My name is Ned and I have a problem. Since I was about 7 years old, riding around in my uncle Had's 1973 Series 3, I've wanted a Land Rover in the worst way. Somehow, even as a car dealer, I've never managed to satisfy this lust... until now.
Back in 2006/7, I got to know a fellow named Lyndon who is a Brit that was then living in Texas. We met each other on a website called advrider.com, spent a bunch of time riding motorcycles
together, and then he moved back to England, where I've gone and visited a few times since. Anyway, he offered to help me with getting a rover, so plans were put in place last year, and eventually, the right machine was found. Lyndon bought it, drove it for a few months to get a feel for what it needed (not much) and then it was pronounced ready to ship.
Then came the decision of how to ship it over. I decided to use Doug Crowther of Dividing Creek Imports, and he was good to his word on the import process. His communication was a bit sparse a time or two, but everything happened as he said it would and I'd recommend him to anyone.
Which brings us to last Tuesday. The rover had been in customs for a week, but had not yet been released, and I had a non-refundable ticket on Southwest to Philly, because it was $300 cheaper than any day that week. I decided to take the flight even though I might be flying home, instead of driving.
Luck was on my side. The rover came out as hoped, here was my first view in the bonded warehouse:
The truck fired right up and ran perfectly. I headed out into Philadelphia rush hour to get acquainted. Favorite moment were the tollbooths on the turnpike, won't be doing much drive-thru in this truck!
next installment: In which my Mom flies up and we drive the Rover to North Carolina along the Blue Ridge to North Carolina.