"Rusty Bits"

“Rusty Bits”; small stories, impressions and whatever may come to my mind…


Camel Trophy 1997

In 1996, rather out of boredom, I applied for participation with the that time famous Camel Trophy. Since I was actually never really fit and sportive and since the candidates were in the thousands, I never expected to hear from the organisation.

But some time later I was requested to show up for a first selection – and nearly died from physical exhaustion. It was the year where they changed from the traditionally known event to fun sports as mountain biking, canoe, climbing, running… driving 4×4 was reduced to more or less transport the candidates from one place to the next.

Again without hope I showed up at the given date with 49 others. All of them seemed to be very fit & sportive. But again to my big surprise I was invited then to take part the next selection which was one week in Morocco.

16 candidates met there in February 2007. I can still say that it was one of my physically most intensive weeks in my life. I would not want to miss it!

12.07.2012 23:51 | Kuno Gross

Desert Veteran

Whilst most wreckages of trucks in the Libyan Desert of Egypt are invariably attributed to the Long Range Desert Group, there is in fact only one currently known wreck of a true patrol truck of the LRDG still out there in desert.

Many people have seen it already….

… But not many know its history.

In 2011 I gave a small presentation about this particular wreck at the occassion of the annual Zerzura Meeting. For those who would be interested in a copy of this presentation – drop me a note and I shall send it to you.

17.06.2012 21:02 | Kuno Gross

Land Rover "Pink Panther"

An adaptation of Land Rovers to military purposes is the “Pink Panther” models. Approximately 100 Series IIA models were adapted to reconnaissance use by the British special operations forces the SAS. For desert use they were often painted pink, hence the name. The vehicles were fitted with among other gear a sun compass, machine guns, larger fuel tanks and smoke dischargers. Similar adaptations were later made to Series IIIs and 90/110/Defenders.

The below photographs were taken at “Beltring War & Peace Show 2011”

07.06.2012 19:19 | Kuno Gross

Amman Scrapyard

It was a fairly big scrapyard some kilometers outside Amman in Jordan. When we passed it on the highway I suddenly realised that it kept some old American cars. The next day I took the chance and paid a visit to it by Taxi. If those cars could tell their story…

One particular car was interesting as well: An Aston Martin Lagonda Series II that was in production from 1976 to 1989. I had never seen such car before – and I most probably never will again.

07.06.2012 12:24 | Kuno Gross