Full disclosure, I am a shamelessly biased Range Rover fan, being a former Classic owner who constantly trawls the cheaper end of the online classifieds in the hope of finding another. Fortunately, this year coincided with the car’s golden anniversary so the full 50-year history of the seminal off-roader was represented at Goodwood SpeedWeek presented by Mastercard.
Gallery: Celebrating 50 years of the Range Rover at SpeedWeek
Led by the well-known ‘drivable chassis’, a 50-strong parade of cars illustrated the evolution of the world’s first luxury off-roader from the days of velour seats and hose-out interiors to six-figure all-terrain limousine.
Included in the parade were the diesel speed record setting Beaver Bullet from 1985; one of the cars which traversed the infamous Dairen Gap in 1971 and working examples from the police and fire and ambulance services. There was even a six-wheeler, a convertible and a stretched limousine example.
All two-score and ten of the cars took part in creating a moving ‘50’, captured from overhead by a drone. The complex manoeuvre was co-ordinated by a team of professional drivers who directed the owners who generously brought their vehicles to take part.
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