I called Burkhard to see if there was anything new with the Model T. Not really, he said, I’ve painted the chassis. Well, I said, since I have to go to our chacra anyway to pick up my mechanical sheep (he has real sheep; I require a four-stroke engine mounted on wheels with a blade spinning really fast to keep grass trimmed), that might be interesting to see. As I pulled in, I didn’t actually notice this at first: another Model A chassis. But as…Continue Reading “Just another Burkhard visit”

Today’s Saturday, and the weather’s much like in this photo, but this is from a few days ago, a pre-season weekday. Today this parking lot would have been full of cars. Notice the sand ladders and crane for lowering and raising the monstrous spare tire. And massive fuel tank. And bunker-like windows. Just kinda automatically makes you feel light-footed and adventurous, nein? Compare this with the last German camper van I posted: OK, the Unimog is an amazing vehicle, but – is it just me?…Continue Reading “A minimalist German camper van”

Most of my posts like this are from January and February, hot season, but here we are, late October, and a Deutschmobil appears outside Tienda Inglesa (as many do). Yes, actually from Germany; others similar have been from Austria, France, Slovakia… This actually strikes me as quite a sweet rig; I’d like to have seen inside. Built on a Toyota versus a quasi-military Mini Mog. Here you can see some of the weirdness I’ve observed over the years here.