We’ve all been there. A freak accident or a short, sharp fright leaving all those years Land Rovering flashing before your eyes. The money, the time and hard bloody work spent by torchlight momentarily lost in a flurry of screeches and screams.
So on the eve before the ghosts and ghouls take to the shadows, asked our readers to share their grizzly tales of bumps, scrapes and near misses. We then hand-picked some of our favourite (and frankly hilarious) moments of misfortune to satisfy you bloodthirsty readers and get you in the mood for Halloween.
And we thought getting a ride in our Mark’s Series I is petrifying enough.
It’s messy! But there are lessons to be learned here. Playing with Land Rovers can be dangerous. Take care, folks!
‘How we didn't roll, I’ll never know’
I was off-roading in my V8 Discovery driving flat out up a slope, when I hit a tree stump and it spun the motor round. We went down the hill sideways then hit another tree stump and both driver side wheels came off the floor then dropped down again. How we didn't roll, I’ll never know! - Steve Cushion
‘He leaned against the door and it threw him out’
Years ago as a Junior Engineer I had a Series III site vehicle, however nobody told me that the door locks weren’t very good. So driving down a country lane with my assistant on the passenger seat, we went round a tight left hand corner, he leaned against the door and it sprung open throwing him out! I locked up and reversed at speed fearing the worst only to hear swearing coming from a large nettle patch – apart from the stings he was luckily unharmed. - Doug Knight
‘I thought I was going to die’
Going too fast over a pile of rubble and putting the thing square on its nose, where it sat vertically just long enough to contemplate that, should it fall forward, I was going to die as I had no roof on the thing at the time! - Andy Cookson
‘The guy behind made eye contact for an eternity’
I was going up a long left hand hill with gusto when the fuel pressure pipe came off spraying diesel everywhere, then proceeded to pull a 180 in front of a tipper! The guy in the AMG behind made eye contact for what seemed an eternity! - Daniel Howard
‘I switched off after 70 miles of sliding around in the snow’
A massive tank slapper on black ice at 55mph on country lanes bringing ‘Darwin’ home from purchase - just as I’d settled into long distance mode and switched off after 70 miles of sliding around in the snow – the scary part was that by the time my brain consciously caught up, my arms and feet already had the situation under control. - Richard Wilson
‘My legs were shaking’
Driving along a track with my co-driver keeping me informed on how many inches over the edge of a wooded cliff his wheels were – my legs were shaking on the clutch and I had my door open in case it went over! - Richard Ashton
‘Large unexploded piece of ordinance’
Driving on Salisbury Plain greenlanes in the mid 80’s with lots of crater-like dips, then suddenly a very large unexploded piece of ordinance was between the wheels! I got to the end of the lane where I found red flags and lane closed signs! - Pete Hatcher
‘Hit a bus’
This is mine (pictured above) – hit a bus head/side on. I got out okay to the surprise of the onlookers! - Phil Dean
Another Bloody Range Rover…
This impressive and slightly disturbing Range Rover Evoque takes Halloween to the next level with this bizarre and terrifying effort that comes all the way from Russia, where else!
This bizarre and very impressive display will undoubtedly turn a few heads and certainly borders the line between Halloween fun and ‘damned’ right distasteful.