Land Rover Owner February 2021

LRO is the world's biggest magazine dedicated entirely towards the Land and Range Rover enthusiast. Every issue you'll find our team of experts writing inspirational features on: - Adventure! Off-road adventures in some of the world's most spectacular countryside - Restoration! Inspiring tales of old Land and Range Rovers lovingly rescued and restored... - Maps! Tough tracks with OS maps for you to try - Rare models... find something unusual in every issue - Land Rovers and spare parts for sale... a fantastic range of parts & vehicles for sale, every month Plus the latest club news and events from around the world. Love Land Rovers? Love LRO!

United Kingdom
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min

‘Not a year any of us will easily forget’ As I write this, it’s nearly half past three on a raw, misty afternoon and the last of the December daylight is about to take its leave. The sun is also about to set on a year that will linger long in the memory – for all the wrong reasons. While we, along with everyone else, feel humbled by the heroic achievements of all the essential workers who have done so much to keep the country functioning as normally as humanly possible in the midst of a pandemic, we’ve managed to keep working too. We know from our inbox that many of you have been especially thankful over the past few difficult months to get your fix of LRO every four weeks. We couldn’t…

8 min
hidden talent

‘We had issues with the TDV6’s remap, so it was wound down to 229bhp and it drove much better. But it still wasn’t enough, hence the TDV8 idea’ There’s nothing outwardly brash or in-your-face about Mike Park’s Discovery 3 HSE. If anything, it looks more discreet than it did a few months ago, now that the signwriting for his Land Rover business has been removed. To the casual observer, apart from a gleaming set of SVR 21in alloys and bright yellow brake calipers, there’s nothing to make you suspect there’s anything particularly special about it; and that’s just the way Mike likes it. He also likes the way it can take off like a scalded cat, if he chooses, thanks to the remapped 3.6-litre TDV8 and flappy-paddle transmission hidden beneath the plain…

1 min
‘there aren’t enough hours in the day!’

OWNER: MIKE PARK Mike began as an apprentice in a Land Rover main dealer then went to an independent specialist. In 2014, he set up as a mobile mechanic, travelling Scotland fixing Land Rovers, and two years later he moved into fixed premises. Then in 2017, with business continuing to grow, he took on a bigger building in his home city of Dundee; he now employs two mechanics and is looking for a third. ‘We don’t do the mobile work any more; there aren’t enough hours in the day,’ says Mike. His company, MMP Land Rover, covers everything from full restorations to maintenance on the latest models, right up to servicing the new Defender.…

1 min
more than just a heart transplant

1 OUT WITH THE OLD... To recoup costs, the TDV6 engine was sold to a customer for his Range Rover Sport, and its gearbox found a new home down in England. 2 STRONG FOUNDATIONS Could this be the first-ever galvanised Discovery 3 chassis? They do rust, so it’s well worth having this done if you can afford it. 3 THIS MAY TICKLE The exposed underbelly of the bodyshell was rigorously scrubbed and cleaned to make sure that no corrosion was lurking, and then... 4 TIME TO GO TO WAR ... a thorough coating of Buzzweld WAR (which is available in every colour imaginable) gave the underside its armour against rust. 5 ON A ROLL The hydraulic anti-roll bar system (with polyurethane D-bushes and yellow pipework) would require some fiddly wiring skills. 6 ALL FALLING INTO PLACE After a trial fit in…

3 min
world of land rovers

1st prize WINS A SEALEY 23pc COMBINATION SPANNER SET ‘Jillian has put a lot of thought into composing a photograph that’s a bit different. Good news, Jillian – it worked!’ NEIL WATTERSON, EDITOR 2nd prize WINS A SEALEY HEAVYDUTY BACKPACK ‘A beautiful old Land Rover still putting in a shift – that’s worth a prize in its own right. But it’s also a well-framed photo with good depth. And a pooch who loves the camera… ’ NEIL WATTERSON, EDITOR WIN! SEALEY gear in the next issue of LRO For stockists, to order a free catalogue, or to buy online, go to 1st PRIZE Sealey 24 SMD LED + 3W LED Red Li-ion Rechargeable 360° Inspection Lamp (LED3606R) LIST PRICE £107.94 2nd PRIZE Sealey Threaded Nut Riveter (AK393), LIST PRICE £49.74 Send your favourite shots to Include a description of the vehicle and where…

3 min
five stars for defender

Land Rover is justifiably upbeat about the news that the new Defender has earned the maximum five-star rating from the safety experts at Euro NCAP. Says product engineering boss Nick Rogers: ‘From the moment we started creating the new Defender, we were obsessed with functional safety and the protection of occupants and other road users. We set out to make the most capable and durable Land Rover ever, with safety features that truly enhance the driver’s experience. It’s an incredible honour to receive this recognition from Euro NCAP.’ It’s a far cry from the original Defender, which had no airbags and the only ‘crumple zone’ was provided by the vehicle in collision with you. This prevented it from being sold in a number of markets. The new Defender, with its tough aluminium monocoque…