BBC News – Owners lament loss of Land Rover Defender

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Owners lament loss of Rover Defender

Some volunteer their Land to help medical staff critically ill patients during bad

It#039;s the vehicle that can be up with string and carry you deep waters, across and into the Sahara Desert at least, according to its owners.

So was heartache in the hills and despairing in the as Jaguar Land Rover it will cease production of its model in 2015 because it not meet new European laws on emissions.

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Some people would a Ferrari, but each to his own”

End Land Rover Defender Viv Wing

The last Land Rover will roll off the production in Solihull in December 2015, to an end a 67-year history of different of the model.

It#039;s a mistake, Land Rover Defender Viv Wing, from Grantham in What are they going to instead? Something with seats and too much carpet,

While the luxuries of sleek, makes may be what many enthusiasts aspire to, it is the all-weather of the Defender that is part of the for its devoted worldwide following.

a brilliant bit of kit, said Mrs the secretary of the Leicestershire and Rutland Rover Club. Some would prefer a Ferrari, but to his own.

‘Big Meccano set’

For Mrs who has mobility issues following a accident, the Defender is a lifeline, her out into terrain she otherwise not be able to access.

I love the and the Defender enables me to get out and see the views, she We went up Stanage Edge in the District in ours the other

In October 2012, Mrs Wing and her Mick joined up with 10 owners on a 3,000-mile round through Europe to the Sahara

One guy#039;s engine flooded, so he and fixed it by the side of the road in the she said. You can do that with a Rover.

The ease of repair – at for the pre-1998 models which constructed with minimal – is another appeal for

They#039;re like a big Meccano set said Richard Smith, 48, Redditch, chairman of the Midland Owners Club – the in the country. They are infinitely

‘Cult following’

He uses his six Rovers – the oldest, a 2, dating from 1959, to part in trialling and rallies.

heard of people driving round patched up with tape. I knew a guy who drove from Wales with a of string tied round his cable when his throttle

Richard Smith has six Land

The Defender is probably best for its all-weather roadworthiness. While cars shrink from conditions, the Defender was built to them head-on.

Mr Smith his members work with NHS medical staff during and snowfall to transport nurses to ill patients.

It#039;s quite to be able to help them do he said. Not many people we are involved in that work.

The of the great Defenders

The first model in the style of the was introduced in 1948 and was modelled on a War II Jeep

The vehicle was not given the name until the late to distinguish it from the Land Discovery

More than two have been sold the car first appeared

Often the of Land Rovers is passed the generations. Simone Birch, Leicester, claims the vehicles are in her

Both Mrs Birch#039;s two grown-up own Land Rovers and her three-year-old can now name all the different models.

have a cult following, she When you pass another one on the the driver waves at you.

So what will the demise of the mean for devotees?

We#039;ll be able to get the parts – are plenty of third-party suppliers, John Kesterton, from secretary of the Midland branch.

And we don#039;t know what the vehicle is going to be, hopefully it maintain the Defender#039;s off-road

So does he plan to trade in his Defender CSW, with miles on the clock?

Not any time he said.

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