80 Years of Land Rover Passion

For lifelong Land Rover fan, Geoff Cooper’s, 80th birthday, his daughter, Wendy Fisher, wanted to go above and beyond to make his day extra special.

Wendy explains, “We were just coming up to my dad’s 80th birthday, and I had the idea that it would be lovely to do something for him and wanted to link it to a passion of his. Land Rover is definitely in the blood. They’ve been in the family’s life ever since I can remember, so I wrote to Land Rover and never really expected to get the response that I did. This, for me, is just about doing something really special for somebody really special.”

In response to Fisher’s letter, Land Rover surprised her dad, Geoff, with a special Land Rover Experience off-roading experience with instructor.

“Dad’s relationship with Land Rover started before I was born,” Wendy continues, “[Her parents] had a really old Land Rover and he was able to Land Rover trial with it.”

“My first actual memory of it was when I was four, and we started to go away as a family to the Land Rover trial weekends.”

Geoff recalls a time during one trial when he got stuck in a tree. He was sure the crowd was just as amused as he was.

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In addition to the special Land Rover Experience off-roading experience, Land Rover brought along Land Rover Reborn Car 0 for Geoff to view and hopefully bring back memories of his trial days. Land Rover even gifted Geoff a bowler hat, something he was known for wearing during the trials.

“He had a trademark of wearing a bowler hat. I think it almost became a sort of good luck charm as well. It was something he wouldn’t compete without, “ Wendy reminisces, “I look back extremely fondly on those times. Just time with friends and family as well as his great passion with the Land Rovers.”

“This is hopefully my contribution to celebrating a wonderful 80 years and hopefully still some more to come.”

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All-New Discovery Surfs with Laird Hamilton

Laird Hamilton, eight-year-old Jett Prefontaine, and members of the Silicon Beach Surfers Club have tested and approved the new Land Rover Discovery with Discovery Dynamic Design Pack, which made its debut in the United States at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 16th.

Hamilton and Prefontaine took the new Land Rover Discovery for a spin to Point Mugu in Malibu, California. While surfing, Hamilton was able to access Land Rover’s Intelligent Seat Fold and reconfigure the seats of the Discovery via the InControl Remote app on his smart phone; similar to Bear Grylls reconfigured the seats while skydiving.

“The new Land Rover Discover could have been made as the ultimate surfer’s SUV,” Hamilton gushes, “Its specially-designed Aqua Rack makes it easy to transport your boards, the Powered Inner Tailgate is the perfect place to sit in shelter from the elements and the Activity Key is awesome – I wish I’d had one years ago.”

“You can even adjust the vehicle from the surf! Remotely rearranging the seats to make space for your friends, or activating the climate control to cool the vehicle before you catch the last wave of the day, has to be the ultimate in convenience.”

Hamilton and Prefontaine used the Aqua Rack, specially-designed for the Land Rover Discovery, to carry and transport their surfboards.

The Discovery Dynamic Design Pack incorporates the Land Rover Discovery’s all-terrain capability with unprecedented versatility and all-new exterior. The pack is available on the HSE and HSE Luxury models.

The Activity Key feature is a waterproof wristband that allows you to lock and unlock your vehicle so you do not have to carry the conventional key fob. Furthermore, the Activity Key will disable the key fob so it can be left safely inside the vehicle. The wristband is waterproof up to 98 feet and withstands temperatures from -58 degrees to 125 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Discovery Dynamic Design Pack was definitely built with the consumer in mind. Land Rover continues to push the limits and continues to produce vehicles that better serve their consumers’ lifestyles.

If you want to learn more about the All-New Land Rover Discovery or its optional Discovery Dynamic Design Pack, contact us at Land Rover Dallas! We are cannot wait to serve you!

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Discovery Sport Vital in Christmas Cabin Creation

Land Rover may created the perfect place to spend the holiday season.

Commissioned by a very jolly friend, Land Rover set out to build a cozy cabin that could withstand freezing temperatures in a secret location.

The cabin was designed by architect, Mads Lindstrom, who describes the cabin as “somewhere to sleep and somewhere to rest” and “where you can put your luggage and kind of a base for your trip.”

The cabin was to be built in pieces off site, and then transported to the secret location and assembled. Land Rover knew the Discovery Sport was the go-to vehicle for this task. Its size and ability to conquer was just what this project needed.

“When we first received the brief we knew it was going to be a challenge, but immediately we looked at the Discovery Sport because of the load space,” Land Rover Engineer, Muhammed Malik states. “I was confident that the wilderness cabin would fit in.”

Kenton Cool, adventurer and climber, took a look over the cabin to make sure it would stand up to the freezing temperatures. He would know. He has climbed Mount Everest twelve times.

“Our VIP guest is going to spend an awful lot of time probably getting very cold,” Cool says. “Having looked around the cabin here today, you take it out in the wild it’s going to be totally fit for purpose. If I came across one of these I’d think it was Christmas come early.”

“With the seven seats we wanted sliding seats as well so you can have an extra 160 ml at your boot space for your family holiday,” Helen Ali, Land Rover Engineer, states, “or in this case to take a wilderness cabin on an adventure.”

With the Discovery Sport’s help, the cabin is built and ready in its secret location, all for a good Claus!

Happy Holidays from Land Rover Dallas!

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Evoque Takes on Vermont

Writer and the Executive Editor of Wilderness magazine, Jedidiah Jenkins, and set and event stylist, Ruthie Lindsey, spent the fall in Vermont with the Range Rover Evoque to experience authentic New England. Along with photographer, Lulu Lovering, they journeyed across the Green Mountain state enjoying the beautiful sites and agrarian culture.

Vermont’s roads are often winding and narrow, so the Range Rover Evoque was the perfect fit to keeping them safe on their journey.

They started their journey in Hartford, Vermont andland-roverd-december-1 made their first stop in Quechee. Quechee is the home of legendary glassmaker, Simon Pearce. Jenkins, Lindsey, and Lovering were able to meet Pearce and tour his studio, as well as try their own hand at glass blowing. Pearce uses a traditional Georgian glass blowing technique, so his craftsmanship is exceptional.

After Quechee, they journeyed to Rochester, Vermont where they explored the back roads of Vermont’s countryside in the Range Rover Evoque.

“The handling was superb,” Jenkins said. “The dirt roads of back-country Vermont would have been hard in a lot of cars. But the Evoque was made for them. The different driving modes helped us transition from paved highway to sandy beach to dirt road with ease. It is the perfect car for this type of adventure.”

land-roverd-december-1-2Once they enjoyed Rochester, Jenkins, Lindsey, and Lovering continued through small towns and back roads until their journey ended in Stowe, Vermont where they visited the Stowe Mountain Resort. The resort is known for the road, Smuggler’s Notch, which was used by smugglers in the 19th century to sneak illegal products in from Canada. This road, now one of the most beautiful roads in Vermont, is among thick forests with plenty of secluded caves along the route, perfect for the smugglers. 

“Vermont,” Jenkins said, “had such an effect on me. The dark stone cliffs and thick forests of Vermont created privacy in me, a kind darkness. The place creates personalities.”

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Land Rover and Bendiksen Deliver ‘Ultimate Vistas’

Land Rover has teamed up with renowned photographer, Jonas Bendiksen, to create a series of works entitled “Ultimate Vistas.” These photographs will feature incredible landscapes captured by Bendiksen while using the Range Rover to transport him from place to place.

Bendiksen, a native Norwegian, started the series out by photographing his home country. The intelligent technology, Terrain Response 2, of the Range Rover allowed him to reach outstanding vantage points that are usually unaccessible. The Terrain Response 2 automatically chooses the best of its driving modes that will best suit the terrain the vehicle is currently driving on. It also makes sure the optimal vehicle’s settings are selected.

Bendiksen started out in Oslo and photographed the modern urban environment before traveling through the Dovre mountains. The Range Rover’s clean lines definitely echoed the modern architecture of Oslo and its unique features have allowed it to take such a grueling journey without any problems.

“I spend my entire life chasing that perfect picture, but part of the joy of it is in that hunt. Photography is for me a languor, a way in which I can express myself, and it has become a way in which I see the world. I love trips I can do entirely by driving. When I’m on the road I can stop anywhere and capture an opportunity in an instant. The Range Rover was the perfect partner for me in that respect,” Bendiksen said.

Bendiksen is known for his photographs of the beauty of nature and rural living. His work had been featured in Newsweek, the Sunday Times Magazine, and National Geographic.

Norway has a 51,100 mile coastline of bays, inlets, and fjords. Comprised of more than 50,000 islands, Norway has plenty in the way of rural living. However, the Norwegian cities boast plenty of dramatic modern architecture making Norway the perfect place for both urban and rural photographs.

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