The voice of Land Rover shows re­tires

Land Rover Monthly - - Kelmarsh Land Rover Show - Story Dave Barker

AF­TER MORE than 30 years of com­men­tat­ing at Land Rover shows, Diana Tigwell has de­cided to lay down her mi­cro­phone for good. If you’ve ever been to a Land Rover or a 4x4 show or if you’ve found your­self at the off-road sec­tion of the re­cent Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed then you will know who we are talk­ing about and also what her voice sounds like. But Diana is not only a com­men­ta­tor, she is an off-road en­thu­si­ast and com­peti­tor, too.

Diana’s off-road ad­ven­tures be­gan in the 1980s and her first car was a Se­ries I 86 inch. She then joined the Scot­tish Land Rover Club and started tak­ing part in var­i­ous events in­clud­ing tri­als, her favourite be­ing the Team Re­cov­ery. A few years later she moved to South Devon (a jour­ney she’ll never for­get – tow­ing her com­pe­ti­tion S1 all the way from Scot­land in a snow­storm).

Once there she founded the East Devon Off Road Club, be­fore join­ing the All Wheel Drive Club and en­ter­ing Comp Sa­faris driv­ing a her Ford Pinto-en­gined Se­ries I 80 inch .

It was at an AWDC event at West Harp­tree, where af­ter re­al­is­ing that they were short of a club com­men­ta­tor, that Diana took hold of the mi­cro­phone and started her ca­reer in com­men­tat­ing, some­thing that con­tin­ued for over three decades. Some joked on that first day of com­men­tat­ing that she could talk faster than she could drive.

Her com­men­tat­ing ca­reer also lead her into jour­nal­ism, and she has writ­ten for all the Land Rover and 4x4 mag­a­zines in the UK. Diana was also part of the crew who launched Of­froad Mo­tor­sport mag­a­zine in 2000.

She briefly re­tired from the world of jour­nal­ism and com­men­tat­ing and took four years out be­fore be­ing per­suaded to re­turn to the mic at the East­nor Land Rover show. Since then she has com­men­tated and been arena mas­ter at all the ma­jor Land Rover shows, in­tro­duc­ing the nu­mer­ous clubs, in­di­vid­u­als and Land Rovers.

Re­cently she was in­volved with the launch of the Mini Me Driv­ers Club for younger own­ers and en­thu­si­asts of mini Land Rovers. The think­ing be­hind this was to in­tro­duce the next gen­er­a­tion into Land Rover­ing.

On be­half of all our read­ers and con­trib­u­tors, thank you Diana for your friend­li­ness and en­thu­si­asm at the var­i­ous show and events over the many years. It’s not go­ing to be the same with­out your voice as the sound­track to all those fab­u­lous Land Rovers.

Diane will not be com­pletely lost to the world of Land Rovers, she plans on con­tin­u­ing her sup­port of the Mini Me Driv­ers Club at the shows. Plus she might do some free­lance com­men­tat­ing at the odd event or two. See you around Di!

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