See the beautiful 1966 Land Rover 2A 109″ Ambulance at the top of the page that is what this is all about.  Her name is Kiboko (Swahili for hippo), because her backend looks like a hippo’s.

Kiboko and her family just moved to the Big Island of Hawaii, Hilo to be more exact.  Kiboko is hoping to show off all her changes and transformation from a “stock as a rock” MOD ambulance into an overland capable Land Rover. 

Kiboko was originally owned by the UK’s MOD, where she not doubt had a pretty boring life only being driven now and then.  From this and that found onboard her during clean-up she spent most of her time in Germany (possibly part of the Berlin Brigade at least she has a BB sticker) from regimental stickers and German addresses.  In 1997 it was decide after 30 years she was no longer useful to her country, she was DeMODed and sold to a private citizen in England.

 This private citizen was none other than Malcolm Hunter, a missionary since 1963 who served nomadic people in Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Niger, Benin, Burkina Faso, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal, Western China and Mongolia; Malcolm drove it around England for a time and hospital even let him park with the hospital’s ambulances when he went in for knee surgery.  Soon there after Malcom sent the ambulance as a gift to his daughter working in South Africa, his daughter used it for a time then move to San Francisco with the globe trotting rover.  Finding it hard to park and move the under powered, under braking and non power steering beast around town Malcom’s daughter gave it back to him., right about that time Malcolm and his wife Jean were semi-retiring and moving to Miraposa, California outside Yosemite National Park.

He is where I come in.  Malcolm’s other daughter decided to get married, so Malcolm put the Land Rover ambulance up for sale.  I learned about the sale of this Rover through a friend of a friend, so I planned a nice fall trip to Yosemite to relax with the wife and look at a probable purchase.  Well the trip was only so-so the wife was sick most of the time, but things turned around when I saw the ambulance.  I talked with Malcolm for a long time, while Jean entertained my wife; a deal was struck and I was driving the ambulance home the next day.

I drove the ambulance home to Southern California.  I drove it daily in Los Angeles traffic from 2003 until just before we moved to Hawaii. 


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