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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!

Gareth Richard­son

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Landie all dressed up with some­where to go

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