A CHESTER engineer’s 60-year-old Land Rover is still going strong.
Roger Croston, 52, bought the vintage vehicle in November, 1975, before using it to drive across the Algerian Sahara desert in 1978.
And the car is still used daily today, as it is the only vehicle Roger has ever owned.
He said: “I first became interested in Land Rovers when I met someone in university who had one.
“For my trip across the Algerian Sahara, I went with two friends across France, Spain, making our way to the Hoggar Mountains in the desert.
“We worked for six months each to get the money to pay for the trip, which was quite fun.
“The Algerian Sahara’s not what you expect from a desert – it wasn’t that warm and was particularly cold at night, and much of the terrain was rock and not sand.
“There was also a section which was like a washboard surface, miles wide. You have to travel at about 10 or 15mph or you lose control.
“There were a few villages along the way, and they were extremely hospitable.”
And Roger added the car was still in good condition with its continual use.
“It has to be rebuilt every 20 years, and although it’s an original 1949 early production model, it does not have all the original parts as some have to be replaced to keep it roadworthy.”
The vintage Land Rover is not the only piece of machinery Roger has looked after.
“I also have a Brockhouse Trailer from 1955 which I rescued from a Sandycroft dry cleaners, who were using it as a skip!
“It required a lot of restoration from being a pile of scrap.”