When various utility Land Rovers were spotted around central London our suspicions were raised that something may be in the offing for a Defender celebration coinciding with the impending auction of the 2,000,000 Defender.
Well, we were right! Land Rover released a wonderful tribute to the Defender on their YouTube channel and we’ve been feeling pretty smug about it.
Only last week we ran this story on LRO.com when Mr Land Rover himself Roger Crathorne (veteran Land Rover engineer and scribe of the foreword of our landmark January 2016 issue) was spotted driving a Defender taxi around Notting Hill.
We reported that Sir Paul Smith’s bespoke Defender has been spotted outside a London office along with a host of eye-catching Defenders and Series vehicles in different locations around the capital.
Our suspicions have now been confirmed with the video celebrating all things Defender. We see Mr Land Rover driving his taxi through the city intriguing Londoners as he passes a Series II ice-cream truck and London buses bound for Solihull.
There are subtle tributes to the different elements of the Defender story. Lode Lane, location of the Midlands factory where Defender production is to cease, ‘Huey’ the first pre-production 80in Land Rover and the Wilks brothers who conceived the Land Rover idea all those years ago all feature in the short film.
Crathorne finishes his journey at Bonhams, the auction house where the 2,000,000th Defender will go under the hammer for charity on December 16.
Watch the film below and feel all warm inside as Land Rover pay homage to the iconic Defender.
Land Rover is running a competition alongside the film where you can win a Land Rover Experience day for two by spotting ten Defender references within the video.
Enter by following this link: https://live.landrover.co.uk/land-rover-competition-defender-fever