A Land (Rover) that time forgot?
So there I was today out driving in the Queensland Savanna sunshine in my Land Rover 110 crossing creek beds, traversing red dirt against a backdrop of clear blue sky. Flocks of green budgerigars, kangaroos and ancient billabongs. Typically Australian and beautiful in it’s own right. But what’s this? An ancient Land Rover British through and through. My search was over for an image for today’s relic series.
There could be no other. The owner in his garden saw me snapping away with my camera and came over to have a chat. He appeared to be from Marlbro country, dressed like a cowboy, sucking on a cigarette from a black holder. I soon learnt that the Landie used to belong to his Father who brought it secondhand in the 1960’s. He used it to open up the Agate Gemfields just outside of town. Apparently that old truck once carried home a 340lb piece of Agate, that is now in a Queensland museum.
Many Land Rover enthusiasts have stopped to admire this beauty and many have offered to buy it, if not the truck then maybe the badge on the rear. The thought did cross my mind. All have failed. It is priceless.This Land Rover has a story to tell it would be a shame for it to be taken away and restored, I like it just the way it is.