Friday, 14 October 2016

Feeling deflated ... and reflated

2 tyes with faulty valves in 1 month... time for some action as that leaves no working spare tyres

Me with a bad arm so not capable of dealing with it

Many thanks to Pete from SWLRC and Steve from Dscount Tyres Cardiff for their prompt and efficient help and we are back to the full set of working wheels

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Margam Again

A lovely day out with the SWLRC at a classic British location 

Here we are lined up with some friends on our club stand 

Katy looking good with the blue lights flashing and her original number plate, both for show use only of course

At the end of the day we took all the vehicles up to the front of the castle for a group shot 

And as I was faffing around more than everyone else we had a personal shot to finish the day back in her on road configuration and ready for off 

Now if you want to watch the video click on the picture below 

Saturday, 20 August 2016


A few weeks ago I took the unusual step of posting a picture I did not own in the hope of finding out where it was taken as it had katy in it.

Some suggestions were made on line and via email, but finally I had to write an actual letter. A few days later I got this wonderful response from Major Hunter officer commanding the 4th Scots
Good afternoon Andy ,

The photo of Katy was taken in Bourlon Barracks Catterick , I currently command HQ Coy 4 SCOTS who now occupy the Barracks and can see the image minus Katy from my window.

I don’t see why we cannot organise a visit for you to take a similar photo of Katy in the same position, let me know if this is something you would like to do and I will try my best to facilitate.
So we took him up on his offer, sadly he was not there to meet in person, but the guards on the gate were very helpful and we were able to get in as promised.  First we drove around to find roughly the right place

Then we dressed her with her original number plate we have for display use.

And were able to re-create the original picture minus of course all the civilian ambulances in the background

We all had a wonderful visit with the guard team having a good look around (I think they were more checking the quality of the bedding than the security aspects, but we all know soldiers have a hard life at times)

If any of the team read this all we can say is the same we said on the day - Many thanks!

I would like to visit the remaining places she was stationed some time, Manston is non operational but is the home of the Spitfire Museum so that is as good a reason as any, Croatia is possible, but I think at the moment Rwanda is not possible

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Not a Bodge job

The Exhaust had an annoying rattle and I had looked about 5 times and decided the only way forward was some steel cable ties to damp down some movement in the exhaust

The 6th time when I went to do it, having invested my whole £3.00, I instantly spotted the loose nut and tightened it up - rattle gone

I don't know whether to be pleased I sorted it or annoyed at myself 

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Out and about in the Sunshine

Rhian's Classic Mini has "caught rust", OK you can't catch rust, but it is an occupational hazard of classic vehicles so Rhian had to use Katy to get to work the other day.

It was the girls first time out together unsupervised and by all reports of being waved at by other Land Rover owners and smiles from Rhian it went very well.

The reversing camera was used to full effect getting Katy neatly in the white lines and right back close into the plants - good parking girls!

The next weekend we headed off to Cheddar to do some fun caving with Robin Gray the famous cave artist and the rest of our ISSA friends and stopped off on the way back for a wonderful picnic in the gorge

And tonight we are celebrating a 50th birthday which is exactly what a portable bed (camper) is useful for

Monday, 23 May 2016

Cardiff Classic Show 2016

The clouds were threatening and the skies were grey, but there was a bit of sun in the sky as well so it was not long before we were going to see a rainbow. 

Of course when you park most old Land Rovers on some wet ground that is the inevitable result.

But it was not long before the sun came out and we could start admiring the new blue covers for the spotlights that I have on Katy to reflect how she would have been in service. 

I tried not to be too antisocial using the siren, but I have to say that the spotlight covers from look absolutely wonderful, they are just the right colour to give the impression of proper blue lights and are easy to fit and remove so the police won't get upset with me on the open roads (as long as I do remember to take them off)

If you are looking for spotlight covers in colours then I can fully recommend the service from Ashely at The delivery service from half way around the world was better than some UK companies can give!

Of course we were there with the South Wales Land Rover Club and the team did their normal excellent job of getting the marquee up and getting the kettle on so we could offer a real sense of hospitality to those who came along and maybe even persuade some of the Land Rover Owners to join us,

Talking of which I was really pleased to see my first Carmichael TACR Range Rover which parked up alongside the club stand and we made every effort to feel welcome  

TACR stands for Truck Aircraft Crash rescue and you can read all about them on the TACR register web site 

It really is a beast of a Range Rover with the extra pair of wheels and truly visibly outstanding with its brand new red paint job

Like Katy it had fully functional blue lights and sirens. It pleases the child in me if not everyone else 

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Katy in Green

This is a very clean and new looking Katy taken alongside a set of civilian ambulances on what looks like a parade ground. It has been suggested this could have been during an ambulance drivers strike in 1989-1990

If you recognise the place or the event and know where or when it was taken I would love to hear from you via either the comments form or the email contact form on the right of the blog

I do not normally post pictures that I am not sure about the provenance of, but I am doing this in the hope that someone may see it and be able to help me, and I am very willing to remove it from this post if the owner does find it and is not happy for me to show it in this context

You can read an update to this post here

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