A classic Toyota Land Cruiser model from 1993 has managed to complete a marathon fund-raising expedition out on a 4,600-mile-long desert.
The 1993-vintage Land Cruiser proved its mettle as the support vehicle in a fund-raising journey from Afghanistan to the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK.
More than £22,000 was raised for Mission Motorsport as a result of the expedition, helping the group that aids the recovery and rehabilitation of those affected by military operations. The group does this by offering a chance for them to get involved in the business of racing cars and bikes.
Leading the expedition was ex-Royal Marine Chris Short, who completed the route on motorbike. The challenging expedition took in 17 countries and some of the most demanding desert landscapes in central Asia.
Taking the wheel of the classic Toyota Land Cruiser was Domenic Senger-Schenk, who commented: “The experience has been incredible and the Land Cruiser was rock solid. The only issue was a radiator problem that we easily fixed.
“Although I had never driven on roads anything like as rough as those in the Afghan and Kazakh deserts, and despite the fact the car was top-heavy with its load, the Toyota coped with it fine.”
Scott Brownlee, General Manager Press Relations and Social Media at Toyota, added: “This is a great achievement for the team and we’re delighted that the Land Cruiser has once again lived up to its legendary reputation.”
The ‘Kabul to the Kennels’ expedition, featuring the Land Cruiser, was captured on film by Laurence Cameron for a television documentary. The progress of the expedition team was also followed in a series of reports on the official Toyota UK blog.
If a 1993 Toyota Land Cruiser is still tough enough for a journey from Afghanistan to Sussex, then you can be sure that the latest-generation model will be practical enough for any customer.