Same SUV, Different Day?

Kahn’t Resist

McDonald Land Rover Kahn Range Rover Sport

The face of footballers’ cars to come…

Picture courtesy of Autocar

It seems as if Jaguar Land Rover is girding its loins for a revamping of the stock. The image above is apparently the official teaser for Kahn Design’s new carbon fibre body kit for the new Range Rover Sport, which has been shod in brushed aluminium 23 inch rims and painted Bright Orange.

Tasteful.

There are plenty of Range Rover Owner’s Rides to compete, thankfully not often in Bright Orange, but seldom are there any finished to the degree of attention Kahn manage.

Apart from the Brabus one, perhaps…

Brabus A Bargain

McDonald Landrover Brabus Startech Range Rover Sport

Fly me to the moon, let me play among the Startechs…

Picture courtesy of Autoblog

If you have enough money for a Range Rover Sport, why wouldn’t you have enough to give it a boob job?

The company in question ins Brabus, who have a long history of pimping hugely over-weight V8-powered Merceded Benz corporate cruisers, have taken their nom-de-plume, Startech, and applied it to to Gaydon’s fastest Chelsea Tractor.

With the 3 litre V6 win-turbo diesel coaxed to give 323 bhp and 501 lb-ft, you can now hurtle that little bit faster to 62 euro-meddled miles per hour in just under 7 seconds, improved from just over 7 seconds, looking just fabulous.

Putting the Free in Freelander

McDonald LAnd Rover Freelander Face Lift

And whilst you’re at Waitrose, can you get me some strawberries?

Picture courtesy of carguide.com.au

And it’s not just the Range Rover Sport getting kissed by the bling fairy.

Land Rover’s Freelander is due for a makeover too, as it moves from its current home to become part of the Discovery leisure-orientated family. Design hints from the up-coming Brand New Discovery will likely be matched by improved emissions and fuel economy from the mechanicals of the Evoque, and overall it will probably be just as good offroad and on as the current version, but more prettier for shopping in Chelsea, innit?.

Orange or Teracotta?

McDonald Landrover Orange Evoque Autobiography

Evoques now available in Bright Orange Autobiography trim

Picture courtesy of Autoblog

Talking of Evoque, the baby Rangey is also to benefit from the Autobiography limited edition signature, with a list of interior and exterior upgrades to add refinement and luxury.

For those who like a little bang with their bling, there will also be the Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography Dynamique. Lifting the output from 245 to 285 bhp, engineers have also breathed on the suspension and gearbox making things firmer, tauter and more responsive.

Heroes A Plenty!

McDonald Land Rover Land Rover Discovery Challenge

Mad as a hatter, and wouldn’t you love to buy him a pint?

The demise of the Land Rover G-series challenges has been covered here before, but there’s good news!

(Yay!)

A list of worthies are to pit themselves against each other, the weather, the climate and Land Rover’s finest ever Discovery.

Jaguar Land Rover News Room:

  • Land Rover Discovery celebrates 25 years with first of its kind adventure challenge
  • The world’s most acclaimed explorers, including Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Hannah White, Kenton Cool and Eric Loizeau compete against each other for the first time ever
  • The experienced explorers team with up-and-coming adventurers in their bid to be crowned Land Rover’s ‘Next Generation Explorer’

On Sunday 2nd March, Land Rover will bring together four of the world’s greatest explorers for an epic mountain adventure. For the first time ever, they will compete against each other as they take part in the search for Land Rover’s Next Generation Explorer in the Discovery Adventure Challenge. Marking 25years of the Land Rover Discovery, the celebrated explorers will mentor four promising, young adventurers as they compete in the grueling six-part challenge.

Against a backdrop of snow and mountains in Megève France, The Discovery Adventure Challenge will push competitors to the limit over 24 hours of tense, testing tasks. Ben Saunders, who, with partner Tarka L’Herpiniere, recently became the first man ever to complete Scott’s notorious Terra Nova Expedition, will compere the competition, whilst Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Hannah White, Kenton Cool and Eric Loizeau will get fiercely competitive as they go head to head in the challenges.

The seasoned explorers will be paired with rising adventurer stars from the British Exploring Society, who they will mentor through the physically and mentally demanding tasks. Hannah Wright (aged 21), Cameron Mackay (aged 18), Alex Woodford (aged 22) and Tim Davies (aged 22) will rotate amongst the Ambassadors as they battle it out for the title of ‘Next Generation Explorer’. The decision lies with the Global Ambassadors who will cast votes for whom they think deserves the title. The winner will be announced Monday 3rd March.

The challenges:

  1. Two Land Rover Discovery XXVs compete side-by-side through a slalom course down the slope. Two tense heats, one final.
  2. Precision and speed will be tested in the vehicle Biathlon: one team member will drive a Land Rover Discovery XXV around a purpose built course, whilst the other plays marksman, shooting a laser gun at a variety of challenging targets.
  3. Physical stamina will be put to the test in this grueling task: pulling one of Ben Saunders’s sleds in a race against time.
  4. As night falls the contestants will be tasked with creating a fire from scratch and digging their own snow holes to sleep in. Points will be awarded for fastest build and warmest hole.
  5. The grand finale will be an all-out boat race across Lake Geneva.

Jaguar Land Rover Global Brand Experience Director Mark Cameron said, “The Land Rover Discovery has been supporting and inspiring adventurers and adventures since 1989, therefore it’s very fitting to celebrate our 25th anniversary with the Discovery Adventure Challenge and a search for the Next Generation Explorer. We are delighted to be partnering with the British Exploring Society for this search and look forward to supporting the winner in their pursuit of becoming an established explorer.”

If you need anything serviced before crossing the Apennines, or if you really, really want something also painted Bright Orange, check us out online at http://www.mcdonaldlandrover.co.uk

This article was written by Rupert Astbury.

Series Business

McDonald Land Rover Trophy winners newly-weds Chris and Sarah Mumby who were taken to the wedding ceremony in St Asaph in a rare 1949 Series 1 Land Rover

We are very proud to show this wonderful restoration project, a 1949 Series 1 restoration by Wyn Jones, co-owner of Jones Bros of Rhuallt.

A RARE Series 1 Land Rover, restored for use as a wedding car, won a new trophy at last week’s Denbigh & Flint Show.

Wyn Jones had been intending to refit the 1949 vehicle for  more than a decade when daughter Sarah declared she wanted it for her wedding at St Winefride Church, St Asaph.

Originally owned by Capt Frost, Llanbedr DC, Wyn bought it from Ruthin builder Roland Turner 25 years ago, intending to do it up.

Son Jonathan made a start at the Jones Bros workshops, Rhuallt, owned by his dad and uncle Mervyn.

But the job was left unfinished after Jonathan’s death 11 years ago.

“Last year Sarah said she wanted it for her wedding, so I had to do it,” said Wyn.

“These days it’s hard to get hold of the parts but I’d bought most of them 20 years ago so it was fairly straightforward.

“Even so, I finished at 5.30pm on the Friday evening and the wedding was on the Saturday.”

The resprayed vehicle, with original log-book, was among 21 Land Rovers that paraded at last week’s Denbigh & Flint to mark the brand’s 65th anniversary.

Courtesy of The Daily Post

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This article was written by Rupert Astbury

Going Bush

Having just seen this African tour company, we are reminded of how versatile and far-reaching is the Land Rover:

Bush Ways Safari

Bush Ways Safari Landrover

Bush Ways Safari Land Rover

All our vehicles are tough reliable Safari Land Rovers

B: All our customised safari vehicles are extra wide allowing for more seating space and have:
1 Folding windscreen,
2 Removable canvas roof,
3 Perspex windows for the cold and rain,
4 Fridge for cold beverages,
5 Folding side door,
6 Comfortable coil spring suspension,
7 120L water tank with tap
8 Open sides for unobstructed views.

Our trailers are also custom-built on Land Rover chassis:
9 Chair box for easy access,
10 Easy modular packing system – saves time,
11 Folding side table complete with full kitchen behind.

In the words of the Beach Boys, wouldn’t it be nice.

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This article was written by Rupert Astbury

90″ BBQ

Who can’t find a place in their heart for excellently-aimed nostalgia?

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This article was written by Rupert Astbury

How Many Land Rovers Are Left

McDonald LandRover Series 2B

Land Rover Series 2B. Reverse Parking Optional

Have you ever wondered if you are the proud custodian of the only Series 2B still running on the road?

Is Grampy‘s Austin Princess in company or going the way of the dodo?

Well look no further than http://www.howmanyleft.co.uk/

How Many Left is a database and search engine of statistics about car, motorcycle and commercial vehicle models registered with the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Agency (DVLA) in the United Kingdom.

…The database covers all vehicles that have a valid tax disc or a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN). It doesn’t cover cars that were off the road prior to the introduction of SORN, or cars that have never been registered on the road since manufacture.

Here’s an example of the PowerPoint-tastic data tables available to show just how important it is that you keep both of your ‘projects’, the one that works once you can find a transfer box that won’t cost you a kidney, and the P38 that’s slowly bankrupting you whilst making you feel like a god.

How Many 109s  Graph

How Many 109s Are Left?

Enjoy.

McD

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This article was written by Rupert Astbury

Dick Van Dyke’s Jaguar’s Really On Fire!

No, we’re not kidding.

The gazelle-like super-annuated super-sleuth and mate of Mary Poppins has had a bit of a low-point on the highway.

According to the BBC’s news website:

87-year-old actor Dick Van Dyke has escaped unscathed after his car burst into flames on a freeway in the Los Angeles area.

Passers-by saw him seemingly slumped over in the driver’s seat on the shoulder of the Ventura freeway, but actually trying to make a phone call, Van Dyke said.

They “yanked me out of the car” before it went up in flames.

He said he had not realised the Jaguar was on fire.

Dick Van Dyke's Car's On Fire

Video of Dick Van Dyke’s Cooked Carriage

We wish Mr Van Dyke all the best, and would like to extend our best wishes to all other very-expensive-Jaguar drivers. No, we’re not bitter at all.

Look on the bright side, the Ferrari 458 had a baptism of fire too…

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This article was written by Rupert Astbury

What’s A Land Rover Then?

Land Rover, the Go Anywhere Vehicle

Land Rover The Go Anywhere Vehicle

The Landrover Series I – II – III Defined Its Iconic Place in Automobile History

Starting in 1948 when its design was penned by Maurice Wilks on the Welsh island of Anglesey, the Land Rover came to establish a firm hold on the British consciousness. As an icon, it is hard to beat. It is recognisable as a symbol of British car manufacturing around the world, and with its service as the workhorse of the Commonwealth’s Armed Forces it has seen action everywhere from snow-blasted escarpments to searing desert ranges.

The first model of Landrover is known by its utilitarian name, Series I or Series One. Two more major revisions (and one interim) were to come, and a tradition was established when they were called the Series II, Series IIA and Series III. Split mainly between the 88 inch SWB (short wheelbase) and 109 inch LWB (long wheelbase) there were also special vehicles made for Emergency Services and the Armed Forces, including the Army’s own 101 Forward Control development of the Series II.

At the end of November 2012, there were still almost thirty thousand 88 and 109 models in the DVLA’s system.

In 1990 the new Defender took on the mantle, and we had seen the last of the Series. The King is dead, long live the King!.

A Short History

After the Second World War, the British Army was on a lookout for a suitable replacement for its personal carrier vehicles that until then had been happily met by the Ford Willys Jeep that the US Army left after the war.

Maurice Wilks, head designer at the Rover Company based in Birmingham was said to have been inspired by the same Jeep and his Landrover prototype was actually built on its chassis. The first production grade Landrover made of aluminium was exhibited at the Amsterdam Motor Show of 1948. It took the colour from paint the British Army had immense surplus of – green. Hence, the first Landrover came in various shades of it and thanks to its non-corrosive all-aluminium body, the Series I Landrover, which lasted for 10 years before getting a model update in the Series II, built a reputation for durability under the toughest road conditions.

Over their 42 year reign as the first SUVs on the planet, the Series Landrovers have found their way onto the roll-call of many armies around the world. First used by the Brits using the simpler 2.25 litre Petrol engine, the Series saw action in the Korean War of the early 1950s as well as the Suez Crisis. The 1960s saw various versions on the same Series chassis that made into a multi-role personnel carrier, a long range desert patrol known in military circles as the “Pink Panther” and machine gun equipped versions.

Its versatility echoed much of the civilian after-market conversion kits that allowed the Series Landrovers to be an ambulance, an amphibious rescue craft, a pick-up truck, a closed delivery van, a farm hauler, a police patrol and a family car. Its hand-built construction made it the easier vehicle to overhaul and modify.

In 1976, the one millionth Series rolled off its factory at Solihull. By this time, the Rover Group had released a more upscale Range Rover model with the luxury appointments that predated the release of the Cherokee Jeep which is mistakenly credited with having created the SUV trend. The Army’s Series Landrovers would have seen action in the Falklands War of 1982 if not for the sinking of the “Atlantic Conveyor” – a merchant vessel requisitioned to transport Military equipment including Chinook Helicopters and several hundred Landrovers to the Falklands. The loss nearly wiped out the British Army’s land rover fleet. It was soon replaced by 200 Series III Landrovers.

Change of Hands

Landrover changed hands twice in the UK. First to government-owned Leyland Motors (later British Leyland) who acquired the Rover Company in 1967. The Ryder report of 1975 recommended separating the marque and it was included in the transfer of the now privatised Rover Group to British Aerospace.

The marque fell into German hands when BMW bought the Rover Group in 1994 to facilitate its move into fashion-orientated ‘soft-roaders’. The now profitable Landrover and Jaguar brands were then passed on to Ford, and eventually sold again to India’s Tata Motors.

Articles And Links

The official Land Rover History Page

Jalopnik’s Blog

Winwaed’s Series Website

Click here to buy Land Rover Series Parts and Accessories from our webshop

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This article was written by Rupert Astbury