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Classic Safari vehicles!

Discussion in 'The Great Outdoors' started by weatherm, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. MikeKardec

    MikeKardec Practically Family

    Movie sound is mostly recorded "double system" using a separate camera and sound recording, that way they can be edited separately for more flexibility and each system can use larger, higher quality, gear. One of the early exceptions was the Auricon camera which was aimed at news reel crews. The Auricon, later the Bach-Auricon had both a magnetic and a tiny optical sound recording system built in (the built in optical is the really hard to pull off part).

    When I was in film school a friend of mine bought a Bach-Auricon at a garage sale. Wishing to have it serviced in order to use it for making our student films he discovered that the Bach-Auricon company was still in existence in nearby North Hollywood. One afternoon he visited the factory, which looked completely abandoned but, after pounding on the door a frail old man finally appeared. The man was Walter Bach and He led my friend deep into what had once been a thriving camera factory but was now a dusty dark 1940s era industrial building. There was one light on over a work bench and Bach completely disassembled and serviced the camera while my friend stood waiting ... even occasionally helping out. He even repaired and adjusted the tiny and delicate moving mirror for the optical track. Walter Bach hadn't built a camera in many years and he no longer had employees but he kept on doing maintenance on the few cameras still in service. Eventually he stopped coming to work. The building was demolished in the early 2000s.

    A real Sunset Boulevard moment.
  2. jback

    jback New in Town

    Wow! I have completely missed this thread earlier :shocked:

    Not quite a classic safari LR but this is my beauty


    A former British Army Truck Utility Medium, aka Land Rover 110 with the 2.5 naturally aspirated diesel engine. I've fitted it with safari equipment like the roof rack, snorkel, CB etc. I mostly use it for off road trips to Russia. Over there you don't have to go far to be far away ;)

    Currently I'm fitting a winch, dual batteries, new alternator etc for a two week trip to the Kola peninsula. Here's a pic from our trip there last year.


    More pics here https://picasaweb.google.com/104991352250397018550/Hiipina2014

    and a bunch of videos on my youtube channel https://youtu.be/bQst7hf4t68 https://youtu.be/iI7dvbTZfkE

  3. Epic! Finland has lots of areas of wilderness of its own but trekking to the Kola? Lounger Adventure in spades!
  4. This one would be a good choice.

  5. Stearmen

    Stearmen I'll Lock Up

    Oh you tease, Oldsarge! common, details, details! I don't even know what it is, and I already want one.
  6. Hey! I got a new saddle last month! :D.

    Have t even had the chance to try it out yet! But the SIL says its a good-un'!
  7. Well, I don't know too many details but I believe it's a Saab of late '50's/early 60's vintage. If I recall the caption correctly it was pretty thoroughly customized. I'll go back and see if I can find that picture again and get back to you.
  8. My mistake. It's a Volvo Sugga TP21 custom 1957. The Volvo Tp21 originally started life out as a rugged off-road radio communications vehicle for the Swedish Armed Forces. They were also nicknamed “Sugga” (meaning sow or pig in Swedish) due to its pig like snout. They were produced between 1953 – 1958 and the company only made 720 of them as scout vehicles for the military only. There seems to be rather a bit of interest in them on the 'Net and given the limited run made might be rather difficult/expensive to acquire. But I agree with you, Stearman, they are a very classy safari car.
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2015
  9. Unlike this, eh!

  10. Stearmen

    Stearmen I'll Lock Up

    Story of my life, champagne taste, on beer budget!
  11. Stearmen

    Stearmen I'll Lock Up

    Now this is a Safari vehicle! It is less then a mile from my house. The rational side of my brain says, "no way, no how!" The irrational side says, "ohhh yaaaa!" Luckily, my pocket book is siding with the rational side. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  12. Bamaboots

    Bamaboots I'll Lock Up

    UNIMOG's are incredible!
  13. My first two safaris in Mozambique were done via Unimog. I call them the diesel elephant. When you sit up in the client seat in the back your head is just about on line with the top of the elephant grass. Their one disadvantage is that they are the very devil to get down off of with your rifle if you need to make a quick shot. After all, it just doesn't do to shoot from the back of the safari car!
  14. I always think of you using traditional hunting transport, old sarge!

  15. Believe me, if it were possible, I would! In a couple of years I do intend to go to Thailand where you can still take a photo safari on elephant back. Maybe by then I'll have found someone else to go with me . . .
  16. Stearmen

    Stearmen I'll Lock Up

    That reminds me, a few years ago, a friend of mine who does WWII reenactments, said he was looking to do something way different. So I suggested, Hannibal Crossing the Alps, complete with elephants!
  17. L'Onset

    L'Onset Familiar Face

    Our little Safari vehicle. October 1989 Timimoun Algeria, a six week trip ahead of us across the sahara desert right a month before the touareg uprisal in Mali and Niger which caught us in the middle. Fortunately we could make it back through the desert northwards with just some encounters with rebel armed pick-up trucks.


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  18. L'Onset

    L'Onset Familiar Face

    I don't know why my pictures appear that way. Excuse me.
  19. I think that's more adventure than I'm up to, but well done, that man.:cool:
  20. L'Onset

    L'Onset Familiar Face

    Thank you Sarge. We were too young.
    Another car, another trip. The panel marks the Tropic of Cancer on the Sahara desert
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