This story begins many years ago at the first Australian ex- Army Land Rover auction in Cheltenham, at which I met Eric Shingles, a fellow LROCV member, a dedicated Gippsland Dairy farmer and exceptional collector of Land Rovers. At that first auction we ogled over the Perenties, and never for one moment contemplated bidding for anything else. Things do change. Read on. At a recent Land Rover Owners Club of Gippsland monthly meeting, at which I was a visitor, held in the showroom of Gippsland Land Rover, an extraordinary “Show and Tell” took place. This Land Rover dealership sponsors this friendly club through the generous support of their manager Mr Charlie Calafoire. On the night of meeting there in the dealership showroom amongst the latest impeccable Land Rovers and Range Rovers was an ex-Army 6x6 Perentie, a bevy of club member’s older Land Rovers spanning 70 years of the Land Rover heritage. A veritable exhibition of new and older Land Rovers for viewing by the local Gippsland community. There too was one of the newest Mercedes G Wagons, DELWP’s latest “Forest Fire Management” acquisition. The night was a testament to Greg Rose’s [LROCG President] recent article in the TrackWatch magazine focusing on the beneficial relationship between LROCG and the Dealership. Not to mention LROCV have a close relation- ship with this club too. But wait there is more! There was an elephant in the showroom. Parked right opposite the meeting chairman and towering over seated club members was an ex-Army Mercedes Benz U1700L UNIMOG, dominating everything; this long reputed legendary off road monster vehicle. 12 JUNE 2019 TRACKWATCH > Club Spotlight GippslandJaguar GIPPSLAND JAGUAR & LAND ROVER NOW OPEN LUXURY & PERFORMANCE HAS A NEW HOME IN SOUTH EAST VICTORIA The All-New Gippsland Jaguar Land Rover is poised to take your drive to the next level. Experience the power poise that Jaguar is renowned for and the unrivaled capabilities and design of Land Rover. We invite you to discover the true meaning of luxury and performance at the All-New Gippsland Jaguar Land Rover today. Gippsland Jaguar Land Rover 5535 Princes Hwy Traralgon, 3844 T: (03) 51721100 I LMCT: 11552 The Elephant in the Land Rover Dealership showroom is a ...