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In 1993 three friends from New Zealand set out from Morocco on what would become an eight-year, eleven-part adventure through Africa, the Middle East, India, China, and Mongolia.

In their travels they saw the whole of human experience: war, corruption, but also great festivals, amazing desert cities, and friendly people of all creeds and colors.

These four videos detail their trip. By all evidence, it was epic. Read the rest of this entry »

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Speaking of Unimogs, Matt at Expedition Portal wrote a great post the other day about the latest iterations of the iconic line. There are some great wallpaper images there as well. See the post here: The Unimog Grows Up.

I just discovered Motor Trend’s bi-weekly YouTube offering, Dirt Every Day, hosted by Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road’s tech editor, Fred Williams. Here are a couple of episodes in which he takes his recently purchased, $1900, Land Cruiser 80-series off-roading, and then fixes it up for the same amount of money.

I like that they include both kinds of dirt: the off-road kind and the under-the-hood kind. That’s pretty much the reality for most of us who drive, and do whatever maintenance we can, on our trucks.

I look forward to seeing more of their episodes. Find the second video after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Here’s a great Motor Trend video, reporting from the Unimog Museum in Gaggenau, Germany. They delve into the history of the Mercedes-Benz truck line as well as explain how the trucks actually work. Later they motor a huge Unimog around the proving ground out back.

It’s well worth a watch.

For times when an already capable 4-wheel-drive G Class just won’t do, Mercedes-Benz has announced that, come October, it will offer this outrageous-looking 6×6 version.

It’s specified in G63 trim, meaning this über-off-roader will get its grunt from a twin-turbo, AMG 5.5-liter V8, which will slam 544 horsepower and 560 foot-pounds of torque through a seven-speed, automatic transmission. That’s enough to propel this 8,300-lb. goliath from 0 to 60 in about 6 seconds. Damn.

Other features include portal axles, five locking differentials, cabin-controlled tire pressure adjustment, and 37-inch wheels.

Interested? The price hasn’t been set but expect to pay in the neighborhood of $450,000.

Want to read more? Check the links below. More photos after the jump.

Links: Yahoo AutosMotor AuthorityMotor Trend

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There are some great trip reports over on the Expedition Portal Forums. Here are a couple of highlight photos from a guy who posts under the name “Sabre.” He and his wife took an overland trip from their home in Washington state to the southwest. The photos and scenery are stunning. And they did the whole trip in a stock Gen 3 Montero.

Link: Backcountry Trip to Utah Sells the Wife on Overlanding Read the rest of this entry »

The folks over at /DRIVE, and their RideApart team, have put together a video of some Colorado back-country winter riding on board a KTM 990 Adventure. It looked like it was a bit of a handful in the snow without studded tires.

Good video though and some amazing scenery.

In these two videos, South African 4×4 expert Andrew St. Pierre White puts 30 years of off-road experience into building a Land Cruiser 70-Series. He aims to create the most robust and simple-to-operate rig he can.

The first video shows the build, which includes a custom interior, roof-top tent, and suspension modifications.

In second video, he and his daughter take the new Land Cruiser out into the bush where Andrew goes into further detail about the trucks features, including the newly fitted turbo-charger.

Find the second video after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

This is one of my favorite Camel Trophy videos. It takes place in 1988 on the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi. It also shows a bit of the driver training in England. Great footage.

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When I was a kid I had a little matchbox-sized Matra-Simca Rancho from a German toy maker called Siku. I always like the look of the thing but didn’t know much about it. As an adult I found out it was a bit of a poser, a French entry into the off-road market, that didn’t even have four-wheel drive. In this clip, they really pushed the off-road image (and euro-pop soundtrack).

Although the mechanicals didn’t quite live up to the image it projected, I still think the design was ahead of its time.