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Old February 22nd, 2011, 03:11 PM
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Trip Report: UK to Pick Up New 110 TDCi

Ok, this isn't the most extreme trip ever, in fact, its not extreme at all. No carnage, boulder bashing, serious off-road action, or even panties thrown on the windshield, but I did have a good time and most here will probably take some interest in the new Puma 110, so I'm posting this thread in case anyone wants to read along.

The back story is pretty simple. While I was deployed the pound rate dropped to around 1.45, the lowest its been in around 10 years. I found that Nene Overland had a new 2009 110 TDCi in LHD for a very reasonable price. The reasonable price was because this was an ROW spec truck and not really eligible for importation into European countries. Luckily, the Army doesn't care what you register over here in Germany, so this wasn't a problem for me, and that allowed me to snag a good deal.

Anyhow the thrust of this report is my trip to pick up the truck, so I'll get to it.

I had a long weekend to work with, so it was a perfect chance to pick up the truck and not have to rush back. I took a Ryanair (a cheapo airline) flight out of Hahn Flughafen in Germany early Friday morning into Stanstead UK. From there it was just an hour's train ride to Peterborough where Tony Fullagar from Nene Overland picked me up at the train station. As is the normal in the UK, I immediately started bleeding money, with the one-way train ticket being 19 UKP, or more than 30 dollars.

Tony and the Nene team had my Cairns Blue 110 all ready to go and sitting out for me, they even took the extra step of getting UK plates for it since they weren't sure if I was bringing my own. The truck was just as new as they claimed, with a grand total of 43 kms on the odometer.

Nene Overland is covered with great Defenderage, and I took some Rover Pr0n pix since I couldn't take them all with me. The Camel Trophy truck was especially cool. In reference to an old Rover joke, I found the cat that the Rover engineers lost.

More to come soon.
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 01:32 AM
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After a 0630 flight, a 0800 train, and a ride over to Nene Overland, I was done with the paperwork and out of there around lunch time on Friday. I didn't have my channel crossing booked until Sunday morning, so I had a day and a half to kill in the UK. Plus the Nene sign reminded me that I've got "one life" and that I should "live it." I felt a renewed vigor welling up from deep within, resolved to live my one life. Not really, I never liked that slogan.

The guys at PC world set me up with a SIM card for my iPad so that I could use the maps and be set to navigate.

I then set off to find some food and check out the town of Peterborough, which is pretty nice. Some good middle-ages buildings and requisite gothic church etc. I noticed a sign reading "Cornish Pasty Company" and knew I had found food. By the way, its past-y, not paste-y. This is food, not stick-on tassles (Neil). My grandfather was from Cornwall and my grandmother used to make pasties, which are basically meat and potatoes in a pastry, but savory and oh-so good. Anyway, so I've got childhood memories of this food and this particular place did not disappoint.

The truck came with a half-tank of fuel, and at 8 dollars a gallon I wasn't eager to stop and get any, but when I saw the "Horsey Way" petrol station, I had to stop and fill up.

It was getting dark by this time and I headed off to King's Lynn to find some dinner, but it turns out they roll up the sidewalks there and close everything down by around 1800, so I went with a cheap and tasty chicken curry for dinner. I didn't warrant a pic.
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 06:34 AM
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sweet truck for sure- enjoy!! and thanks for the 'fix'
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 06:57 AM
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 07:25 AM
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Haha. Jerk. Nice pics!
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 08:00 AM
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nice pics, awesome truck. Congrats!
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 08:16 AM
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Thanks and congrats on a nice looking truck.
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 08:27 AM
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 09:02 AM
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I love trip reports like these! They don't always have to involve mud. Nice connection points to the D-90 community too!

I started to get dizzy when I saw your pic of the Foley stable. I have friends that might pass out if viewed.

I love that Cairne blue color as well! Congrats. I'm sure the attempts to bring that Puma home will be equally entertaining (but filled with even more drama).
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 09:15 AM
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so I went with a cheap and tasty chicken curry for dinner. I didn't warrant a pic.
I beg to differ. I would have loved to see a picture of this

So I assume there is more coming, but how does she drive?

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I'm sure the attempts to bring that Puma home will be equally entertaining (but filled with even more drama).
I know a guy that knows a guy that knows a guy that can get this in for you. LOL
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 10:10 AM
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Cool story. I want to hear more. I can't believe how many rovers nene has.
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 10:23 AM
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That looks like my grandmother in the PC world pic. She's 93 years old and till drives her Vauxhall at 70mph across exmoor.
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 10:33 AM
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Nice story so far! All those Rovers in one place... Its a strip club! My dollar bills would be ready for "lap dance" opportunities!

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Old February 23rd, 2011, 11:06 AM
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My grandfather drove until he died at 99. Not sure how but the UK renewed his drivers license in his mid nineties. I drove with him - they should not have
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Does this make 2 Cairns blue 110s in the Cheney stable?
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No, this is the only one, its just that I never picked it up because I was deployed. This is the first time I've seen or driven the truck.

Getting it home won't be hard, I'll just send it in pieces. That's a few years out yet.

To continue:

I stayed at Mildenhall AFB since it was cheap and easy. I probably spent what I saved on the room on diesel driving around, but you do get a nice large room, secure parking, etc.

On Saturday, I decided to head down to London and check out the Transportation Museum, and navigated through London using the ridiculously unsafe method of propping the iPad up against the steering wheel and frequently glancing down at it. Anyhow, I got a ridiculously good parking space right by Covent Gardens, a nice shopping arcade and former fruit market located in what I guess is technically the West End, but it looks pretty central to my non-native eye.

I got a charger for the iPad and got a "spot of lunch" at a nice little cafe eatery in the arcade. I opted for the "rocket pizza" with garlic, black olives, arugula, and grated parmesan. It was damn good, and I've always been amused at how some places call arugula "rocket," which added an intangible benefit.

The transport museum was extremely cool, charting the growth of London and how the streets, underground, buses, etc evolved to meet the needs of the growing city. There was a special exhibit on how London kept working and moving during the blitz. A confession: I have a thing for Routemaster buses, someday I want to turn one into an RV.

From London I headed out to Cambridge, which is in the direction of the Air Force base and an old haunt of mine from my first overseas tour. While I was driving around looking for a place to park a truck that won't fit in a garage, I ran across the Chronophage, or Corpus Clock. I had read about this thing a while back, but had no idea it was in Cambridge. Its really large, unbelievably cool, strikingly beautiful, and pretty hypnotic to watch. Check it out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corpus_Clock

Dinner was the best burger I've had outside North America, actually probably a top-10 burger. This one had avocado and delicious grilled bacon. I forgot to take a pic because I was smitten by the Savanna Dry Cider, a product of South Africa. I don't know if its available in the states, but if it is, I recommend you get a 6 pack and drink them all in one sitting.

After that, I executed an RTB (return to base) and called it quits for the day.
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 01:06 PM
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Jim very nice truck. Any plans on getting the factory roof rack while you are over there? or do you plan on leaving it clean?
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 02:23 PM
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USDOT sux...EPA sux more...

Help a brother out here. How does this piece of crap pass DOT safety crash testing, and a Defender doesn't? WTF?
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