Lost in time and out of season...

This could be mistaken for some dingy cockey's toolshed ca. early 1950’s until you cop the half-finished canvases, oil painting kit and the dear little iPod sneaking out tunes like Duke Ellington’s old school jazz standard Take the 'A’ Train (1944) or even better, "Rumba Azul” (1938) by the Lecuona Cuban Boys.        

The latter song was a favorite of Luftwaffe Ace, persistent irritator of Nazzy racists and American/Afro-Cuban Jazz fanatic Hans-Joachim Marseille (K.I.A. Western Desert 30/9/42, aged 22) - odd sometimes how you get turned on to great music.

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                                                                             3:18      Rumba Azul - 1938

Jeep - 1943 Willys MB                                                                                                                                    Land Rover - 1954 Series One 86" Rag Top 

Jeep - 1943 Willys MB                                                                                                                                    Land Rover - 1954 Series One 86" Rag Top 

You have to look past the de-mobbed Yankee Jeep - many of which were pressed into farm service directly after WW2 - and the trusty tractor/humble farmhand Landy to see what's really happening here.

                               Painting - Work in progress: Untitled/Vultee Aircraft Factory - California, 1943  Oil on canvas, 1700x1540mm

                               Painting - Work in progress: Untitled/Vultee Aircraft Factory - California, 1943  Oil on canvas, 1700x1540mm

My great-uncle Jack Crowley bought this Land Rover in 1960 and it’s been a part of our family life in Southland and Central Otago ever since.

                Thanks to L.A. based cinematographer & self confessed Land Rover nerd Cameron Duncan for the images of our old Landy.

                Thanks to L.A. based cinematographer & self confessed Land Rover nerd Cameron Duncan for the images of our old Landy.

The famous "Barbecue Grille" and "Land Rover Eyes" look of the sharp-end of early Series Land Rovers.  Seriously - you can use the mesh over a campfire as a makeshift grill.  Flat fenders make great tables to boot.

The famous "Barbecue Grille" and "Land Rover Eyes" look of the sharp-end of early Series Land Rovers.  Seriously - you can use the mesh over a campfire as a makeshift grill.  Flat fenders make great tables to boot.

Nothing like period vehicles, sounds and ciggies to switch you over into the right mode to attack a series based on images shot in 1943.  Next up I'll be arming myself with a good bottle of sherry and a pack of Lucky’s and I'll really be lost in time & out of reach.