The Land Rover has been beloved by the British public since its origins in 1948; from royalty to film stars, farmers and army officers, appearing in Bond movies and even adventure sci-fi, its popularity knows no bounds.
If you go down to the woods today
Built as the British version of a Jeep, the Land Rover was designed to help Britain’s farmers after the war when steel was in short supply as the body panels were made from aluminium. It provided a go-anywhere solid vehicle that aptly combined rugged durability with utilitarian style. The ultimate four-by-four, it boasts excellent off-road abilities, easily crossing any type of challenging terrain, from wide rivers to muddy fields, deserts and snowy mountains.
To understand the world’s love affair with the Land Rover, you need to drive one and preferably drive a classic. We make no bones about it, these vehicles have seen life, and they have character and patina, which makes them unique.
As quintessentially English as our green and pleasant land, the original Land Rover is perfectly at home on the Goodwood Estate. With 12,000 acres of stunning countryside to explore, one of the most authentic ways to enjoy it is off-road, and nothing could be more fun than behind the wheel of an original from the 1960s.
The Goodwood series fleet currently totals six: five Series IIAs and one Series II. All are named after plants beginning with the second letter of the alphabet: Bluebell, Bramble, Bracken, Bilberry, Burdock, and Bogberry.
The fleet have been carefully selected and are reliable examples of the marque. A couple are ex-military with deliberately retained features; the rest are civilian versions. Those that once had diesel power have been re-engineered and all now run with the venerable 2.25 litre petrol engine, while the canvas tilts have been fitted to allow top-down motoring on pleasant days. The only new parts to be fitted are seats, grab bars and seatbelts.
The Goodwood Off-Road Experience will lead you from meandering paths through thick woodland to impossibly deep muddy puddles, up steep chalk runs, through grassy fields and meadowland, it’s one of the best ways to experience the English countryside. Just hold on tight as you’re in for a bumpy ride, from a Harvey Frost Recovery to the Axle Twist, the team tasks will sort out the wheat from the chaff
Think the team spirit would benefit from day driving around the Goodwood Estate in a fleet of Land Rovers? What could be a better team building exercise than driving a British icon around the home of motorsport? Nervous colleagues need not worry, instructions and instructors are included. To find out more about The Goodwood Off-Road Corporate Experience or other Goodwood Corporate Experiences please contact our friendly team on 01243 520195 or make an enquiry online
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