What’s the Story?
We often call a working Land Rover a ‘workhorse’, but in the case of this 1964 Series IIA, known as Harvey (or ‘arvey to his friends), the term has a particular relevance. His duties echo those of working horses for hundreds of years.
Harvey is the steed of choice for the man known locally as the Amberley Badger - or Colin Wells when he’s not wearing his flat ‘at. Colin may be a bodger but that doesn’t mean he’s slapdash about his work - far from it. Bodger is an old term for the skilled craftsmen who created wooden items, mostly furniture legs, with a pole lathe.
Colin is reviving this ancient trade, with Harvey at his side. The Land Rover’s loadbay gets filled with straight logs while longer timbers are loaded onto the full-length rood-rack, and the bumper-mounted 6000lb winch is sometimes called into action to drag timber about.
Our Favourite Bit
We pile into the cab of Harvey for a tour around the Amberley museum complex. Harvey feels right at home as we weave through this fantastic maze of industrial heritage, with old curiosities, machines and crafts being exhibited around every corner. Modern vehicles aren’t allowed here, but Harvey is such a valuable addition to the site that Colin has special permission to use him.
And the Verdict from Theo?
A good workhorse, whether carrot- or petrol- powered, will always earn its place in its owner’s affections.
Another reason why it’s so easy to have a soft spot for old Land Rovers like Harvey.
The full story can be found in the November 2015 issue of LRO. Download a digital issue, or order a back issue by calling 01858 438884.