I've been lurking for a few months now and posted for the first time yesterday, so I guess it's time I introduced myself.
Over-indulgence in Overland related travel books has lead me to overland related websites and ultimately here. I am very much enjoying reading of other's adventures and soaking up the knowledge.
My travel dreams are squarely of the four-wheeled variety and mostly related to older cars. I've always been fascinated to see vehicles bearing numberplates from other countries travelling in Australia and I hope to do the reverse one day.
I have a small collection of old cars and I guess I am already preparing one of them for an overseas trip, even if only mentally. I don't know when, exactly where or how, but it will happen someday. I can feel it in my bones.
In April I will be travelling with a mate from Melbourne to Cairns via outback roads in a 1979 Fiat 131. We are participating in the Shitbox Rally, raising money for the Cancel Council. But I know this journey is only a toe-in-the-water exercise compared to international travel with a car.
As to my car collection, I have:
- A 1971 Mini Moke. This is my favourite car and the vehicle I hope to use one day in my travels, inspired by the book "Eurasian Moke". I never feel more free that when driving this thing with the top down. It's like a bathtub on wheels. I've rebuilt it from scratch and I know ever inch of it.
- A 1965 Mini Traveller in very run-down condition that completed an overland journey from the UK to Australia when it was new. I'm slowly restoring this one. My wife reckons I should drive it back to the UK someday. Maybe I will.
- A 1975 Toyopet (Toyota) Corona Coupe that I imported from Japan in 2006 and restored. Now for sale to help fund the Mini Traveller restoration.
- My daily driver, a 1974 VW Super Beetle. It never lets me down.
- A 1985 Toyota MR2 that started life in California and somehow ended up in Australia. With it's oddball history I could not resist it.
- Half of a 1979 Fiat 131 that will be used for the Shitbox Rally. It will be sold after the rally is finished.
- A 2009 Nissan Pathfinder that is our tow car and family hack.
Why do I want to use an old car for an overland journey? An old car is more likely to break down than a modern. However, pretty much anything that would break on an old car I can fix at the side of the road. And if the car was perfectly reliable, where's the adventure and challenge.