There’s a very long story about how I came to be lost in the Mojave desert, in a Mustang. With the sun beating down and water and fuel running low I paused from my headless chicken charge across the desert when I spotted, miles from anything, this strange and seemingly abandoned hybrid bus/truck/squat.

The bottom half is an International Loadstar truck of c.1964 vintage. The top half is a VW campervan. It was knackered. There were people in it.

I was hoping for a cup of tea. I got a drug-befuddled chap and his mangy girlfriend asking for a tow, a ride, and then (inevitably) money. Their freewheeling lifestyle had ground to a halt in the middle of the Mojave desert and the bus/truck/squat thing was about to be abandoned. Their surfboard looked a bit superfluous. I gave ’em a few Dollars. I hope they made it to civilization.

The rest of my very long story is here.


About The Author

Rich Duisberg

Rich Duisberg* has had work published in Classic & Sportscar, Practical Performance Car, Modern Mini, Banzai, MogMag, Evo, GT Porsche, Complete Kit Car, Absolute Lotus, Alternative Cars, Classic Retro Modern, and elsewhere. Rich often appears on CBS’s XCAR and Carfection channels, and Motors TV, plus JayEmm on Cars, enthusing about historic motoring. His latest book (find his work on Amazon) was described by SniffPetrol as "hilarious", although he was also threatened with legal action by elderly DJ Tim Westwood. In his Midlands man cave is a 1972 Fiat 500, a Lotus Elise, a BMW barge and a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike. Previous machines of interest include an Mk1 MX5 (owned for 14 years!), an Alfa GTV6, a Porsche 968 and a Sinclair C5. The Metro (right) was bought for an experiment, and abandoned in Africa. "I am not getting in a car with him" -  said Le Mans winner, Derek Bell. *A nom-de-plume inspired by the BBC's League of Gentlemen.

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