Expedition to Afghanistan 1955

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Offline TDC

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Expedition to Afghanistan 1955
- Aug 23, 2021 - 16:06
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9918567/British-explorers-images-1955-Afghanistan-trip-nation-unchanged-time-Marco-Polo.html

http://www.christopherbalfour.co.uk/index.php/travel

I can't seem to find  much mention of this on the Forum or the vehicle OUE 271 although I think I have seen a picture of the vehicle with BP on the side somewhere before.

Sorry if my research has been a bit lightweight so far, I'm rather busy at the moment.

Seems it was at about the same time as the Oxford & Cambridge First Overland Expedition
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Re: Expedition to Afghanistan 1955
Reply #1 - Oct 12, 2021 - 13:51
I think there will be some info in the upcoming (Oct) Legend. Yes, it was the same time as Oxford Cambridge, they actually met along the way, OxCam heading to Singapore, OUE heading back home. OUE271 was on its second overland expedition, Colonel Le Blanc had taken it to Africa in 1954.
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Re: Expedition to Afghanistan 1955
Reply #2 - Oct 12, 2021 - 14:50
Its a pity we cannot travel there today, its a beautiful country with friendly people. Pity they have been let down by the West.
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Re: Expedition to Afghanistan 1955
Reply #3 - Oct 12, 2021 - 15:07
Its a pity we cannot travel there today, its a beautiful country with friendly people. Pity they have been let down by the West.

Yes indeed too sad...( Dear Mods ... There is indeed a product from Solihull  in one of these taken in 1978...)

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Re: Expedition to Afghanistan 1955
Reply #4 - Oct 14, 2021 - 14:58
That TK six wheeler looks good was it a local conversion or maybe done in UK eg by AWD or County perhaps ? I think the only factory Bedford six wheelers were KMs and TMs
I suppose in 78 the 4x4 KMs weren't being cast from the army yet.
Plenty of RLs of course but petrol engines..
Yes indeed too sad...( Dear Mods ... There is indeed a product from Solihull  in one of these taken in 1978...)
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Expedition to Afghanistan 1955
Reply #5 - Oct 14, 2021 - 22:06
Colonel Le Blanc had three lwb and one swb. There is a picture in legend 104 of all the cars. The lwb are OUE271, OUE272 and OUE274 the swb is OUE273. https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/incoming/gallery/30-images-show--you-proudest-6900008
Go down to picture 12
I believe the lwb chassis numbers are 47230558, 559 and 560 lhd all dispatched to Rover https://www.lrfaq.org/Series/FAQ.S.chassis_numbering.4723.html
Maybe the hardtop that was used for the expedition to Afghanistan is the first in this sequence.

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Re: Expedition to Afghanistan 1955
Reply #6 - Oct 14, 2021 - 22:35
OUE vehicles must have been used and owned by Land Rover as Iíve got this poster framed in my wall and itís an OUE vehicle (sorry for a bit of a thread hi-jack)

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Re: Expedition to Afghanistan 1955
Reply #7 - Oct 15, 2021 - 05:17
OUE vehicles must have been used and owned by Land Rover as Iíve got this poster framed in my wall and itís an OUE vehicle (sorry for a bit of a thread hi-jack)
Most likely a Solihull reg as OUE264 was on a prototype chassis no P107/1

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Re: Expedition to Afghanistan 1955
Reply #8 - Oct 15, 2021 - 08:52
Most likely a Solihull reg as OUE264 was on a prototype chassis no P107/1

And, of course, HUE166 (and others).

In the very early days of UK registrations (AB1234) the two letters were allocated to counties or boroughs.  When the number of vehicles being registered overwhelmed this system, an initial letter was added at the front, and one figure dropped (eg ABC123).  But the second two letters still designated the issuing authority, so AUE, BUE, CUE etc were all Solihull.

This system died when we went to the current AB12ABC format.

 

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