45-Year-Old Range Rover
I buy the Range Rover blind. Its in Melbourne and I'm in Perth. Getting across to inspect it is not possible due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. So I take the risk.
I spent six days working to get it ready for a 3500 kms drive across a continent, without support, backup or even a co-driver.
The epic scene in the show were I must spend the night on the back seat, to be woken by the Australian bird calls and the familiar smell of gear oil.
Range Rover Classic
A highly-acclaimed 20-part web series produced in 2021. The purchase, repair and driving of a newly acquired 45-year-old Range Rover across Australia.
A Classic Reborn story
I wanted to share stories of my first 4wd, a Range Rover that I purchased in 1982. That was a suffix-A, 10 years old, with 42 000 miles on it. I was living in South Africa at the time. I would do it by purchasing a similar vehicle here in Australia and drive it home, no matter where I found it. And after a nine months search, we did find one, in Melbourne. These were our goals:
- It had to be a pre-1984 2-door in close-to-drivable condition.
- It had to be as near original as possible with no after-market kit bolted onto it.
- It has to be fairly rust-free. If this was going to be restorable in the long term, that was a non-negotiable. And probably the biggest challenge
- I had to find a support team in Melbourne who could take delivery, arrange temporary storage, work with me on the car to get it ready for the trip.
- The plan was to throw some tools in the back, and set off on my own, and during the drive, share stories of my first love – my suffix-A Range Rover.
- It would fill a gap created by the COVID-19 pandemic that had restricted what is a global 4wd channel to creating regular content here in Australia.
- We fulfilled every goal we had set!
- The Off Road History Museum UAE came with financial assistance to purchase the Range Rover.
- Generous assistance from Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan al Nahyan and David Chambers, two world-class 4WD enthusiasts!
- My brother Simon and his wife Nicky helped with the initial collection, filming and temporary storage until I could brace COVID-19 and get to collect it.
- Peter and Stuart from Rangie Heaven in Cranbourne offered their workshop for four days to do the work. We had fun, and got the work done a day early.
- Falken tyres. We are running 255/70R16 AT.
- Britpart sponsored a large number of spare parts.
- Rovacraft assisted with shipping and delivery of the parts.
- My nephew James White helped with additional work on the Range Rover that I carried out before departure.
- Paul Marsh gave on-going support and encouragement. He never doubted that it could be done.
- What more can have asked for? 🙂
The drive over five days through three states was 3544 kms in total. The complete video series numbers 20 episodes.
Phase-2. An epic adventure . . .
In the next phase we are planning an adventure that will test the Range Rover to its limits. Something that’s not normally done to a classic car! Expect an announcement soon.