Land Rover: The Story of the Car that Conquered the World (UK Edition)

October 29, 2020
Land Rover: The Story of the Car that Conquered the World (UK Edition)

Sunday Times BestsellerAs quintessentially British as a plate of fish and chips or aBritish Bulldog, the boxy, utilitarian Land Rover Defender hasbecome an iconic part of what it is to be British. It is said thatfor more than half the world's population, the first car they eversaw was a Land Rover Defender. It mirrors many of our nationaltraits, stiff upper-lipped and slightly eccentric. The car hasremained relatively unchanged for nearly seven decades and hasspawned an industry that includes dozens of publications, carshows, clubs, associations and even model car collectors whodedicate their lives to the Land Rover. To understand this nationallove affair, Ben has travelled the length of the British Isles in aDefender, spending time with fellow Land Rover enthusiasts: fromvisiting Colonel Blashford-Snell, who crossed the jungles of theDarien Gap, to patrolling the streets of Belfast with the PoliceService of Northern Ireland (PSNI).Ben has met folk who have converted their beloved Defenders intoeverything from hearses and coffee shops to works of art and firetrucks. He has travelled from the Red Wharf in Anglesey, Wales ontothe Western Isles of Scotland and Islay, the island used as atesting ground by Spencer Wilks in 1947 to put several of the earlySeries Land Rover prototypes through their paces.After 67 years and 2 million vehicles the Land Rover Defender hasceased production, and this book is a fitting tribute to this mostBritish institution which has stood as a beacon of durability andBritishness across the world.Every Land Rover has its own unique story to tell. This is thestory of the world's favourite car.