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scene, soon lost interest and drove off, dribbling what remained of their coolant.

and, in many cases, got the teeshirt to prove it? What did I want? The year before I had kicked the company car into touch and bought what I considered to be the Scout Leaders company car; A Series II Td5 automatic, seven seat Discovery and thus re-joined what I couldn’t help thinking was an elite club, of

An hour later it was all over and lock-up doors closed once more on the tatty maroon Land Rover. Fast forward ten years and almost the same dramatis personae were pushing it back into the darkness of yet another lock up. However I never, quite, forgot about it, even though its owner did!

Now fast forward again to 2006 and my sixtieth birthday. What do you buy a sixty year old who is still working, has been there, seen it done that

people who had owned a Land Rover.

And before even that, I had joined the LRUK Forum to find out what modern Landies were all about.


went to Billing in 2006 with the forum and began to notice just how attractive and iconic was the Series I Land Rover. Oh, and the GS 101, but that’s another story.

I can’t remember if

it was there or somewhere else I first saw HUE 166, but when I did, I quite simply fell in love. That was what this sixty year old wanted – a Series I.

Only then did I remember the tatty maroon Land Rover in a lock-up. That could be a Series I! After a few phone calls it became clear that LYE 406 was still in a lock up and only one of three or four cars belonging to the same person, stashed in lock ups awaiting a round tuit to be restored. There was a Daimler SP250 Dart, a Reliant Scimitar V6 and a 1936 2.0 litre Riley Sprint. The Series I was still on the list, but what was I prepared to offer?

Whatever it was, it wasn’t enough to cover the rent on the lockup – which hadn’t been paid for nearly twenty years because he had forgotten about it! Things got terribly confused and complicated and, to cut a rather unsatisfactory story short, I got gazumped. Over the years I bid more and more on eBay and looked at a succession of rather boring ‘54s and ‘56s, but nothing really inspired me.

I went to Africa with

Marc Lurie – twice - and made new friends there,


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