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S3ute
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Rovers abroad

#1 Post by S3ute » Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:14 pm

Hello from Brisbane.

Here are the first of a few spotted during work travels in Africa, South America and Asia.

A bit of bling at a rest camp in Kruger NP earlier this year:

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Tierra Del Fuego a couple of years ago:

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And this German registered truck also in Tierra Del Fuego:

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Finally from a few years back a couple of Discoverys and support Defender recreating the original London to Singapore trek, but going the long way via China - seen here near the bell tower in Xian:

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Cheers,

Neil

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#2 Post by S3ute » Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:30 pm

Hello again - a few more from Africa.

Top of the Sani Pass in Lesotho, including highest pub in Africa:

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Pop up for a pint...........

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A few more from Maun in Botswana - jump off point for the Okavango Delta:

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And Pilanesburg South Africa:

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Cheers,

Neil

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Re: Rovers abroad

#3 Post by StuartL » Thu Sep 10, 2015 7:04 pm

Hey Neil,

Great pictures, thank you for sharing them. You must have a great job to travel to such wonderful places. Please keep posting.
Tata for now....

Stuart
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#4 Post by S3ute » Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:07 pm

StuartL wrote:Hey Neil,

Great pictures, thank you for sharing them. You must have a great job to travel to such wonderful places. Please keep posting.
Stuart,

Hello and thanks for the compliments.

And yes, I have been a little lucky in terms of having a job that involves a good bit of local and international travel - which I thoroughly enjoy. Basically I work for a very large national research organisation and for several decades the immediate focus has been on understanding the function of rangeland environments across the northern half of Australia. This is interspersed with diversions into mixed crop and livestock farming systems in southern Australia, and a share of international development work primarily working with smallholder farms in southern Africa, Indonesia and central and western China. All of these places were or still are prime Land Rover habitat and the opportunity for snapping the odd one is pretty good. In fact, for a large part of humankind a Series Land Rover is probably the first mechanized form of transport that they ever saw.... Such is the appeal of the breed - you meet enthusiasts everywhere and it is easy to strike up a conversation of mutual interest.

You asked for a few more photos, so here goes:

From Zimbabwe

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Botswana

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South Africa

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Indonesia

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Or home

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Cheers,

Neil
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#5 Post by exmod90 » Thu Sep 17, 2015 7:20 am

what a wonderful collection of nostalgic photos ! we appreciate being able to see Land Rovers at their finest from various parts of the world that you travel . thank you for sharing with us .

Margaret and Gerry B , Prince George BC [ BC's Northern Capital ]
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1986 Land Rover 90 [ exmod ] , soft top
2004 Land Rover Discovery SE

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#6 Post by S3ute » Sun Sep 27, 2015 6:10 pm

StuartL wrote:Hey Neil,

Great pictures, thank you for sharing them. You must have a great job to travel to such wonderful places. Please keep posting.
Stuart,

Hello again from Brisbane.

When I read your note I hadn't associated you with the Grizzly Torque restoration project featured in a recent issue of Classic Land Rover or on another thread over in the restoration section.

Congratulations on a genuinely impressive project and especially working with a vehicle of considerable local and international significance.

There are some genuinely impressive restorations of the early Series 1 trucks here in Oz, but not a lot of them have any great heritage claim to fame beyond, perhaps, being the first to be imported or so on. There will be a few lying around, or still on the road, that may have made the trip from London to Australia via Singapore and subsequently sold but none is particularly famous along the lines of the Oxford and Cambridge trucks of 'First Overland' fame or your own GT.

Two exceptions to that observation might be these - the first vehicle to traverse Australia from west to east across the greatest distance (Steep Point WA to Cape Byron in NSW) and the sole survivor of the fleet of Royal Review Rovers that was commissioned for the 1954 Royal Tour.

You (and other members) might be interested in them.

The first crossing was completed by Mike and Mal Leyland in 1966 driving an old 107" S1 wagon and an ex-Army S2 88" towing a four wheeled trailer. This was subject to a film (Wheels Across the Wilderness) which I went to see with my Dad at the local cinema when I was still a kid in school. Probably more than anything else, beyond driving them on the farm, this fired me up to wanting to own a Land Rover and go see the world. The Leyland Brothers went on to become quite famous here with a number of 'outback' adventure shows on TV which in hindsight were pretty corny but in the day were widely watched.

The 107" wagon, although a little worse for wear, is on display at the National Automobile Museum in Birdwood near Adelaide. Some photos can be seen on this site:

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=leyl ... 20&bih=979

And a clip from the original film - which supports the contention that the shows were a bit cornball - is on this Youtube site:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPXKKFnhqdQ

The Royal Review Rover has been restored from a total wreck to original condition by one of the local club members here in southern Queensland (SLOW - Series Landy Owners) and was featured in an issue of Land Rover Owners International earlier this year. Here are a few photos taken at a SLOW outing last year:

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Plus in its' day.....:

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If anyone is interested the progress of the restoration of this vehicle can be tracked down on the SLOW sub-site on the local AULRO site (Australian Land Rover Owners) at:

http://www.aulro.com/afvb/slow-workshop ... 049-a.html

Incidentally, Arthur Goddard who was the chief engineer for the design of the original Land Rover is still alive in his 90's and living here in Brisbane having emigrated some years ago. He is the Patron of the SLOW club and is still pretty spritely and a wealth of technical and historical information about leaf sprung Land Rovers.

Cheers,

Neil

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#7 Post by S3ute » Wed Nov 11, 2015 6:21 pm

Hello again from the Antipodes.

Been a little while since I added to this thread, and a little traveling since then, notably our Island State - Tasmania. Another outpost of Empire with a few Land Rovers squirreled away here and there.

Burnie backblocks (NW Coast):

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New Norfolk (Derwent Valley):

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Tunbridge (North Midlands):

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Broadmarsh (South Midlands):

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And closer to home - the neighbours from hell (Morpeth NSW):

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And a couple from Indonesia last month (Taliwang, West Sumbawa):

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Happy spotting.

Cheers,

Neil
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Re: Rovers abroad

#8 Post by CDN38 » Mon Nov 23, 2015 4:10 pm

Custom converted Defender 110 to 147 at the Landrover Experience, Solihull factory. It's actually a Td5
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Re: Rovers abroad

#9 Post by S3ute » Mon Nov 23, 2015 7:07 pm

Must be fun to park...............

Cheers,

Neil

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#10 Post by S3ute » Sun Jan 17, 2016 11:32 pm

Been a bit quiet on the Rover spotting front over the recent break - however, I was over in Bali and Lombok (Indonesia) for a couple of weeks in December and there are always a few about.

Praya Lombok:

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Not sure where the door sills came from.......

Denpasar Bali:

I have been driving past this veteran for about 5 years and finally decided to stop and get a snap.

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Hard to know where these vehicles come from (often ex-military or from aid projects), but this one has a grille that was unique to later model Australian built Series 2A trucks. However, the wagons came fully imported from the UK and typically had the standard UK-global grille.

Ubud Bali:

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Likely ex-military or police from the green-black colour.

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Going back there next week and hopefully a few more might emerge on the roads or in the bushes.

Cheers,

Neil

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Re: Rovers abroad

#11 Post by S3ute » Wed Nov 30, 2016 7:56 pm

Hello again.

Its been a long time between drinks or a posting anyway.

Picked up a few in my more recent travels to Indonesia and Africa.

A typical 'goes no more' from Karengploso (East Java)

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And two that do in Malang (East Java)

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Then to Mpumalanga (South Africa) for few veterans

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Including this 'let's make the S2A look like a Deefer' and go spot the animals in the bundu

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A rare one in Hwange (Matabeleland) - most safari buggies are LWBs

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Hiding out in Bulawayo

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And finally around the corner from home

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Cheers,

Neil

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