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The passion for owning a Patrol (the “King of the Desert”) became a realization in 2007. It was a dream come true. It is a 2007 Y61, TB48, 4 door Safari. Before the Patrol, I owned an American 4×4 and it was emptying my pockets with repairs. Even the service guys at the dealership used to joke saying, “This month salary has arrived!” when they would see me at the entrance. The Patrol eventually became another member of the family and ended up helping us create so many memories as an induvial and as a family. So much so, it gained a very fitting name, “Billy” Since owning the Patrol, it helped my son and I explore places all around the UAE with a peace of mind because of its reliability and dependability. It has never left me stranded nor broken down on me, even when a throttle body sensor failed (due to sand build up) while driving across the Tropic of Cancer line from Saudi border to Oman. With access to only 1500 RPM, it crawled itself out of the soft sands of the Liwa Desert without any assistance. That was the day I truly realized the mighty torque at low RPMs and the capability of the Patrol. With the Patrol, I as a person, also grew as a true & experienced off-roader. We (the Patrol and I) have marshalled for many events such as the Gulf News Fun Drive, Nissan Xplore UAE, Khaleej times and other events too. I was also a part of the “Dubai 4×4” team where we achieved the “Guinness Record for the Largest Desert Convoy of Off-road Vehicles”, at the 5th Xplore UAE event organized by Arabian Automobiles. Of the many memories I have with Billy, the best was attending the Falcon and Gazelle launch in 2018. It was great to drive with a convoy of Patrols and like-minded fans from Meydan to Maleha in Sharjah. During the event, Billy won the Best Tuned Off-Road Patrol category for the Legends Competition. Billy has undergone through a highly extensive modification list throughout the years to become the ‘Ultimate Touring Vehicle’. It has an ARB Sahara bull bar with a 15t Winch and sliders, OME Heavy Duty coil springs with Kings Shocks, front and rear ARB Air Lockers, Ultra Wheel 103 Xtreme Bead Lock wheels with BF Goodrich 33” KO2 tires. A custom aluminum roof rack holds an awning, Hi-lift jack, and a solar panel to charge the dual batteries using a Redarc BCDC Battery Management System. Inside the car houses a 45 Liter Front Runner Water Tank, ARB twin compressor and Fridge, and an Outback Rear Drawer system. It has also been outfitted with an extensive off-road light setup: Baja design LP9’s, Ridge industries 50” light bar, ZLED Taillights and other smaller lights throughout the rig. When my son, also a Patrol enthusiast, got his license, we didn’t have to think twice about considering any other vehicle other than a Patrol. So, we bought our second one, named “Cathy”. Cathy is a 2012 Manual 2 door “Capusla” that has also been modified heavily. The list includes Kings Adjustable Shock Absorbers with King Coil Springs, Ultra Wheel 103 Xtreme Bead Lock wheels with 33” Yokohama Geolander tires, ACAY4x4 Hybrid front bumper with a Warn VR12S, front and rear ARB Air Lockers, Custom Aluminum Drawer, 15lb PowerTank, Recaro Specialist Seats with Custom Stainless Brackets, Rigid 360 Driving lights and Lazer Lamps Triple-R 750 Cathy and Billy are now built for two different purposes, Billy being a long-distance overlanding rig, and Cathy being a lightweight, weekend warrior. Both are also our daily drivers, while simultaneously capable of conquering the deserts of Liwa & Sweihan with ease. Cannot really imagine what life would’ve been like without a Patrol. It is quite easy to understand why the Patrol is so popular here in the Middle East and abroad, it reigns in a class of its own. Such capability and adaptiveness are unmatched in the automotive world. Here ends the story of not one, but two happy Nissan Patrol owners! Instagram handles: @scorpion_patrol @stevendacarguy Photo credits @iamrahulsachith