The Abersoch Express, the 1973 Series III 88in Searle camper that was the subject of an LRO workshop series is being used on an unofficial 'six nations' tour around Britain and Ireland. In the course of a fortnight it will visit Northern Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, Ireland, Wales and England.
The first leg of the journey that combines travelling in a Land Rover with the modern trend of staycationing took the Land Rover from Birkenhead, Wirral to Belfast on the Stenaline ferry. More information at www.stenaline.co.uk/ferry click here for Stenaline
John Carroll said, 'In Belfast, on the wettest of days, we met up with a young LRO reader and medical student, James Wylie who has recently completed restoring his own Series III - his first restoration - and compared the two Land Rovers near where the RMS Titanic was built a century ago.'
James's Series III diesel is now on the road and he has this advice for other young enthusiasts, 'To other young restorers I would say, go for it! Despite the cliché you really can't let other people put you off and the thrill of proving doubters wrong is worth it.'
Look out for a full feature on James's Series III in the forthcoming August issue of LRO. Meanwhile The Abersoch Express has boarded a ferry for Scotland.
More information on the Titanic in Belfast and the 2012 centenary at http://www.titanicbelfast.com click here for Titanic Belfast
More information at www.steam-packet.com click here for IOMSPC
More information at www.stenaline.co.uk/ferry click here for Stenaline