Minerva T.T. Register

Message from Tony ADAMS

TONY ADAMS

SERIES ONE CLUB AREA REP FOR EAST SUSSEX

PART 1

 

Reading Mike Hardimans story on the Minerva gave me the idea that we all have a tale to tell about how we became interested, no fanatical about our Landrovers & Minervas.

My interest started back as a child seeing a Meccano catalogue with a picture of a Landrover standing in the entrance to the Mersey tunnel.

This picture has stayed in my mind for many years.

After having a Bond 3 wheeler, a Riley then several MGB’s the opportunity came to buy a Landrover, at this time in the 1980’s Southeast England was experiencing severe flooding and a more practical vehicle was required.

Having bought a 90 (now Defender) I joined a local Landrover club and entered the vehicle in so call “non-damaging” events (yes I did scratch it !)

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The opportunity came to buy a Series 3 Trialler.  Events with this were more exciting and challenging. I rolled over many times but wearing a harness and having a roll cage kept me safe from injury.

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As with all competitive sports you have to keep getting better & better vehicles and a completely new more competitive vehicle was required.

This was going to be an 80” with coil springs, power steering and a V8 engine. (yes, I know Landrover never built anything like it but it looked great) 

The donor vehicle was a Range Rover, the chassis was shortened to an 80” wheelbase the bodywork was all aluminium sheeting, it looked roughly like a 80” and a lot of fun was had with it.  It was a very nippy little motor until the day of a very bad roll end over end and it was damaged beyond repair.

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I then saw commonsense and gave up trialling (the bruises taking too long to heal and a concerned wife had the last say.), but this isn’t the end and my Landrover story continues…..