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    Default Were did you catch the "bug"

    Out tooling in my topless 88'' , A car full of youngians pull along side and stared taking pics of this foreign vehicle that most had never seen before. It made me think, was I looking at the next generation of over obscessed Land Rover finatics? Was one of them someday going to be the keeper of my rig ,hopefully to pass to the next keeper .
    It also reminded me of were my obsession came from.The first Rover I ever saw was at my Grandmothers ,Sunday night , after dinner ,watching Mutual of Omahas "Wild Kingdom".It set dreams in motion. First, go on safari in Africa. Second, own a series. Third, drive a rover on a self guided African Safari. Got the first two. Working on the third. Here is a great site if anybody is interested. www.safaridrive.com/
    Were did you get your afliction from?

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    Like many, I'm sure, my first taste of Land Rovers came from "The Gods Must Be Crazy." Even though I was 6 or 7 when that movie premiered, that always stuck with me.

    It wasn't until college, however, that I found some pictures of muddied up Serieses and the bug hit again. Three years after graduation, eBaymotors.com made it a reality.

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    Default Born with the disease

    Our 109 station wagon was the family vehicle at the time I was born in South Africa in the 60’s, through to my late teens. One of 7 children, naturally we fitted in perfectly. Although being the second youngest I could never sit in the middle row Migrating to that seat over the years was a huge status symbol. We did many a long trip and safari with roof rack loaded to the hilt.

    Later came monthly LROC of SA trials events. My dad was chairman.

    Then came the annual patrolling the fences in the Land Rovers at Kyalami (the local race track) in the 70s and 80s to prevent folks jumping in to watch the GPs for free. It really just cost them each about 6 beers and they got in.

    Then came mandatory military duty. Riding the huge sand dunes in Namibia outside the base just out of boredom. Getting stuck was our goal. Punishing the vehicles then giving them back to maintenance as u.s. (unserviceable) was the fun part. ‘Here, fix this!’

    Then riding between smaller air force bases in the semi arid desert just south of Angola out of necessity to move supplies.

    Then I came to USA and started shaking, getting a dry throat and couldn’t sleep. Over the years I recognized it as Series withdrawal symptoms, so for rehab I bought one and am now OK. Its safe to say its in my blood. Still, my wife thinks getting it was a ‘silly’ idea

    Ivar

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    I found an old off-road tire in the shed of a house we just bought, so I put a Series underneath it. It's the only thing that looked right with it.
    04 Disco, Gone-Disco died & so did mine
    '72 S3 88 - Leakey & Squeaky

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    Bug? The doctor said it was just a rash.

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    Uganda.

    Where i bought my first two rovers, one of which i still have.
    First but gone: 91 3 door Disco "White Rhino"
    77 Series III 88 ex MoD "Shongololo"
    Gone and I miss her: 97 D1 5 speed
    04 DII
    08 D3 (LR3)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Smith View Post
    Bug? The doctor said it was just a rash.
    Yup and even the jars of Lucas Rash Ointment leak!

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    First, go on safari in Africa. Second, own a series. Third, drive a rover on a self guided African Safari. Got the first two. Working on the third.
    Were did you get your afliction from?[/QUOTE]

    I bought 5 series landys in Johannesburg over several years. Took them to some good landy mechanics, modified them the way I like it, kitted them out and went on safari up from 6 months to 1 year each time in East and Southern Africa. Each time sold them at the end of the overland trip. These trips got me a couple stints as camp manager for a photographic walking safari bush camp in remote Zambia too.

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    those sites have some great links.
    someday i'll be crusing through the desert in my series
    aaron
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    73 series III 88 2.5 na diesel daily driver
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    Quote Originally Posted by luangwablondes View Post
    First, go on safari in Africa. Second, own a series. Third, drive a rover on a self guided African Safari. Got the first two. Working on the third.
    Were did you get your afliction from?
    I bought 5 series landys in Johannesburg over several years. Took them to some good landy mechanics, modified them the way I like it, kitted them out and went on safari up from 6 months to 1 year each time in East and Southern Africa. Each time sold them at the end of the overland trip. These trips got me a couple stints as camp manager for a photographic walking safari bush camp in remote Zambia too.[/QUOTE]

    Great shot on that Luangwablondes site. Ive driven that road, it was the shake down trip after my SIII got its engine rebuilt and a few other things in Harare.

    Here are a few more:

    Same road, different baobab trees


    Bridge over the Chitaki, right before the ranger station.


    Me and my SIII at the camp on the Chitaki


    Herd of buffalo in the river. Went to see lions but only heard them at night.


    Ele in Mana Pools


    Another shot of me crossing the bridge over the Chitaki River.


    At a stop by the turn off to Kariba.
    First but gone: 91 3 door Disco "White Rhino"
    77 Series III 88 ex MoD "Shongololo"
    Gone and I miss her: 97 D1 5 speed
    04 DII
    08 D3 (LR3)

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