Champion fun

A young Toby Savage spent many a happy weekend playing in the mud with Land Rovers and an Austin Champ

Of the many cars and 4x4s used in 1975 for greenlaning. Toby’s daily driver, a VW Beetle was always far more capable than expected, much to the amusement of his son Matt.
Toby’s own 1948 Land Rover was another regular on the lane, seen here rescuing Bryan Pycroft’s Beach Buggy

It is hard to believe in these days of high prices for anything labelled ‘classic’ that within most of our lifetimes there was a day when highly sought after 4x4s were actually cheap. I bought my 1948 Land Rover in 1974 for £85 and my pal, John Littlejohn, bought a 1966 Austin Champ for about £200 in the same year. Bearing in mind that the Champ was only about eight years old it represented a real bargain having enjoyed an easy life in the military and been sold offat auction as surplus to requirements. The country’s loss was John’s gain.

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