Lego Unimog - keep the stories coming in. Mine is now complete, bar the winch. I did have some grand plans but - and it seems I'm not alone here - the amount of time these things take up hasn't gone unnoticed.
The Unimog wasn't the only off-road Merc commercial vehicle I got to drive the other week either, the Zetros truck Mercedes is introducing to the UK market also available for test drives. And, frankly, the Zetros makes even the Unimog look a bit girly. I liked the fact it had a 'proper' gearbox, even if it was so slow to operate that most times I went to change gear I actually came to a standstill before releasing the clutch again. Hearing Bedfordshire squirm and squelch beneath its huge tyres was amusing too.
Almost as amusing as the not at all posed photo of me with said Zetros.
Perhaps inspired by all this mud I've been having fun in the Range Rover Sport too. Now, it's conspicuous that in this particular corner of Yorkshire this isn't the preferred product from the Land Rover product portfolio. You can't move for Sports where I live in Hertfordshire but round here it does stand out rather. So I felt honour bound to get an authentic looking layer of grime on it and took, ah, a bit of a short cut across the moors.
That it managed this even on street rubber says a lot. But I did have a pretty good incentive, that being picturing the warmth of the reception I'd have got knocking on the door of one of the moors farms and asking if they could tow my Range Rover Sport out...