An original Range Rover and one of the last ever Defenders will headline a Land Rover anniversary parade at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this week, as part of Land Rover’s 70th-anniversary celebrations taking place all year.

Owners of 70 examples of Land Rover products produced between 1948 and 2018 will drive up the famous hill climb through the grounds of Goodwood House this Thursday (the first day of this year’s four-day Festival of Speed) to celebrate the popular 4×4’s heritage and the people who love them.

One of the stars of the parade will be one of the last Defenders to roll off the production line (above far left), owned by Roger Crathorne, known among the company and its fans as “Mr Land Rover”. Crathorne’s last-of-the-line Defender 90 will be joined by other famous models and their owners, including a Camel Trophy Defender owned by Bob and Joe Ives, an original Range Rover from 1970 bearing chassis number 40, owned by Gary Pusey, along with a V8-engined 50th-anniversary Defender owned by Sue Cummings.

 

The cavalcade will also include famed Land Rover products such as 1947 Land Rover prototype registered HUE 166. Joining it will be a Series 2 Defender from a 1959 African expedition, plus the current line-up of Discovery and Discovery Sport, Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, Evoque and Velar.

Roger Crathorne (pictured above driving Hue 166) said: “I’m thrilled to take part in the anniversary parade up the Goodwood Hillclimb with the other owners and cars as a celebration of this landmark.” The assorted celebrations mark 70 years since the original Land Rover was launched at the 1948 Amsterdam motor show. The Festival of Speed has an anniversary of its own, with 2018 representing the Silver Jubilee of an event that grew from humble beginnings in 1993.

Source: telegraph.co.uk and Land Rover