The Goodwood Revival will celebrate 67 years of Land Rover production on September 11-13 with a huge gathering of early versions of the iconic British all-wheel-drive vehicle and some of the latest Defenders to roll off the production line.
More than 50 pre-1966 Series Land Rover models, charting the early days of the Land Rover, will take part in a track parade on each morning of this year’s Revival, and will be on static display on Lavant Bank for the rest of the event.
A host of special conversion body styles will be on view, including the Bright yellow 1950 Series I Bertam Mills Circus vehicle, designed to give the impression that Kam – the circus’s resident elephant – was driving the car!
Fire tenders, military conversions, prototypes, recovery vehicles, ambulances, Tickford conversions, mobile welders and even a tracked Cuthbertson 88” are all set to feature in what will be an incredible spectacle.
Additionally, 11 owners of pre-production Land Rovers will bring their vehicles, all of which descend from the famous pre-production vehicle number one, ‘HUE 166’, to Goodwood for what is believed to be the largest gathering of pre-production Land Rovers ever to be seen in motion.
The engineering bloodline that links the original Land Rover Series One with the 21st Century Defender will be celebrated with a special presentation on the Land Rover stand inside the Earls Court Motor Show building, capturing the birth of the legendary vehicle and its progress through the past seven decades as a model that has constantly defined the concept of ‘go-anywhere’ all-wheel drive engineering.
Land Rover will recreate key elements from the development of the original Series I, which made its UK public debut in 1948. This will include drawing board plans and an early pre-production chassis. A Series I model will be displayed titled at 45 degrees, demonstrating its capabilities while the latest Defender Autobiography, a model that incorporates contemporary design features within the robust qualities of the original, will also be displayed.
Bonhams, which will hold its annual Revival Sale on Saturday, 12 September at Goodwood, will display the Land Rover Defender 2,000,000, a unique version that has been specially built as a tribute to the model’s production heritage and its landmark of reaching two million production models at Solihull. The vehicle will be offered for sale at a charity auction hosted by Bonhams in December.