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Icons Of Motoring, The Chartwell Mission #C2C22

Duke’s are excited to announce ‘Icons of Motoring’, all Land Rover Auction and the first of its kind.  It is being held at The Tank Museum, Bovington, on the 6th October. The auction is a culmination of a charity mission involving 7 iconic series I, II and III Land Rovers driving from Chartwell in South Africa to Chartwell in the UK, totalling a distance around 22,000km. Funds are being raised to develop sustainable opportunities for the next generation, focused specifically on food and water management techniques.

Duke’s Auctioneers is recognised as one of the top regional auction houses and their auction results reflect this, from Fine Art to vintage vehicles. Seen last year with a 1963 LAND ROVER SERIES IIA, fetched a hammer of £20,000. Alongside such a passonate group of collectors this auction is sure to see some exciting results!

If you own Land Rover vehicles or automobilia Duke’s is inviting entries for this inaugural auction. For more information and confidential free advice please contact Julian Smith or William Batt.

Already consigned | A 1956 Land Rover Series I from the esteemed Dereck Heynes collection 

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Discovering an abandoned and decaying series 3 Landy, gathering dust under a tree in the Cradle of Humankind became the catalyst and the vehicle was appropriately given the name… Winston.

Whilst being restored to its former glory it was discovered that Winston had been driven from the UK down through Africa and so the challenge to return it by driving from Chartwell to Chartwell gave birth to ‘c2c’.

The more they researched, the more apparent it because that this was more than a holiday and more than an overland expedition linking two names of places. The history of Chartwell and The c2c Mission joins Continents 2 Continents, Countries 2 Countries and Communities 2 Communities all with a Culture that embraces ‘The Sense of Adventure’. In this they weren’t alone; from other intrepid adventurers in Chartwell with their own stories to that of Winston Churchill with his love of horses at Chartwell House, being arrested as a war time journalist aged 22 in SA (1899) and then escaping from Pretoria Boys High! (And like all good stories there was a twist! Churchill became allies with his former adversary, Jan Smuts, who went on to serve as a Field Marshall for the empire, and indeed is credited as the founder of the SA Air Force advising Churchill to start the Royal Air Force!)

In total, 7 different Land Rovers covering the entire historic range of the ‘best 4x4 by far’ are taking part over different stages and times;

‘#Winston’ the 1985 Series 3, driven by Rob Eriksen-Miller and son Dylan, is destined to reach

Chartwell house and accompanied on route by;

1956 Series 1 ‘#Blue Blick’ with resident Rick Currie & Mike Deacon

1958 Series 1 ‘#Behnjane’ with Steve Dahl & ‘the doctor’

1967 Series 2a ‘#Jan Smuts’ with resident Mark McClue &  ‘Jump seat’ guests!

1984 Forward Control ‘#Rocinante’ with Trevor &  Helen stiebel,

1996 Defender 90 ‘#Thomas’ with Mike Eriksen Miller & Daughter.

2000 Defender 110 ‘#BettyBoop’; with Alley Grunewald #PinkDefenderGirl & company!

From an idea rooted in community, The c2c22 ‘Chartwell 2 Chartwell’ Land Rover Mission has taken shape using vehicles recognised as an icon of adventure to restore linkages across the continents for tourism as it reawakens, and a ‘research & trade’ mission for businesses wanting to understand and build relationships across the largest environment and marketplace on Earth.

With Africa and Europe home to over a billion youth under the age of 35, this presents massive needs and at the same time an opportunity; c2cMissions hopes to be a way to address some of these perceptions and provide experiences to participants that can create leaders and managers of the 2030 generation. 

Learn more about the mission 

The team setting off from South Arica on 16th July

A map of the fist leg of the 20,000+km journey



Julian Smith 

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01305 265080



William Batt

[email protected]

01305 265080