The Mahindra Scorpio is among the best selling SUVs in India. First launched in 2002, the Scorpio became an instant hit and still attracts a lot of customers due to its rugged looks and value for money prospects. It also is a capable off-road tool and comes with fully functional 4×4 drivetrain complete with low ratio gearbox.Now Nagpur based NYC Customisations has modified a Mahindra Scorpio into a complete beast of a vehicle. Take a look at the video below which shows the SUV in its full glory.
The Scorpio is already a pretty good looking SUV with good road presence and an intimidating stance. However, this one featured here takes the word butch to a whole next level. Owned by Nikhil Yadav, NYC Customisations has done many unique mod jobs in past and this Scorpio is amongst the best in them. Also, the engine and other mechanicals have not been tampered with and it is a complete aesthetic job. Let’s now get to know all that has been done on this wild Mahindra Scorpio.
It is a 2006 model Scorpio and gets a black paint shade all over. The front end looks quite aggressive, almost ready to bite if set free. The bumper has been replaced with an off-road spec unit that comes with integrated LED DRLs along with twin auxiliary lights mounted on top. A large metal grille with verticle slats takes the centre stage that which has been blacked out for further visual drama.
The headlights now come surrounded by LED rings that double up as indicators and DRLs as per need. The bumper gets a stylish metal frame along with a bump in between which further put a seal to the Scorpio’s rugged looks. The butch looking tires are 33-inch off-road spec units shod onto multi-spoke alloys painted in green. Custom fenders add muscle on to the SUV and it gets roof mounted orange lights. A snorkel has been placed on it to increase its water wading capacity.
The side cladding is also a custom job and adds to the overall look of the vehicle. Coming to the rear end, a jerry can paint in green indicates towards its off-road build and adds character to the overall look. The tail lights have been blacked out while a new custom bumper has replaced the stock unit.
Further, this Scorpio now features twin tailpipes that adds sportiness to its build. For enhanced utility, the roof has been fitted with a carrier that can be used to carry any kind of load when on a trip. Without a doubt, it is one of the best off-road type mod jobs we have seen on a Scorpio. Hat tip to Nikhil and NYC Customisation for turning a regular Scorpio into this beast.Got a news tip, spy photo or video for us? Send them to us on Whatsapp @ +91 9625884129. We will publish the story, with your name and credit you for the photo/video. Become a part of the fast-growing CarToq community!
The Toyota Fortuner is the most popular and top-selling full-size SUV under Rs. 40 lakh price bracket. The big SUV is known for its intimidating stance, powerful engines as well as feature rich and comfortable interiors. It is also quite a popular choice among off-road enthusiasts due to its excellent off-road capabilities. The current generation Fortuner might be more blingy and feature rich but the older generation Fortuner finds more favour among hardcore off-road enthusiasts as it was lighter in weight and hence better off the road. For the same, Metalsmith has created this monster of a Fortuner which seems ready to chew off other vehicles head. Take a look at this angry looking Fortuner before we discuss further on it.
This Fortuner has been worked on quite nicely and the result is quite evident in the pictures. It is the older generation model but with all these modifications on it, it seems like a whole new breed of Fortuner. Talking about the modifications done on this SUV, the front fascia of the Fortuner here has been given a completely new look. The original grille has been replaced by a custom blacked out unit with verticle slats. The headlights are also new units with orange-yellow LED DRLs built in. However, the centre stage here is taken by the massive custom bumper which gives it a whole new level of butchness. The bumper has LED bar build in it.
This Toyota Fortuner also gets a snorkel which will help when going through water. Multiple LED Lights at the roof provide further illumination in dark. The side gets black window visors along with custom designed sidesteps all of which add to the overall look of this modified Toyota Fortuner. the rear bumper too has been replaced with a new custom blacked out unit, though it is not as wild looking as the front bumper. Finished in white, the Toyota Fortuner looks ready to take on the wild terrain. However, we are still not done with the mods on this SUV.
The stock wheels of this Fortuner have given way to new custom units which further take up the aesthetics of the car to a new level along with added grip. The multispoke rims with an interesting design pattern come shod on with off road spec Maxxis tires and they alone are responsible for a lot of visual drama this Fortuner creates. A custom made black roof carrier has been placed on the top of the SUV enhancing its luggage capacity. While we have seen more modified Toyota Fortuners in past, this one here can be said to be the angriest among them all. Also, the modifications on this Fortuner are not overdone and feel just right and proportioned.Got a news tip, spy photo or video for us? Send them to us on Whatsapp @ +91 9625884129. We will publish the story, with your name and credit you for the photo/video. Become a part of the fast-growing CarToq community!
Somewhere around 2010, the SUV fever gripped the entire nation and it seems it is going to continue well in the upcoming decade too! No wonder, we see SUVs coming in from non-conventional SUV makers as well. Another effect the craze has had is on the type of vehicles which are modified. No points for guessing, SUVs again make up a significant portion of the latest modification jobs which have gone viral in the country.
Recently we saw the XUV 500 Moonraker from Mahindra’s in-house customization team and multiple other mods of the Bolero and Thar. Here is another interesting customization carried on by a previous generation Toyota Fortuner.
The mod-job has been carried out by Executive Modcar Trendz, which is a car customization unit based out of Andheri, Mumbai. The entire modification costs approximately INR 4.5 lakhs (excluding 18% GST), which is obviously excluding the base price of the vehicle.
As far as updates are concerned, the front looks dramatically different. A new fabricated grille has replaced the stock one, while the headlamp units too have been redone, completely. The modified Fortuner gets a new bumper as well, and along with it, new projectors and DRLs too. The bonnet too has been redesigned and now comes with a scoop, which mostly is non-functional though.
The entire wheel set-up has been changed with new alloys and wide profile tires. The wheel arches add to the macho look which the modified SUV carries. To complete the look at the rear, there are smoked tail lamps and a bumper with dual exhaust pipes. Apart from these changes, there are red highlights which have been added across the SUV and they surely make it look more interesting.
Talking about the Fortuner, though it still comfortably enjoys the pole position in its segment, it has started to face competition from the Alturas which was launched by Mahindra last year. Another worthy competitor, the Ford Endevaor is about to get a facelift, and as per reports Ford will launch it in the country by the end of current financial year.
Motorsports has visited 32 countries, across five continents in 70 seasons
From the first race at a converted World War II airbase in rural England to this weekend’s 1,000th grand prix at the $240 million international circuit in Shanghai, Formula One has come a long way since it all began in 1950.
Silverstone held the first race 69 years ago and the British Grand Prix has remained, with the Italian GP, the only ever-present races on the calendar.
In 70 seasons, Formula One has visited 32 countries across five continents and a street circuit in Vietnam will be the newest addition next year.
Formula One’s organisation was bought for $8 billion in 2017 by US media giant Liberty Media and is now listed on Wall Street — a long way from the early days when tyre and oil companies supplied their products for free in return for having their logos on drivers’ overalls.
Italian Giuseppe Farina was victorious in May 1950 and went on to clinch the world championship four months later in his home country. A season now lasts more than twice as long.
Michael Schumacher holds the record of seven drivers’ world championships and there is a poignancy that his last race win came in Shanghai, in 2006.
Schumacher has not been seen in public since suffering life-threatening brain injuries in a skiing accident in 2013.
At the peak of his career, the German summed up the essence of the sport. “Every year we find something new, we go quicker, that’s Formula One,” he said.
One of Schumacher’s former Ferrari teammates, the Brazilian Rubens Barrichello, holds the record for most race starts but failed to win a world title in his 18-year career.
Defending champion Lewis Hamilton is closing in on Schumacher’s all-time mark after winning his fifth world title last year at the age of 34 to edge ahead of great rival Sebastian Vettel, who won four championships with Red Bull before moving to Ferrari.
It was Argentine great Juan Manuel Fangio who dominated the opening decade with five world championships in seven seasons from 1951.
He was succeeded in the 1960s by multiple world champions Jack Brabham, Jim Clark, Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart.
The 1970s featured the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda and the 1980s saw the emergence of the great Alain Prost and legendary Brazilian Ayrton Senna before Schumacher began his dominance in the mid-1990s.
More than 20 drivers of the 772 who have started a Grand Prix have died behind the wheel, including Senna and Austrian Roland Ratzenburger on one dark weekend in 1994 at the San Marino Grand Prix.
Their deaths led to wide-ranging changes to improve safety which meant there were no further fatalities until Jules Bianchi died in 2015 from head injuries sustained at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix — a tragedy which led to the development of the distinctive “halo” cockpit head protection system.
Ferrari are the only manufacturer to have competed in every campaign and the Italian outfit have won a record 16 titles since the constructors’ championship was first introduced in 1958 as the International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers.
The first winners were British team Vanwall and Europeans have dominated with a trio of British manufacturers Williams (9 titles), McLaren (8) and Lotus (7) claiming 24 constructors’ crowns between them.
Next on the all-time list come Germany’s Mercedes with five, while Austria’s Red Bull enjoyed four golden years with Vettel leading them to a clean sweep from 2010 to 2013.
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Kimi Raikkonen says Formula One has become something of a ‘hobby’ for him, now that his Ferrari days are over and as he races towards his 40th birthday and a record number of starts.
The 2007 world champion, whose birthday is in October, told reporters at the Chinese Grand Prix that he was enjoying life at Alfa Romeo.
“I don’t have any special things that I try to motivate myself. It’s become more of a hobby for me lately than anything else and probably that’s why it’s more fun again,” said the Finn, who was much more in the spotlight at Ferrari.
“I always try to do the best that I can. Some days it goes a bit better than others – but that’s how it goes when you do a lot of racing. Some days it’s a bit more tricky than others. It’s never really been an issue.
“When I feel that it’s not what I expect from myself, then obviously I try to find a new hobby after that.”
Formula One is celebrating its 1,000th world championship race in Shanghai and Raikkonen, who made his debut with Sauber — the team that is now Alfa — in 2001 has started 293 of them and won 21.
Retired Brazilian Rubens Barrichello holds the record of 322 starts which means Raikkonen, whose contract runs to the end of next year, is on course to overtake him midway through the 2020 season.
Raikkonen, who joined Alfa from Ferrari at the end of last season, has made a strong start with 10 points from two races and is sixth overall. Team mate Antonio Giovinazzi has yet to open his tally.
Asked whether the performance had changed his goals for the season, Raikkonen shrugged.
“No, it hasn’t. I didn’t really have any goals, so it’s pretty hard to change them. I can’t really talk about last year’s car,” he said.
“So from my side it’s hard to say what is better on this car than the one they had last year… but I think in general it’s quite a good, solid package and we understand it pretty OK and they seem to have good guys on all areas to bring new stuff.”
With several other drivers set to race with special helmet designs to commemorate the 1,000th race, Raikkonen said he had nothing new.
“I wanted to have an open-face helmet but there were some regulation issues,” said the Finn, who has said before he would have liked to race in the much more dangerous 1960s and 70s.
Lewis Hamilton expects Red Bull to be a major threat in China this weekend and says the battle for the Formula One drivers’ title is wide open.
The defending champion took the chequered flag in Bahrain last time out having reversed the one-two with Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen completed the podium in Melbourne, but Red Bull struggled to replicate that promise in Bahrain where Ferrari new boy Charles Leclerc was third after a mightily impressive showing.
Most pundits predicted that this season would once again see Hamilton and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel vying for supremacy.
Hamilton, though, believes the early evidence suggests otherwise.
“At the moment it’s clearly not just me and Sebastian,” he said, in quotes reported by F1’s official website.
“So, I don’t see that changing any time soon. At the moment it’s at least four of us and the Red Bulls, you definitely can’t count them out.
“They’ve had a bit of a slower start, but I think if you look at last year for example they won the race here and they particularly finished strong. I anticipate it could be something similar.
“On the straights they’ve been really good so they are clearly, whereas they usually have a really strong car and not so strong engine, it’s the other way this year.
“They’ve got not as strong a car. But they’re one of the teams that can develop at a similar rate to Ferrari and us so it’s far too early to say.
“The first few races of every season are really difficult to kind of judge.
“Obviously we didn’t expect the performance we had at the first race, we didn’t expect to see what we saw at the second race. It’s only the third race.”
A special #ChineseGP welcome! #GP1000#LH44pic.twitter.com/4NDNPQAUnP— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) April 11, 2019
Daniel Ricciardo steered Red Bull to victory in China 12 months ago, but heads into this season’s race with new team Renault with a pair of DNF’s to his name.
The amiable Australian believes perhaps he and the team are trying to be “too clever” in their approach.
“One thing we’ve assessed is maybe we’re actually trying to do too much over the course of the weekends,” he said.
“We got the chance to analyse on the Monday after [Bahrain] and we established that we’re maybe currently trying to do too much, where I’m trying to settle in and also my engineers are trying to [learn how to] work with me. And probably all of us, we’re trying to be too clever as well.
“I don’t want to say that, because you’re always trying to find the limits. But for now, maybe we need to keep a more basic approach and just do what we can, do it well and then probably not look for that extra one per cent at the moment.”
The images were taken at Red Bluff on Quobba Station in Western Australia.
I was headed to Red Bluff with my family as I knew there was some big surf on the way. This is a very remote camping location where the desert meets the Indian Ocean.
When I arrived with my family, the first thing I noticed was this huge bait ball. I could see from the camp that there were also a few sharks cruising through the bait fish. I was stuck between trying to set up camp for my family and also trying to capture this amazing moment.
After about 30 minutes of trying to set up camp, I had to quit and fly the drone. Once I got the drone in the air I was amazed at just how many sharks there were. Over 200 bronze whaler sharks feeding on the bait ball. The surf was pumping and it was awesome to see. I filmed the sharks for about one hour when I noticed the baitfish got pushed in very close to the shore. I could then see some big sharks close to the waves. It was then when I decided to land the drone and pick up my big camera and lens to try and see if I could get a shot of the sharks from the beach.
The shore break was quite large so the first wave came and I fired off a test shot to get my exposure and focus right. The very next wave rose up right on the shore and sure enough, there were 2 big sharks in excess of 2 meters in the wave. These sharks almost got washed onto the beach. I snapped away and ended up with 3 of my favorite shots. I stayed and waited for a further 2 hours and did not see them in that close again. It was awesome to watch as the surf was also very good and a lot of surfers surfing very closely without any problems.
Cape Town – In an age of big-money deals and ruthless player drafting, it is rare to see a rugby player earn his stripes at his home union to move through the ranks from a junior level through to the top.
For Sharks hooker Kerron van Vuuren, that has now happened.
The circumstances might not be ideal, but the 23-year-old has been thrown into the deep this season.
Akker van der Merwe is banned following his punch-up with Bulls hooker Schalk Brits, Chiliboy Ralepelle is suspended and in the middle of another doping controversy while the experienced Craig Burden is sidelined with injury.
With those three blows all happening within a couple of weeks of each other, the Sharks were suddenly facing a hooker crisis.
It led to Van Vuuren, born in Durban and schooled at Glenwood High, making his starting Super Rugby debut against the Lions at Ellis Park this past weekend.
Up against a man considered the best hooker in the world currently in Malcolm Marx, Van Vuuren not only held his own but thrived as the Sharks secured a famous 42-5 win over their South African rivals.
“I was a little bit overwhelmed,” Van Vuuren admitted to Durban media on Tuesday.
“It was such an exciting moment for me having grown up being a Sharks supporter my whole life. It was an absolute dream come true and it was really special for me.
“It was a fairytale. Going up there to Ellis Park and beating the Lions is such a tough task, first of all, and then to beat them by that scoreline was amazing.”
On playing against Marx, Van Vuuren said the enormity of the task at hand was something he did think about.
“It’s always in the back of your mind going up against the Bok hooker, but I used it as motivation to drive myself and get the best out of myself,” he said.
“I probably have one of the best hookers of all time that I’m going up against this weekend, but that’s perfect and I enjoy that. I’ll learn a lot from him and gain that experience, but I’m definitely not going to let him off easy.”
Van Vuuren was referring to Jaguares and Argentina hooker Agustin Creevy, who is expected to be the Jaguares No 2 for Saturday’s clash against the Sharks at Kings Park.
It is all happening very quickly for Van Vuuren.
“It’s happened in the blink of an eye … it’s come overnight,” he said.
“I just do my best to try and do all my basics right and my planning so that when that moment comes I can do my job well.
I think I’ve gone through the right processes and I think it’s time to step up in the big leagues.”
Picture your ideal backyard and magnify it into a vast valley of wildflowers or transform it into a serene beach with crashing waves – that is the oasis some people have created for themselves by taking their homes on the open road. Van life is a growing lifestyle among adventurers who convert old buses and vans into whimsical mobile homes ready for wherever the wind takes them.
Founder of ‘Van Clan’, – an online community and content page for campervan lovers and travel addicts -Â Brandon Saltalamacchia, told Bored Panda that the first allure of van life is the freedom it gives, “People want freedom to escape the ever daunting bills, stress and constraints of âreal lifeâ. The thought of having a minimalist lifestyle for a little while is certainly an aspect of van life that intrigues many newcomers, and itâs certainly true.”Â These custom mini houses utilize economical space design to fit all the necessities one would find in a normal sized home. Ovens, closets, beds, and fold-out desks they all fit in these gorgeous mobile dwellings that would make Marie Kondo proud. The other obvious benefit according to Saltalamacchia – cost. “All you need to sort is insurance, food and gas, and then you can go anywhere your heart desires, all while taking in the ever-changing world around you,” he said, adding that cost is the most common question they receive on their page. Scroll down below to see some of these inspired van life designs and don’t forget to upvote your favs!
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#1 We Expect That It Will Take About 2 Years Give Or Take To Complete Our Trip Across The U.S. And Canada
We are so excited to finally be on the road after first purchasing our bus 2 years ago! Our build took a year and a half to complete.
Not sure if life on the road is right for you? According to the Van Clan founder people from all walks of life are jumping on board with this new trend, the only qualification – an adventurous soul. “Itâs your typical adventurous human who just wants to live a little, you could be 18 years of age straight out of school, or freshly retired, thereâs no real type of person who takes on this lifestyle, but you can bet your money, that each one who does has an adventurous streak in them that wants to discover new places and meet new people,” said Saltalamacchia.
#2 This Is The Coolest Bus Ever
To answer everyoneâs concern how do we keep everything still while we are moving – we use Velcro tape! Thus, after a few attempts of driving the bus, surprisingly everything stayed as it is without taping it. Gotta thank the soft air suspension of the bus
Getting started on your van life journey may seem daunting but Saltalamacchia has some words of advice for newcomers before they purchase a van or throw down money on construction supplies.”If youâre looking at taking on the van life we really suggest you think about it hard. Is living in a tiny box really what you want? Do you want someone knocking on your vehicle at 2am in the morning one day because youâve parked in the wrong spot? Do you want to pee in bushes now and then? These are some of the things that will most likely happen, but youâll be rewarded with many incredible experiences along the way.”Â
#3 One Of Our Favorite Parts Of The Bus Is Her Fully-Functioning Kitchen
If you think you have what it takes to tough it out in the great outdoors, the Van Clan founder says there are some logistics to consider while planning, “Firstly, if youâre buying an already converted van, you may have to redesign it to your style if not, then youâll have to do a conversion that has multiple uses, for example, your seating will convert into a bed, and then convert into a desk, and while all thatâs going on, itâs storage space at the same time. Secondly, do you want a toilet and/or a shower? If so, again, prepare to somehow fit it in to your vehicle, for smaller vehicles this might not be an option. And thirdly, test drive it. Find a rental, and rent it for a weekend, see if you can deal with the space, does it drive well? And is it something you can LIVE in.”
#4 Our Sweet Bus Is Starting To Look More And More Like A Home!
Our sweet bus is starting to look more and more like a home! We are almost at the finish line. We absolutely cannot wait to move in
Downsizing is cost efficient in the long term, but how much does a van conversion set you back? “Van conversions vary in price, you can go as cheap as $1,000 if you really want the bare bones and fancy finding scrap wood, or you can go all out and have conversions well over the $10,000 mark, ” explained , “It all depends on the size of your van, and how deep you want to go with the conversion, we recommend doing it yourself with a budget, it makes every inch feel more YOU.” As for monthly expenses the cost is very little, he said, “Your biggest outgoing is gas,Â then food, then insurance. You can do it all on as little as $250 a month, but your average van lifers is most likely spending around $300-$600 per month living in a van, and thatâs including gas.”
#5 I Wonât Say I Donât Love The Escape And The Pleasantries Of Traditional Accommodation. But I Can Say That For Now Vanna The Van Is Home
One hesitation people have about a smaller home is not just missing the larger luxuries but basic hygiene, however this expert said that the idea that van life people don’t shower is probably the biggest misconception about this lifestyle. “This could not be further from the truth, yes, thereâs times where you donât shower for a couple of days, but getting to a water source, or using a portable shower bag is very common with van lifers. Most of them are very clean!”
#6 School Bus Coversion
I really enjoy designing alternative spaces and giving them a new feel and life. When I first got my bus it was an old yellow bus just like the one most of us probably took to school. With some planning and imagination, I turned it into my home. Most of the time, I forget that âI live in a bus.â It just feels like home to me
But who has the time and resources to just take off for a year? “Many people think you have to do van life for years, no, you could be doing it for a year, a few months, or even a couple of weeks, hell, you could be a weekend warrior, someone who likes to do it on the weeks only. Van life can be a day, or a lifetime, itâs your path, you can choose how long it lasts.”
#7 This Is Our First Van We Ever
This is our first van we ever had in Australia, we had to cook outside rain or shine, you couldn’t stand up inside and we shared a single bed for a whole year! This tiny little home started our love affair with life on the road, it gave us a crash course in alternative living and the kind of freedom that tasted bloody beautiful! We discovered a life which was possible if we put our minds to it, one which was at times.. really hard but worth it every damn time! A life we had been dreaming of
It’s hard not to daydream about traveling around and spending the night with breathtaking views in the background, but just like with anything on social media Saltalamacchia warns to take these #VanLife instagram pics with a grain of salt. “Van life is one of the most glamorized lifestyles on social media, not everyone eats strawberries on top of their van, looking at the sunset with their cute dog but I think knowing this will let you take each picture with a grain of salt. These moments can happen, but trust us, itâs not every weekend, some weekends youâll be stuck in a shopping mall car park, but then some weekends youâll be on a beach with a cold beer, reading a book with no care in the world.”
#8 Everyone Meet Atlas (Sprinter Lwb High Roof). He Is My New Home
It’s been a long time getting to this point and I am super happy with how it turned out
However, if you weigh the pros and cons and think you have what it takes to be one of these van explorers, the van life enthusiast says it is well worth it, “The most rewarding part about this lifestyle is the peace of mind you get when youâre on the road. You have very little outgoings, you have the choice to go wherever your heart desires and you get to meet a lot of incredible people. The lifestyle is the rewarding part, it all comes together to be a relaxing, slow yet eventful way of living that many canât wait to start. Time slows down when you live the van life.”
#9 Our Home On Wheels
We are definitely not experts, weâve been working it out as we go (eg. when we hit the road the only tools we packed were a hammer and a tiny screwdriver – which I donât recommend doing if you plan to drive any car, let alone a vintage Kombi, around Australia
#10 We Were Living In A 5000 Sq Ft House Sick Of Living The âNormalâ Life That Everyone Thought We Should So We Packed Our 4 Kids Into A 250 Sq Ft Converted School Bus And Headed West And Weâre Loving It
The house is a blessing to stay in but there are so many things about our bus that we miss! Beyond the obviousâŚ the fact that it is âourâ spaceâŚ cleaning 250 sq ft is NOTHING compared to a normal sized house! It takes the family 30 mins to pic up our whole bus versus a few hours getting a home nice and cleanâŚI feel like I canât keep up!
#11 My Cozy Adventure Rig
Note: fireplace is a low heat electrical and is at a safe distance from curtain – no threat to start a fire
#12 First Project – Volkswagen T3
#13 Living The Van Life And Inspiring Everyone To Get Outdoors
#14 My New Home
Carlâs conversion is in full swing. I canât believe itâs actually happening! Canât wait to start exploring
#15 How I Converted A Rusty Cargo Van Into A Unique Mobile Studio
It cost me $12k and took 10 months on and off. All together about 3 months straight work
#16 We Converted A 1966 Greyhound Commuter Bus Into A Cute Mobile Home
#17 Think Weâre Nearly There
#18 Room With A View
This build has been quite a process. Most of the time itâs excitement, dreams and drawings, but there have been countless moments of extreme frustration and major setbacks. A 6 month project has turned into two years. We have sold our home, lived in our parents house, just sorta circled around looking for things to do while expecting the bus to be finished just around the corner.
Sometimes itâs felt like the worst idea Iâve ever had, like a never ending problem machine thatâs going to take me down with itâŚlike something I shouldnât have triedâŚ âŚand then thereâs days like these.
Where the fog breaks, and I get a glimpse of the future, of the bus finished. Of my lilâ lady and Iâs life on this beautiful dream machine.
#20 This Build Was Done For A Firefighter Out Of Toronto
#21 This Car Means Everything To Me And Itâs Crazy How Happy I Get Putting All My Money And Effort Into This Home
Whenever I look at my van, itâs like falling in love over and over again. Sometimes I just can’t believe that I built itÂ
#22 Then And Now. Itâs 2 Years To The Day Since We Picked Up Our Little Van. Looks A Wee Bit Different Now
#23 A Couple Late Nights And A Few Too Many Mcdonaldâs Runs And We Have A Cabin On Wheels Complete
#24 I Had So Many Requests For A Room Tour Of Our Build, So Here It Is
Kick off is the view from the sleeping/living space including our loved âentertainment areaâ the cubic mini. The burning fire adds so much warmth to the whole place and makes it super cozy. It was important for us to keep our build spacious. There is a real cabin feeling inside. On the left is our kitchen counter with sink and quite a bit of storage space underneath. Since we wanted to use a portable gas stove to be able to cook outside as well, we didnât build a fixed one into the kitchen area. In the drawers, we have dishes, food supplies as well as our freshwater tank, our compost toilet, and our 200ah batteries. The whole build is done by ourselves, and you probably can tell we are not carpenters, so we just call it styleÂ
#25 Home Sweet Home
We have finally hit the road! After 5 days of non stop designing and renovating we finally have our new home for the next 3 months
The first night at this beautiful spot was a success and I’m already in love with the states and this van … (and yes, this home will be up for sale at the end of our stay)
#26 It Feels So Good To Finally Be Done With It. Now It’s Time For The Best Part, Seeing The World In It And Decorate It With Bits And Pieces From All Over The Place
#27 We Transformed This Camper Van In 6 Weeks With Only ÂŁ1000
The van rebuild was a real labour of love, they wanted to create a relaxing and happy environment. A place where they could really feel at home. They had no idea what an arduous task it would be. They worked tirelessly night and day, for 6 weeks. With very little spare money, they had to learn new skills and become resourceful. Building everything themselves from scratch. Scott became a carpenter, plumber and electrician and Ellie a seamstress, painter and decorator.
What they achieved is a touching tribute to their Florence, a dream that never came true. Sometimes the dreams that do come true are the ones we never even knew we had.
#28 A Little Glimpse Into The Home We Tuck Ourselves Into Each Night
#29 In Two Weeks Weâll Be Setting Out For Our Journey To Alaska. Weâve Added A Few Finishing Touches To Our Little Home
#30 Our Firetruck. Dwelling Through Europe With My Sister For Over 8 Months
Well, we don’t have a toilet. Sometimes that makes things a bit complicated. But it also makes us really creative, and we have a funny reason to ask people for help. So at the end that is working out fine. We did some isolating, but during the winter it still gets pretty cold. We have a heater only after an hour or two it is too much for the batteries. Besides that, I’m pleased with the setup
Some small towns in ItalyÂ hoping to revive declining communities, such as Ollolai on the island of Sardinia, Mussomeli in Sicily, and Sambuca, have homes for sale for as little as $1 in order to restore the villages to their former glory.
While it sounds like a dream come true to buy a house for only a dollar, the houses are old and come with their own set of problems that the new owners needs to take care of. In other words, the houses are cheap but in desperate need of renovating.Â
A tiny town of 1,000 people near the Amalfi Coast and Naples called Zungoli — which wasÂ named one of Italyâs most beautiful towns in 2015 –Â has a website that helps buyers find the perfect farmhouse or mansion, making it super easy to buy a house for the price of a pack of gum.
The mayor of Zungoli, Paolo Caruso, told CNN that heâs recruited a team of volunteers âwho assist buyers, liaising with convenient construction firms for the restyle.â
The websites list basic information about each home and show a picture of the exterior, which is something that wasnât available before to potential buyers. Once you find a house you like, you must renovate it within three years, submit a detailed plan for renovations, and pay a security deposit of about $2,250.
âWe want to make things easy for new buyers”, Caruso said. “My town has upgraded infrastructure, public LED lights and great Wi-Fi. Piazzas and pavements have just been revamped. Life quality is important.â
Interested in buying your very own Italian home? Check out what’s for sale in Zungoli right here and click on “Case in Vendita aÂ âŹ1.”