expedition travelled along the Atlantic coast to reach South Africa in
March. The return trip wound through Central Africa and finished in Rome
in May, covering 47,000 kilometres: over 5 months of travel in unsafe
and complex territories both from an environmental and logistical point
of view, bought the vehicles and the team of Overland in contact with a
variety of populations and geographic areas.
Overland 12, as in previous expeditions, exploits a range of IVECO
vehicles: the now historic "bonneted" 330.30 ANW, prepared as a canteen
and dormitory by the Mussa & Graziano company, a latest generation
Daily 4x4 rated at 5.5t, equipped with a resuscitation and first aid
facility by Onnicar, a Trakker 6x6 equipped as a mobile workshop by the
Sperotto company and two long wheelbase Massif 4x4 vehicles equipped by
TruckTech for TV crew transport.
The expedition paid particular attention to the humanitarian aspect,
four doctors selected by the Ospedaliero-Universiatario Company and the
University of Parma travelled in the Daily 4x4,. They collected
statistical data, imparted their innovative knowledge and used advanced
telemedicine techniques to help both today, and in future, medical
outposts that the expedition met along the route.
Beppe Tenti once again led the crew of 16, who travelled on 4
operational shifts, out of a total of over 40 people including Beppe
Simonato, Customer Support IVECO who headed up the technical
administration of the 6 IVECO vehicles and maintained liaison with the
Iveco headquarters in Turin.
A series of documentaries based on the expedition will be broadcast by RaiUno during autumn 2010.
Iveco and the Overland project: the adventure continues