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Alan and Brian have a combined Land Rover experience of over 50 years. Our Land Rover encounters thus far have included everything from early Series I to late Range Rovers, and everything in-between, like traveling, buying, selling, rebuilding, modifying, driving, owning, fixing, cursing and most of all loving.

Our first involvement was in 1973, when as two toddlers, the out of the way camping trips being undertaken in the family car, were becoming increasingly difficult. So the solution was to get a go anywhere vehicle, so Dad and Mom (Terence and Ina Cotton) promptly bought a new Ivory SIIB LWB hard top. From then onwards it was a steep learning curve, like working out what the red and yellow knobs were for, and getting stuck for the first time. That first time was on a trip to Ponta Chemucane where we spent the night stuck in a marsh, mozzies in swarm, all alone, trailer in tow with the in-laws! Joining the Land Rover Owners Club soon sorted that out and in no time all the necessary driving skills had been acquired.

The trusty LWB was modified to sleep the four of us, Mom and Dad at the back, Brian on the front bench seat, and Alan on a stretcher above. This Series 2A is still in daily use after receiving and engine transplant and a chassis up rebuild. Camping trips to some of the most unique and unspoiled destinations included Mozambique, Transkei, Botswana, Rhodesia and the North Coast.

So as we grew up, Land Rovers were always an integral part of our daily lives. Right up until today you can be guaranteed of finding either Alan or Brian tinkering on some or other vehicle or doing some or other Landy related activity. In fact it has become more than tinkering with Brian running the reputable LandyOnline Workshop for many years but now focused on LandyOnline Retail Shop and Madman developments, and Alan running the LandyOnline.co.za website

 


Brian smiling on the left, Alan on right not smiling

Brian on Alan Alan on Brian

Alan does the bulk of the maintenance of LandyOnline, in terms of keeping it all together and fielding the general queries, while I do the technical queries. At the age of 16 Alan did his first restoration job on a SIIA SWB, which served as his daily transport for almost 14 years thereafter. Subsequently he and I built another SIIA SWB. His meticulous nature and need to do everything absolutely right led to the eventual unveiling of a beautifully converted SIIA 109" TD Camper, which is currently in use and kept in 'as new" condition.

Since his feet could touch the pedals he has been driving Land Rovers, with the proviso that if you get stuck you've  got to get it out. He adopts a very conservative driving style, never going deeper than necessary, but always getting the job done with the minimum of fuss. Over the years he has become a competent and experienced driver with several LROC rally titles to his credit.

Alan was the webmaster for the LROC SA website and was the creator of this site back in 1998.

Currently Alan drives a 1997 D110 Tdi, and uses this vehicle as his daily runner as well as for away trips. 


Brian is the resident technical fundi at LandyOnline, his general and mechanical knowledge on Land Rovers is amazing. He has had hands on experience on most Land Rovers and has a sound knowledge of the detailed mechanics of the range of Land Rover engines, drive trains and suspensions. A qualifies electronics engineer by training he is very mechanically minded and extremely ingenious. No challenge is too great for him when it comes to modifying and rebuilding Land Rovers.

Brian was one of the first to put up a South African Land Rover Website back in 1995, with "Brian's African Travel Guide" detailing his proposed trip through Africa. His other Land Rover Web ventures include the GMC DV8 conversion pages.

Brains skills and daring behind the wheel are also well (read notoriously) documented. He has won numerous LROC rallies as well as LROC driver of the year.

He currently has two Land Rovers on the road, a Defender 90 Tdi and Defender Tdi 110 pickup. He is currently rebuilding a 6x6 camper. 

 

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