Spread­ing Landy Love

Own­ing a Land Rover is great… es­pe­cially when the weather gets rough

Land Rover Monthly - - Welcome - Ed­i­tor Pa­trick Cruy­wa­gen

On Sun­day De­cem­ber 10 large parts of Great Bri­tain woke to a fairly de­cent cov­er­ing of snow. It was our first proper fall of the win­ter, cre­at­ing chaos on the roads and clos­ing hun­dreds of schools in the process.

It snowed for most of that day in my vil­lage. While the po­lice urged mo­torists not to travel un­less their jour­neys were ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary, I (care­fully) drove my Land Rover to the next vil­lage for a pub lunch. I do love my Sun­day roasts.

On the way we stopped at one of the steep­est hills in Bed­ford­shire. About 20 kids were zoom­ing down it on their sledges be­fore tak­ing the slow walk to the top to do it all over again. My De­fender was the only ve­hi­cle in at­ten­dance.

That day so­cial me­dia was abuzz with in­cred­i­ble pho­tos and videos of Land Rovers tow­ing, snatching and winch­ing driv­ers of trucks, BMWS and other less ca­pa­ble brands. You can read one such ac­count on page 12. In fact, the video of Daniel Mor­gan’s Se­ries III pulling an ar­tic out of trou­ble had been viewed 1.3 mil­lion times af­ter a few days of go­ing pub­lic.

The Birm­ing­ham Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal put out an ur­gent ap­peal for 4x4 driv­ers to help get staff to work and one of the im­ages I saw in the me­dia was of an Evoque and Dis­cov­ery Sport kindly oblig­ing.

A Land Rover comes into its own dur­ing the win­ter and it can be likened to an in­fantry sol­dier as it can op­er­ate in all types of weather and con­di­tions. They are not scared of hard or dirty work. It is for th­ese rea­sons they have long been the ve­hi­cle of choice for the mil­i­tary, moun­tain res­cue and farm­ers.

So, the next time we ex­pe­ri­ence re­ally bad weather, don’t for­get to spread a lit­tle Land Rover love.

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