The Land Rover and Range Rover Weekly 17
In this week’s round-up of all things Land Rover and Range Rover, the Range Rover Evoque makes the shortlist for Car of the Year, a North Yorkshire Fire Station large enough for just one Land Rover sets a world record and Bob Marley’s favourite vehicle, his 1976 Series III Land Rover, prepares for restoration.
This week, we were delighted to announce that the Range Rover Evoque is amongst the 7 vehicles nominated for the prestigious Car of the Year 2012 award. The Range Rover Evoque will battle against the likes of the Toyota Yaris, the VW Up, Ford Focus and the Citroen DS5 for the coveted title, having been selected by a jury of 59 judges from 22 countries. The overall winner of the award is due to be announced on the opening day of the Geneva Motor Show in March.
With many customers awaiting the arrival of the Range Rover Evoque on their driveways, many customers were interested to get an inside look at the manufacturing process going on within our Halewood plant. Take a look at the manufacture of the Range Rover Evoque in action in our Facebook photo album.
Are you keen to start your next adventure? Are you curious about the geography of our planet? If so, we’d like to remind you that there are only a matter of weeks left to apply to the ‘Go Beyond’ Bursary 2012, run by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) on behalf of Land Rover. The recipients of the Bursary receive a bursary of £15,000 and the use of a Defender 110 vehicle. Here’s a quick reminder of how previous Bursary winners made the most of the opportunity.
Have you ever wondered how small the world’s smallest fire station is? The North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service in the village of Goathland (below), just 13ft by 20ft, claims to be the tiniest station in the world. This control hub is only big enough to house a trusty Land Rover fire engine vehicle and has no running water or toilet. The Guinness World Records team are due to announce shortly whether the tiny Fire Station has secured the title.
Now we turn to the restoration of a rather special Land Rover vehicle – a 1976 Series III Land Rover that belonged to the late Bob Marley. The vehicle had been on display at the Bob Marley Museum for a quarter century, but was moved this week to Montego Bay, St James, to a local Land Rover dealer to be assessed for necessary restoration work. The foundation’s general manager, Jacqueline Lynch-Stewart, said that the legendary singer’s Land Rover would be put back on display at 56 Hope Road once the work had been finished. Below is a photo of Bob’s son, Julian Marley, next to the Land Rover vehicle.
Finally, we’d like to end this week’s post with a truly unique attempt at creating a Land Rover Defender out of Lego. Well done to Ralph (Mad Physicist) for this great piece of Lego-work. You can view more of his Lego vehicles on his Flickr stream. Remember, if you have any Land Rover stories or photos you’d like to share, e-mail us at uk.landrover (at) googlemail.com to get featured in our weekly round-up.