CUSTOM: LSA RANGE ROVER
SO YOU WANT TO GO OFF ROAD? WHY SPEND $150K ON A BRAND NEW RANGE ROVER WHEN YOU COULD BUILD A 556HP SUPERCHARGED CLASSIC?
RANGE Rovers are divisive machines; some swear by them, others won’t touch ’em with a barge pole. For our mate Ben Sumbloke, there was no dilemma – buy a decent Rangie, then make it 10-foot tall and bulletproof. “I’ve always loved Range Rovers,” Ben explains. “I had a 1976 short-wheelbase as my first car and never really looked back.” He followed up his P76-powered shorty with an ’88 and an ’89, before moving up to the 1993 longwheelbase LSE you see here. “There were only 150 of these sold in Australia, so they’re hard to find and very sought-after.” Having said that, Ben didn’t pay drug money for it: “I offered the seller something stupidly low which they rejected; then made another offer slightly less stupidly low and they let me have it,” he laughs. While the Range Rover hadn’t copped much abuse or illconceived alterations when he bought it, that didn’t stop Ben shipping the car directly to Les Richmond Automotive (LRA) in Melbourne for its hardcore ‘Firestorm’ build. “Some guys take their cars to LRA for an engine conversion or suspension upgrade, but the ‘Storm Series’ cars are fully re-engineered from the ground up,” says Ben. “That being said, I may have gone a bit crazy.”