News Category: Land Rovers in Media


Our featured Land Rover Defender rebuild Andy the Landy is set to star in next month’s Land Rover Owner Magazine after the makeover has been completed after plenty of blood, sweat and probably even a few tears along the way!

Andy the Landy - Defender to feature in Land Rover Owner Magazine

Andy the Landy – Defender to feature in Land Rover Owner Magazine

We first started cataloguing the progression of Andy, a black (on the outside) and green (in some of the harder-to-reach places on the inside!) truck-cab Defender with a TD5 engine that looked pretty handsome on the outside but … you may have guessed, with a few gremlins on the inside.

Andy the Landy - Defender to feature in Land Rover Owner Magazine

Andy the Landy – Defender to feature in Land Rover Owner Magazine

Our intrepid Landy Lover James set about completely rebuilding the 90′ with the remit of “No more rust” which meant one hell of an overhaul. A brand spanking new built to order galvanised chassis from our supplier and dozens of parts later, Andy started to take shape into the fine specimen of a vehicle pictured here.

Andy the Landy - Defender to feature in Land Rover Owner Magazine

Andy the Landy – Defender to feature in Land Rover Owner Magazine

As you can imagine with a rebuild deadlines came and went September 2013 was the original target but we’re sure you agree all the hard work has been well worth it.

Brookwells man Dan (who probably spent more time in contact with James during the rebuild than James’ other half!) was on the scene of the official shoot to capture some sneaky peak pictures for us to use.

Andy the Landy - Defender to feature in Land Rover Owner Magazine

Andy the Landy – Defender to feature in Land Rover Owner Magazine

The all-singing-all-dancing snaps will be in next month’s edition of Land Rover Owner Magazine, out October 8

We’ve seen them and Andy looks majestic out on the open road so make sure you head out to your local shop – or wait patiently by the letter box – to find out more about James’ experience and see if you can work up the courage to create your very own dream Landy.

If you want to see some of the early stages of Andy’s rebuild simply type in “Defender rebuild” into the search bar on the top right of your browser and select the article you want from the bar on the right hand side.


Over at 500px.com, the online photography community website, a Land Rover competition is afoot. Unfortunately it’s USA only, as they have teamed up with Land Rover USA specifically, but it still means that over the next month or so we’re going to have a wealth of submissions from talented photographers showcasing our favourite kind of car.

You can view the competition brief on this blog post but more important for us, you can view new submissions being tagged with the ‘Land Rover Story Challenge’ tag here.

We’ll be keeping watch, they have some truly talented photographers on that site so there are bound to be stunning images appearing.


The newest Bond film Skyfall hits the cinemas on the 26th of October, and a Land Rover Defender will have prime screen time in the opening sequence. Cars have always been a major part of James Bond, and they’re not sparing expense by the looks of it, with a Defender 110 Double Cab Pick Up driven by agent Eve (Naomie Harris).

So what do you think, will you be going to see Skyfall? The previous two Daniel Craig movies have been criticised for their dark and gritty feel, but Skyfall is apparently going to bring back a hint of fun – hopefully just enough to make the film entertaining as well as dramatic. This film also brings us up to date, whereas the previous two films focused on a Bond in his earlier years as 007.

Either way, the Land Rover Defender used in the movie is currently in Harrods window in London, complete with dents, muck and dust and a front mounted film camera. Certainly looks like they used the Defender for the stuff it’s good at, we’re looking forward to seeing how the opening sequence comes together.

(Image from the Jaguar Landrover Newsroom page )