A PATCH­WORK BLAN­KET LANDY

Land Rover AFRICA Magazine - - LIGHTBOX | PICTURE OF THE MONTH - – Ge­orge Child

Ge­orge Child from Pre­to­ria has a love for Land Rovers that started when he was only six years old. That was in 1984. To­day, Ge­orge owns a Land Rover that he con­structed him­self from var­i­ous other bits of Landy mod­els – it’s a patch­work blan­ket of Land Rovers with an in­ter­est­ing story be­hind it: My fa­ther was sta­tioned in the army at that time and he worked regularly on Land Rovers. That’s when the bug bit. My dad then bought a Land Rover Se­ries IIA, which was at the time used as a chicken coup. We were pick­ing up the Land Rover in pieces. My dad and I gave it a com­plete from-the-ground-up restora­tion un­til it looked like a brand-new ve­hi­cle. I will never for­get how peace­fully I slept with the gear­box singing in my ear when we trav­elled through the bushveld. That’s where I learned how to drive a Land Rover. My dad taught me that there are three things you don’t lend to some­one: your ri­fle, your fish­ing rods, and your Land Rover. Af­ter the Se­ries IIA re­build, my dad and I built up another six Land Rovers, which in­cluded a Se­ries IIA Pick-up, a Se­ries III Pick-up, Se­ries II and III Sta­tion Wag­ons, and another Se­ries III that we built for my un­cle that he used while liv­ing along the coast. And then, of course, my very own first Land Rover. I de­cided to be dif­fer­ent when I built my own Land Rover. Be­cause I could not af­ford all the Landys I de­sired, I de­cided to build some­thing that in­cor­po­rated all my favourite Landy mod­els. My Landy is built from the fol­low­ing mod­els: The chas­sis is from a 110 De­fender, in­clud­ing De­fender diffs and coil springs front and back. It in­cludes a Se­ries III Hard Top body and Se­ries III gear­box with a Se­ries II en­gine that purrs like a kit­ten! I also added a Se­ries II grill and my steer­ing wheel is from the R6 De­fender and the Land Rover badge is from a Se­ries I (all the way from Soli­hull). My Land Rover will al­ways be a part of my fam­ily un­til the day I die – then it’ll go to my boys. My Landy is my pride and joy. When life’s pres­sure be­comes too much to han­dle, I load my­self and the fam­ily into the Landy, and we head off to es­cape the rat race some­where in the field where there’s only peace and quiet. I truly be­lieve that my Land Rover has a soul.”

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