I was at a Land Rover trial the other day, watching my nephew James take part in his first RTV (Road Taxed Vehicle Trial) in my old Discovery. It was odd parking up next to all the battered Discoverys and Defenders, and although I love the sight of a battered Land Rover, I have to admit Deux Smurf stood out. Not only because was the only Jap 4x4 for miles around, and not battered, but at 20 years old she still looks as fresh as a daisy, especially sat next to a 20 year old Discovery.
I have to admit that Land Rover have some the best looking vehicles on the road today, and apart from the P38 Range Rover (only my opinion), they haven't designed a duff 4x4 yet. Toyota on the other hand, well what happened? Since a certain year they just look bland and well, ugly, though I do like the look of the latest 4Runner, they look kinda brutal.
Having said all of that, after praising Deux Smurf's youthful looks, I did wonder recently if I’d bought the wrong car. Problem is I’m too frightened of scratching her whilst off road, and that defeats the object of buying a 4x4.
I know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all of that, but as the old saying goes, if when walking away you don't turn around and smile at your car, you've bought the wrong one. Well, I’ve definitely bought the right one, she's just a little too precious at the moment, I reckon it's called the 'new car syndrome' !
T'other night around 9.00pm there was a wonderful orange sky as the sun was about to set for another day, not wanting to waste the opportunity I jumped into Deux Smurf and headed up to Rivington for a quick photo shoot. I needn't of bothered, I was too late, but it did give me the opportunity to try out my new 24-70mm Pentax lens, or D-FA 24-70mm f/2.8 ED SDM WR to give it its full title. To say I'm pleased is an understatement, the photos don't give any indication to how dark it actually was, and they're all hand-held.