Calcium Carbonate vs. Gorgonzola
Took a mate to the pub on Sunday in my Series IIA. The last vehicle I’d driven was a ‘14-plate Range Rover Evoque, so jumping from one the other was a bit like switching from an iPad to a typewriter. In fact it was so bizarre I had to stop after a mile to make sure there wasn’t something about to drop off. Nothing was, (although my old steering box isn’t the sharpest around) and we enjoyed a scenic, roofless drive to the Kings Arms at Polebrook. Try it if you're local (PE8). It’s lovely there.
2016 Evoque facelift
Talking of Range Rover Evoques, it’s hard to believe that JLR has already sold 400,000 of them, even though they have only been made since 2011 (back then we ran the story of the first launch vehicle here). They’re the most popular Land Rover ever made; roughly one in three Land Rovers produced is an Evoque. And to keep sales buoyant, Land Rover announced today that it will be giving the model a facelift in 2016, replacing the current engine line-up with its new Ingenium powerplants.
Of course, we couldn’t actually get inside that pub without first swapping stories with the trio of Land Rover admirers who accosted us in the car park. One had a 300Tdi 90, the other learned to drive in a Series I, and the wife of the third used to drive Series IIs in the RAF. They’re such an intrinsic part of our cultural heritage, these old Land Rovers.
Series Land Rover ‘Rastaration’
And not just British heritage. Bob Marley’s 1977 Series III has become a Jamaican icon for Marley fans worldwide, especially following its recent makeover. I’m told the chassis and bulkhead are original to the vehicle, thanks to the balmy Jamaican climate then.
That’s it, I’m emigrating. And I’m taking my Land Rover with me.