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1984 Range Rover: The Big Lebowski among vehicles-Micky

Author Micky Beisenherz and his Range Rover, photographed by TV colleague Joko Winterscheidt

Big engine with little power and high consumption, unreliable technology and brown paint – can such a car make you happy? And how! Why Micky Beisenherz loves his Range Rover more than anything.

D.he man is excited, frantically fiddling with the worn key, trying to explain the impossible in Rhenish singsong. Something like this has never happened to him and he has been doing the driving service from the parking garage to the hotel for years.

In short: I waited in vain at reception for my Range Rover. The friendly older gentleman just didn’t get the fucking thing.

At least he was briefed by the receptionist to "kick the driver’s door" in order to at least get into the car after unlocking the door lock. An instruction that is rarely given in relation to the limousines in the star hotel.

I then went to the parking garage. The choke was to blame. Or: it was not drawn. Therefore the box did not jump.

The first Range Rover only had two doors

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The first of its kind: The original Range Rover celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2016

Source: Stefan Baldauf / SB-Medien

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It can look back on a glorious history, the off-road vehicle has many fans.

Source: Stefan Baldauf / SB-Medien

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The furnishings were surprisingly sparse and, from today’s perspective, took some getting used to. The lambskin carpets would certainly be damaging to sales today.

Source: Stefan Baldauf / SB-Medien

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The eight-cylinder engine comes from Buick.

Source: Stefan Baldauf / SB-Medien

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There are four decades between the body shapes of the old and the current Range Rover.

Source: Stefan Baldauf / SB-Medien

One could have known. On the other hand: Which car still has a starting flap today? And who drives that thing! I. I drive such a thing. And i love it.

A 1984 Range Rover, in brown, V8 engine, 130 hp, almost two tons, what-I-know-how-much went – the speedometer is broken. Currently. The car has a bit of a backlog of repairs, but my friend Harry (incidentally the best mechanic in the entire Ruhr area) regularly bends this Hanseatic beauty with the serenity of a horse whisperer.

The wood veneer on the interior doors, the wide center console, the armrests. The fat armchairs with the ole seat covers. That thing is a rolling 80s living room. The only thing missing is Katzenzungen and Denes Torzs, who sits on the back seat and announces the evening’s television program. In this car, Helmut Kohl is still Chancellor and the next Coop is not far.

Time stands still in this car. All around too. As a tribute to the helicopter from Magnum’s partner T.C. I had a red and yellow stripe drawn lengthways across my brown suitcase. A wonderful vehicle.

Every gear pulls like a stroke of the oar

I have already had a flight booked for me canceled several times in order to take the Hamburg-Cologne route in a relaxed manner instead of one in four and a half hours. Sitting in the rover, listening to audio books (the sound turned up a bit, the tractor is fucking loud), drinking coffee, snacks in the passenger seat – and watching the landscape go by at a top speed of 130 km / h. The harder it storms or snows outside, the better.

You actually get a chimney entered in the vehicle registration document?

Satisfied as a humpback whale, the V8 engine bubbles through its tarred refuge. He takes curbs like Godzilla Tokyo. This vehicle has no natural enemies. Well, maybe the TÜV.

Every gear that is engaged pulls like a stroke of the oar. A strong jerk, an almost comic-like "Katung".

The Range Rover has to be trained like a dog

Meanwhile, the tail light dangles obliviously from the suspension in the rear like a disco ball in a Cologne club where nothing has been done since the sixties. And because everything doesn’t matter and everything works, you always feel like taking every green area, every piece of forest, every motorway exit greening – everything that is off the road. This box is a cry for unreason turned into tin.

An uncomplicated and good-natured car

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Rebel for no reason: Friedrich Kautz alias Prinz Pi in front of the Land Rover Discovery Sport on the runway of the old airfield in Berlin-Gatow. The comparison…

Source: Jakob Hoff

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…with the G-Class from Mercedes, which Prince Pi calls his own, is a bit unfair, however, the Discovery Sport moves more in the league…

Source: Jakob Hoff

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…of the Mercedes GLC. Under the hood it has a TD4 diesel engine with a displacement of two liters and 150 hp. It’s not sporty enough for Prinz Pi, but at least it is…

Source: Jakob Hoff

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…he can make friends with the rich surround sound of the Meridian audio system, which comes from a total of 17 loudspeakers. The special equipment HSE Luxury also includes…

Source: Jakob Hoff

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…an imposing panoramic roof, seats made of Windsor leather and illuminated door sills with a Discovery script. The bottom line…

Source: Jakob Hoff

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…von Prinz Pi turned out to be conciliatory in the end, even if the Land Rover Discovery Sport really wasn’t a car for him.

Source: Jakob Hoff

There is no living space in the world that can be more comfortable than this gem of British unreliability.

Yes, you have already understood me correctly. This tin makes you religious.

When I start the engine in the morning, I call God more often than any Ryanair customer. It is belief that helps. The belief that it will start after all. Since I have owned this vehicle, I have known all of the yellow angels personally, I know what their children are doing and what their wives could be happy about at Christmas. The long-term ADAC membership finally makes sense.

The car dealer, he spontaneously dropped the price of 2000 euros on site, must have celebrated three days when the thing drove from his farm. Even in Hamburg, 100 kilometers away, I could still hear the corks popping.

The previous owner probably gurgled “the brown one” a little technically, so that you first have to cherish and educate him like a Spanish foundling dog. But the failure intervals are getting longer. And many an emergency call was also due to my ignorance.

Choke in? Choke out?

Unsuccessful, panicked cranking and starting after the engine went out – that wouldn’t happen to me again today. Well, I might still be unsuccessful. But no longer panicked.

Quite different from the other friendly elderly gentleman who was supposed to drive the car in front of the same hotel for me last week and who couldn’t get the car back on Turiner Strasse. Then I went there briefly, ignored the angry honking people at the traffic lights behind me, set the choke correctly, and the planer ran again.

It wasn’t always like that. My sweating at the intersection Doormannsweg, corner of Fruchtallee – behind me an angry polonaise of stationary vehicles. The perishing on the Sheffield-Ring in Bochum. Drained. Tim Malzer, who helped me push the thing off Rothenbaumchaussee when it logged off from running after a turning maneuver with wet spark plugs.

I didn’t know anything! Choke in? Choke out? Too fat? Is the carburetor set correctly? You really have to develop a feeling for it. Like a complicated beauty where the usual behavior pattern doesn’t pull and you have to watch that you feel what needs to be done now. Basically a post-factual car.

The G model is ideal for Tanzania

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While many safari operators rely on vehicles like Toyota Hilux or Land Rover Defender, Jorg Gabriel swears by the G-model from Mercedes.

Source: Fabian Hoberg

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The 45-year-old, who has lived in Africa for over 25 years, has a total of twelve different versions of the robust off-road vehicle, more than half of them in Tanzania.

Source: Fabian Hoberg

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There he runs the 400 hectare “Hatari Lodge”. And to show his guests the beauty of the country, he uses the various G models, no two vehicles are the samen.

Source: Fabian Hoberg

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For photo safaris, for example, the open seven- and nine-seater are ideal.

Source: Fabian Hoberg

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Gabriel loves and looks after his cars. However, that does not mean that he is sparing her. “They can do something,” the German knows.

Source: Fabian Hoberg

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Jorg Gabriel’s love for the G-Class was almost born in the cradle. His father, who worked in the foreign service and was in Ethiopia and Kenya, among other places, drove a G-Class. A defining experience.

Source: Fabian Hoberg

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Behind the lodge, which, by the way, used to belong to the actor Hardy Kruger, he has set up a professional workshop where he looks after his off-road vehicles.

Source: Fabian Hoberg

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There he maintains and repairs his vehicles – and if necessary he also converts them so that they meet his requirements.

Source: Fabian Hoberg

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This G-model, for example, is not available to buy. Gabriel gave the off-road vehicle the loading area of ​​the Land Rover Defender and installed the springs from the Unimog.

Source: Fabian Hoberg

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The supply of spare parts is not a problem, even if the G-Class is more of an exotic car in Tanzania.

Source: Fabian Hoberg

1984 Range Rover: The Big Lebowski among vehicles-Joko Winterscheidt

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The German Mercedes branch delivers immediately – just call or email.

Source: Fabian Hoberg

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Since Mercedes boss Dieter Zetsche spent his vacation at the “Hatari Lodge” a few years ago, the connections to the German manufacturer have been even better.

Source: Fabian Hoberg

The data speaks against him – but I’m following him blindly. And since nothing is further from reason than love, you don’t care how much money you spend on hours together. With a consumption of approx. 16-18 liters one cannot necessarily speak of a sensible car. But what does that mean? What makes you happy is sensible.

“The car suits you. It has so little sheen. ”To this day, I don’t know whether that was intended as a compliment, but my mother is right. This is why this car is consequently never cleaned. I like to clean every other classic car. Not that one. It has to be like that. Rancid. Dusty. Dented. Like its owner.

Old cars make you happy.

It doesn’t have to be the Range Rover. Not even a 911 Targa. No Datsun 240 Z. When I see a Renault 4, my heart rises. An old BMW 635 CSi. An Opel record. A Ford Granada. You can even look after a Jetta with glassy eyes. Hard love has long since hit the Golf 1 again.

The rover looks like children paint cars. I myself remember that I owned this battleship as a miniature by Siku and that I was enthusiastic about the silhouette even before I knew what silhouette actually meant. It’s the aroma of childhood. The same reason why many of us still hear “Die Drei ???” in the evening or freak out when Langnese adds Dolomiti to its range again.

Old, fat, drinks too much – but the attitude is right

We all found our childish ass at some point in the worn-out passenger seat of some smoky middle-class car, right? But it is also the deep longing for contour. For individualism at a time when it is not just cars that are becoming more streamlined, interchangeable and adapted. And that’s by no means a question of nostalgia.

It’s a statement. Like boots. Old clocks. Vinyl. Anyone who has ever seen 7-, 13- or 19-year-olds look at my boxy roll-up home cannot ignore: This car has a very special effect. For the outsider as well as for those behind the wheel. It’s the Big Lebowski among the vehicles: old, fat, drinks too much – but the attitude is right.

And the dingy look is weirdly sexy. An outstretched middle gout finger on tires.

The car is already so full of memories. My daughter never sleeps better than when the V8 rattles her a lullaby. You can’t look any cooler than my 91-year-old grandmother when she steps into this much too high mamobile with the stepladder from her kitchen like the queen.

How Tuff Gongs Landy was resurrected

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This is what it last looked like, Bob Marley’s Land Rover Defender, before it underwent a thorough restoration. The money for it …

Source: ampnet

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… brought up Jamaican companies. The result can be seen in Bob Marley’s former home at 56 Hope Road in Kingston, now a museum. Up there a parking lot …

Source: ampnet

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… the Landy with which Marley regularly set out for the hilly countryside of the island stood around for years – and nobody cared. It is different in the year of R’s 70th birthdayeggae icon 2015: his daughter Cedella Marley …

Source: ampnet

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… got involved and designed the leather upholstery of the Defender, with which she had been driven by her famous father when she was a child. The style-defining colors green and gelb and red are also found …

Source: ampnet

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… in the Defender’s engine compartment again, you just have to search long enough. But that is surely a coincidence. Otherwise filigree work was the order of the day, because the flatbed truck …

Source: ampnet

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… was dismantled down to every single part, and spare parts were gathered from all over the world.

Source: ampnet

And yes, damn it, I myself never feel more casual than when I head for the cold Siff weather with coffee in hand and a thick trucker jacket…

… oh, it doesn’t matter where I’m going.

The way has never been more focused than in my rolling Chesterfield sofa. Embarrassingly emotionalized car driver kitsch? Well, something of! That’s what it’s about. Neither a touchscreen, WiFi, nor a comfort package in a new car can trigger such feelings.

My Range Rover is the mother of all objects of pleasure. The dirty boy next door you shouldn’t play with in the past. My eight-cylinder Brexit strategy.

If it starts.

1984 Range Rover: The Big Lebowski among vehicles-ADAC (General German Automobile Club)

Micky Beisenherz is a moderator and author (e.g. for the heute-show, for the jungle camp and as a columnist)

Source: pa / dpa

3 thoughts on “1984 Range Rover: The Big Lebowski among vehicles”

  1. Great piece! And then there is still so much truth in there…
    An old range makes you poor but happy. This absolutely anachronistic thing, which always doesn’t work when it should and which always surprises with new quirks, is still (or because of that?) Really good. Most of them will probably not understand or shake their heads. The others drive Range, Disco or Defender.

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  2. Oha! What a beautifully written text that perfectly matches the feeling – thank you very much for that!
    Hannes, who of course also greets the disco drivers from the Defender 🙂

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