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EX ARMY UNIMOG TRAVELLING THROUGH THE GULF AND TERRITORY

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People keep on asking me: “So, why did you buy a Unimog?” And, like most things, the reasons are multi-layered. First, I blame online auctions like the one I entered on Grays Online. Hey, I’m no gambler, but I reckon the buzz of watching the clock tick down and beating other bids is downright contagious (not to mention dangerous). And then there are the mid-life crisis reasons. Yes, I could have bought a clapped-out Porsche … but that’s a little too predictable.

I’ve admired the Mercedes Benz Unimog for many years, largely because of what lies beneath. They’re called portal axles, and rather than pushing the drive along the axles to the wheels in a straight line, they feature hub reduction gears which sit inside the massive steel wheels. This keeps the axle nice and high, and gives the Unimog more than half a metre of ground clearance (most 4WDs have about 200mm). So the theory in all of this is the next time I see a half-metre boulder in the middle of the track, I won’t even decelerate!

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