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It was about about 10am, and I was driving through the western suburbs of Sydney in an Ex-Army Land Rover Perentie. The only thing bigger than the smile on my face was the throbbing pain surging through my right arm after smashing it on the door skin once again. There’s no power-assisted steering here folks, and the gun racks sitting between the front seats kind of cement the notion that this isn’t your average off-roader.

While rolling to a set of lights, a tiny voice could be heard. “Hi, Mr Army man.” The small buzz-box parked next to me contained two of the most excited kids I have ever seen; both could not stop waving and gawking at the camo-painted ex-Army Landie. While the initial cuteness of the situation made me chuckle, I soon learned that it wasn’t just kids who were drawn to these vehicles. Nearly every man, woman or aging Maltese Terrier I drove past did a double take as I roared towards my destination (the Wollemi National Park). I was late to meet up with my colleague and Land Rover guru Sam Purcell, who was driving something even more special. A fine piece of engineering dubbed The Pimped Perentie built by Australian Frontline Machinery. This was going to be a road test to remember… and just in time for ANZAC Day.