UNSEALED 4X4 READERS’ RIGS
This fine example of a D4 SVV6 Land Rover Discovery is owned by Bruce and Lynda Nicholson, who have already travelled 53,000km in it. They have actually been living out of it really, with their Track Topaz camper trailer following behind on their adventures through remote areas of Australia for the last 18 months. They have fitted an Opposite Lock front bar with winch, as well as a snorkel, long-range fuel tank, off-road tyres and an auxiliary battery charged by Redarc gear. So far, they have taken the Disco up the east coast to Cape York; to Birdsville for the Big Red Bash; to Kakadu, Darwin, Arnhem Land… you get the idea, these guys are living the dream. And in style, we might add.
Clint is the lucky owner of this Navara, and it isn’t just any old Nav. This particular D40 is an STX550, featuring the popular (and powerful) factory V6 turbo-diesel engine. Clint’s Navara has been well decked out for touring duties, including a full drawer system in the back complete with drop-down fridge slide as well as a rear bar with dual swing-away carriers. The canopy Clint used features gull-wing windows, which make access to the tray area easy as pie. Custom rock sliders keep the sills straight, and the front bar is one of the more interesting designs we have seen on a Navara. We caught up with Clint last year at the Big Red Bash in Birdsville, so it is obvious that this is one Navara that gets used.
Gavin is a Pilbara fella, being born and bred in the Karratha area. That doesn’t mean he’s afraid of travelling though, as he tells us his 200 Series (which he has owned since new) is just about to head off on its fourth 10,000km journey with a 48-day solo expedition planned into the Kimberley region as well as the Canning Stock Route. Gavin actually went so far as to say the LandCruiser has taken him all over the country and he can’t ever see himself getting rid of it. The list of modifications is too long to mention (literally, the Bible is shorter). So you will have to look out for a full feature article on Gavin’s truck… that is if we can keep him in the one place for more than a few hours.
Ken is another Unsealed 4X4 reader who seems to have itchy feet. He has just returned from a trip to Cape York along the OTT, and is already talking about heading down to Tasmania for some winter exposure and snow driving. As with all Defender owners, he loves his Landy to bits – and has been kept busy adding many accessories to the vehicle. These include twin diff locks, an ECU remap and intercooler upgrade to start with. A long-range fuel tank allows for a staggering amount of kilometres to be travelled before needing to refuel, and uprated suspension keeps the extra added weight from becoming too friendly with the vehicle’s bump stops on corrugations. Oh, we love the badge on the front that says ‘Over Land’ instead of Land Rover… what a neat touch!