As a subscriber for many years, I’ve never written to your magazine before but Martin Port’s latest write-up in the September edition (Our classics) inspired me. The reference to one of my favourite tracks (by AC/DC) and the Series II Land-rover as a prom vehicle was simply too much to resist!
I’ve been a car nut since before I can remember, learning to drive in a Triumph Dolomite (in the same shade as Greg Macleman’s 2500TC). Back in those days, I had a good friend who was into Series II Landies. I’ve been extremely fortunate to blag a career that has enabled me to dabble in interesting cars, much to my girls’ dismay! My eldest hit 16 earlier this year and, with the school prom beckoning, I always thought she’d go for one of the more obvious brash, noisy and colourful Italian cars in the stable. She doesn’t pay much attention, and only ushers an, “Oh, dad!” every now and again.
But when she wandered down the garden, she discovered the new ‘shed’ I was building and the SIIA I had just acquired to go into it. I’d seen an ex-lucas Factory fire truck, with 29,000 original miles and original paint and interior on a certain auction site… I hadn’t intended to buy it, but fell in love and won with a last-minute bid. I’ve always wanted a Landie and adore it, even though I had to cope with the wrath of my wife for breaking her ‘one in, one out’ policy!
Anyway, when my daughter saw ‘Bertie’ she said: “What’s that? It’s sick, how many people can you get in it?” Four Snapchat messages later, the consensus among her friends was: “We’re going in that!” They were only upstaged by a girl whose dad took her in a huge John Deere tractor, and I’m proud to have brought up a girl who is far more discerning than me!
Landie all dressed up with somewhere to go