How come the two landies? Obviosuly I'd like two .....Are there many of you? How big cat?
I have had five Defenders over the years. I had three of them when I worked in Saudi Arabia for expeditionary travel in the desert / Empty Quarter. One of the Arabian Defenders was kitted out for a round the world
trip, but at the time I left Arabia, Africa
was a mess and it wasn't feasible to do the run from Capetown to Cairo. So I went sailing instead in our Privilege
When I got to New Zealand
on my catamaran, I purchased the Burgundy Defender 110 for travel in New Zealand, and I got a Carnet de Passage
to take it to Australia and points onward around the world. There was a dock
strike that prevented shipping
the truck to Australia, and so I put the Land Rover in storage
in New Zealand for future epeditionary travel.
A couple of years later we arrived in Australia on our catamaran, I wanted a Defender to drive in the outback. So I picked up the Defender 130 and kitted it out for expeditionary travel.
I kept both of them because they are both 1995 Defenders with 300 tdi engines and they use identical spare parts, so one set of spares covers both vehicles. The Defender in New Zealand has a complete set of spares.
Defenders fit nicely in shipping containers and they can be deployed anywhere in the world in a container. When it arrives at the destination
, you drive it out of the container ready to go.
I plan to take one or both of them to Capetown depending on my financial resources and depending on who will be going on the trip. If it's just me and my wife, then I might use just one vehicle. But I might also take two trucks to enable self rescue
in the event of mechanical problems. It's sort of like having two hulls on a catamaran. Two Defenders making an unstoppable land cruise
around the world.
It's too early to say what we will do. When I finish my job, it will be decision time.
Good luck on your adventures