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Drive Life : May 28th 2010
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BNL55A "" Driveaway 9J\\J] ? 1RPQURWN 3.2L, 6 Speed DSG, Candy White, Electric Glass Sunroof, Sat Nav, 199kms. BPC16M !!! Driveaway Chatswood Demonstrators Denlo Demonstrators The Sydney Morning Herald May 28, 2010 Drive Life 19 One happy camper Meet a photographer whose bespoke home away from home gives many houses a run for their money. Work or play . . . the customised luxury camper can convert from living space to office. Photos: Paul Harris WHEEL LIFE CLIVE HOPKINS I 've always fantasised about building the ultimate campervan,'' muses photo- grapher and commercials director David Tack. His long working life (he's 66) has brought him into contact with just about every loca- tion vehicle ever built and has given him ideas about what he likes. Crucially, for Tack, bigger is not always better. ''Along with bigger size comes inconvenience,'' he says, especially when it comes to driving on European roads. ''My brief was for a 'stealth-wealth' camper/office that was low profile from the outside and gave no indication of any luxury contained within. There was nothing available to my taste anywhere in Europe or America off the shelf, so I decided to put all my experience of location living into designing my own.'' The result is something quite amazing. On the outside, it's a fairly ordinary-looking Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van. The inside, though, is all stainless steel, carbon fibre and leather and looks as if it's been spir- ited away from the set of a James Bond film. Separated from the cabin by an access bulkhead, the back doubles as both office and living space, with leather sofas converting to a super king-size bed incorporat- ing NASA-developed Tempur memory foam. The whole space is wired for sound, vision and communication and the computers have laser virtual keyboards. A carbon-fibre wet room houses a shower and vacuum toilet and the kitchen is better equipped than many houses, with twin ovens, four hobs with extractor, a microwave, fridge and freezer. These bespoke features come at a price and Tack estimates that at $500,000. But what if it falls victim to thieves? Tack has thought of that and installed a security system that allows him to follow the van on Google Earth and immobilise it at will, all from his iPhone. ''I didn't want the cheaper and easier option of a box on a chassis, for aesthetic and air-drag reasons. The Sprinter is capable of cruising all day at 160km/h. ''I also wanted it to fit inside a 40-foot sea container.'' The design and conversion work was undertaken by specialist coach- builder J. S. Fraser in Oxford, England, all in close collaboration with Tack. The company has a long history of building support vehicles for formula one and Tack believes it was the only company that could cope with what he describes as his ''excessive demands''. Apparently, the designers used to joke about giving him a clocking-in card because of the amount of time he was spending at the factory. Tack negotiated a fixed-price deal for the work, which was just as well. With the company's formula one work picking up, the conversion ended up taking a massive six years to complete. At the start, it had been mooted that the van might become the prototype for something the company would go on to manufac- ture. ''By the end, though, the owner told me, 'It's been an experience but we don't want to do another one.' ''Like all prototypes, it was a learning experience.'' In 2008, Tack arrived with the van in Australia, where he has lived previously and where one of his adult sons lives. ''The van gave me the freedom to find out what Australia was really about, without buying a beachfront property,'' he says. The vehicle came into its own at music events where accommoda- tion is at a premium and luxury hard to find. Despite his attachment to his unique set of wheels, health reasons mean that Tack is prepared to consider parting with it. ''Utopia for me is having a campervan in three places -- Austra- lia, Europe and the west coast of the US,'' he says. ''Once you get used to the comfort, it's hard to go back.''
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