WHO DOESN’T LOVE A LAND ROVER?
The Land Rover is a familiar sight in Norfolk, from elderly, utilitarian Defenders chugging around farms and country lanes to sleek Range Rover Velars delivering children to school in Norwich’s Newmarket Road. It’s a favourite of the Royal family as well, though we’ll draw a veil over the most recent incident at Sandringham...
So it is appropriate that a Norfolk-raised writer has produced a comprehensive new book detailing the history of one of the motoring world’s iconic brands. Dave Phillips grew up in west Norfolk and fell in love with the legendary vehicles which trundled around the country lanes near his home.
In fact he has made a career out of a love affair, editing the best-selling magazines on the Land Rover and co-authoring the Off-Road Driving Manual from Haynes. He has also driven Land Rovers around the world and owns a couple – the newest over 20 years old – so clearly puts his money where his heart is.
His new book The Land Rover Story is a testament to a lifetime of fascination with the vehicle, detailing a story which has had more ups and downs than the Khyber Pass. Dave takes the story up from conception to the current range and tells tales of triumph and disaster with equanimity.
His encyclopaedic knowledge of the marque and its history and his passionate and readable delivery make this an engaging book which isn’t just for petrolheads. The chapters on the 60s, 70s and 80s, for instance, are microcosms of the national industrial picture of the era.
At over 300 pages, including some super photos, it is a substantial, well-researched piece of work which will be a welcome addition to the enthusiast’s bookshelf. DC
The Queen in a Land Rover Defender at Sandringham