Just the other day I was wondering around the front of the 90 (it doesn’t get driven much) and thought I better check on the things while I was there. I noticed that the PIAA lamp covers have tarnished and are starting to look brittle (must be because the vehicle is parked up pointing south and gets the sun through the day?). Checked the winch rope, connections, brushed some leaves off and a little moss. Then I though ‘ow, what about this canvas cover that I haven’t touched for the last 9 months?’
So a couple of months back I posted a couple of sneaky entries into the LRO 2013 Calender competition. Unfortunately for me 90% of the pictures I take are of other peoples vehicles of which I usually get some quite dramatic shots fording rivers, ploughing through mud, epic backdrops etc etc. you get the picture (no pun!). The rules stipulated that the photo you submitted had to be of YOUR vehicle and you had to be the registered owner. So with that I found my best 3 shots of my D90 and then compiled a set of my best images for friends (of their Rovers) and emailed them across to them. Turns out they are not as enthusiastic as myself and never submitted the entries but one of mine came through and made it into the top 50.
Electrical efficiency has been on my mind of late, especially with the continuing build of the overland trailer. On the trailer I have installed a series of 50cm LED strips in each compartment activated by door ‘courtesy’ switches’.
LED lights have a lot going for them and they particularly suit an overland vehicle set-up. The main draw (no pun) is the lack of power consumption over prolonged use and they also emit light at a higher colour temperature range giving a cleaner brighter look. LEDs are also waterproof, shockproof (solid state), stay cool in operation, require less wiring (thinner cables) contain no mercury and last much longer than conventional bulbs. Also due to the higher colour temperature LED light does not attract insects like incandescent bulbs. Handy when forging a path through the jungles of South America at night. or greenlaning at night through the Welsh wilderness. Its like an insect orgy when you open the door, they all come flooding in!
I wanted to post up some info on the above which I have been researching recently. Whilst It may initially seem a little bit extreme in this country, I would think it is worth considering for trips further afield, especially outside of the EU.
What am I banging on about?
A bag that contains a collection of gear that you could use in an emergency situation. I have had a long think and many a discussion and the only 2 likely senario’s I can see are: a) the vehicle catches fire and it cannot be put out. b) submerged vehicles, occupants have to escape (ie. fording rivers).
In either case, the vehicle is lost. (more…)
Last weekend we joined BLESMA, the charity for limbless veterans, at the Bristol and West Land Rover Show in an attempt to break the record for the most landrovers in one place (by making the shape of a Defender 90). We needed over 1000 cars to make it work, but unfortunately due to the poor weather prediction (unfounded until Saturday evening) the turnout wasn’t as good as expected and only about half that number joined in. So instead, a massive convoy around the grounds was the next best thing, and altogether about £8000 was raised. Add to that a couple of grand from the auction in the afternoon and BLESMA did quite well in the end!