2013 Range Rover launch in Morocco
HITTING THE BEACH: Stephenson on the beaches of Essaouria with Mogador Island on the horizon. All images (except this one) LES STEPHENSON
WAY TO GO: The official Land Rover map of the trans-Morocco launch route.
FIRST PEEK: Half-hidden by the greenery of the Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Hotel & Spa - the new Range Rover.
FIRST OF A KIND: Land Rover UK trucked out the very first Range Rover for the launch - the Velar prototype, the oldest surviving Range Rover.
NAMED AT LAST: Also at the Moroccan launch was Range Rover No.6 - absolutley immaculate after 43 years.
INSIDE THE NEW GUY: Half the switches ditched for simplicity.
BIG-SCREEN INFO: It's standard across the 2013 Range Rover models.
TOP-END AIRCON: It was needed, even in the 'winter' desert of Morocco.
SANDS OF ESSAOUIRA: The first test of the Range Rover was on Morocco's Atlantic coast.
DEEP IN THE DUNES: After swinging off the Essaouira beach, the Rangeys took to the dune tracks with no problem.
ANCIENT AND MODERN: Did an earthquake hit the older buildings? A village on the approaches to the High Atlas mountains
MOROCCAN TRUCK STOP: Looks familiar - but the facilities are a little more basic than those in South Africa.
CONVOY CRAWL: The Range Rovers take to the depths of the Ourika River gorge.
HIGH-LIVING: Rooms with a view look down on the Ourika from the cliff-tops.
FLOOD-LEVEL FOLIAGE: Sometimes the only way down the river was to take to the banks.
LIVING HISTORY: Man has made his home on the cliffs of the Ourika River for thousands of years.
ENGRAVED IN GRAVEL: Pebbles of all kinds of rock embedded in the flood-level bank of the Ourika River.
TAKING A DIVE: One of the Range Rover fleet (apt name, considering the route) goes nose down into the Ourika.
PASS ON HIGH: Trucks on the trans-Morocco road are a long, long way up.
DUCK OUT OF WATER: Litter and rubbish come down with the floods - this little plastic duckling looked very lonely.
WAITING TO SLIDE: The rocky scree from the moutains will eventually hit the river - but it wasn't to be today.
IN TRANSIT GLORIA: That's the width of the 'highway' in the Moroccan highlands - and this Ford took up most of it. Overtaking is done with two wheels on the gravel.