Dr Graeme Neal , British, living in Germany, completed his doctorate in the design of transonic aircraft wings, but started his expedition vehicle career in parallel to his university research work, by investing in a LWD (109) Landrover, (Series IIa), Safari Edition. He moved on to experimenting with other ‘buildable cars’, and even built 3 Citroen 2CV’s from the parts of 5 donor vehicles, as well as ‘kitcar’ type sport cars/vehicles (TVR’s and Scimitars) and Kawasaki motorbikes. During the last 10 years he has owned/operated a Unimog DOKA 416 expedition truck, a Unimog 1300 (435), a Unimog U1300 L37 expedition truck & Jeep Cherokee, and still dreams of an Alvis Stalwart (one day !). He holds driving licences for cars, trucks (HGV class 1 -LGV CE) & motorbikes (and gliders) - Graeme is the owner-director of Gekkotruck
Anna Maria Walewska-Neal, Polish, living in Germany (married to Graeme), is passionate about AWD and expedition vehicles, and also has car and truck driving licences. She has spent the last 10 years raising (with Graeme) 4 children, 3 of which have 'grown up' with summers spent away in our Unimog 416 DOKA & Unimog L37 expedition trucks - Ania forms the main contact to the Polish suppliers used by Gekkotruck, is joint owner of Gekkotruck, and official 'Geschaftsfuhrer'.
Gekkotruck uses suppliers of parts & services mainly across Europe, although the majority of build work is undertaken by Polish companies to European standards - most parts are standard European expedition/4WD parts, although also some custom parts are used - donor vehicles are sourced/mechanically renovated in Germany & Poland - final registration as a 'wohnmobile' is undertaken in Germany (with certification of build by TÜV SÜD) - this business model allows for the advantageous pricing of the Gekkotruck.