What drives him: Charlie Hamilton James

National Geographic photographer and television presenter Charlie Hamilton James is about as demanding as drivers come. Working on assignments across the globe from Africa to the Amazon he regularly encounters extremes of climate and terrain the average UK motorist couldn’t possibly imagine.

‘Many of the roads we come across aren’t really roads at all in the conventional sense,’ he says. ‘A car like the new Subaru XV with always-on four-wheel drive and good ground clearance is essential, as is plenty of luggage space for my equipment.’

But reliability is the most valued strength of all.

‘A breakdown in the desert miles from help might not only mean missing that crucial shot, it could be incredibly dangerous.’

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