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Land Rover: 60 Years Of Adventure
Land Rover: 60 Years Of Adventure Always faithful, ever
  macho, in 2008 the
  renowned Land Rover
  celebrates its 60th
  year as a much-loved
  British icon...”


THE LAND ROVER has been well-documented over the years, so now for something different — Nick Dimbleby has put together some rare and beautiful images from all over the world for his celebratory book Land Rover: 60 Years Of Adventure.

The original Land Rover was unveiled in 1948. An incredible 60 years on, the utilitarian Defender is instantly recognisable as its descendant. Land Rover has expanded its range over the years with the intro-duction of the Range Rover, Discovery and Freelander, and today the Solihull marque is a premium brand in the market place. Land Rover's catchy slogan, The Best 4x4xFar, has endured.

Beautifully produced, Land Rover: 60 Years Of Adventure tells the full story of all Land Rover models through a wealth of stunning colour images — many previously unpublished — with spectacular photography of Land Rovers in action all round the world. Land Rovers in every guise and under many conditions are featured — from Iceland to Australia and all points in between: on road or having fun in the mud; ploughing through quagmires; tackling impossible gradients with ease; following the course of a river on the 1994 Warn Transylvanian Trophy; dealing with the intense snow and ice of Iceland in 2005; or visiting exotic places like Morocco.

Unforgettable images include adventures with Land Rover — a team of Sandglow Discoverys driving in convoy on The Camel Trophy, from Mongolia across the Gobi Desert and through seemingly impenetrable jungle. On the route, the temperature ranged from minus 10C at Lake Khovsgol to 40C in the Gobi Desert.

Expeditions, like the G4 Challenge, are also covered. The Land Rover is nothing if not versatile. If it can't quite move mountains, it can at
least climb them. There is also a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at Land Rover's Solihull production line. It is interesting to note that it is estimated that around 70 per cent of the vehicles produced since 1948 are still on the road — or being driven off-road.

The author covers the history of Land Rover, through the early Series I to Series III vehicles to the latest Defenders. Red, blue, green — don't they look fantastic in yellow! — there were various colours or special editions. The soft top NAS 90 is one of the most desirable Defenders produced (from 1994 on) and it looked particularly striking in AA Yellow. There is a wonderful image on page 7 of a yellow Land Rover, dwarfed by an amazing rock formation that looks like the ribcage of a mega-monster.

Concours examples are featured along with ancient workhorses; vehicles in all their glory. Nick covers the Range Rover through the ages — from the original 1970 model to the very latest supercharged luxury versions, as well as the enormously-successful Discovery and the Freelander, Europe's best-selling 4x4 for almost ten years.

The Special Vehicles chapter shows the sheer diversity of specialist Land Rover conversions produced over the years, from Ambulances to the SAS 'Pink Panther' desert-combat vehicles. And finally, Nick takes
a look into the future with stunning pictures of the very latest Land Rover concept vehicles. Check out the Land Rover LRX concept — a marvellous example of design and engineering for the 21st Century.

Like Nick, one of my first driving experiences was in an ancient Land Rover belonging to a friend; driving it around the market car park in Maidstone where she thought it looked set for a collision with a tanker. No way — I was just using the space and found the Land Rover rather easier than I thought to throw around! Everyone has a story about Land Rover, so much respected is this resilient 4x4 from Solihull.

Land Rover: 60 Years Of Adventure, by Nick Dimbleby is out now in hardback and available from all good bookshops at an RRP of 30.00. ISBN: 978 1 84425 498 9.

Author Nick Dimbleby is a well-respected, professional photographer who has undertaken considerable work for Land Rover over the past seven years. As a Land Rover enthusiast, he has been photographing the vehicles for 20 years. He lives near Silverstone in Northampton-shire.