Land Rover Pics And Flicks

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Driving skills from the 1970s

Capturing Landies On Film

One of the foremost influences on modern media is the attraction of nostalgia.

You don’t have to create new material, just find black and white footage of Lowry-like figues moving jerkily through faintly familiar tasks, unencumbered by mobile phones, tablets, pads, pods or (most notably) traffic.

So what are your favourite nostalgia sites and sounds for the world’s best off-road brand?

This is what we’ve found:

McDonald Land Rover Dunsfold Collection Forrest Rover

The Dunsfold Collection’s Forrest Rover

Picture courtesy of The Dunsfold Collection

The Dunsfold Collection.

The Collection started life in 1993, as a progression of a private collection started in 1968 by Brian Bashall and continued today by one of his sons, Philip. The vehicle that started it all was a 1962 ex-military 109-inch APGP wader, after that the collection gradually grew larger.

The Dunsfold Collection’s website is a tour de force of simple, effective website design. It’s all there for you, and it’s easy to get to, too!.

Possibly the best collection of photos of Land Rovers in one place, the breadth of collected models is as impressive as the open access to them. From the mechanically beautiful Forrest Rover above to the bling-tastic ‘goldbrick’ Defender, there’s something for everyone.

As the collection was opened to the public to provide the necessary support, their Bi-Annual shows are a great opportunity to view the toys. And if you’ve got a toy of your own, you can join in the fun on their testing off-road circuit.

Don’t miss out on the Freelander test mule built into an Austin Maestro van body. Talk about falling from the ugly tree!

McDonald Land Rover Dunsfold Freelander Test Mule

Dunsfold Collection Freelander Test Mule



Driving Skills

Land Rover produced, like many manufacturers, copious quantities of promotional material which never acquired a significant audience. Some of these gems have been, copyright issues aside, freed by online video sites.

Here’s one, Land Rover’s own Driving Technique, produced by the Rover Triumph Film Unit!


Many videos offer advice, hints and tricks but there’s a difference between user-generated content and expert advice.

It’s the difference between BBC and You’ve Been Framed

Here’s Land Rover Owner’s video on mud-plugging

And a video which looks like Land Rover’s own Camel Trophy training program

Readers Rides

There are also plenty of home-produced videos with hints and tips, but treat most of these with caution. Perhaps they are best used as a guide to how owners have used their video camera, but often they are fun to watch. And we always appreciate the community involvement; respect to anyone who not only spends their hard-earned on a Landy, but who is then brave enough to show the results of their proving session.

Here’s a Series 2 with a 5l V8 and an Australian in it;


Mechanical Murals

Time-lapse builds can be a visual feast, and you may even see something which helps!

Changing a chassis

Ground-up Build


Documentaries and History

There are plenty of videos of dubious legality, though the ability to find such fascinating material is perhaps what makes video sites so popular.

Here’s on on the history of The Camel Trophy

And one on a Trans-Africa adventure trip (just one lottery jackpot win, just the one..)

Then there are the usual TV Testimonials, when they either run out of things to do or money to pay for the Ferraris they’ve ‘re-styled’


So we’ve showed you ours, now it’s your turn.

If you need anything un-built then re-built, and we’ve done everything from Series 101’s (see our previous blogs) to Range Rover Sports, or serviced or repaired or inspected or modified, visit our website to get our contact details


This post was written by Rupert Astbury.


Making Tracks

Mcdonaldlandrover Automobilemag Trakced Land Rover

The north wind doth blow, and we shall have blocked roads.

Winter  is coming, the goose is getting fat, please put a Land Rover on my driveway. Thanks.

We thought that as the weather has started to deteriorate, you’d like some suggestions as to what to drive to get to work/the airport/Casualty.

The first Land Rover models to feature tracks were modified by renowned Scottish engineers Cuthbertsons of Biggar, and didn’t their Series 1 look good.

From there, the Land Rover was mated, not unsuccessfully, with a Scorpion Light Tank and saw action in hot places.

Serious snow ploughing required dedicated machines, but for versatility you can’t beat a Land Rover.

Wiki guide to parking includes one called ‘the tank’.

Enjoy the pictures here on the interweb

Also try these two videos for kicks.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Dudes in a field.

We’re used to looking after more conventional models, but would love to hear from you if you need parts or servicing for your tracked Land Rover.

Come and visit us or shop on line at or see us on Google+

This article was written by Rupert Astbury

Big Cat Beauty

MCDonald Land Rover

Jaguar’s Title Contender


Jaguar Land Rover are set to put their CX 17 concept car into production!

I’m off to get a lottery ticket.

Auto Express have speculated at a  release date of 2016 and a price of around £35,000 for the Range Rover Sport-sized Blingwagen.

Whilst not everyone is unanimous in their love of the Jaguar XF grill styling, your correspondent is a signed-up member of the fan club, and can’t wait until his Italian Job 2 screenplay delivers the necessary cash to become a Jaguar Owners Club member too. or see me on Google+

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. or see me on Google+

This article was written by Rupert Astbury

Land Rover 101

Not the American synonym for a beginner’s class, the Land Rover 101 is far from an entry-level model.

Land Rover 101

Land Rover 101 (picture from Wikipedia)

Originally developed from the 109″ model chassis, Land Rover’s 1962 Series 2A was a cab-forward design aimed at the commercial market.

LAnd Rover Series 2A

Land Rover Series 2A Recovery Vehicle (picture from Wikipedia)

Cab-forward refers to the placement of the cabin area over the front wheels, and the Series 2A launched with a forward-engined layout.

Originally equipped with the under-powered 2.25l 4 cylinder petrol engine, later and export models received the 2.6l engine and a much-needed power boost. Less than 2500 were made, and few had an easy life.
To quote the boss;

Series 2 forward control? Rare as rocking horse [apples]

1966 saw an up-date, with the 2.6l engine becoming standard and the 2.25l Diesel engine available for export models.

Land Rover Series 2B Forward Control

Land Rover Series 2B Forward Control (picture from Wikipedia)

Discontinued for public sale in 1974, this design became the basis for the 101 military model. As the motor is placed centrally in the chassis, gains in weight distribution are off-set by the need to empty the load-bay for servicing and repair, but as the majority of vehicles were designed to be gun tractors for the L118 light field gun this was less of a compromise.

Land Rover 101 with Field Gun

Land Rover 101 with Field Gun

Land Rover’s modular design ethos lent itself to easily adapting one chassis for many military uses (MOD-ification if you will) and the 101 saw use as a Rapier Anti Aircraft Surface to Air Missile platform (not so popular for the UK, but a major use for the Australians), a radio body for field communications, a rare Vampire Electronic Warfare platform and the more numerous ambulance version.

Land Rover 101 Ambulance

Land Rover 101 Ambulance (picture from Tractor and Construction Wikia)

The ambulance models, whose conversion bodies were produced by the same Marshall’s of Cambridge responsible for outfitting the original 109″ Station Wagons, are really quite popular for extreme overland touring vehicles.

Land Rover 101 Camper

James Stephenson’s Tigger Land Rover 101 Camper (picture from

When we’ve got the time and the filthy lucre, we’ll probably do one too…

Decommissioned by the MOD in the early 1990s, the 101s were replaced in the main by Defenders and (previous Land Rover Proprietor) BAE Systems‘ Pinzgauer models. Familiar shape to them, don’t you think?

BAE Pinzgauer

BAE Systems Pinzgauer (picture from Wikipedia)

Land Rover had developed a small batch of prototype replacements for the 101, called the Llama, but the contract was unsuccessful and the Land Rover Llama failed to take off. Shame, as that cab looks a lot roomier and more comfortable!

Land Rover Llama

Land Rover Llama (picture from Wikipedia)

The 101 refused to roll over though, they even made it into film history!

Judge Dredd Land Rover 101

Judge Dredd’s Land Rover 101! (picture from Wikipedia)

Some thirty models were converted into the finished article, although only a handful remain in working condition. Ain’t she a beauty?

Further Reading;

You Tube 101 Off-road Video 1

You Tube 101 Off-road Video 2

You Tube War & Peace Video 3

Wikipedia: Land Rover Series

Wikipedia: Land Rover 101

Wikipedia: Land Rover Llama

Winwaed’s Land Rover Page

101 Forward Control Club Website or see me on Google+

This article was written by Rupert Astbury

McDonald Land Rover Ltd

McDonald Land Rover Ltd

McDonald Landrover Limited is run by husband and wife team, Rupert and Joanne Astbury in Oswestry on the Welsh Border. We started in 2001 with a small parts counter serving the local people and quickly gained a reputation for being helpful, knowledgeable and cost effective.

In 2002 we outgrew our then premises and moved to our current 11,000 sqft unit. It was at that time that demand for workshop facilities to run alongside the parts operation was realised. Expansion has then taken place in the following years both in numbers and areas of expertise. Then, in line with our policy of providing the best possible service for our customers, 2008 saw the start of our online parts shop. There are currently 11 staff working at McDonald Landrover which we feel gives a good balance between being large enough to cater for anyone’s requirements but small enough to still bring that personal service which has built both the business and the reputation. or see me on Google+

This article was written by Rupert Astbury