Camel Trophy 1985 - Borneo
Camel Trophy 1985 was the largest event run at that point with sixteen teams from eight different countries taking part, including three teams new to the event: Japan, Brazil, and the Canary Islands. This time, Camel Trophy took participants to the world's second largest island, Borneo and the vast expanses of unexplored territory in its hinterland. Would the Italian team triumph for the third time in a row?
The selected route started at Samirinda on the east coast of Indonesian Borneo (Kalimantan) and by way of a long anti-clockwise sweep ended in the oilfield city and port of Balikpapan.
Rain once again proved to be a formidable obstacle to progress during the event, creating perilously slick trails and fast flowing swollen rivers. Progress was even slower across the mountains of East Kalimantan’s jungle regions, at times reducing the convoy’s speed to a mere two or three kilometres per day.
What made Camel Trophy 1985 particularly memorable was the improvised helicopter airlift of the complete convoy of Land Rover Ninetys across miles of flooded rainforest. The vehicles had become marooned on a low rise within the flooded forest where, without this piece of ingenuity, they would undoubtedly have remained until the next dry season.
The other significant innovation was the introduction of the "Team Spirit Award", presented to the team who, in the opinion and judgment of all the other teams participating, most epitomised the fellowship and camaraderie of the event. The first "Team Spirit" prize was awarded to the likeable Brazilian team of Carlos Probst and Tito Rosenberg.
Overall victory on Camel Trophy 1985 went to the Germany 1 team of Heinz Kallin and Bernd Strohdach.
(Content from McLean Chapman Associates)
|Team Vehicles:||Land Rover Ninety|
|Support Vehicles:||Land Rover One Ten|
|Distance:||1,500 km by road|
|Number of Teams:||16|
|Belgium 1||Philippe Goblet & Hubert Callens|
|Belgium 2||Jean-Claud Decraene & Wilfried van der Kalen|
|Brazil 1||Osmar Eugenio Kretschek & Luis Aylton Casertani|
|Brazil 2||Carlos Probst & Tito Rosenberg||Team Spirit Award|
|Canary Islands||Fernando Rebull & Jose Antonio Reyes|
|Germany 1||Heinz Kallin & Bernd Strohdach||Camel Trophy|
|Germany 2||Georg Michael Diehl & Jurgen Meinig|
|Holland 1||Arie Plugers & Will Walters|
|Holland 2||Jouke Eikelboom & Gerrit Oudenampsen|
|Italy 1||Flavio Dematteis & Stefano Gasi|
|Italy 2||Roberto Ive & Beppe Gualini|
|Japan 1||Kunio Takagi & Fukumu Uzuta|
|Japan 2||Hirotaka Shimamura & Gentaro Izumitani|
|Spain||Javier Casasus Lattore & Jaime Masferrer Ordis|
|Switzerland 1||Bruno Camenzind & Urs Beer|
|Switzerland 2||Werner Ehrsam & Werner Paul Buhrer|