What's the story?
Inspired by completing the 2010 Peking to Paris Rally in their 1930 Model A Ford, Adrian and Barbara Shooter decided they wanted to create the perfect global exploration vehicle; and this is it.
This stunning, custom-built Defender 130 camper is the result of close collaboration between the Shooters and Andrew Harrison-Smith at Nene Overland.
‘We wanted a vehicle we could comfortably sleep in as well as explore remote places,’ explains 6ft 5in Adrian.
To gain more space at floor level and reduce the weight of the original Defender 130 pick up body, the camper body was directly bolted to the chassis and then lockers were built along each side.
Once the Defender 130 was finished, Adrian and Barbara took it on a few ‘local’ trips to try out everything. Then came the first big trip, to the United States, Canada and Alaska. ‘We wanted it to be able to go pretty much anywhere, which is why it’s got a locking diff at the back, a winch at the front, various protection plates underneath, and a wading kit – which so far we haven’t needed to use.’
But where next? Adrian smiles and says: ‘Well, we did another car rally with the Ford Model A in South America in 2012, from Rio in Bolivia, through Peru, into Argentina and down to the very bottom of the country and I’d like to take the Land Rover back there for a couple of months.’
Our favourite bit?
In the back, with the roof up, it’s huge. We can certainly understand how Adrian and Barbara were perfectly happy to sleep in it for 49 nights during their mega-trip to Alaska.
And the verdict from LRO writer Mark Saville?
‘Building the ultimate overland Defender is a very personal mission, and for me, I think Nene Overland has made a great job of building this camper.’
Engine: 2.4TDCi with JE Engineering tuning package l Transmission: Six-speed manual l Axles: Locking rear diff l Electrics: 6kVA generator driven by centre PTO l Body: Bespoke Fourwheel Campers demountable camper fixed to chassis with external, custom-made storage lockers