AN EPIC ADVENTURE ACROSS THE SIMPSON DESERT IN THE NEW DEFENDER
New Defender owner Peter Vickery was excited to put his vehicle to the test in a Simpson desert crossing organised by Great Divide Tours, and unsurprisingly he was not disappointed.
The adventure started in Broken Hill as Peter and his wife Pip headed west into South Australia, and traversed iconic Australian destinations like the Oodnadatta Track, Lake Eyre, Birdsville and Tibooburra, before finishing the trip in White Cliffs, NSW. All up their epic journey from Canberra covered almost 5000km, with the New Defender barely breaking a sweat.
UNSTOPPABLE IN ALL CONDITIONS
One of the highlights for Peter was driving the Defender across parallel sand dunes, which he said felt like being on the sea as the car smoothly went up and down. The Defender never missed a beat, performing “magnificently”. Pip shared the driving, and although she wasn’t familiar with the Defender, she sailed effortlessly over the dunes and commented “it was like the car was enjoying itself”.
NEW DEFENDER SETS THE PACE
Back out on the open road, Peter found travelling in the Defender very smooth, quiet and easy to drive, with a refined feeling of space and comfort. After their desert adventure, Peter concluded that the Defender was more than capable of tackling any obstacle in its path, giving him assurance and confidence wherever the journey took him. And although he can’t be completely sure, Peter would like to claim the title of ‘First New Defender to cross the Simpson Desert’, which sounds fair to us!
Learn more about the New Defender and why Peter is such a fan.