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It’s possible that zipping sideways at high speed around an icy recreation of the Silverstone Raceway in a late-model, 400-plus horsepower supercharged Range Rover isn’t your thing. Though, if it isn’t, you should seriously reconsider that position. Until that time, there is now another option for those who want to relive the winter-parking lot antics of their misspent youth, but prefer to do it in a vehicle that was built while your parents were still in elementary school.
The growing epidemic of Defender theft in the UK has just taken a somewhat humorous turn. UK news sources report that brazen thieves made off with the doors and bonnet off a marked police Defender that was parked right outside a police station.
Sure, criminals have been ripping off body panels from late model Defenders for a number of years now. The rate of those thefts has increased dramatically since the end of Defender production earlier this year. So that part is nothing new. This may be the first news report of panels being taken from a law enforcement vehicle in that manner.
UK news sources are reporting that JLR is leading a research team that is working on developing a new 8 speed automatic transmission. The innovative new design intends to combine dual-clutch, hybrid and low-range elements all in one box.
Just in case you thought Land Rover's flagship model could not be made even more luxurious and powerful, or offer a greater sense of exclusivity to its owners, I give you the newest entrant into the Range Rover lineup. The 2017 full-size Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic. This new variant of the latest Range Rover body style will go on sale in fall of 2016 for the 2017 model year. It offers the same blistering performance as its now brash-appearing little brother, the Range Rover Sport SVR.
(The Atlantic British "On the Road" Discovery 2, and its pilot and captain Eric “extension 231” Riston, are off on another adventure. This time they’re off exploring the wilds of west central New Jersey.)
For those that don't know, New Jersey has far more to see and do than you will see in reruns of “Jersey Shore.” This weekend’s adventure had me leaving home on Thursday with my daughter riding shotgun, and my camp trailer in tow. The drive to the event was fairly unadventurous; some traffic and a GPS blunder but we arrived with little issue. The minute we arrived, my daughter was off to play with the other kids, leaving me free to get the trailer set up. Shortly after setting everything up, the first of several rains arrived.
It should come as no surprise that Jaguar Land Rover has reaffirmed its ownership of the trademarked Defender name.
According to sources, JLR has applied to renew its ownership of the Defender name in Europe as well as in other parts of the world.
The recently renovated Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles displayed a unique art car once owned by renowned graffiti artist-turned New York art scene wunderkind and symbol of the 1980’s AIDS crisis, Keith Haring. The car in question is a Land Rover Series IIa 109 Station Wagon that Haring owned and decorated with his trademark cartoon figures. Until now, the vehicle has never before been publicly displayed, although it can be glimpsed in the Haring documentary, "The Universe of Keith Haring."
Jaguar's 5.0 liter supercharged V8 as used in the current line of Range Rover Full Size and Range Rover Sport models has a lot going for it. The power available is beyond reckoning, and the sweet sound coming from the twin pipes is soothing enough to put any baby to sleep. Well, maybe not. But they do sound terrific.
In June of this year it was our privilege to attend the Ottawa Valley Land Rovers' 33rd Annual Birthday Party event. The event is held in Southern Ontario near the town of Maberly, located in an area known as the Mississippi Valley. The area is mostly rural, consisting of small towns interspersed with hills, forests, wetlands and over 250 lakes. Rumor has it that the hills in this part of Ontario were once mountains that dwarfed even the Himalayas. Whether or not that is true, the many exposed granite boulders, shelves and outcroppings contribute both to the scenery and also to the fun that can be had on the local 4x4 trails.
On July 11th 2016, The UK’s Sunday Times reported that Land Rover was in talks with billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, who was hoping to finance a resurrection of the Defender. There was much speculation in the media over how the scheme would be carried out. Ratcliffe is the owner of a UK chemical company called Ineos, with a net worth of about $4.15 billion. Automotive blogs and web forums were alive with hope that it was true. A week later, reports came in that word from JLR was, “No-go.”
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