What’s the Story?
I’m on the Adverikie and Alvie estates in the Scottish Highlands. They’ve almost every conceivable type of terrain - and cracking views to boot - to make the ultimate off-road trip and show just how good a Defender is.
I’ve met up with Ian Brown of Highland All Terrain to open up tracks and our drive culminates in a climb to the top of a mountain. Being lightly modified the LRO Defender 90 is the ideal test vehicle - we should find the going easier than in a standard vehicle but it’s not over the top, so others can follow.
Our Favourite Bit?
A boggy area presents itself in front of us, with just enough room to get a Land Rover along a bank between it and the trees - should the driving line be right.
The front tyres let go first and the Defender starts to slide sideways into the bog. I engage the rear locker and steer upwards, but it’s to no avail and the 90 slides down, with the passenger panels pushing into the soft soil and stopping the vehicle from rolling over. We call on the winch, but there are no trees in line with the winch…
And the Verdict from Our Neil?
The Defender has shown just how good it is. Okay, ours has a few extra accessories, but isn’t an ‘extreme’ motor. Unfazed by everything we put in its path - mud, rocks, trees, sand, water - it just kept soldiering on.
There’s no doubt in my mind: if it’s to be worthy of the name, the next Defender must be able to do this too.
The full story can be found in the June 2015 issue of LRO. Download a digital issue, or order a back issue by calling 01858 438884.