The first Hillrally was held in Wales and Land Rover used it to prove the new Range Rover's off-road credentials. Roger Crathorne volunteered to drive, with colleague Vern Evans as his co-driver. The vehicle was entered under the umbrella of the Rover Owners' Association, so that any works involvement was deniable if things went wrong.
The vehicle they used, YVB 166H, was a pre-production Range Rover, chassis number 23 - registered as a Velar on March 3, 1970. During 1972, Roger was able to buy '166' from the company, and for the rest of the 1970s it became his family car, towing his caravan all over Europe and the UK. Two owners later, it passed to off-road guru Dave Mitchell, but slipped to the bottom of his projects list.
Then at the end of 2012, Richard Beddall made Dave an offer he could not refuse. Richard had the vehicle restored to by Barry Redman, and it was finished just in time for the Dunsfold event.
See more from the Dunsfold weekend on LRO's Facebook page here.