A 1970 – 2014 Range Rover Review

Having watched the Italian Job more times than I care to mention, I was totally drawn into this short film about the History of the Range Rover as the soundtrack and the imagery are IMHO, stunning. I would love to take the kids back to Europe one day and drive these famous roads. In the newest Range Rover would be nice!

This post is in collaboration with Land Rover – Read here about my Collaboration/Sponsored Post policy

I din’t know this but the original was launched in the Louvre in Paris and displayed as an

exemplary work of industrial design

I wonder what the Mona Lisa thought about being displayed alongside a car?!

The early models weren’t the luxury laden beauties like their newer siblings are, oh no. They were quite utilitarian and designed so that they could be driven anywhere, got filthy inside and out and then be washed down with a hose. That’s inside WITH the hose! I can’t see many owners trying that with today’s model, can you imagine the phone call to the insurance company…

So Fast Lane Dad, tell me how your seventy three thousand dollar Range Rover’s electrics failed… 

Haha, not likely! That’s what Land Rovers are for. 

The Three Amigos!
The Three Amigos!

The Jumping Trailer Episode

My Dad has been a Range Rover fan ever since he could afford one they were released, so i’ve spent many a happy hour travelling up and down the motorways of the UK in one. He used his mainly to tow his hot rod (racing car) to the track as well as using it for work. I remember us turning up at race meetings, where some of the other guys had these great big coaches or buses that were purpose built for the job and here we were with probably just as much stuff all crammed into the massive boot of his Rangie! It was always nice to get a result against the guys with the money.

I remember him telling me of one story where he hadn’t loaded the car onto the trailer correctly and the weight was all wrong so when it got to 50mph the trailer started weaving. When he got to 60mph it weaved more and when he got to 70mph it started jumping from one side of the lane to the other! He knew where his bottom was that journey.

I apparently was fast asleep on the back seat while he and his mate Tony were living the nightmare of ‘The Jumping Trailer’! At least they were comfortable in the huge soft seats :)

2014 Range Rover
For 2014, The New Range Rover

List Of Equipment

The New Range Rover comes with a serious list of kit, i’m not going to mention them all as there’s not enough time for that, so i’ve chosen a few of the highlights:

  • Intelligent 4wd 
  • Terrain Response
  • Light Weight Suspension
  • Powered-Split Tail Gate
  • Surround Camera System
  • Parallel Park
  • Interior Mood Lighting
  • Trailer Jumping Alarm

The Mood lighting would be set to permanent ‘Go to sleep kids’ mode if we had one! Like it must have been all those years ago for me.

It’s safe to say that you can still go from this:

Mud glorious mud!
off-road in the mud…

To this:

Stylish and Chic
To the opera!

without any problems, that is the beauty of the New Range Rover.

Just don’t forget, you won’t be able to hose down the inside with the newer ones so leave your wellies in the boot! This is one of the things that makes the Range Rover such a loved family car

Don’t forget to check out the film they’ve made by clicking the link here: The History of the Range Rover



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