Maurice Wilks – Land Rover Heritage

Land Rover’s rich heritage is a massive part of what makes it so great. Without their heritage, Land Rover would not be able to develop award winning luxury vehicles with incredible performance.

Maurice Wilks (1904 – 1963) and his brother created the first Land Rover over 60 years ago. Maurice was married and had three children. Stephen Wilks, the youngest son of Maurice Wilks, remembers growing up with the Land Rover years ago.

“An early memory I have is going up to Anglesey where we had a sort of holiday cottage and a farm up there. I remember those years, the Land Rover was always a part of our holiday, and that’s a very strong memory for me,” Stephen says.

“We’d take picnics with it. We’d go sometimes through the dunes. The Land Rover was persuaded to negotiate this stream at one point, which was always very bumpy, and my father used to have to make it charge into it. So, we all hung on tight and the Land Rover went whooshing through. All the mud would splay up everywhere.”

Stephen also spoke about how his father would have been so proud and excited about the advancements in technology in vehicle design, especially in the Land Rover.

“He loved innovation. He was always looking ahead at the latest things that were coming out, and to see the modern Land Rover with its onboard computers and the changes that have been made from the Series 1 to what you get now, that would have been a great interest to him, and he’d always be really at the forefront of that trying to develop it further. He was always a man that looked to the future.”

Maurice Wilks started working at the Rover Company in 1930 as chief engineer. In 1946, he was made technical director, and in 1960 he was given the job of managing director. Finally in 1962, just a year before passing away, he was made chairman.

Maurice Wilks is just one part of Land Rover’s rich heritage. His contributions to the Rover Company, and the production of the Land Rover, continue to live on through his legacy.

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Jaguar Land Rover Highlights Women in STEM Field

In celebration of International Women’s Day in March, Jaguar Land Rover released some new images and announced their partnership with Getty Images, a world leader in visual communication, to highlight the need for more realistic representations of women in STEM roles.

The images of women in STEM roles people usually find are dated and do not properly represent the variety and excitement these women experience in their careers. Jaguar Land Rover and Getty Images are striving to change that. Studies have shown that people searching for photos of women in STEM has risen by 526% in the past year.

“We have always championed women in the car business and are committed to inspiring more girls and women to consider careers in engineering and manufacturing,” Fiona Pargeter, Jaguar Land Rover Global PR Communications Director, said. “Our female workforce has grown from 9% to 11% over the past four years due to our focused STEM initiatives. But this is still far too low – businesses being proactive about using realistic imagery is one of the many ways that we can attract the bright minds we need into STEM careers.”

Jaguar Land Rover and Getty Images released pictures on March 8, 2017, International Women’s Day, of female Jaguar Land Rover employees in roles from aerodynamics to audio and cyber engineering. In addition to properly portraying women in STEM roles, Jaguar Land Rover and Getty Images hopes these pictures help to encourage women to apply for STEM jobs as well.

“Here at Jaguar Land Rover we need the diversity of skills that women bring to ensure we thrive and maintain our competitive edge for years to come,” Michelle Mortiboys, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar Land Rover, said. “It is well known that gender diversification in business is not just healthy culturally but also propels progressiveness and innovation. Our partnership with Getty Images is not just about recruiting women into engineering, it’s a small part of the work that needs to be done to upscale female employees in the automotive sector as a whole.”

Discovery Assists with Montana River Trip

Photographer, Alex Strohl, intends to make Montana his “permanent” home. Strohl is a travel and adventure photographer with nomad-like tendencies. However, Strohl and his partner, Andrea, fell in love with Montana’s natural beauty and serene winters and decided to put down some roots. A cabin built in Montana’s picturesque countryside is the perfect location for this duo to rest and relax after they come home from their adventures.

However, construction on the cabin came to a halt due to the harsh winter, so Strohl, his cousins, James Byrd and Isaac Johnston, and photographer buddy, RJ Bruni, packed up Strohl’s Land Rover Discovery Sport with the intent of paddling the North Fork of the Flathead River.

“Put simply, the Discovery Sport made the trip happen,” Strohl said. “Just getting to our departure point in peak winter weather was a challenge. The road is unpaved, not always losses and lightly traveled. It carried us with all of our gear and our canoe to the river. We forged a path through the deep snow to the edge of the river so we could unload everything near the water.”

The first day of the winter river trip ended up being more grueling than they thought. Near the beginning they ran into a logjam they had to hike around, and then an ice jam (ice spanning the entire width of the river) a few miles later. Since the first part of the river took longer than they thought, the sun set before they reached their campsite.

The second day of the winter river trip gave the adventurers a break, no ice in sight! They enjoyed a leisurely day of canoeing and lunch on the water. Finally, they paddled to the pickup spot. Andrea had the Land Rover Discovery Sport waiting to get the friends and their gear.

No doubt, this trip would not have been possible had it not been for the Land Rover Discovery Sport and its unrivaled ability to excel on all terrains.