If doing an amazing journey through Russia and others with an experienced organisation is your thing, or just want to discuss options, these people are the ones to talk to. Typical Kiwi ‘can do’ attitude. www.rallytours.co.nz
Gumtree 4X4 In Ditchling West Sussex have done an amazing job of making a bodily fine but mechanically “needy” vehicle like new again. John and his great team have transformed it into a capable machine. They only work on Land Rovers. www.gumtree4x4.co.uk
Here is another individual enjoying the challenge. Sailing his tiny boat from Dingle, Ireland to Dunedin NZ http://www.yrvind.com/tracker/.
Well, Yvrind threw in the towel for now, citing poor boat performance. It seems after a re design he plans to make another attempt.
I mentioned in the latest blog that we stopped in to see friend Neal, in Perth on the way back from the UK last year. One of the things we did was visit the Guilford Grammar School in Perth. Neal had sent me something he had read about this character Ben Carlin, who sailed an amphibious Ford World War 11 military jeep across the Atlantic. As Ben Carlin was an Old Boy of the school, the school acquired the bits and rebuilt it and it is on show in the school grounds, glass enclosed of course. An amazing story. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Carlin
Here is a Land Rover love story from Roy in Norway. Weren’t they so much less complicated then? Land Rovers I mean. https://www.explmore.com/strangerslikeangels
Brother Kelvin came across these two from Germany in Outback Australia, doing their thing. Very well constructed site full of useful information. http://backroadvagrants.com
Two more Kiwis with a Land Rover problem. Like us, they love theirs too. www.kiwisinafrica
If you are planning an Expedition and would like some graphics for your vehicle, email Cathy at Mortimer Graphics www.mortimer.co.nz/ for a quote.
Daughter Sarah and husband Tim and two children are heading off on a major journey in their Mercedes Camper. Follow them on worldsafari.ca
A Dutch couple Jasper & Kim travelling the world in their lovely Series 111 Land Rover http://www.laradelaro.nl
During an Atlas Overland expedition to Corsica in 2015 we became aquatinted with John and Pat in their Camel Trophy Replica TD5 Defender. John is, or was Editor-in-Chief for the Land Rover dedicated magazine ‘Land Rover Owners International’. As they had visited most countries in the world on a professional basis, they had not been to new Zealand. So, we invited them to visit us and see our country using our Series 111 Stage One. They wrote up their experiences in the December 2016 & January 2017 editions of the magazine. Very sadly, it was Pat’s last expedition as she passed away later in 2017. Her photography and Johns’s journalism, give a stunning account of their travels in the following two articles: