87-year-old to retrace epic Singapore-London drive

Mr Tim Slessor plans to drive from Singapore to London next year. Next to him is a Land Rover Defender owned by Mr Larry Leong, who drove it from London to Kuala Lumpur in 2007 and from Singapore to London in 2015.
Mr Tim Slessor plans to drive from Singapore to London next year. Next to him is a Land Rover Defender owned by Mr Larry Leong, who drove it from London to Kuala Lumpur in 2007 and from Singapore to London in 2015. ST PHOTO: TOH YONG CHUAN

An 87-year-old Briton, who drove from London to Singapore between 1955 and 1956, wants to retrace the epic journey

Sixty-three years ago, newly-minted Cambridge graduate Tim Slessor, then 24, drove from London to Singapore in two Land Rovers with five friends.

The six-month journey, from September 1955 to March 1956, was officially called the Oxford and Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition - five team members were from Cambridge University and one was from Oxford University. It was one of the longest land expeditions at that time (see other story).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 24, 2018, with the headline 'Driving to London in a 63-year-old Land Rover'. Print Edition | Subscribe