Land Rover and Range Rover Weekly 9
The imminent release of the Range Rover Evoque has made a considerable impression on journalists and automotive fans alike. Having been spotted in various locations from first drives to traffic lights, the buzz online has been incredible and we would like to share two Evoque articles with you today. Firstly, Farmers Weekly feature a full account of the new vehicle in their ‘first drive’ and secondly, Land Rover Owner International follow the Evoque’s debut tour of America.
Other big news this week is that the Defender has had its engine replaced with a smaller, more efficient 2.2 litre diesel model, producing the same torque as its predecessor and raising the Defender’s maximum speed to 90mph. The Defender community has already welcomed the new model and Autocar share the full story. Furthermore, the Defender has also been doing what it does best by helping the RNLI in West Kirby on one of their latest training exercises.
As we look towards September, we have another date for you to note down in your diaries. Between the 1st – 4th September the Land Rover sponsored Burghley Horse Trials are set to take place. Featuring a visit from HRH Princess Anne it promises to be a spectacular Royal affair. Newlywed Zara Phillips will also be competing in this event and it is the last 4-star qualifying event before the 2012 Olympic games.
If you are a fan of the classic Land Rover models then this next story will be of great interest to you. A set consisting of some of the rarest Land Rovers in the world are to be sold at auction in Cannock. Discovered in a warehouse on a visit to Norway by Land Rover dealer John Craddock, they will be sold to a worldwide audience on the 18th of September. Craddock mentioned, “This collection is so rare. I have been in this business for 44 years and I have never seen some of these vehicles before.”
Now we pass things over to the fans and this week we take at look at Nick’s Land Rover blog, where he is gradually restoring his 1972 series 3 Land Rover. After 15 years of restoration work so far this really is a labour of love! We wish you the best Nick and don’t forget to let us know when it’s finished.
A Land Rover in its natural habitat next as we move over to Africa for Pat Bean’s account of a recent lion-watching excursion. Watching from the safety of her Land Rover, she managed to take some truly breathtaking photos and even managed to survive a baby lion cub playing with the spare tyre on the back of the vehicle.
Finally, is this the cutest Land Rover fan ever? We think it might be as he sits behind the wheel in “daddy’s Biiiiig car”. Are there any more young Land Rover fans out there? If there are we would love to see the pictures to prove it, so send them to uk(dot)landrover(at)googlemail(dot)com for a chance to get featured.