Dream Ride | My 2012 Defender 90
The series of events that led me to buy the short wheel base Land Rover I used to detour past just to admire.
As a teenager, my father tried unsuccessfully to spark my interest in learning basic mechanical and electrical skills. It took until my early 20's when I bought a Suzuki Jimny to see the fun of tinkering with cars and, more often than not, fixing the issues that arose.
While I loved the Jimny dearly as my first 4WD, my dream was always to buy a short wheel base Land Rover - my grandfather and father learned to drive in one and upon discovering this my admiration for the car grew even deeper.
On my regular trips across town, there was a Land Rover Defender 90 that could usually be seen sitting in the driveway of a quaint Queenslander home - I used to deliberately detour past the house where the car lived and reaffirm my desire to own a Defender one day.
Then the night before I left on a week long 4WDing trip to Fraser Island, Australia I had mechanical issues with my Suzuki Jimny. Luckily I was loaned a back-up car by my sister-in-law so the trip went ahead, but in my frustration I started scrolling through cars for sale.
Lo and behold, there was the exact Landy I had admired up for grabs... and the rest is history. 😏 Over the past year we've travelled almost 25,000km across Queensland and have no plans to slow down any time soon.