An Arabian run

Organised by Khalifa o Ghulfi, a classic car collector from the UAE, the Arabian Desert Bedford Run saw several immaculate Bedford trucks participate in an exciting off-road convoy. Hendrik Bester reports

Ten of Khalifa o Ghulfi’s 11 Bedfords made the Arabian desert run

Off-road vehicles are to the desert what boats are to the sea. It brings people together on special journeys.” These are the profound words of the world’s largest car collector, His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Hamadan Al Nahyan, a member of the ruling family of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). His impressive collection is said to surpass 1,000 vehicles, with the majority being showcased in two car museums in the UAE. His Highness shared this sentiment with me while I was an honorary guest at the Arabian Desert Bedford Run, organized by fellow car enthusiast Khalifa o Ghulfi. Khalifa’s collection boasts over 100 Series Land Rovers, more than half with military origins, and 11 Bedfords – with his prized possession being the 1943 QL.

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