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 Popski's Private Expeditions?

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PostSubject: Popski's Private Expeditions?   Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:48 pm

I have been thinking....and yes, I know that usually only leads to trouble. And this may be one of my more crazier ideas.

Back when I was in the military and a young NCO in a reconnaissance platoon, I picked up a book by a long-dead Lt Colonel named Vladamir Peniakoff. His book was the story of one of the British army's first, and smallest, special forces units...Popski's Private Army. That book became my 'bible' as a soldier and influenced much of my career afterwards. Some of Popski's exploits are legendary and would seem far more likely in a cheap Hollywood film than real life. But one thing that has stuck with me all these years was the love all the men in his unit had for roaming far and wide across Libya, Tunisia and Italy in their open top jeeps.

For anyone who knows me, it will come as no surprise that I only ever grudgingly put up my soft top and windscreen. I put them on from November to February here in England as Tembo is my daily driver, but at the first hint of spring in March, the top goes away until at least Halloween. I also notice that in Land Rover magazines, Pinterest postings and Youtube videos there are lots of pics of people driving open top jeeps and Land Rovers. So, I am not the only one.

So...putting 1 and 2 together and getting four...I have been tossing around the idea of forming a club called 'Popski's Private Expeditions' Essentially it would be for those that like open-top travel and who are interested in some overland adventures. Jess and I have been sketching out a plan to do more Sahara trips, but also the Simpson, Namib/Kalahari and Atacama. It would be great to be able to share those with others who like a similar kind of travel.

I have run the idea past the PPA association to see if they have any objections. So far the feedback has been positive as long as we respect the 'brand.' They also need support for the PPA memorial in the special forces cemetery and another being constructed by Sam Watson in the Egyptian desert (Sam is a member of the Friends of Popski's Private Army-FoPPA association).

I have run not-for-profit clubs before and had some good successes. I figure this one could both lead to some fun trips and help support the memory of an amazing group of adventurers who should not be forgotten.

So...if anyone out there comes across another 4x4 driver who prefers a topless lifestyle...or a motorcycler who is finally ready to add two more wheels to their preferred ride, or even a military history buff who is more 'buff' than armchair...maybe point them my way. I have already told Tom I am going to be promoting this idea at AO17 along with this forum. We will see then if it has any wheels....

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PostSubject: Re: Popski's Private Expeditions?   Mon Mar 13, 2017 3:26 am

Have to say it's a great idea. More than that, it'll be unique, so it's an excellent idea. clapping2

However, cutting the roof off the Orangemobile may prove a tad problematic, not to mention a step too far!

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PostSubject: Re: Popski's Private Expeditions?   Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:32 am

Sounds a great idea, have to run it by Dilys first (maybe yes maybe no ) but wish you well. clinking teacups

Have you tried it on the HUBB.?

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PostSubject: Re: Popski's Private Expeditions?   Mon Mar 13, 2017 5:54 pm

Probably won't be time to get much organized before the HUBB. We should be moving house and then I am in Egypt in May. But we will see.

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PostSubject: Re: Popski's Private Expeditions?   Fri Apr 28, 2017 5:47 pm

Started looking at a club logo, based on the WWII unit vehicle marker. The unit logo/hat badge was based on an astrolabe, a star chart-based ancient navigation device.

A PPA jeep with unit marker


The PPE logo

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PostSubject: Re: Popski's Private Expeditions?   Tue May 30, 2017 8:56 pm

How's the planning going James ? sound like a great idea !


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PostSubject: Re: Popski's Private Expeditions?   Wed May 31, 2017 2:23 am

Sitrep over a beer at HUBB...

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PostSubject: Re: Popski's Private Expeditions?   Wed May 31, 2017 3:07 am

Tembo wrote:
Sitrep over a beer at HUBB...

Wait, out !

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