Classic Toyota Land Cruiser completes Marathon

Still tough enough for journey from Afghanistan to Sussex

The tough qualities of Toyota have shone through once again, with a 1993 Toyota Land Cruiser toughing it out on a 4,600-mile desert marathon.

The formidable 4×4 proved its worth as the support vehicle in a fund-raising journey from Afghanistan to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which raised more than £22,000 for Mission Motorsport. Mission Motorsport is a group provides help and support in the recovery and rehabilitation of those affected by military operations by offering a chance to get involved in the business of racing cars and bikes.

The expedition from Afghanistan to the Goodwood Festival of Speed was led by ex-Royal Marine Chris Short, crossing 17 countries, facing some of the most demanding landscapes on earth, all on his motorbike.

Rock Solid Land Cruiser

The Toyota Land Cruiser carried the necessary supplies to make the journey possible. Domenic Senger-Schenk, the driver of the Land Cruiser said: “The experience has been incredible and the Land Cruiser was rock solid. The only issue was a radiator problem that we easily fixed. Although I had never driven on roads anything like as rough as those in the Afghan and Kazakh deserts, and despite the fact the car was top-heavy with its load, the Toyota coped with it fine.”