Stebin recently arrived home after his expedition to South Africa, the home base of Classic Overland. He was accompanied by his childhood friend, Shannon and of course there was business to be done, but no African trip is complete without some soul-nourishing exploring.
First stop – the workshop in Johannesburg to check on the progress of some of our bespoke Defender builds and take a look at some newly acquired inventory. Keep your eyes peeled for a few new eye-popping vehicles that will be available soon.
After a few days in the concrete jungle, Stebin and Shannon were invited to visit Salsolburg, where they took part in a Rock Mountain Dove shoot that was set against an awe-inspiring African grey sky. The serene scene set the mood for the hunt which required patience and provided some much-needed time away to forget about the day-to-day realities of the daily grind.
On their way to Cape Town, the duo made a pit stop in the Northern Cape to meet with the braai wood suppliers for KUDU Grills. Harvested Acacia is their choice of wood because it is water resistant, durable and dense, making it easier to withstand decay and burn for longer at a higher temperature. On the farm, they spent time in awe of some of the remaining Rhino, discussing the importance of protecting these endangered animals.
Once at the Cape Town workshop, they were able to test drive the recently completed
SkipJack Edition. They drove down to the Cape of Good Hope and back around, ending the route along Chapman’s Peak, arguably the most scenic drive in the world. The toll road wraps itself along the edge of the Western mountain side of the South Peninsula, granting access to breath-taking views of the glittering Atlantic.
The trip ended with a test drive of the Aardwolf Edition in the wine country before shipping it to its new owner in Atlanta, Georgia. This gorgeous build was inspired by the terrifyingly glamourous and iconic Defender of the villain character in the 007 Spectre movie. In fact, it was replicated to match the vehicle almost 100% and will undoubtedly have heads turning, so will Shannon’s cousin, pictured above right.