Land Rover News & History Blog

Expeditions and Land Rover.

by Michael Bishop.

The Land Rover Experience Expedition web site.

It’s been a busy month. Aside from the Frankfurt Motor Show, my own continued research and work on the book and this blog, I have been covering another historic story with Land Rover. I put a few teaser pics of the Freelander and myself with Gethin Bradley, Land Rovers press officer from 1955 to 1962, on facebook and twitter but the bigger story was this Tuesday at Solihull, which links back to the blog a few weeks back on Attenborough, and the Oxford and Cambridge Far East Expedition to Singapore in 1955.

Oxford and Cambridge

I was called up earlier in the year by a journalist from one of the national papers, who is very curious about the history of Land Rovers strong connections with exploring. His questions led to a phone call I made which helped opened up another huge story from Land Rovers past.

The current cover of ‘First Overland’ book and DVD, The 1955 Oxford and Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition.

This phone call was to go over some points on ‘First Overland’, with Steve Kerrs who has researched and knows many form the original ‘First Overland’ team quite well. However instead of me asking the questions a number of stories fell into place.

Steve asked if I knew of the other two Oxford and Cambridge expeditions from the 1950s, which I did. Some photos of these two trips are at Gaydon in the old Rover photographic archives. Given the age of the vehicles, they looked somewhere around 1954 to Africa and 1957 to South America, before and after the Singapore run, but that was all I had.

Steve hadn’t know of them, but had recently had one of those days were everything fell into place for these two relatively unknown expeditions. He had his own ‘Cambridge’ replica overland Series 1 Station Wagon outside his house and discovered a local admirer of the vehicle in John Moore, the Camera man from the South American trip. John, surprised to see an expedition vehicle shared his story with Steve and shortly after his photos and film as well. From this Steve found that there was also an African Expedition and that Ross Charlton, the camera man from that trip, who has all his film and pictures as well. Also, he found that all three teams, Africa, Singapore and South America knew each other quite well with overlap of members throughout the three expeditions.

The 1957 Oxford and Cambridge South American Expedition by John Moore

I put Steve in touch with Roger Crathorne at Land Rover. Just as in discovering Arthur Goddard, Roger thought this was absolutely brilliant, and the three of us began planning a reunion trip of the three ‘Ox-Cam’ teams to Solihull. The material that John and Ross had in their collections is just as extensive as what we know and love of ‘First Overland’ including an unpublished book on the African trip, which I am helping to get published for later in the year.

The 1954 Oxford and Cambridge Trans-Africa Expedition before leaving London.

The Circuit of Africa

The 1954 Oxford and Cambridge Trans Africa Expedition more often than not called themselves the ‘Circuit of Africa’ and the book and photos are brilliant. The media at Solihull on Tuesday were in awe of this new material on both the African and South American Expeditions and I;m sure you will be reading more soon in many motoring magazines.

Tuesday at Solihull, members of all three 1950s Oxford and Cambridge Expeditions with Roger, Steve and the replica expedition Land Rovers.

As I mentioned my other job for the event was to collect Gethin Bradley, a Cambridge man and member of the African Expedition. After the 1954 trip, Gethin joined the Rover press office and became the in house expert on Expeditions for Land Rover, helping in many ways to get the ‘First Overland’ team on there way to Singapore and the next lot to South America. The ‘First Overland’ book on the expedition by Tim Slessor has gone on to sell well over 300,000 copies since its release in 1957. No doubt helping along with the other 1950s Land Rover explorer – writers, Barbara Toy and Lawrence Van Der Post to firmly establish the Land Rover Expedition genre that is embedded in the Land Rover brand today

Another incredible story, which is just at the beginning of coming back to life. Just as with Arthur’s story there is so much more to follow. It has been such a unexpected pleasure to get to know the three teams, and as the African book gets close to release I will keep you informed

Enjoy

Michael

Land Rover News & History Blog

By Michael Bishop

Concepts.

The current Land Rover Defender with the DC100′s

Having a look over the varied concepts that engineers and designers have come up with over the past century in the motor industry, as the fans we really couldn’t imagine life without the industry or our vehicles. In studying the history of the makes and marques, when you look back through the years, you often find that many of the ideas we are seeing today do take time to evolve and often the new ideas take a long time to get into the market place. To give us a very good example of this, take fuel injection for petrol engines. It has been very much the norm for the petrol engines to be fuel injected since the early 1990s but the idea for petrol fuel injection goes back quite a way. A lot of work was done on fuel injection during the Second World War and by the end of the 1940s the car manufacturers were all ready testing it in the real world including Land Rovers manufacturer Rover.

The benefits of the system back then were very much the same as what was being sold to people in everyday cars of the late 1980s. Bit more power and economy, as well as easier starting, maintenance and so on. However in the late 40s it wasn’t an electronic system but a mechanical system and the engineers found that after a few thousand miles that parts of system would seize as petrol didn’t really lubricate the incredibly fine parts in the injector pump. Hence the consumer had to wait a long time until electronic injectors were able to make the technology catch up with the concept and benefits of petrol fuel injection. For those a touch more curious on the post war mechanical petrol injection system a paper from the time is available from www.lrsoc.com. Its a solid read, but try and spot the Land Rover Series 1 engine with petrol injection!!

Concept Vehicles and the DC 100


The Silver DC100 on Wednesday as a Commercial Hard Top

But on the launch day Tuesday, the Silver DC100 was a Station Wagon. The engineers told me they changed it over on Tuesday evening.

Engineering concepts and ideas from the designers and engineers may take a very long time to fruition and use in the real world but it is a vital step in the process of design and evolution. I went to the Frankfurt Motor show this week to take a look at the two new DC100 concept vehicles with an open mind. The Social Media team from Land Rover and I were at the show at which I had the pleasure of interviewing Gerry McGovern on the design and Roger Crathorne on the rest of the package right after the launch.

Getting down to how the vehicle will work as a commercial off road vehicle is still very much a work in progress, and the design is to open to debate from everyone. Anyone can add there thoughts and ideas through on how the next Defender could be through their page on Facebook or Twitter and they will welcome more thoughts and ideas from the Land Rover fans around the world on what is needed in the design.

Once the excitement of the reveal had calmed down a touch, I had a great talk to some of the team working on the program on their thoughts and ideas. They are very much at the moment working with what they have on the table and I was able to discover a few pointers to the design brief.

The bonnet line and front wing of the current Defender

One pointer very subtle but obvious change they had ready on Wednesday to the silver DC100. This was to change the hard top from a ‘station wagon’ style with rear windows to the ‘van’ style with the red cross logo. This process is quite like that of a Series Land Rover or Defender in that the DC100 can be open top, hard top, truck cab, station wagon and relatively easily changed. The other pointer to how the design may evolve is in the front wing panel and bonnet line. The bonnet is roughly the same shape as the current Defender with the top of the wing coming across front wheel and under the bonnet line. The inner door sill line also is quite flat and does make the concept easy to hose out as with the traditional vehicle. Much of what we know of the Land Rover is within the new design.

The bonnet line and front wing of the DC100

There are more detail photos from Frankfurt at my 260AC facebook page

Past Concepts

We had a look at the picture of the 1947 Centre steer a few weeks back and Land Rover over the decades has had many concepts. Some which have come, been in production and gone like the forward control vehicles. Others vehicle have just been pure concept which we will be revisiting some of these in the next weeks and months. Very recently I was able to finally put my hands on many of the original plans and ideas from late 1947 of the Land Rover Mock Up after the centre steer and before HUE (R01). They took a fair bit of finding and I have a heap more research to do into the ideas they had back then. But they prove a point in that not every idea on the drawing board gets even close to production. This long lost drawing from the 1947 Land Rover Mock Up shows an unused design of a gearbox H gate arrangement similar to the Rover car of the time. This part, never make it to production and is just a clue to what might have been.

The unused gearbox H gate from the 1947 Land Rover Mock Up

This step in many ways is not dissimilar to what we are looking at with the DC 100 which is ‘what might be’. Having spent a couple of days talking through the design ideas for the DC 100, what the future holds can really add to what we love from the past. We just need this process to work its way as it has before with other design programs. I think it is also great to see the design process working ‘live’ with new concept and I look forward to engaging in the process when ever I can. It was great to also see that with HUE present and the toy radio controlled Defenders at Frankfurt, that there is still time to play at Land Rover today.

Land Rover News & History Blog

By Michael Bishop.

Exploration.

Exploring the distant ends of the earth has been firmly cast over time, as part of Land Rover’s image. This all started in the late 1940s as stories began appearing about someone doing ‘this’ and ‘that’ in a Land Rover. Solihull was very keen to collect these stories and feed back from their customers about interesting things that Land Rovers and their owners were doing. They went about actively encouraging customers to do so with a very simple method. A note. This note, which was “post it note” size, came with each new vehicle and was lightly stuck to the front of the guarantee form which the new owner was about to fill out.

The ‘Note’ that came with each new Land Rover

This simple note was a great success. The collection of old photos of Land Rovers doing this, that and travelling everywhere is amazing, and no doubt helped to fill many editions of the company’s publication ‘Rover News’. This in turn spread the word to when Land Rovers were very useful to Rovers dealers and therefore on to more future customers. Many photos from Rovers old collection are available from www.heritage-motor-centre.co.uk

Within ten years of the Land Rover’s launch, numerous major expeditions across the globe had been completed using them. Pictures of Land Rovers in magazines and on film in interesting and unusual parts of the world, during the 50s and 60s, are a source of fascination and inspiration to many of us today. A fantastic example of this was shown over this last weekend in a documentary on BBC 2 in the UK. This documentary by non other than Sir David Attenborough. He had recently revisited Madagascar where he had made a previous documentary in 1960 about the unusual wildlife and geography of the country. Not wishing to spoil the story, the new documentary used footage from the original to describe changes within Madagascar since his visit in 1960. His vehicle of choice back then was none other than a Series 1 Land Rover 107 Station Wagon, of which there is plenty of old footage of the vehicle, and a much younger Attenborough, in the new documentary.

A young David Attenborough and his Land Rover

The program is still available to see on BBC iplayer in the UK to just this Friday. Titled ‘Attenborough’s Egg Hunt’ it was first shown of BBC HD in March and no doubt others around the world can keep an eye out for it on their stations.

The Explorers Workhorse

With so much great publicity, by the late 1950s the Land Rover was the obvious ‘vehicle of choice’ for an expedition, much as it is today. The BBC in the 50s had at least two Land Rover 107 Station Wagons for film and TV use, so no surprise that Attenborough chose a 107 Station Wagon for his first documentary on Madagascar.

One of the BBC’s Land Rover 107 Station Wagons 

Graeme Aldous was able to send me this photo of one of the BBC 107’s with its livery present and the platform on the rear roof area for filming. A former BBC man himself, Graeme is who we worked with on the,’ Stop Gap’ documentary that covers Arthur Goddard’s 2010 return trip to Solihull.

The cover of ‘Stop Gap’ with Arthur, myself and R16

Graeme’s DVD ‘Stop Gap’ really brings to life to the story behind Arthur Goddard and ‘They Found Our Engineer’. Both book and DVD were reviewed together in the October 2011 Land Rover Word which says they, “ both provide a fascinating insight to the development of the Land Rover

The Links

But to link together all this weeks blog topics is Graeme’s other Land Rover history masterpiece is his ‘First Overland’ DVD. First Overland was the ‘Oxford and Cambridge Far East Expedition in 1955’, an expedition from London to Singapore and the first drive “over-land” to the east and back. The Expedition’s financial viability was assured when the BBC’s David Attenborough commissioned the group of students to make three short films on the Expedition for the BBC’s ‘Travels Tales’ program, of the same time. Many will also know the ‘First Overland’ bookon the trip by Tim Slessor, which became a best seller and is still in print today. It is a fantastic story from a time when these kinds of journeys were crossing ‘new frontiers’. Graeme’s DVD about ‘First Overland’ covers the history of the Expedition, the influence it had, and includes interviews with many of the original team as well as Sir David Attenborough.

The cover of the ‘First Overland’ DVD

It is fascinating to think that much of Land Rovers ‘Expedition Genre’ and what is today very much part of the ‘Land Rover Experience‘, came about from the simple idea of sending a note out with each new vehicle, and asking the owners to share their stories and adventures. But as we all know, the simple ideas are often the best.

Thanks

Michael

Land Rover News & History Blog

By Michael Bishop

Understanding the Past

With the new images out yesterday of the new concept for Defender and the vast number of comments from fans everywhere via social networking, I got thinking about concept Land Rovers right back to 1947 with the Centre Steer and to the core part of the original Land Rover design which we covered on BBC ‘Coast’ this year, The Land Rovers unique box section chassis. Without doubt the Land Rover chassis has allowed the vast variety of body styles and models over the years. I’m not going to try to predict where the latest concept will take us and Land Rover, but thinking about the design of the ‘old school’ Series Land Rover leaf sprung box section chassis had lead me back this week to share a very obscure Land Rover story that has yet to be fully told.

Thinking back to the original Land Rover concept from 1947.

This all started early in the week with a post on the Series 1 club forum (www.lrsoc.com) from a member who found a 1958 Land Rover for sale with a 1957 Morris Minor body on it. Not a modification to everyone’s taste, but once you had stopped thinking, ‘What was this person doing?’ it once again did illustrate that strength and adaptability of the Land Rover chassis that so many of us have come to love. The thread went on with a few laughs and then a list of parts common to the Series 1 Land Rover and the good old Morris Minor, Lucas electrical parts, SU fuel pump and so on. For me this was all a touch ironic, as recently I had touched on another side to the Morris Minor and Land Rover.

Even though R16 (260AC) had most of her bodywork removed, ‘BBC Coasts’ Dick Strawbridge was able to easily drive the Land Rover with the strong box section chassis and the bulkhead housing the vehicles primary systems.

Motor Trade Ebb and Flow

Since Arthur reappeared we have been trying to get all the myths and legends of the Land Rovers of the 40s and 50s, the Series 1 and 2, and have another look at from Arthur’s point of view. The one great myth that had left many of us guessing was the Aluminium Bulkhead story. In short that main steel made bulkhead is the integral part bolted to the chassis that makes the Land Rover work. The steeling box, dash, wiring and many of the controls are located by it and in true old Land Rover style you can still unbolt it as a separate unit on the current Defender. The first 1500 or so were hand made in 1948 with simple folder until the new fully pressed variety was introduced in very late December that year. This was all great and the pressed bulkhead lasted on the early 80” Land Rovers until the 86 and 107 came out for the 1954 season with a bulkhead more similar to what we know from the Series 2 to the Defender which is all spot welded together. The only anomaly was the Aluminium bulkhead which is a very square heavy framed bulkhead for the old 80” model and skinned in Birmabright alloy.

The story always was that the alloy bulkhead had come about when the press broke for the normal steel one and simply that was it. Apparently in the1980’s when you could still ring up the factory and be put through to the engineering dept and ask ‘why?’ the same story was always told. But this answer didn’t fully make sense. These alloy bulkheads 99.9% of the time only turned up in the UK and appear throughout 1952 and 53 home market production. If the press had broken it would have broken for one point in time and not spread over a few years. As with the Land Rovers meccano construction you couldn’t rule out earlier vehicles with the alloy bulkhead, except that all have the latest choke change from mid 1950 so definitely date from after that change.

So we asked Arthur about the press breaking story. He looked at us as if we were a touch mad. ‘The press breaking!! I doubt it, those presses were huge’ was his comment. Well, the presses were very big to do this kind of work and by late 1950 Arthur was well in the thick of 86” design. So the 80” was a touch old news for the head engineers and the 86 very much the new master piece. So I began to dig a bit deeper. Land Rover production in the early 50s got up to 500 per week. Simply that is 100 per day which even if you ran the press at one every 3 minutes is easy to do in theory. So I had a look up the Rover drawing and for the pressed bulkhead and it shows that it was pressed by Fisher and Ludlow of Castle Bromwich. So I went an had a good look into Fisher and Ludlow, who pressed everything in metal including kitchen sinks, and turned up this photo from 1950 of Land Rover 80” bulkheads stacked up after coming off the press on the lower right hand side of the photo and Morris Minor body shells they also manufactured in the main part of the photo within the Castle Bromwich factory. This is the other thing that the Morris Minor and the Land Rover had in common. The Grace’s Guide site leads us into the press making room at Fisher and Ludlow as well as the facilities to press whole automotive bodies. Given the facilities they had it does makes the press breaking story seem more unlikely now. Even if it had it broken it could have been sorted out quickly. Also Rovers board minutes show they knew of the risks suppliers had with unforseen issues and had most things covered contractually as well.

New Morris Minor body shells are the main part of the photo, but a stack of new 80” Land Rover bulkheads are in the right and lower right corner of the photo from 1950. Both were manufactured at Fisher and Ludlow in Castle Bromwich.

A close look at Fisher and Ludlows history shows that they bought out by the British Motor Corporation, one of Rovers direct competitors, in 1953. So without a bulkhead pressing available for post production replacement parts, the 80” Land Rover, something had to be available as a replacement part bulkhead and the Aluminium bulkhead fitted the bill. It had been run it in small batches in the UK over 52 and 53, so they new it worked in the real world and could be confident to supply it as a replacement part. The post production parts list even says ‘made or supplied to special order’ along side the 80 bulkhead part numbers!!

I still have a small bit of research to do on this story but am very confident of what was happening with all involved at the time. There maybe an element of truth in it,
but on the whole, the press breaking ‘story’ appears to be somewhat a figure of speech or tale that at least helps add a simple answer in front of the main issue, which was that Rover had lost Fisher and Ludlow as a major supplier for the companies core product, the Land Rover.

The drawing of part 302534, the Aluminium bulkhead or ‘Alternative Dash’ as Rover called it, from 21st March 1951. Just in time for the 1952 Model Year Land Rover.

Moving On

This is all a very long time ago now and the old Fisher and Ludlow factory is still at Castle Bromwich. It had started making Spitfires during the war and moved onto motor pressings directly after. Today she is back in the fold and very much part of the current Jaguar Land Rover group of factories and the people there are very proud of that.

So back to the new concept Defender. Having seen how things can change from one end of the scale to the other in the motor industry, and the factory at Castle Bromwich is living proof of that. Land Rover very much understands their past. So I am simply looking forward to what the engineers have in store for us in the next few weeks, months and years.

Thanks for reading. A touch deeper story in this blog post than normal, but it is a story well worth sharing.

Michael

Land Rover News and History Blog

By Michael Bishop

The 1950 New York Motor Show

In the mid 90s when I first started writing on the net and club magazines, many shared their local Land Rover knowledge with me. Which is how I learnt of the British Automobile & Cycle show at Grand Central Palace, New York, held on the 15 to 23 April 1950. Rootes Motor Corp, the first US importers of Land Rovers, appeared to have begun importing to the US market in mid 1950 when the larger 7” headlights were first introduced. Their advertisement in the shows brochure proudly stated that the 4 wheel drive Land Rover brings Rover quality to Agriculture and Industry, and you could see the Land Rover on stand 11 of the show!

The Rootes advertisement from the 1950 New York Motor Show.

The US spec 80” Land Rover also had different side lights and tail lights to the rest of the world which was a curiosity and no doubt the story to all this was lurking somewhere below the surface.

As with the research in the 90s that went in to ‘They Found Our Engineer’, the Land Rover dispatch books also provided the initial facts for Rootes who did receive their first batch of Land Rovers in mid 1950 with the new 7” headlights, and also provided the identity of the New York show vehicle which was a touch earlier, but too early officially for the new headlights. The first official US Land Rover, but did this vehicle have the 7” lights? Where these lights introduced as an improvement in line with the start of Land Rovers being sold in the US? We knew that Land Rovers had been in Canada since 1948 and that Rootes had taken on the distributorship there in mid 1950 as well.

The answers to these questions arrived much more recently on the Series 1 club forum, www.lrsoc.com in the discovery of a report on the show in the May 1950 edition of ‘Modern Motor Car’ which also had a small photo of the Land Rover and display chassis on the Rootes stand. The 7” headlights are clearly fitted to the Land Rover.

The report from ‘Modern Motor Car’

Jon who discovered the report went on to keep tracking down more info on the show and the very Land Rover itself earlier this year! A magnificent find! Our friends at Land Rover UK were more than happy to confirm this particular vehicles history to Jon through the Land Rover tractability department. Jon plans to restore his 1950 ‘New York Show’ Land Rover back to its former glory and has started work on his rebuild.

The 1950 New York Show Land Rover as discovered this year.

A Closer Look

In having a closer look at the Defender 90 I noticed that the top hat shaped pressing on the rear body above each rear wheel on a basic agricultural model was the same shape as this pressing on a Series 1 Land Rover from the late 40s and 50s.

A new Defender 90 at Droitwich Land Rover

Whilst looking into all the drawings and details I had a quick look and found that they essentially are the same part still since 1948! The pressing was widened by around 1” when Series 2 came out in 1958 but has stayed the same since! They have a basic Defender 90 on the showroom floor at Droitwich Land Rover, with 260AC (pre production R16) on display there too. So I grabbed a few photos of the two vehicles, 63 years apart but still with parts in common.

260AC (1948 Pre Production Land Rover R16) at Droitwich Land Rover

The upper to pressings in the rear wheel well of the basic 2011 Defender 90

were the same on the Land Rover back in 1948!

Thanks for reading the blog, don’t forget to click on the images to make them larger and I will catch you again soon.

Michael

They Found Our Engineer: Some Land Rover Feedback

Welcome to the second edition of my blog. With Land Rover having now been with us for 63 years as ‘The Worlds Most Versatile Vehicle’, so many have had such a diverse and personal history with owners, past or present. If you can add to what appears to be a never ending stream of historic tales and fascinating stories please do get in touch if you have or know any great old Land Rover or Range Rover stories. The BMIHT has many interesting photos from the 1940s to the 1970s of Land Rovers involved in treks and safaris in all corners of the globe, and plenty more based with farming and industry almost everywhere. With these pictures your stories would come back to life!

Historic Feedback – Rover and Rolls Royce Jet Engine development

I have had some great feedback from many who enjoyed Arthur Goddard (AG) and Spen King’s views on Rovers work on the Jet engine during the World War 2. Researching what Arthur and Spen were saying wasn’t so easy. There just isn’t a huge amount of information about Rovers 1940s work on the Whittle jet engine. Alan from Canberra, Australia, is a great early Land Rover and aeroplane enthusiast. He got in touch to say that I needed to read ‘Vikings At Waterloo – The Wartime work on the Whittle jet engine by the Rover Company’. Currently out of print, but can be obtained online. It is a magnificent read. The book goes into fine detail of the wartime jet engine work of Maurice and Spencer Wilks as well as many others who stayed at Rover and worked on future projects with AG and Spen, including the Land Rover.

Factory Drawings published in “They Found Our Engineer”.

I have had a few requests on how the factory drawings work. The drawings published in the book are quite small but you can see all sort of detail added into various ‘dialogue boxes’ around the page perimeter. The image here of a drawing is a simple General Arrangement drawing.

No changes were needed as the design was set as at this point in early 1948 there was only one Land Rover. The dialogue box in the top right is for detailed changes that occurred subsequently as the vehicle was improved. A box can be added to the top left for the model on which a part is used, LR, P3 (car), P4 (car) etc. The bottom of the drawing has the title and date on the right. Some drawings have a number on the lower left which relates to a related Rover part or supplier part number. When a drawing is updated the latest is used and the others thrown away but the changes within the drawing are carefully noted and catalogued. You will be able to see a lot of this in the drawings in ‘They Found Our Engineer’. To help explain this a bit more see what the dialogue boxes tell us in this drawing here. Thanks. See you next time.

They Found Our Engineer: The Story of Arthur Goddard. The Land Rover’s First Engineer

Hi and welcome to the first blog post and thanks to all those who have been in touch having read and enjoyed ‘They Found Our Engineer’.

Quite a lot has happened since the book became available. We had Arthur back over to the UK from Australia briefly in late April early May at the Land Rover Heritage day.

Since then I attended the Dunsfold Land Rover Collection Open Day and the Land Rover Series 1 club National Rally. Many came up to to talk about the book at both shows. I had 260AC (1948 pre pro R16) along at the S1 club rally which Arthur and I were photographed in driving through the old ford at Packington.

I have just finished making a set of replica ‘260AC’ trade plates in the old style she used in the 40s at 50s at the Land Rover factory. I had these fitted at the club rally.

After that 260AC and I appeared in BBC’s ‘Coast’ program on BBC 2. The current Series 6 of BBC Coast has just finished being show in the UK. The episode we were in, Episode 5, Wales Border to Border the Coast team followed the Welsh Coast line from the south up around the west coast and to Anglesey and Red Warf Bay. This is the bay where Arthurs boss Maurice Wilks and his brother Spencer came up with the idea for the Land Rover on the beach. Dick Strawbridge presented the Land Rover story and we took the bodywork off 260AC to show the real workings of the Land Rover. Dick also interviewed Stephen Wilks, Maurices son in Land Rover number 1. Stephen who remembers visiting Wales often with the family on holiday, and Land Rovers were always apart of the adventures they had. Take a look at the 260AC Facebook album for some more photos of ‘Coast’ filming.

Research wise we still have a vast amount of material to sort through, file and explain what Arthur and his team were upto and looking at in the first few months of the Land Rover program back in 1947. A small article in the last edition of ‘Full Grille’ covered a few new plans we found at Land Rover around the centre steering from 1947 and the problems it would have caused had it continued as part of the concept. You can get hold of ‘Full Grille’ by going to www.fullgrille.com.