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Interesting Info About All Things Land Rover
by Greg Fitzgerald • Nov 6, 2020

Think of world leaders and Land Rovers, and of course, you think of the United Kingdom, the Royal Family, and their iconic fleet of Land Rovers and Range Rovers. There's a good number of other Land Rovers in the state fleets of countries around the world, though. Here are a few.

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by Greg Fitzgerald • Oct 2, 2020

Five years after the final Land Rover-sponsored Camel Trophy, a successor event was announced. The G4 Challenge would become an international, multi-destination, multi-vehicle competition, featuring the same global competitive spirit as the Camel Trophy. There would only be two G4 Challenges, in 2003 and 2006, with a third 2009 event cancelled at the last minute due to the global financial crisis. Though it was never as hardcore of the iconic Camel Trophy events of the 1980s, the G4 Challenge has cemented its place in Land Rover lore.

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by Greg Fitzgerald • Jun 26, 2020

Land Rover's Lode Lane factory in Solihull, England is iconic and known around the world as the traditional home of Land Rover since 1948. However, not all English-built Land Rovers come out of the ancestral home in the Midlands. Since 2006, Land Rover's smaller transverse engine models have come from Halewood, an old Ford plant on the outskirts of Liverpool.

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by Greg Fitzgerald • Jun 13, 2020

In 1989, Land Rover released the Discovery. Based on the Range Rover Classic platform, the Discovery would define Land Rover's success in the 1990s. It would also define the balance of the Camel Trophy event, with Discovery taking the mantle of team vehicle from Defenders starting with the 1990 event. With the exception of the final Camel Trophy in 1998, the Discovery would define the rest of the event's life.

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by Greg Fitzgerald • Jun 13, 2020

From 1993-1995, Camel Trophy would see what some considered the last gasp of its glory years. The event was still solidly focused on the 4x4 expedition, using Land Rover Discoverys. This period would take the event on some of its first multi-national adventures as well. However, the seeds were being sown for the final events, where the focus on off-road driving would be heavily reduced.

Check out the rest of our History of Camel Trophy series:
Part 1: 1980-1983
Part 2: 1984-1986
Part 3: 1987-1989
Part 4: 1990-1992
Part 6: 1996-2000

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by Greg Fitzgerald • Jun 12, 2020

The late 1980s would be a sort of "Glory Years" for the Camel Trophy, hosting some of the most iconic iterations of the event. With the Camel Trophy now an extremely popular global event, it also drew better and better teams. Many of the participants in these years would go on to have major roles in the off-road and Land Rover community. It would also feature the only British win ever in the 1989 event, a win for which the victors remain celebrated 31 years later.

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by Greg Fitzgerald • May 29, 2020

By the mid-1980s, the Camel Trophy was an international mega-event, exploring the world's jungles in their iconic convoys of Sandglow-painted Land Rovers. The event grew bigger and more intense every year, and began to experiment with more arid environments alongside the usual lush green jungle locations.

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by Greg Fitzgerald • May 15, 2020

There may be no adventure associated with Land Rover that is more iconic than the Camel Trophy. For eighteen years, the ultimate test of man and machine was partnered with the Best4x4xFar. It was an adventure that touched every part of the globe, and took Land Rovers through the harshest conditions. As Camel Trophy turns 40 in 2020, we're going to look back throughout the year at the history of The Great Adventure.

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by Greg Fitzgerald • Apr 28, 2020

In 1998, Land Rover celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, a major milestone for any company. It was celebrated in due style, particularly in America, where Land Rover was enjoying success with Range Rover and Discovery sales. Many enthusiasts consider the 1990s one of Land Rover's greatest periods, and the 50th Anniversary was certainly part of that. It also created a significant cache of memorabilia that still circulates. As we celebrate Land Rover's 72nd anniversary, let's take a look back almost a quarter-century to how we celebrated in North America.

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by Greg Fitzgerald • Apr 17, 2020

Seventy years ago, in April 1950, the British Automobile & Motor Cycle Show was held at the Grand Central Palace in New York City. Among the models exhibited was the Land Rover, which had not been formally imported to the United States at this point, though some had been sold in Canada. This marked the beginning of high-volume Land Rover sales in the United States.

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by Greg Fitzgerald • Apr 15, 2020

After the popularity of our first Travel Guide to Land Rover Colors, which focused on the origins of a selection of Land Rover color names from the past 33 years, we've brought you a second selection to cure your wanderlust in this difficult time. This time, we're focusing on the color names of the new 2020 model year Land Rovers.

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by Greg Fitzgerald • Jan 9, 2020

The 2020 Dakar Rally is going on now, with a convoy of race vehicles that bear as much resemblance to a factory vehicle as a NASCAR Toyota Camry does to one in a rental car lot. It's the first rally to be held in Saudi Arabia, the third region to host the rally. But in 1979, it was a race across Africa, in modified factory cars...and in the earliest days, the Range Rover Classic was dominant in the field.

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by Greg Fitzgerald • Nov 27, 2019

Most Land Rover owners know about the Land Rover's earliest history. The Wilks Brothers, higher-ups at The Rover Car Company, had a wartime Jeep, drove it around their farm in Wales, thought they could build something like it in Britain, and drew a picture in the sands of Red Wharf Bay in Anglesey. Millions of Land Rovers and billions of adventures followed over the next 71 years. But who, really, were the Wilks Brothers? And what else were they known for?

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by Greg Fitzgerald • Nov 13, 2019

Over the years, Land Rover has produced some iconic colors, whose names are legend among enthusiasts. Many of the colors in their palate over the years have been derived from the names of places, both in Britain and abroad. The origin of some of these names is obvious, but a few have some obscure tie to the place they’re named after.

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by Greg Fitzgerald • Apr 25, 2019

Fifty-one years ago, one of the most famous and stealthy military Land Rovers came into existence – the Pink Panther. Thirty-five years after its retirement, it’s still an icon and one of the most collectible military Land Rovers.

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