In my book, Defenders are simply the most versatile and coolest vehicles on the market. I ran a very nice Audi A3 Sportback for a year and was Defenderless, but my life just didn't seem complete, so I sold the Audi and bought this Defender instead. It’s an X-tech model with 70,000 miles on the clock, and it's had a full respray, so it’s looking pretty nice now.
My other vehicle is also a Land Rover, a restored 1972 Series III (as featured in LRO, September 2014).
As for the Sankey trailer conversion, I bought it for an amazing £80 about five years ago, and then bought a second-hand Hannibal roof tent and mounted it on top. Whenever I’m at a campsite or a Land Rover show I get offered silly money for it (‘silly’, as in into the thousands) but it still ain't for sale!
I did a full tour of Scotland and the Scottish Islands with it a couple of years ago, so I know it's as trustworthy, tough and reliable as my Land Rover – the perfect bit of kit for camping trips. The photo was taken at Stonethwaite in Borrowdale, Cumbria. It’s a magical place under Eagle Crag, and camping costs only £5 per night. Nearby are huge crystal-clear pools to swim in; just search online for ‘Black Moss Pot’.
Published in the December 2014 issue of Land Rover Owner. Download a digital issue, or order a back issue by calling 01858 438884. Please note, we only hold stocks of the the last three back issues.
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