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What’s your ve­hi­cle? A 2006 De­fender 90 Td5.

What do you do for a liv­ing? I’m a di­rec­tor of Alpine Restora­tions, based at Sowerby Bridge, near Hal­i­fax. We spe­cialise in high-qual­ity sales, ser­vic­ing and re­pairs of De­fend­ers.

What’s the story? It’s of­fi­cially our demon­stra­tion ve­hi­cle re­build, but it’s also my ev­ery­day car. I’ve owned it two years. It was orig­i­nally a farm truck in Keswick Green. We re­sprayed it in metal­lic San­torini Black.

How is the en­gine run­ning? It has been re­built with many new parts and it’s run­ning ab­so­lutely per­fectly. It has got a big in­ter­cooler and ra­di­a­tor and a Piper­cross air fil­ter but we have not had it re-mapped yet

What have you done so far? It has been fully re­built from the ground up, on a gal­vanised chas­sis, with an Ashcroft auto con­ver­sion, Poly­bushes and sound­proof­ing.

What has been the hard­est part? Find­ing the time to com­plete it. It is a real labour of love.

What’s the story with those tyres? They are mas­sive 35 inch Maxxis Trepadors and al­though they would help make it very ca­pa­ble off-road it would be a shame to do so and risk dam­age as a lot of time and money has been in­vested into it.

What are the next jobs? I’ll be fit­ting suede head­lin­ing and Twisted wheels.

When will it be fin­ished? The plan is to have it ready for the show sea­son this sum­mer, but I’ve got a new baby due at the end of July so I might not be able to make Kel­marsh.

Is any­one else help­ing you? Yes, my dad in his spare time. He’s a big Land Rover fan, too. Does it turn heads? Peo­ple stop and stare when I drive past, but maybe that has got some­thing to do with the full cus­tom stain­less ex­haust (she’s loud).

Any other projects on the go? We cur­rently have a 6x6 De­fender Td5 in the work­shop, lined up for some­thing a bit spe­cial!

Tell us about some of the other Land Rovers you have owned? I have been lucky to have owned many over the years – my first car was a 90 300Tdi – but this is by far the best.

What are your plans with it? En­joy own­ing and driv­ing it and stop my­sef from pulling it to bits to change its ap­pear­ance!

Are you plan­ning on re­plac­ing it? Never say never! There are so many Land Rovers. I do love the idea of a Series III Stage One V8 at some time in the fu­ture…

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