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Old 10-21-2008, 06:28 PM
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Okay. The world has ended, you're all dying of cancer and there's nasty guys in strange uniforms shooting at you from the bushes, when you're not being chased by vast packs of feral dogs that is.

In cases like this, I like to think 'what would Jeremy Clarkeson do?'

He'd do a road test, of course.

What vehicle would you choose to drive around radioactive Europe in?

The categories are;

-Motorcycle

- Civilian Light Commercial

- Civilian Heavy Commercial

- Civilian Off-road

- Military Off-road

- Military Light Truck

- Military Heavy Truck

- Light Wheeled APC/ACV

- Heavy Wheeled APC/ACV

- Light Tracked APC/ACV

- Heavy Tracked APC/ACV

- Small Watercraft

- Main Battle Tank.
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Old 10-21-2008, 06:32 PM
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First of all, who's Jeremy Clarkeson?

After having read "Generation Kill" (haven't seen the miniseries yet), I'd have to say an gunned-up Humvee or Landrover.

Second choice would be the LAV-25.
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A hardtopped Landrover or similiar vehicle, if nuclear bits and pieces were a big problem I would have it compartmentalized and have positive pressure inside, as well as a alternate transmission and coolant system, transmission cooler, bottom sheild for the drive train, bullet proof glass, run flats to just name a few of the upgrades.
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Old 10-21-2008, 07:08 PM
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Having driven a land rover 110 defender for months on end across western Australian while working, I wouldn't have one.
They will climb over anything, true.

However, they are tiny inside. We had two trucks, a cruiser and a rover, and the rover took a third of the kit. Those slot-windows in the back? They're at face height, you don't look out the windows, and I'm only 173cm tall. That means any bump, and why drive a 4x4 unless it's off road, means your skull and the roof are on close terms.

Secondly, they have a narrow wheelbase, so they get bogged like a bastard. Worse, because they're usually quite good off road, you get further in when bogging making them harder to extract.


Nah, I prefer land cruisers. However, on rocky ground for a short trip, the rover is better.
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First of all, who's Jeremy Clarkeson?
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Nah, I prefer land cruisers. However, on rocky ground for a short trip, the rover is better.
There are probably more Land Rover's in Europe than LandCruisers, especially as they're standard issue for the British Army. It'll be easier to get hold of spares.
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Hello people, I'll use an older type of FWD (jeep, land rover, toyota or russian). You know? the simple type that you can make run with your belt. As I already said I'll choose a diesel if possible that I can make run with no gasoline.

Hummers are nice looking but as soon as you hit a mountain range with no wide road they make me laugh like crazy. . With the most modern type of civilian FWD (whatever the brand), you'll quickly end up with a nice christmas tree that doesn't go anywhere as soon as the electronic is failing (and that will be soon). That is if it starts at all of course. If you haven't seen it, you should watch the french movie "le Salaire de la Peur", an old movie from 1953.

I used to spent a lot of time off road in Portugal. Therefore, if someone owns an UMM Alter around, I'll be glad to steal that. May be the best jeep on earth (the most uncomfortable also). I would also love to be Swedish as they have access to Pinzgauers, or German: Unimogs. If I'm stuck in France, I'll go for the old Citroën 2CV, one of its derivative or an older Peugeot: almost immortals (A good hammer and you make it work).

About the 2CV my father found one in the last house he bought, 15 years ago. It was a 1952 model that had not ran for at least 20 years, forgotten under a wood pile. It was still running with a top speed of 30 miles/h, but running, and it still does (never went to a mechanic as it was fixed by the farmer next door).
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There are probably more Land Rover's in Europe than LandCruisers, especially as they're standard issue for the British Army. It'll be easier to get hold of spares.
Same in Australia. The SAS have gunned up open top Land Rovers that have MGs pointing in every direction and something big on top, usually an M2HB or Mk19.
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First of all, who's Jeremy Clarkeson?
Host of the excellent British TV program Top Gear. One of my favourite programs.
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Well, everyones dead. Normally services arent functioning. You'd have to go with a solar powered small car of some sort, wouldnt you? Boring i know.
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Well, everyones dead. Normally services arent functioning. You'd have to go with a solar powered small car of some sort, wouldnt you? Boring i know.
If there is a nuclear winter (or even a conventional winter for that matter) in Europe a solar powered car would be especially boring because it would be stationary. Unless you pushed it or hitched a draft animal to it.
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If there is a nuclear winter (or even a conventional winter for that matter) in Europe a solar powered car would be especially boring because it would be stationary. Unless you pushed it or hitched a draft animal to it.
Or hook a generator to it and run it as a hybrid.

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If there is a nuclear winter (or even a conventional winter for that matter) in Europe a solar powered car would be especially boring because it would be stationary. Unless you pushed it or hitched a draft animal to it.
that was what i was thinking: a slave-pulled solarpowerd apc.....
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How about a sedan chair?
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