The Keynsham Camels are coming!
Keynsham is a historic market town located between Bristol and Bath. The town is best known as the site of Cadbury's chocolate factory and the hometown of comedian Bill Bailey and cricket hero Marcus Trescothick.
However, there is another reason why Keynsham is notable...
A fleet of distinctive vehicles are often seen around the town. Although they stand out from the crowd, people who notice them may not realise how unique these historic vehicles are.
The vehicles were specially built by Land Rover for the Camel Trophy, a famous international expedition event that was held annually between 1980 and 1998. They are not just "normal" Land Rovers with a different paint job. Each was purpose-built during a dedicated construction run at the Land Rover factory at Solihull.
After they were involved with the Camel Trophy, they passed into the hands of collectors who restore and maintain them. The vehicles attract a great deal of interest at car shows and events across the country and around Europe. However, they are more than just collectors items - they are also used by their owners as day-to-day workhorses.
This website looks back at the Camel Trophy and introduces these historic vehicles and the people who own them.