Thanks - to answer your questions:
Did you have many prangs: Yes - just a couple of rocks hit with front diff and side of vehicle. Lots of scratches from thorns etc....
or other issues with the car? Yes - nothing more than you expect for a car being taken to such extremes of heat, vibration and punishment on the roads. Main stuff was damage to suspension, failed alternator, gasket on clutch slave cylinder split..... all fixable. Engine performed well.
Might do some surfing on your blog - Thanks - our FAQs has been updated and we have posted other data recently so hope it helps