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Grannies Safari – London to Australia 1968

Do you know who these 6 brave ladies were? Or do you own one of the Land Rovers?

Ben Gribbin

Ben Gribbin

February 22, 2016

Hello, I'm the editor of FunRover. I'm a massive Land Rover fan. Currently own a TD5 90. 2015 MR Blogger of the Year


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Grandmothers are made of sterner stuff. Grannies can wash dishes in water that matches the earth's core temperature and collect 4 grandchildren from 3 different schools in 6 minutes.

And so it's no surprise when 6 English Grandmas, with an average age of 57, decided they'd like to visit their families in Australia, they chose to drive.

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In 3 Land Rovers. Dubbed by the news services of the time as "Grannies' Safari". This would be no walk in the park, they faced 15,000 miles of arduous motoring conditions (varying between bad and worse). Why not just fly you might ask? Well, aside from the fact it was no doubt extremely costly, the group wanted an adventure. And I'm sure they got it!

The short news video above shows the hardy nans loading up the Land Rovers with supplies, before saying their goodbyes & setting off from a location in London. The 6 grannies set off in three Series 2a 2.25 Petrol 109" hard-tops.

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It appears as though they had backing from the now defunct Duckhams oils, as Duckhams branding can be seen on the Land Rovers and on a box that is loaded into one of the vehicles. Loading up supplies of oil indicates they weren't shy of busting out the spanners and carrying out their own maintenance.

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The 6 brave ladies were:

  • Melanie Delmont
  • Mavis Britter
  • Lilian Humphreys
  • Helen Scott
  • Phyllis Howard
  • Ann Spink

Sadly, this is where all information dries up. There are no further news articles on the group. Did they make it to Oz? If you know, we'd like to hear from you. Maybe you own one of the vehicles:

YKV 219, no DVLA data held for this vehicle
SGY 951F has been untaxed since 1988, painted Pastel Green
Last vehicle is indistinguishable

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