06 May 2002
MALCOLM DOUGLAS TROOPS ON
Famed outback film-maker Malcolm Douglas has marked 25 years of Toyota LandCruiser ownership by taking delivery of the seventh workhorse model he has owned since 1976.
Broome-based Douglas recently stepped up to a new Toyota LandCruiser 78 Series 4.2-litre Turbo Diesel TroopCarrier.
“The two major requirements of any vehicle are reliability and service back-up, and Toyota has been able to deliver on both counts over many years,” said Douglas.
“Parts availability is vital in the outback, and Toyota has dealers across Australia, so parts are only ever a day away at the most,” he said.
Malcolm Douglas launched his documentary career over 30 years ago with ‘Across the Top’.
His previous diesel Toyota LandCruiser covered 280,000km and proved remarkably reliable.
“I got consistent fuel consumption throughout the time I drove it and it never required oil top-ups between services,” Douglas said.
“The injector design is obviously first rate, because the LandCruiser never blew smoke or chewed too much diesel in all that time.”
The film-maker recently signed a deal with the Seven Network to produce six-‘Walkabout with Malcolm Douglas’ programs which will screen later this year.
“I start shooting soon and I’ll be towing some big trailers - including my boat - and I expect the Troopie will take it in its stride.”
Douglas also praised the latest TroopCarrier’s improved comfort levels, updated suspension and carrying capacity.
“We’ll be racking up a lot of kilometres and covering dozens of stories from Broome to Arnhem Land. It’s good to know that the vehicle I’ve chosen has a great track record in getting me there and back,” he said.
Douglas is adding a flora and fauna reserve to his crocodile park, which sits next to the Cable Beach Club resort at Broome.
“I’ve got a quite a bit on with the TV programs and the nature park, but I’m doing what I love so I’m not complaining,” said the man who never takes holidays.
Malcolm Douglas and his 2002 Toyota LandCruiser 78 Series Troop Carrier.