What's the story?
Shifting tonnes of straw bales, refilling dozens of generators powering the flood lights and other essential kit at the country’s premier motorsports revival meeting needs a big, reliable truck; and this much-modified Defender ‘Tug’ is it.
Starting life as a bog-standard 110, it was transformed into a particularly ungainly, faux SIIA farmshop ‘van’ many years ago. More recently, its self-respect was restored when it was converted back to almost conventional Defender looks but with a huge flat bed in place of the weird box van body.
Now, it works tirelessly running around wherever it’s needed in the run-up to the Goodwood Revival and the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Our favourite bit?
We’re mightily relieved that ‘challenging’ looks inflicted upon this Defender as a result of a previous career in retail, have been stripped away, to be replaced by a proper Defender nose job and well-‘ard load-bed persona.
And the verdict from LRO writer Jerry Thurston?
If ever you doubted the flexibility and versatility of the Land Rover design, doubt no more. Here’s the bench-mark for the next generation of Defender.
Base: 2003 Defender 110
Chassis: Stretched to 127 inches
Cab: Standard, with radio system
Pick-up: Heavy-duty, low-line bed with recessed strapping points
Top speed: 80mph
Running gear: Standard except long rear propshaft and Terrafirma dampers
Gearbox, brakes and steering: Standard 110