Land Rover Owner September 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!

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
Frequency:
Monthly
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13 Issues

in this issue

3 min
welcome

‘Get out and have some fun’ I’m writing this just after coronavirus restrictions have been lifted in much of the UK – and things will, hopefully, return to something approaching normality. But that doesn’t mean you have to go back to what you did before; you can do new things, or do things in a new way. That’s exactly what we did with the Straightline Challenge on p44. Like many, we know our local off-road site – Tixover in our case, which is used as the off-road course for the LRO Show – like the backs of our hands, so we decided to mix things up and set ourselves a challenge that meant engaging with the site in a different way. And it proved to be a great day, with us working…

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9 min
black to the future

It’s a typically dull British summer’s day but there’s nothing dull about the gleaming Santorini Black beauty I’ve come to see; it’s a stunner. As an example of what can be achieved by transforming a well-loved but tatty Defender into a better-than-new machine, Dan Clark’s handiwork gets top marks. Its new owner, Neale Johnson, is blown away by the quality of Dan’s work too. CLOSE COLLABORATION Dan and Neale have known each other for several years and already had a strong mechanic-customer relationship well before Neale took the plunge and asked Dan to find a suitable Defender for his long-planned project. Initially, the idea was to find a 90. But with prices soaring and good examples hard to find, the target became a 110 station wagon. After looking for more than three months,…

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1 min
the restorer

Dan Clark is a 31-year-old mechanic with eight years’ Land Rover main dealer experience behind him, but he’s been working with Land Rovers since leaving school. He’s recently set up his own business, Dan Clark Services (danclarkservices.co.uk), based in Ripon, North Yorkshire. ‘It’s mostly servicing and repairs but I also run restorations alongside,’ says Dan. ‘I’m usually returning them to standard spec but with a few upgrades – just like this 110.’ Neale Johnson has known Dan for about six years; Dan used to look after his Range Rovers when they came in for servicing at the main dealership. About a year ago, Neale decided to put into action a plan he’d had been discussing with Dan for about three years; to find and restore his ideal Defender. This stunning 110…

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2 min
world of land rovers

‘Top marks for location. And the old trick of turning some lights on helps to place emphasis on Mark’s very healthy-looking diesel Series III.’ NEIL WATTERSON, EDITOR ‘Colleague Rob McCabe insisted this pic of his home town should win a prize. Happy to oblige – it’s a terrific shot! NEIL WATTERSON, EDITOR…

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7 min
news

BRITS TAKE ON ‘EUROPEAN DAKAR’ LRO chats to Team Twinlock, the only UK outfit who made it to Poland’s take-no-prisoners Breslau Rally Over 400 competitors from across Europe made this year’s Breslau Rally the biggest ever. Infamous for its combination of fast off-road sections, deep mud and difficult wading, Poland’s so-called ‘European Dakar’ involves hundreds of miles of competitive driving, day and night. Three race categories and five classes attracted everything from motorbikes to modified lorries, with the Green Oval represented by various Defenders, two Freelanders and two Discos. Support crews brought the total number of vehicles to over 1200. Due to bureaucratic hurdles, Team Twinlock was the only British team to compete, in a 200Tdi 90 owned by Henry Siebert-Saunders. It was rebuilt and modified for the Extreme category in just three months. ‘It…

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1 min
news in brief

Chips are down Ongoing microchip supply issues have hindered Defender production. Many orders have been severely delayed, prompting Land Rover to forecast a big drop in sales for the first half of its financial year. Some buyers have been offered alternative Defenders, with a financial contribution from Land Rover. Goodwood V8s Land Rover showcased a V8 Defender 90 (see test p20) with a high-speed run up the hillclimb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Crowds also witnessed the Gigglepin Ultra4 race truck ploughing into the straw barrier, spinning 360° and powering on regardless. ‘To be honest I think it did more damage to the bales than the car,’ said the commentator. Long story short Land Rover is said to be developing a Defender ‘130’. It’s expected to have the same wheelbase as…

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