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Hot on the heels of the hugely successful JUE 477 publication, Martin Port’s latest offering tells the story of another truly unique Land-Rover – one that helped a young Australian by the name of Philip Kohler travel from Cape Town to London and successfully complete a solo crossing of the Sahara in the early 1960s.
Kohler not only took his trusty Leica camera with him – recording hundreds of stunning images on Kodachrome film as he went – but he also kept a meticulously-curated file of letters, telegrams and receipts that helped document his remarkable journey.
His Series II Land-Rover delivered him safe and sound to London in 1962, but not before providing him with a fledgling career in the movie industry, thanks to a chance encounter with John Wayne and Hatari! director, Howard Hawks in Arusha. Kohler would go on to work as location manager on Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Full Metal Jacket and no less than nine James Bond films.
Hear some of the amazing anecdotes and tales of derring do – as well as how he returned the Series II to the road – as Martin Port talks about why he is so passionate about this particular project.