Born just up the road from the Solihull factory at the same time the first Land Rover was being developed, Roger’s career began with an apprenticeship with Land Rover in 1963. He worked initially on Forward Controls, until 1967 when he joined the engineers developing the first Range Rovers, and took on responsibilities for off-road endurance testing.
That gave him an unrivalled reputation as an off-road expert that in 1978 saw Roger head up Land Rover’s vehicle demonstration team – the team that later became Land Rover Experience. Involvement with media events led to a role within Land Rover’s PR team, most recently as Heritage, Enthusiast and Technical PR Manager, where his knowledge of the company’s history and technologies (old and new) has been invaluable for fans of the marque, like us at LRO.
Speaking of his long career, Roger said: ‘I thank everyone for their great support, friendship and camaraderie, and I will be taking away some wonderful memories. In my new life, I will be taking the ignition key of my old Land Rover off the hook and re-educating myself with choke pulls and double de-clutching.’
That old Land Rover is a lovely 80in Series I that Roger’s rebuilt himself. Want to know more? Turn to our January 2014 issue. You can’t miss it – it’s on the cover!