Land Rover’s 16 assorted vehicles from Hong Kong returned to Solihull plant, while taking part in around the world expedition. When the vehicles arrived on 15th July in the UK, they made the pilgrimage to Lode Lane visiting the manufacturing facility where they were first assembled. The sixteen Land Rovers were driven by their intrepid owners from the Land Rover Club of Hong Kong, and are on a drive to conquer the world in 80 days. Started on 9th June, the four month expedition has already chalked up more than 15,000 km. Braving through different weather conditions and terrains, the travellers have passed through Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Netherlands, Kazakhstan, Russia before reaching the UK. Once they arrived at the Solihull plant, the 40 trans-globe explorers were toured to the new Handover Centre and manufacturing facilities.
Land Rover Manufacturing Manager, Joe McNamara, welcomed the vehicles to the factory where they were originally built and paid tribute to their owners and said: “It is a pleasure to welcome these vehicles home to Solihull, and to meet their intrepid drivers and passengers, who are undertaking such a challenging and gruelling journey. But they have certainly chosen the right vehicles for the trip.” “Land Rovers are engineered to be the world’s most capable all-purpose vehicles, and these have already demonstrated enormous durability over the world’s most challenging and inhospitable terrains, with yet more to face before they return to Hong Kong. Equally, their drivers and passengers embody the “above and beyond” ethos for which Land Rover is renowned.”
The group of excited trans-globe explorers will enjoy a break in London before heading to France, and continue through southern Europe and North Africa. At the end of July, they will return to mainland Europe from Casablanca. A number of the vehicles will be shipped back to Hong Kong, while others will be shipped to Halifax, Canada. These will continue the journey through North America, looping south to New York and Washington DC before heading west to Los Angeles and San Francisco. And the expedition will continue until they reach Hong Kong on 24th September.