So there I was, parked up at Dover, awaiting my early morning ferry to go catch a couple of stages of the Tour de France a couple of weeks ago - when I noticed, a few rows across, something truly awesome...
Needless to say I went to have a little look and was pleased to find a convenient map to save the driver the need for those "so where have you been in it?" conversations:
(Yes - the black thread is the route!)
Of course, I went and got chatting anyway. Turned out that map related to their trips in just that vehicle, not any of the various ones they'd owned before... They have spent the last 6+ years on that journey, every so often they'll park up, lock up and fly home to South Africa for a while, then fly back out and carry on the adventure!
The camper started life (a while ago) as a Forward Control land rover, with a bespoke camper body and a 2 ish litre petrol engine. Since then the engine has come out to fit a 6ish litre Diesel V8, land cruiser gearbox and axles from an East German 4 ton truck. As he puts it "The only things left that are land rover are the badge and the windscreen"
Looking round I was quite amazed by just how much he'd fitted into such a compact unit (it was barely longer than my Vectra Estate) and just how clever everything was. The sand ladders are useful when off road, but the rest of the time they are just extra weight - so they double up as window grilles, meaning you can't break in easily
There were endless neat tricks like this - all clearly the result of someone who's been travelling a long time and has spent their time refining it.
Obviously I was in love, and had to stop myself making an embarrassing "Blank Cheque" off to him!
Just thought I'd share it with you all and see if anyone else thinks it's something a bit awesome.
(PS - if you see it around then go and say hi, the couple who own it are very friendly and it certainly passed the time waiting to get on a ferry)