Trip Start Sep 28, 2010
10Trip End Sep 01, 2011
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The Mittal's House
Yes, those are both very good questions. And the roots of their prompting may prove to make this endeavor disastrous, or absolutely brilliant! Let me explain. I will be testing LFCs all over India, preferably even in rural areas that are only accessible by rough roads
A Land Rover Defender is a pretty good vehicle to meet these requirements. They are fix-with-a-hammer simple, reasonably reliable, and made to take a beating and last. Through the 80’s and 90’s, the British Military continued using my truck instead of upgrading to newer models and technology because it was so simple to repair in the field. Something like 75% of all Defenders and its predecessors, dating back to 1948, are still on the road. Parts are available for them throughout Asia. And because the truck is coming out of the EU, I should have a lot less trouble bringing it back in compared to a vehicle from India.
But I forgot to mention the primary feature of the truck that made me buy it – it’s seriously badass
After only four days in Delhi, I am heading off to Mumbai to pick up the Defender and then drive it back. It’s taken some logistical acrobatics to get it here – for an American to buy a car in England, ship it to India, and obtain driving permits from Canada (long story not worth writing here) was not easy. But it is scheduled to arrive in the Nhava Shiva port of Mumbai on Oct. 3, and I will be there to meet it. Well, meet it I doubt, but starting the customs clearance process, yes. Wish me luck…