Not all Landrovers are equal, some rattle, some leak, some are gobble fuel some are more economical; but their fans and admirers tend to be a loyal bunch.
It is time to come clean, I use the generic term Landrover in my blog, but my brother-in-law (BiL) says I am misleading my readers.
This is because I now drive a ‘softy’ Landrover Discovery,like this.
I think BiL is just being a bit picky, because he likes to go out and play (in a considerate way) in a his ruffty tuffty Landrover 90 (hardtop) it is a bit of a boy thing.
I am sorry none ‘Landi,’ readers you must be losing the will to read/ live by now; let me flesh out the story.
15+ years ago when winters were snowier than they are now, (the expectation being it will snow soon, to the extent the local taxis ran on studded ‘snow tyres’ all winter) I needed a van, for my flower shop that could get me safely out of the lanes and off to the wholesale flower market in the Dark City at four in the morning (the loneliest hour of the day.) so I bought one of theses.
Over the years we have used our Landrovers for all sorts of adventures, pulling coal lorries out of ditches, rescuing neighbours cars form the sheet ice ‘bob sleigh’ runs in the steep lanes, bringing hay in from our field, dragging the carcass of our dead pet cow up the field (with her calf trotting along beside, so the ‘knackers man’ could take her,the mum, away; (I drove, Tom then a baby in his car seat and Mr UHDD doing the nifty work with ropes and directing me through the gate ways) not a pleasant way to spend a summers morning.
I have even helped get some one off on their way to hospital when they were taken ill and the lanes were full of snow, some of the time I wish it was a little hatch back, that didn’t need a three acre feild to turn round in but it is for when push comes to shove, it’s towing capabilities and the fact it is as sure footed as a Tibetan Yak, in snowy conditions that the Landrover continues to keep our custom.
When we had children the ‘110 Hardtop’ no longer met my requirements (bit of a squeeze up front with the baby seat, no room for another passenger.)
So now a family, we bought one of theses.
They seat 12 people, but only if they are size zero; the reason this ‘gesture seating’ is fitted (or more accurately number of seat belts) is because a twelve seater counts as a mini bus, and there fore it is exempt from VAT on the purchase price (but you need a MOT certificate from the first year) This helped to make the purchase even more attractive. Then selling the business our needs shifted again and that dear reader is how we arrived at a Landrover Discovery.
When you buy a Landrover new, you often get to go and learn how to drive them, it is a worthwhile experience, once you get over the apprehension that builds when you realise that you are going to drive it off what appears to be a cliff, certainly that’s how it looked to me at Eastnor Castle.
And poor old Inspector Gadget cant even get his 4×4 off the tarmac.
‘Large 4X4’ get a lot of flack; Stonehead describes some of the hostility he has faced from the ‘environmentalists’ when out and about in his Landrover if you have read his posts you will know how well researched, constructed and articulate his arguments are, which makes the ‘punch line’ in in ‘I drive a killer machine-apparently’ , err well, direct and spoken from the heart and very funny.
I have had the odd bit of grief, but that may be (for all I know) more to do with my driving style than my choice of vehicle But after reading Stoneheads post I shall have to give a little more consideration to the matter,should I be accosted whilst going about my business, what will my punch line be? I could always show them what I keep in the boot, it might give them a bit of a shock, should they need.
I must away now, it’s shame really, if I had the time I could have told you about the time BiL got his Landrover stuck in the bog below the outfall from our septic tank and we had to tow him out with a dumper truck.