Desert Exploration by Car


There is so much material on pre-WWII desert exploration by motorcar in Egypt and Libya, that we almost don't know where to start. One useful book, available from the Silphium Press, and including a chapter about Popski's pre-war desert exploration, is "Wheels Across the Desert" by Professor Andrew Goudie...

Wheels Across the Desert 1916-1942
Wheels Across the Desert 1916-1942

Not many people realise that Popski was a lifelong Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, proposed in 1937 by his Ma'adi neighbour George Murray, head of the Egyptian Survey, and seconded by George's survey colleague Pat Clayton, later a founder member of the Long Range Desert Group.


A central character is of course the Hungarian Laszlo Almasy (see "The English Patient", book and film). Our colleagues Kuno Gross and Wolfgang Kuhmann of the Desert Vehicles Preservation Society, have over the last couple of years acquired a Model A Ford and then rebuilt it to be an exact replica of Almasy's own desert exploration motor. Never content with merely doing some metalwork, they then took it from Germany to North Africa to try it out under real desert conditions...

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Also well worth exploring are these two websites...


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19 Apr 2014