Corlius Jooste

Pretoria, South Africa
The Series Land Rover fitted the overland requirements of reliability, serviceability and availability of spares perfectly.

Corlius Jooste Q&A

How did your passion for Land Rovers start?

I decided not to continue with my film career because of the political restrictions imposed on funding films in South Africa. I remembered the Camel ads in cinemas in the 1970s and then went back to my love for adventure and decided to take travellers into Africa like I did in the 1980s. The Series Land Rover fitted the overland requirements of reliability, serviceability and availability of spares perfectly.

What was the first Land Rover you owned?

My current one – a 1984 Series III 109 station wagon.

How many Land Rovers have you owned?

one

Do your Land Rovers have a name? If so, what is the name?

Rross Mk II – acronymn for “Rock & Roll OSSewa”. Rross Mk I was a 1976 VW Microbus with which I took travellers into Africa in the 80s and 90s. Rross Mk III was a Chevy G10 classic van with which I travelled 19000km in 6 months through the entire USA in 2015.

What is your most memorable Land Rover moment?

Successfully crossing the SA/Botswana border at Pontdrift with the Limpopo river in flood. More than 40 4x4s on the banks and Rross the only one who even attempted the crossing.

What is your favourite accessory on your Land Rover and why?

The four snow/mud tyre chains which gives it almost the same abilities and more traction than differential locks.

Complete the sentence: My Land Rover has a Soul because...

… Rross was handbuilt over 2300 hours. Every overlanding trip breathes life into Rross and its occupants.

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