich wäre). Ansonsten will ich Fotos sehen! Beste Grüße & auf bald, Jens PS: Mach mal 'ne Pause, man kommt gar nicht mehr nach... ;-P
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  November 8, 2010
It must be a helluva job to clean it afterwards but it serves the purpose. This is a killer! That small dose of reality really adds to the whole picture. The model itself looks very simple but that's how Land Rovers were built. It looks like the real thing altogether. Keep it up!
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  November 8, 2010
You made your pieces so dirty! :O
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  November 8, 2010
truly amazing and the dirty scene is great,,,bravo
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  November 7, 2010
Awesome dirt effects. Very cool.
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  November 7, 2010
nice.keep up yhe great work
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  November 7, 2010
Ow that's great! I like the dirt :o You really inspire me, you make me want to build cars again!
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  November 7, 2010
I am amazaed by the quality and quantity of MOCs you come up with lately. Keep on the excellent work !
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  November 7, 2010
A very good looking jeep! And the dirt look reminds me of your dirt MadMax car ;-) I hope your doing well...and we will have contact soon.
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  November 7, 2010
cooool!
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  November 7, 2010
Nice build with great details. Have fun cleaning...
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  November 7, 2010
wow! this is so cool! I realy like that!
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  November 7, 2010
That's so awesome, and the mud actually makes it look better, something typical for suv's I suppose, very nice, great job
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  November 7, 2010
thats really authentic wow
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  November 7, 2010
Awesome! Nothing like gettin' Legos muddy! I have this same vehicle as a Corji model from the 70's, and it had mud painted all over it. Great job!
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  November 7, 2010
Ooh that is dirty, :-) Very good build, it captures the old Camel Trophy spirit very good. Realy like the front which is the best part of this vehicle i think. Another great build!
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  November 7, 2010
Nice
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  November 7, 2010
WOW! very nice! I would never put my legos in dirt. ;) I think the back should be a bit longer, but anyways, great job!
 
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