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Book Reviews: Trans-Africa Land-Rover

The Mud Life Magazine, June 2022

'It doesn't matter if you're not into Land Rovers, Trans-Africa Land Rover is a well written and documented book that is engaging from start to finish and tells of a remarkable story of one man's desire for adventure with a huge serving of nostalgia thrown in.'

Classic & Sports Car, July 2022

'It's all too easy to be accused of nepotism when reviewing a book produced by a friend and former colleague - so much so that at times they don't get the credit they deserve. A case in point is ex-C&SC art editor Martin Port's debut Land-Rover offering for Porter Press JUE 477, meticulously detailing the history and restoration of the first production Landie, which really deserved to be our Book of the month but didn't quite make the cut. We're making no such mistakes with his second book on the marque, despite the fact that it has an even stronger link to C&SC, focusing as it does on Port's beloved 1959 Series II, long-time star of the Our classics pages. I always knew that this car - and it's first owner, South Australian native Philip Kohler - had an interesting history, but until this 144-page hardback landed I hadn't realised what a rich seam of archive gold Port had struck when he acquired he historic off-roader in 2016. Despite admitting that he has 'barley scratched the surface' of the material that came with the Series II. Port presents more than 300 photographs and original documents from correspondence between Kohler and Land-Rover, prior to the car's acquisition to richly reproduce images of his first visit to London with his trusty Leica Port delves into the origins of Kohler's spirit of adventure which would take him as a 22-year old to the other side of the world on a European tour before he embarked on a new life as an expat in Africa.'

'This is much more than just another car book, it's Port's tribute to a man who has become a hero and inspiration to the author and in whose wheeltracks of adventure he hopes to one day follow'