Meeting of the Desert Vehicles 2014

Call for participation

After we had built up our 1930 Ford A in the same way as the famous Count Almasy had done it for his 1933 deep-desert-expeditions in Egypt we did not want to waste any time and decided to test our vehicle in the Sahara on sand and gravel. We spent two weeks in Tunisia and made a great experience with our 83 years old car – it was just like being sent back in time.
Then, on the way back to Europe on the ferry-ship we thought that we should not only repeat such trip in 2014/15 but that it would be a very good idea to have also other people with us who want to drive their desert-vehicle once in its “original environment”. This is why we address now to you and would like to learn, if you may be interested to get such experience with your desert-vehicle.
What we want to call the “Meeting of the Desert Vehicles” shall take place in the last quarter of 2014 or in the first quarter of 2015 in the area of the oasis of Ksar Ghilane in Tunisia. This oasis is not only the most picturesque one in Tunisia, with its palmes and the small lake, but it is surrounded by a variety of desert landscapes, including sand dunes and has a historical relation to several of the famous units who fought (and drove) during the Desert Campaign of WW2 – many of them passed this oasis, camped and even battled there: Popski’s Private Army, SAS, French SAS, LRDG, “La Colonne Leclerc”, 15 Panzerdivision and the 2nd NZ Division. The events of the desert war have long passed since but the careful observer can still find traces of the past: Flimsy Cans, fragments of artillery-shells, bullets and so on.

But it is not the case that we only wish to attract military vehicles – our Ford A is a civilian car and we hope that one or the other civilian desert-vehicle may join as well.

Meeting of the Desert Vehicles 2014

To learn more about the planned event, please use this link to the website of the DVPS.

www.desert-vehicles.org/index.php?article_id=172