Court Treatt Cape to Cairo Expedition 1924-1926
Court Treatt expedition was the first to drive a motor
vehicle from Cape Town in South Africa to Cairo in Egypt. The
six people set off in two Crossley light trucks on 13th September
1924 and reached Cairo on 24th January
1926 sixteen months later, after covering 12,732
information contained on these pages has come from a number of sources.
The primary one has been "Cape to Cairo" by Stella Court Treatt who
based the book, published in 1927, on the comprehensive diary she kept
during the expedition. Many place names or spellings have changed over
the years and although most can still be located, others are
mystery. Where a current name is known it is given in the text. The
book is no longer in print but is widely
available from specialist dealers. A warning has to be given
it does not meet 21st century ideas of political correctness.
information has come from the souvenir programme sold at public
showings of the film of the journey, publicity material issued by
Crossley Motors Ltd and other contemporary press reports.
material has been gathered from a variety of genealogical web sites
with some very obvious errors and confusions not passed on.
The film of the
journey, silent of course, still exists but is not to
my knowledge, publicly available. One report mentions that a re-edited
version with sound track was released in 1934 but no trace of this can
be found. Somewhere in the wide world, the
still photo archive and other original material must also still exist.
TO CROSSLEY CARS IN THE 1920s
Malcolm Asquith 2009