Car Company Bicycles (Post #271) 10/21/2011

I was looking at some car related bicycle pr0n today on Yahoo and ran across this picture, among others, and thought, “That is pretty cool.”

I am sure I cannot afford a new Range Rover, MSRP 79,685 – 95,465$(US) and I’m pretty sure I couldn’t afford a bicycle branded the same, 795 pounds (1257$(US)). Surprisingly that is not all that expensive for a really high quality bicycle, if it is a quality bicycle. I wonder if there are any on eBay….or Craigslist…..

Land Rover has a website just for their bikes. Enjoy.

Pain in the ass (Post #254) 3/31/2011

Pain in the ass
A fed-up motorist towed his 200,000 GBP Range Rover to his garage by donkey power after claiming the dealers had made an ass of him.

I’m wondering if any one in that country is “factory trained”? 
Four times the cost of Europe? That’s insane. 
Free trade? Not much.

1991 and 1993 Range Rover Classics SWBs Available (Post #249) 2/21/2011

My good friend Mike and Rogers have two Range Rovers they are trying to part with. Each of them have bad transmissions. There is a 1991 SWB (Black) and a 1993 SWB (I remember it being white). They are located in Oklahoma City.

They want just $1500 for the pair. Yes THE PAIR! Engines are good and were running right up to the point where the transmissions quit.

Each of these guys are Jaguar men and Mike builds Bobbed M35’s on the side. They have these Range Rovers and are not willing to put in the time or effort to keep them on the street. Each of them were formerly vehicles their adult kids drove. Neither are in the position to dump the money in to keep these Classics on the road.

If you are interested, send him an email at mike w at crtonline dot com.

I am working on getting pictures.

My Farm Girl is Wearing a Prom Dress (Post #200) 9/2/2010

Check out these videos. Those guys are wearing suits! That fellow there is wearing a sweater and tie AND operating a open belt PTO driven table saw! That’s just Crazy-Awesome. If this feature was available on today’s Land Rovers I can assure you the lawsuits from idiot misuse would fill the bloody Superdome. I’m also guessing that poor lady’s Jaguar or MG was in the shop when her husband suggested she do the daily shopping in the Series 1.

And part 2…

What was that in the 36th second of the first video? “the strong aluminum body… no corrosion, no rust in the corners, no laying up for painting.”

Later the narrator says, “The most reliable vehicle in the world.” Perhaps the Series 1 Land Rover was all of this. The Range Rover Classic? I’d say not so much.

Land Rover engineers need to hear the narrator’s words again. Perhaps these videos should be required viewing.

Having watched these videos and after re-reading “The Range Rover Story” on a question comes to mind.

Am I asking too much of my Range Rover LWB?

It’s a fair question. Am I asking a beauty queen to be a farm girl? I realize that I am restoring a RANGE ROVER and not a Defender or Series truck. If you listen to the narrator, Land Rover was once careful about construction. When did they drop the ball?

I highly recommend you read, “The Range Rover Story” you can get the complete story of how a utilitarian work vehicle became the Best 4x4xFar. You can see the direction of the company begin to snowball into maintaining its high end SUV reputation. If you’ve read it, read it again.

The Range Rover was designed to be a higher end vehicle from the beginning. How much higher than the utilitarian run-about, has been a creeping mission statement coming up on fifty years. Wearing the name “Rolls-Royce of Off-Roaders” would probably dictate something perhaps no longer indented to be utilitarian. About the time I was promoted to Lance Corporal in the USMCR, circa 1983 according to the article the “hose it out interior” was replaced with lush carpet. This perhaps is the defining moment when our farm girl started wearing make-up and stopped wearing her boots.

I would never imagine anyone taking today’s Evoque and making it a serious off-road or even driving it on a lovely greenlining tour of Uncle Billy’s sheep farm. Sure there’s a possibility that someone would do it as a stunt, but there is no way anyone would seriously expect an Evoque to be used as a trail vehicle.

Look at it. It’s a CAR for God’s sake. It’s a car wearing the Range Rover name. It is available in TWO-WHEEL DRIVE! What.the.hell? Is the marketing department so inept that they couldn’t launch a new vehicle line with a new name? Is the mother company so afraid of leaving the Range Rover name that they have in fact created a separate brand?

Here is a partial list of the models of Range Rovers taken from and Wikipedia. It’s not a complete list nor does it cover any the Special Vehicles modifications. This list spans the three generations of Range Rovers.

County LSE
County LWB
County Sport
Great Divide Edition
Desert Storm Edition (only one made)
25th Anniversary Model
4.0 SE
4.0 SE Panther Edition
4.0 SE Polo Edition
4.6 HSE
4.6 HSE Panther Edition
4.6 HSE Vitesse Edition
4.6 HSE Kensington Edition
4.6 SSE Edition (by Cameron Concepts)
TReK Edition
50th Anniversary Edition
4.6 HSE Callaway Edition
4.6 HSE Autobiography Edition
4.6 HSK
4.6 HSE Linley Edition
4.6 HSE Rhino Edition
4.6 HSE Vitesse Edition
4.6 HSE First Dartmouth Homelink Edition
4.6 HSE Holland & Holland Edition
4.6 HSE Vogue Special Edition
Great Divide Edition
30th Anniversary Edition
Borrego Edition
Westminster Edition
2010 and 2011MY Editions
Range Rover Sport
Range Rover Evoque

Yeah, I had no idea it was so many. I didn’t even list the accessory packages that were available on various models. What do we see here? Do you notice that variety of editions are very important? Owners don’t want the same Range Rover their neighbor drives. People who buy Range Rovers are obviously in the upper income bracket. The average annual income of someone buying a 1992 Range Rover was now at $400,000(US) a year. In 1993 my yearly gross income was $31,000 and we did pretty good on that.

In 1993 a Range Rover SWB’s base price was $45,125, add $4,700 for the LWB (worth every penny I promise). I bought my first house in 1990. It was a small three bedroom home in a good neighborhood. We laid out $29,000 for it.

I bought my 1993 Range Rover LWB for $15,000 in June of 2000. At the time I was looking for a Jeep CJ or even a Wrangler. I wanted one for its utilitarianism. I thought it fit my personality. After describing what, “I wanted to use it for” to Charlie Blankenship of Sports and Classics he said a Range Rover would be much more comfortable. He was right. So at that time I had bought a comfortable utilitarian vehicle.

So back to the question at hand, am I asking too much for my Range Rover to be able to deliver me down the highways and logging roads and gentle green lanes of America without my feet stepping through the rusted out floor boards? I don’t think so and maybe neither do you. I guess the question will be answered by the Range Rovers of today when in 10 years we are reading about how some owner’s supermodel wife punctured her 4 inch high heel through the floor pan of her Evoque in downtown New York City.

Thanks for reading and Happy Rovering.

Evoque? I’m not even sure how to pronounce that (Post #185) 7/7/2010

Evoque = evoke. At least that’s how I’m going to pronounce it when asked.

The former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has been appointed creative design executive at Range Rover.

Land Rover and Range Rover design director Gerry McGovern said of his newest colleague: “She knows a lot about fashion and a lot about trends, a lot about luxury products.

“She has her own fashion business that’s been going for three years and has gained critical acclaim.”

He added: “I believe this appointment adds a new dimension to my design team as we continue to design products to appeal to a wider audience.”

I can’t get past the hard to pronounce name and the fact this Range Rover is just for the street. I’m guessing that people who buy these street only Range Rovers think about the brand entirely differently than I do.
The first thing that comes to mind when I think of fashion is ugly impractical haute couture outfits most normal people would not be caught dead in. And when I think of Land Rover, I think of the timeless design of their vehicles. I not sure I can wrap my head around the merger.
I keep seeing the haute couture fashion shows where they are announcing their Spring (pick a year) designs and it’s early winter of the previous year. And by the time Spring rolls around the clothes they were showing you 3 months ago are already out of “fashion”. I just don’t see designing cars with that same concept. Am I the only one that doesn’t see the link? Am I the only one that just doesn’t get it?
I’m happy for Victoria and I am a fan of the Beckhams. I am happy for Land Rover and am a obvious fan of Range Rovers. Some of the talking points of the announcement should not be over looked. Land Rover is moving in a more “green” direction, and that can’t be bad. Fuel efficiency and toxic waste should be improved across the board and if this helps them move the company in that direction I’m all for it.
So if nothing else enjoy the pictures of Victoria and the video of the unveiling.