I wanted something different, I suppose. I’m in the media business – I’m what you’d call a creative, but now I run my own company called Fantastic Media.
We deal with Premier League footballers, people like that, international names, so my cars were Overfinch Range Rovers. They’re very nice, but I felt it was time for something completely different – a change, something simpler. I had a Defender eight years ago, and I’d liked that.
So I contacted ‘Yan the Landy Man’ of Sky’s Wheeler Dealers fame. I just gave him a brief, told him what I was looking for and he came up with the right vehicle – a nice, straight 2004 County Station Wagon with 72,000 miles, in silver. That was just the start.
First it went to Parkside Garage in Huddersfield – they’re all ex-Land Rover technicians there. They stripped it to the mechanicals and did whatever needed doing. Then it went to Impact Bodyshop at Brighouse – they’re approved repairers for Land Rover. We look after the marketing for Impact and they were wanting a new website designed, so we did that for them and they sprayed the Land Rover.
How did we choose the paint? We took photos of the vehicle and put them in Photoshop. Then we went through a series of colours, to make a choice.
We looked at a lot of colours and finally plumped for traditional green and cream. Actually, in the end the paint colours were my daughter Holly’s choice – she was 14 at the time. Holly likes the countryside and she said green and cream would blend in and be non-confrontational.
It has modern twists like the LED lights, a new bonnet and a colour-coded grille and mirrors. The LRX grille gives the Land Rover a really chunky look – some people don’t like them, apparently, but I think it works well with the bonnet and everything else on the vehicle.
I drive it to work and use it for shooting, taking rubbish to the tip, driving to the coast – it can do everything. There’s something about a Land Rover; I call this one a ‘modern classic’.
Published in the July 2015 issue of Land Rover Owner. Download a digital issue, or order a back issue by calling 01858 438884.
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