Front Run­ner Land Rover

Look­ing at the per­fectly posed im­age on this page, you might imag­ine that this is an­other cus­tom build, sim­ply meant to show­case what a com­pany is ca­pa­ble of do­ing.

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When more is, er, more

That’s not the case with this De­fender 130. In this im­age it looks pol­ished to per­fec­tion, as it was on the day it left the show­room floor. In re­al­ity though, this Land Rover was cre­ated to re­ally take on any over­land chal­lenge.

Front Run­ner pur­chased it in 2017 and fit­ted it with a host of its kit but un­like so many mar­ket­ing 4×4s, this one ac­tu­ally heads out into the world as a sup­port ve­hi­cle. Most re­cently it trav­elled through Le­sotho to sup­port a mo­tor­cy­cle club.

We should all be so lucky to be sup­ported like this on an over­land ex­pe­di­tion, as it fea­tures ev­ery­thing you might need to get a group of cars or mo­tor­cy­cles out of a spot of bother.

The base car came as stan­dard with lim­ited edi­tion Africa Edi­tion Land Rover mags, al­ready fit­ted with mud ter­rain tyres.

Let’s start with the ba­sics first: it’s equipped with a Slim­line II roof rack, as well as an­other Slim­line II tray mounted above a Se­curi-Lid load bin cover. The Se­curi-Lid had to be lifted slightly to leave enough room for some fridges. The load bin is equipped with a load bed cargo slide, to ease ac­cess into the Landy’s ‘bak’.

Mounted to the dual Slim­lines, we find var­i­ous front run­ner hold­ers and brack­ets, in­clud­ing mounts for a gas bot­tle, re­cov­ery de­vice, water tank and jerry cans.

Some lux­ury camp­ing and bag­gage trans­port gear is mounted, too. This in­cludes a 1.4m easy-out awning, a mon­soon bag to keep your lug­gage dry, a stain­less steel camp ta­ble and a host of Stratchits to keep ev­ery­thing in place.

Mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the styling in­clude a new front bumper that fits neatly over the ex­ist­ing bumper. It’s meant to pro­tect the light and ra­di­a­tor so it goes nicely with the head light pro­tec­tors, tail light pro­tec­tors and branch de­flec­tors. A sup­port ve­hi­cle is noth­ing if it can’t il­lu­mi­nate the road ahead but Front Run­ner saw to that by fit­ting Light Force LED spot­lights.

The Land Rover’s in­te­rior also re­ceived some TLC, as be­fits a real-world over­lan­der, with a set of Takla mats and seat cov­ers be­ing fit­ted. Se­lected from the ‘Sig­na­ture’ se­ries, th­ese seat cov­ers are not merely func­tional but they el­e­vate the am­bi­ence of the in­te­rior as well.

Fi­nally, as it will likely spend a life­time pulling other cars out of a pickle, Front Run­ner equipped it with a Warn Winch.

Built as a plat­form to show off some kit, this Landy 130 can ac­tu­ally head off into the over­land sun­set. It re­ally is more than the sum of its parts.

Main: Front Run­ner’s Landy 130 is ready to take on any over­land chal­lenge.

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