36. IT DOESN'T MATTER WHERE IN THE WORLD WE ARE, L WILL ALWAYS FIND...
Over the years we've had to stop for many a photo shoot when something in the street or perhaps even laying redundant in someone's garden, has caught his attention. This is not just an exercise that happens in the UK, international intrigue equally exists and our 3 months in Asia had been no exception. One of his first finds and of course very fitting (I admit I was quite excited for him as neither of us expected to come across any) was not one, but two Ford Anglia vans! Sat side by side, rusting in peace under a dilapidated roof next to the out of town road we happened to be passing along in Thailand.
It's worth pointing out that L manages to get as excited about a classic vehicle that is only scrap worthy, as he does about one that's in mint condition. Here's a few snaps of L's vintage S.E Asian finds...
|(Photo: Austin Gipsy. Thailand)|
|(Photo: Mitsubishi. Thailand)|
|(Photo: Something, not sure what. Thailand)|
|(Photo: Mini Cooper. Thailand)|
|(Photo: Mazda. Thailand)|
|(Photo: Tanker. Laos)|
|(Photo: Monk's Series 3 Land Rover. Laos)|
|(Photo: Early Toyota Land Cruiser. Laos)|
|(Photo: Austin. Vietnam)|
|(Photo: Just for fun. Vietnam)|
Over the years I've had to endure a countless number of "lectures" from L promoting the use of these as expedition vehicles, campers, and generally something essential to have in ones life. These lectures increased in frequency during our travels in S.E Asia as L's thoughts shifted towards what next for Australia. So imagine his excitement, when on our last night of our 3 month trip we turn the corner onto the road where we planned to stay and there in front of us was the back end of something quite familiar. Parked right outside the place we were staying and perhaps fearing they may drive off, L paid our tuk tuk driver in lightning speed and rushed over to the drivers window for what turned out to be a rather long chat. This German couple had bought their 101 from England and kitted it out especially for driving all the way from Germany to Australia. They were six months into their trip and were travelling without an end date, it sounded fantastic.
|(Photo: The 101)|