Toyota 4×4 Hi-Ace Vans: "Toughest Vehicle on Planet"

Jonathan Hanson on driving on African Savannah at high speed in Land Rovers.: It was “…like…driving across a plowed field over which concrete had been poured to solidify the ridges.”

“At 100 kph we danced over them with actual tire-to-earth contact occurring perhaps 10% of the time. But the most astonishing sights were to occasional overstuffed Toyota Hi-Ace van taxis coming the other way at our speed plus, wheels pistoning up and down at an insane pace and the entire vehicle often sideways in a crazy drift around curves…the humble Hi-Ace has to be the toughest vehicle on the planet.”

-From the Overland Journal

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

2 Responses to Toyota 4×4 Hi-Ace Vans: "Toughest Vehicle on Planet"

  1. Lloyd, my admiration grows for you even more… first you turn me onto the ugg beacon boot.. then mark morford (sp?).. and now I find out that you are a reader of Overland Journal, of which, I am a huge fan and loyal reader since its first issue! I don't remember how I found your blog, but I am so glad that I did and can read your stuff each day.. my wife is getting me Homework for Christmas.. have a good day.

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