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Well, this started out as a way that my wife could follow my lone progress in my little sports car from Birmingham UK to Orkney.

Been there, done that 2 day there, 13hour return trip.

So now follow me: an Englishman representing Americans and based in a French office near Paris. With an appartment in Versailles and trips back to the UK anything can happen and, frankly, I've no idea where this will lead!

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Whilst we're on the subject, we found a British car show on Prince Edward
Island (that's Canada for the uninitiated) and lo and behold what do I see?
A Land Rover 101 Forward Control. "Wow" I thought, "you don't see many of
those about". "You don't know the half of it", said the owner. Turns out it
is a Vampire. Not your regular Transylvanian variety, but a specialist
variety of the Radio Bodied Forward Control. Still with me? Quick 101FC
lesson: There are three main types, the General Service (GS) which is a soft
top used for moving stuff about and towing large guns, the Ambulance (the
tallest one) and the radio body (used by Signals regiments). No-one really
knows what they used the Vampires for, but there is believed to be only 18
every made and three of those are in North America. And we found one by
accident. Well, I thought it was cool, anyway.P.S. I'm not the only slightly loopy one -> CLICK HERE
16th Sep 2005, 16:16   | tags:,,,,,

afternoon says:

Extremocool! Where do I enter my credit card number?

16th Sep 2005, 17:19

SpoonZ says:

I always wanted one of those, but had to settle for a LR Lightweight :o(

17th Sep 2005, 03:26

Penfold says:

Sad news is that the 101FC Vampire recentl got even rarer. It seems that one just happened to be parked next to the HUGE fuel depot expolsion in Hertfordshire. :-( Restoration project perhaps? ( 101 FC Clubsite )

3rd Feb 2006, 11:34

Anthony says:

I served in the royal signals and drove a 1 tonner (retired Vamp) for 2 years. Many hours spent scrambling when I hould have been doing my job!

17th Apr 2010, 00:29

Robbie says:

I Served in 4 ADSR, 2 Sqn, in Herford, Germany.

I did my time with this wagen type.. it was small, not much comfort but did a great Job.

12th Dec 2018, 09:44

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