Modified Land Rover of the Year competition
Think your Land Rover or Range Rover is the best modified example in the UK?
Then make sure you enter it into the Land Rover Owner Modified Land Rover of the Year competition, in association with 4×4 insurance broker Sureterm Direct. This competition highlights and celebrates people’s passion and enthusiasm when it comes to Land Rovers.
Whether it’s wild or mild, you’ve done a lot or a little, built it yourself or had it customised to suit your needs, as long as it’s not bog-standard, it’s in with a chance.
Entering is simple. Just upload photos of your modified Land Rover or Range Rover, and follow the instructions HERE.
We’re also exclusively offering Land Rover Owner readers £15 off your 4×4 insurance premium* and the chance to win a 4×4 day out with Yorkshire 4×4 Treks*. For full details and terms and conditions, click HERE.
Below are the entires received so far:
James Manning – “Old warhorse reborn”:
Kat Stanier – An ex RAF, Series 3, Marshall’s ambulance. Kitted out in ‘DIY’ style specifically for a four man trip across Europe and Asia! Engine pre-heater, roof tent, raised under floor ‘stuff’ storage solutions, back door cooking system, plywood stereo, fully integrated bottle opener… you name it. Currently in Cambodia with 19,000 km on the clock for the trip – so far.
Kerr Smith – Big blue, 2010 puma hard top 90 mapped engine, Ashcroft drivetrain complete with 4.1 pegged diffs and arb lockers, tube front end and Red Winch Hornet, rear tub and arches heavily modified to accommodate suspension travel and 37 trepps, cage, side exit straight through exhaust.
Aaron Langan – Defender 90 300tdi with detachable hoist setup rated to 400kg this also doubles up as a tow a frame for towing with steam engine and also converts to a tow dolly for broken down vehicles, detachable winch, on board air powered by converted air conditioning pump, 240v 3000w electrics with four sockets, rear pto used for saw bench, armed with front mounted detachable ground anchors for the toughest recoveries, also armed with a self-recovery anchor for unfortunate events. And best of all, it looks completely standard with everything detached.
Adam Wormleighton – Full VGS glass including heated rear door. New interior including LRI Corbeau heated leather seats, leather cubby, black alcantara headlining, full height dog guard, sawtooths, ATs, LED headlights and all round LEDs, KBX front, black 3mm chequer plate, full Dinitrol, Startech wheel.
Guido Reimann – Defender in chequer plate unique. Inside not finished. Only defender with middle console!
Richard Roos – Total nut and bolt rebuilt 1995 300tdi 110 hardtop, many modifications and all the mild steel has been hot dipped galvanised (even the door hinges) but most of all it’s not a show truck (just well looked after). It has been all over Europe and Africa.
Tom Rich – Where are the Zombies?! Totally redesigned full-length dashboard with digital gauges. Custom designed external ‘armour’. Real wooden flooring. Custom seating layout and console design (roof and mid). 2x9in screens for freeview. Night vision. 21inch removable screen in the tub section. Custom design external sun visor. Emergency lights and siren. Aggressive external styling.
Paul Fearnley – Recently-built 3.5 V8 Lightweight.
Richard Cole – rescued from an abusive owner! A 1995 M reg 300tdi van bodied 90. Disc braked Salisbury rear axle, Range Rover classic front axle, rock sliders, LED rear work lights, light force front spot lights, +2″ lift springs, +2″ front shock absorbers, +5″ rear shock absorbers, Gwynn Lewis front shock turrets, Gwynn Lewis rear top shock mounts, wrap around QT front diff guard, cranked rear radius arms, HD steering arms, yellow polybushes, BRB winch bumper, 35×10.5R16 Fedima mud tyres on grey modulars but soon to be changed to a set of Mach5 wheels, snorkel. Wide angle rear prop shaft.
Andy Fleming – 1997 300tdi Auto. Owned some 5 years and the latest modification was the rear trayback which was completed May 2015, seen at many shows etc and very eye catching with a 2″ lift with 2″ blocks and running a full RAC Twister Kit just to name a few mods.
Craig King – 300tdi Defender 90. Father and son bought 5 years ago as standard, to use at pay and play days and winch challenge events. After a lot of hard use and a nasty roll, we decided to slow things down a bit and give it an over-haul. Since then we have decided to just enjoy it for what it is and use it as a daily drive. The list of work and modifications just goes on and on some of which are: Full cage Tubular wings +5″ shocks all round, 2″ lift springs, front and rear winches all hard wired in to switch fitted in cubby box, 35″ tyres, bucket seats, Harnesses Momo steering wheel with QR boss. All of the work was completed by ourselves in all weathers outside in the yard as we don’t have a garage or workshop.
Adam Mounsey – This is my 2002 Freelander 1, modified with a 40 mm lift from Mansfield 4×4, a universal snorkel from eBay, steel black modular wheels with a/t tyres. I’ve also built a raised boot floor, and fitted a split charge relay and second battery. LED spot lights on the bonnet, with an LED light bar on the roof.
Reece Myers – Defender 142″ wheelbase with Cummins 5.9 24 valve ISB engine with Edge comp chip box giving 300 bhp, and ZF S5 42 gearbox with my adapter kit for the LT230 Salisbury front and rear disc break axels 4″ lift, 12000lbs front winch.
Tom Davies – Modified 1986 Land Rover 110. Fitted with a 1995 Cummins 5.9L fitted with a 2008 ISBE 24v Cyl head. The engine is far from standard! Short list of big bits: it’s fitted with a Hamelton camshaft, the cyl head has had a lot of work. Has been changed from 4 wheel drive to RWD due to the power and is fitted with a DANA 80 rear axle from a Chevy C3500HD. +150hp Injectors Oversize fuel line P7100 pump that’s had a lot of work with a FASS fuel pump. Dana Spicer 5 speed gearbox, fitted with a P38 steering box on the outside of the chassie. Power should be over 500hp if it all holds together from the big 6 cyl.
Liam Riley – Not quite finished, but have been working on it for 2 weeks in evenings quite a task! Wheels, suspension, guards, winch… more to come in the coming weeks! Going to be painted in raptor paint, Nortenha tyres ordered, and a 285/75/16 snorkel.
Roger Gilbert – Venomator’s 110 USW XS Keswick Special left the JLR factory in September 2015 destined for Urban Truck in Milton Keynes. From there it was turned from a basic XS USW into the Keswick Special and is now with a whole host of special bits, making it a very unique Defender.
Nigel Bartram – 1993 DISCO. Shortened rear, front and chopped roof. Body raised 4″. Exhaust over engine and exited through the top of the wing. Terra firma high-lift shocks. Super winch 13000 to the front on a customised frame fitted straight to the chassis. Engine is a standard 2.5 tdi but has had the head skimmed and the pump tweaked which makes it a far better engine performance. Tyres are 280 x 85 x 15 Creepy Crawlies. Nicknamed ‘The Beast’.
Ashley Culling – Discovery 1 Hi-Capacity pick-up.
Simon Ellis – This is Freda, our beloved ex-utility 1996 Defender 300tdi. She has a fully insulated camper interior with Waeco fridge, gas cooker with twin tanks, seat that converts to double bed with Tempur mattresses, LED lighting and Mud Stuff roof net storage, carbon monoxide sensor, rear hanging and shelf storage with tambor roller doors. She’s on a 1” lift, with Koni Heavy Track shocks, 130 springs, galvanised HD turrets. Gwyn Lewis front chassis protectors and mud flaps. She has side lockers, a Turner Engineering performance head, silicone hoses, Allisport intercooler, blanked EGR, tweaked fuel pump, Salisbury disc rear axle, and an Ashcroft uprated transfer box. In the cab she has Exmoor trim front soundproofing, an Iron Horse dash with Carling switches, Raptor lockable glove box, Mountney steering wheel, Blaupunkt ICE with iPod connectivity and a CB. She also has a hidden GPS tracker. On the roof she has waterproof lockable aluminium roof boxes, a 100w solar panel connected to twin batteries and a split charging system with digital display inside, Tuff Trek wrap around awning, mast step to access roof when awning is up, Defendoor fuel cap cover. She is a member of our family and always will be!
Marcus Douglass – Here is my fully rebuilt 110, it was bought as an MOT failure and farm hack and was fully stripped down and the rebuilt, with front and rear winch bumpers, 37 inch tyres and a host of other upgrades including an Exmoor trim Outlast interior.
Martin Fahey -North off-road cage, wing kit, tray back, lots of mods… and blood, sweat and tears!
James Lane – Land Rover lightweight hybrid with Range Rover axles and a Rover V8. Winches front and back and cherry bomb stack exhaust pipes in the back – you can hear it coming!
James Deeks – Meet Lex, my 1978 Series 3 109. Lex is a little different from other landys as he is sporting a 4L 32 valve quad cam 1UZFE V8 from a Lexus LS400. It’s mated to a Disco 1 V8 R380, Borg Warner transfer box and disco axles converted to leafs springs. It goes pretty well and I know it’s sacrilegious!
David Dewey – Freelander 1 2.5 ESX. Mods so far: Bear machine, 2″ lift kit, General Grabbers at 2 tyres, Mantec snorkel, Light bar. Will be having straight-through exhaust with side exit.
Christopher Lawson – Updated brakes. 200sdi injectors, 2 inch lift kit, Jeep Grand Cherokee alloys, Snorkel, CB radio, Customer air filter box Decat with cherry bomb rear exhaust.
John Hicks – Alf the Auto, 2003 TD4, Auto, HSE 5 x BFG A/T’s & an extra Cooper Discoverer get you home spare (on a matching alloy rim). Monroe Adventurer struts all round. Mantec Sump & Tank guards. Mantec 2″ rear receiver hitch. SliderZ rock sliders. 2″ lift kit fitted professionally, inner wing ground to clear and welded to prevent delamination. Custom uprated rear springs. EGR removal kit fitted. Auto box, IRD & rear diff breathers extended. Safety Devices roof rack with phenolic ply decking. Full front & rear light guards. 4 x 50 W spotlights in bonnet pod. 4 x 55 W Safari 2000 Spots on Roof rack. Led Rear work lamp. CB radio with aerial. Full set of genuine LR seat covers. EBC Countersunk Front discs. Dog guard. Shovel attached to Roof Rack. 1.5 Metre Awning attached to Roof Rack. Coleman stove on slide-out drawer. 35 litre Waeco Fridge/Freezer. 2 x 10 litre Gerry cans with mountings. Thule Nomad roof bag. Spare wheel mounted bike rack.
Haydn Glenn – Land Rover Defender 110 pick up 2.4. 265/75/16 bfgoodrich mud terrains km2. terrafima heavy duty steering arm. Extreme diff guards. Rebel steering guard. First four winch bumper with Goodwinch goldfish 9500. A bar with a lazer st8 light bar. Rage copy grill. WiPac led lights with trucklite headlight. Masai lamp guard. Mammoth cheque plate. Sercuity hinges on bonnet (eBay). Safari snorkel. Tree slider (rocksliders.co.uk). Snow cowl. Homemade roofrack. Re-sprayed black roof. Line X tub. Rear tub led spot light. Extreme swing arm with high lift jack. Momo steering wheel. Mobile storage system glove box and cubby box with Midlands CB. Alpine radio. Twin battery’s system. Aderson connector.
Matthew Candlin – 1988 Defender 90 Genuine 200tdi rebuilt by Nathan Rymell with a Hybrid turbo. Full re-spray (Bonatti Grey). Safety Devices roll cage Custom Modified by RAC parts Challenge wings with custom winch bumper and rhino bar. Custom built twin stainless snorkels made by Badger at Hard Knocks Speed Shop. Warn 8274 fully rebuilt. 35″ Micky Thompson tyres fitted to Imported Pro Comp extreme alloys. X-eng pedal lock and X-eng disc handbrake. Full custom twist kit fitted with 16″ travel shocks front and rear. Extreme 4×4 dislocation Spring sliders. Rear diff locker and hardened shafts with hub flanges. Rear bulkhead removal bar Td5 dashboard. Leather seats, fully insulated and carpeted. Puma bonnet. Full length performance intercooler fitted by Richard Cox.
Nathan Rymell – 200tdi discovery with 300tdi front end conversion 24 spline axles diff guards 4 pin diffs heavy duty Ashcroft shafts 110 vented brakes Britpart drilled & grooved discs all-round Goodrich braided hoses 265/70r16 matrix tyres on modular rims Terrafirma radius arms Britpart trailing arms 2″ lift blocks Britpart HD springs +2″ bilstein Britpart shocks tubular turrets tank guard Britpart winch bumper superwinch 11500lbs tiger shark winch first four recovery eyes nato hitch safari snorkel qt lamp pod guardian off-road rock-sliders bush cables extended breathers DPH sport silicone hoses K&N air filter Subaru legacy cooling fans roof light bar Subaru impreza front bucket seats rear motor drive bucket seat custom dog bed momo steering wheel.
Terry Roberts – This is my Series 3 SWB from 1983. She is fitted with a 3 Litre V6 (Ford Engine), galvanised chassis, coil suspension, uprated brakes and bespoke exhaust. Brush painted in G4 Challenge Orange with Satin black arches and roof. Pretty standard inside bar sound deadening, rover front seats and Bluetooth stereo. I have also fitted a ‘foldable’ rear seat in the back.
Alex Plant – Defender 90 TD5 nut and bolt rebuild on galvanised chassis. Uprated allisport intercooler, rx8 heated leather seats, fully soundproofed, full led light conversion including 50″ light bar.Rdx Drl supercharged bumper, rear nas step, uprated brakes etc etc etc.
Dean Smithson – Factory 300tdi 90, painted in new Land Rover Fuji White, Full Gwyn Lewis +5 kit with terrafirma shocks and springs. Gwyn Lewis Double carden front prop, Allisport full intercooler and alloy rad to match, heavy duty tdci front axle and hardened diff casing rear, King one 1200lbs winch with plasma 12 strand rope, 35′ Maxxis creepy crawler tyres, terrafirma LED headlights, rear winch mounted cross member and side exit stainless exhaust. HD steering a bars, Gwyn Lewis Ball joints and heavy duty steering guard. Mud console with all LEDs to update the tired console along with some nice new two piece bucket seats to hold you in on the rough terrain.
Thomas Owen – Land Rover 110 hi-cap tipper or Grr-Fender as we call it… Built at home as mobile tool box with storage capacity for tough woodland work with the ability to run and service forestry tools away from the workshop, carry up to 1.5tons and tow up to 3.5tons on & off road… Standard td5- re-mapped engine, loader remote hydraulic red winch, tipper body with tool lockers, rear hydraulic ag. feed, heated screen, abs/traction control, twin expedition shocks, lightforce spots, roll cage and built-in rack, galvanized chassis/bulkhead, air compressor, adjustable air springs, 4″ lift springs, series doors, vice, under body armour, ladder rack, emergency & spot light port, fold-away footsteps, adjustable tow hitch, bespoke canvass trim, tree sliders, winch bumper, kbx grill/air vents, plus much more.
Dean Thompson – 1994 200tdi with my interpretation of 2016 Heritage. Repaint in metallic Renault flame red with Santorini black bonnet roof and back door, Puma bonnet and doors, aircon center panel and heritage grille, electric tinted windows, boost alloy wheels painted in Satorini black with 265 70 16 Bf Goodrich At Tyres, central locking, heated windscreen, heated half leather XS seats, rear forward facing occasional rear seat with seatbelt, DAB CD/Radio with Bluetooth and USB ports.
Terry Stokes – Defender 300tdi. Built on galvanised chassis and bulkhead, powder coated axles with ATB diffs in both. Polybush kit fitted heavy duty springs and shock absorbers. Tree sliders and steering guard and diff guards all galvanised and powder coated. Twin battery and twin alternator alloy battery tray (went for extreme corrosion protection), Clifford alarm. Light guards, checker plate on bonnet and in rear tub. Snorkel. Patriot roof rack and ladder. Custom rear nato hitch. Raptor dash, dash top and cubby box. ARB air compressor and tank, custom stainless exhaust ally sport intercooler. Rear and front work lights, front spot lights and light bar, husky winch wireless and dash winch controls. EGT gauge volt gauge and RPM gauge. Stainless boot trim. Discovery steering arm/sumo bars fitted. Wheel spacers. EBC front brakes. Alloy header tank alloy breather. Anderson front connector. Fiberglass roof lining and soundproofing. Inner panel covers and sound proofing. Led head lights. Been to Scotland and France/Italy on trips with no problems.
Gary North – This is my Land Rover which I have totally rebuilt from scratch; a 1972 Range Rover hybrid with a 200 TDI engine, R380 Defender gear box series, 2 109” body shortened to match 100” wheel base, full re-spray in 2pack bronze green. Full ground-up restoration completed Dec 2014 including all mechanicals, front and back axle refurb, new suspension, all interior redone to a high standard, Techno Defender seats.
Andy McMaster – Here is my Corris 110 CSW which I have been modifying since September. Exterior mods are: Twisted 18s & BFG, G4 rack with TS4000 spots, JW speaker EVo 2 and Laser ST8 upfront, Mantec bumper with Zeon 10S, A bar and adventure grille/ badges. Bowler guard, rear NAS light including extras, Nas step, twisted external window guards, and lots more! Laser scanned the inside so I could design my own 4 recaro setup, this now is made up of 4 Land Rover recaros with Corris backs on my own seat built box with under seat drawers, rear seat heating looms and more… Also made my own rear window electric window kit using disco 2 motors. I have 3D printed lots of parts to use inside and fitted the Alpine DD head unit and overhead DVD player – so many things to list!
Eric Berrill – This is our 1986 Defender 90, a father and daughter project involving: replacing the previous normally aspirated engine to a 200tdi; completely rebuilding both axles (converting from drums to discs with new Britpart discs and callipers all round, remaking brake pipes, adding a Gwyn Lewis diff pan and re-welding on the brackets); having a 2″ lift; adding Terrafirma’s dislocating +5″ shocks and springs; re-routing the exhaust to come out of the side; putting winches on both the front, Goodwinch, and the back which can be manually controlled from the cab; installing cameras at both ends, which can be viewed from the screen inside the vehicle; adding a snorkel; re-painting areas in order to have it fit our colour scheme; fixing a Gwyn Lewis bead locker to our spare wheel; having a roll-cage to avoid accidents when we go off-roading; a Terrifirma steering damper; Sumo steering arms after an accident off-roading and Goodrich braided hoses. Since we brought it 3 years ago we’ve done all this work ourselves and it’s not only loved by us but everyone we meet.
Tom Cave – 100inch 2.8 TGV soft top Defender, wolf cage, heavy duty R380 manual box, built with galvanised chassis, bulk head and other parts all galvanised. The whole truck took 3 years to build and uses disco 2 axles with heavy duty Ashcroft inners and air lockers. The inside was speed lined and the whole outside and underneath of the landy was line x to give it more protection and give it the Mad Max look, plus it’s different… The Defender goes very well without all the electrics!
Jason Brokenshire – Highly modified disco 1 50th anniversary totally rebuilt mods list turner engineering performance head nnk hybrid turbo with full front intercooler, rear and front winches homemade rear hd bumper with detachable tow hitch Ashcroft front and rear lockers Hd shafts , challenger wheels with BFG km2s and G4 decals along with the G4 orange paint work.
Paul Webb – Thora, ‘A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’. It may look like a normal Series I 88″, but under that bonnet is a 3.5L Rover V8. Everything else is original, with the engine modification done as if the factory would have done it in the late 50`s, if the V8 had arrived at an earlier date. Also twin fuel tanks fitted.
Chris Kerr – 2001 Defender TD5 Professional mohair soft top conversion Bikini top for dodgy weather Fume blanket over bulkhead 2” suspension lift with bilsteins BF Goodriche T/A tyres with Cooper SST options for mud 8’ spots and bull bar Snorkel Full extended breathers Galvanised rocksliders JE engineering stage 1 Tune 180+ BHP Larger intercooler Silicon Hoses Full checkerplate lining to rear tub Folding rear seats Overdrive for improved cruising Full sound deadening Crystal headlights LED side and indicator lamps Land Rover centre binnacle with full size tachometer Centre locking safe cubby box Swing out spare wheel Hi lift jack attached
Paul Strong – All the modifications in the interior are recycled materials that I have gathered from friends and family, including the Mercedes seats. Even the graphics on the side I designed and made at work.
Paul Orchard – This is my 1994 110 Defender which has 38 x 15.50×15 nitto mud grippers on custom 12 x 15′ beadlock rims, 4 inch wider wheel arches made by myself, 4.2 range Rover v8 engine and ZF autobox, 1.6 transfer case, custom CV props front and rear that I made. TDCI bulkhead and dash with fibreglass, TDCI supercharged bonnet, Aircon front end, remote central locking, electric windows on all four doors, air-conditioning, alpine double din, satnav stereo with 3 amplifiers and 12 inch subs. 10 inch lift air ride suspension, full automatic winch bumper with 13,000 lb winch that I also made hydraulic ram assist steering but I also built myself.
Tim Newcombe – So many mods it’s hard to list, but it’s gone from a GS to a ES/G4 Hybrid. Full custom interior and slightly battered exterior. Running a 2″ lift with 265s everything is extended. Straight pipe stage 2 map intercooler and boost box, AMC head. Gear box has been machined and larger bearings fitted, also the transfer box has been sleeved and HD cross pin fitted, it has CDI lever from a D1; I’ve stripped the grey interior out and fitted black.
Leif Cooper – 1965 Series 2a – This is the first car I bought at the age of 17 (1989) and have owned it ever since. The last year has seen a complete rebuild to the stage you see in the picture. Bulkhead has had complete refurbishment, galvanizing and modification to fit the rebuilt Rover 3.5l V8 engine, V8 Engine receiving transplants of performance cam shaft, lifters, heads, rockers and oil cooler, Gearbox rebuilt with Roamerdrive transfer box cover and a Fairey overdrive, Richards galvanized chassis, stainless steel braided brake hoses and additional remote brake servo to actually stop the 1250/15/33 tyres, Terrafirma steering damper, Rocky Mountain parabolic spring set and gas shocks, Stainless steel fuel tank and stainless steel braided fuel hoses, Defender AC front grill, 90 front wing skins and wheel arch spats, custom built wiring harness, LED and halogen lights, Steve Parker exhaust system, Mazda RX8 seats, Paddock rear swing spare wheel holder, silicone hoses all round, improved T7 heater and lots of love! Two things you can’t see from the pictures 1) the patience of my wife whilst I’ve rebuilt it and 2) the cheeky 900w sound system you don’t often find in a Series!
Phil Tetlow – Land Rover Discovery 300tdi – off road / Camper bought in September 2015. The vehicle has never been welded and still has the original wings, boot etc. Re-sprayed, 4inch lift with 285 75 16 Aturo MT on mark 5 style wheels, champion 12000 winch, Ali sport inter cooler with electric fan, silicone hoses, snorkel, diff, steering and tank guards, rock / tree sliders, hd wheel carrier with hi-lift. Homemade roof-rack that holds waffle boards / half Jerry can. Bed in the rear with storage, split charge kit.
Darren Parker – TD4 chipped Mantec snorkel, 2″ lift kit +15mm springs, Monroe long travel shocks, BF Goodrich ATS safety devices, roof-rack, Warn spotlights.
John Turnbull – 2006 TD5 (58k) in silver and black. Masai sliders, roof rack and windows fitted. Bilstein suspension all round. Bespoke 18″ wheels with 285 BFG tyres. RTC steering damper fitted and Mantec steering guard. Mantec front bumper with LED spotlights. Truck-lite LED headlights and clear LED others all round. Black 3mm checker plate to wings sides and rear Mantec snorkel. Rear wheel and jack kit fitted with rear LED work /reversing lights to roof rack. Rear light protectors and roof ladder. New brake pipes and slotted/vented discs fitted. New door hinges and stainless bolt kits installed. Bespoke straight through dual outlet silencers. EGR removed. Stage 2 engine remap/tune. Interior: Bespoke leather steering wheel, door cards, cubby and bucket seats with alloy pedals and door parts. Alloy trim to clocks and air vents with alloy gear levers. Luke harnesses in silver. Parrot hands free kit. Stainless pedal lock system. Synchro gearshift modification.
Tony Johnson – My vehicle started out as my loved and trusty 110 County Station wagon. Now it has been transformed by me over the last 5 years into a complete one-off. It is now a full 6 wheel drive Land Rover which is a chassis-up, complete nuts-and-bolts rebuild. It has been built as an overlander for myself and my wife. We plan to sell up and travel round the world in this vehicle. As it will be our home for the foreseeable future I have built it to the highest specifications. Modifications • Purpose built, fully galvanised 6×6 custom chassis manufactured by Designa Chassis • New fuel tanks including extended range tank • Red Boost clutch servo • New extra-large aluminium radiator and intercooler upgrade • Custom built roll cage manufactured by Whitbread Offroad • Acewell electronic dashboard mounted into a Tomcat dash • Terrafirma front winch bumper • Douglas motors rear winch bumper • All lights, including headlamps, are all LED • Set of 8 spoked alloy wheels fitted with BF Goodrich AT tyres Awaiting fitting • Hannibal family roof tent • Side awning • Front & rear winches • Air conditioning and Rock sliders.
Roland Jefferson – 96 300Tdi re-born. Discovery1 engine, gearbox and axles. Galvanised chassis, TD5 bulkhead, steering guard, LEDs, Raised Air Intake, Slick -shift, KBX grill and light surround, RDX electric fan and centre console, swing away spare wheel carrier, tow bar and electrics, black gloss Boost alloys with 285/75/R16s with 30mm wheel spacers, Terrafirma side steps and lots of soundproofing.
David Taylor – Playing in the snow!
Kym Stroud – The key trick for this series 1: it has an adjustable wheelbase. 80″ for trialling, 86″ for comfort on the road. The wheel arches are to accommodate 9.00×16 tyres. Built 30 years ago, it is still in weekly use.
Jasmine Perrott – 2002 Freelander Commercial TD4. Modifications include a steel reinforced underbody guard, a CB, spotlights, a comprehensive toolkit and General Grabber AT2 tyres. Modifications pending include: putting a straight through exhaust on, adding more recovery points on the front and equipping it with a 40mm lift kit. It is primarily used for greenlaning but also revels in taking on the Defenders on an off-road course.
Steve Taylor – This is my highly modified 1977 101 Forward Control Ambulance. From a beaten up ex-army ambulance in desert camouflage I have transformed her into an unstoppable overland camper. The specification is as follows: Rover 4.8 (4.6 reworked) V8 High torque engine, running twin Stromberg CD175 carbs, coupled to rebuilt LT95 4 Speed gearbox and RR classic overdrive and double cardon front prop to aid prop rumble. The wheel are bespoke 6 stud 17″x9″wide on cooper discoverer stt 37×12.5 tyres. 80 Litre LPG gas conversion with Blos gas mixer carbs to ensure the LPG doesn`t restrict the 4.8`s low end pulling power. Driver aids include a bespoke Heystee ram/RR classic pump power steering system and all round air bag assist over leaf spring suspension. Twin 13000lb winches front and back. Rear winch raises and lowers rear spare wheel.120 litre on board potable water tank coupled to truma gas hot water generator serving internal hot and cold sink, external hot and cold shower. Propex gas fired night heater, Fridge freezer, oven, grille and hob, twin 110 ahr leisure batteries coupled to 100 watt solar panel and 2000 watt inverter. Plus all the other usual camper comforts.
John Aulton – commercial, 60mm lift, 30mm spacers, camber correction bolts sat on 235/70/16 traction tracks, custom built light bar c/w 4 led spots, custom built a bar with wade assist, custom built steel sump guard, rear custom work light bracket incorporating the CB aerial mount, straight thru side exit exhaust, custom built dash incorporating 7 inch HD display for forward and reverse cameras, ghost lighting in both doors, custom fit CB, TD4 with EGR delete and remap. Bound to have missed something here!
David Brown – My 110 Defender was never standard. It was built by Special Vehicles for Scottish Power. I bought it in 2012. It came with a heavy duty power take off winch, heavy duty roof bars and flashing yellow beacons on the roof. Two work lights fitted to the rear of the vehicle. The bonnet and wings are reinforced with chequer plate. I wanted the vehicle to be multipurpose by being a load carrier and to be able to carry passengers. Windows installed in rear. Four fold away seats were installed in the rear, two facing forwards and two facing rearwards and a centre seat in the front were fitted. 2 Side storage boxes fitted. Steering guard fitted Front and rear differential protectors fitted Change of towing arrangement to a combined ball and pin and jaw. Roof bars changed into roof platform. A Snorkel fitted and breather tubes fitted between snorkel and gearbox and axles. The ECU moved to higher position (anti flood measure). A vehicle immobiliser/ tracker has been fitted to boost security and peace of mind. Although not fitted as a permanent fixture I have a vehicle video recorder mounted on the windscreen.
Clint Nicholson – TDCi Defender 110 Kingcab Custom hand made Kingcab, surrounded by Black privacy glass and a PROTECTION & PERFORMANCE full roll cage. Worklights & LED Beacons all round. Lined inside in Black Vinyl. Interior LED strip lighting. Full I.C.E. Remapped & Intercoold TDCi 17″ Predator Wheels with Cooper STT’s Remote Winches front & Rear
Robert Gordon Mcilwaine – Range Rover 100″ chassis sits on Early 110″ axles that drive wolf rims fitted with 35″ Fedima extreme tyres. Axles have 2″ lift with castor correction arms all round and Pro Comp dampers. Full South Down guards along with homemade rock-sliders and rear diff guard. Body has a 7″ lift from the chassis and is mix of Series one, two, three and Defender body parts blended to look as if it was built by Land Rover to start with. Original V8 engine has been replaced with a 300tdi engine that suits the style of off-roading I do as the president of the Northern Ireland Land Rover Club, And when Tonka does get stuck in a Northern Irish peat bog it has two Supper winches to pull its self free.
Andrew Graham – 2005 Defender 110 TD5 MSA registered Rally Recovery unit (Lake 3 Recovery). 2″ Terrafirma HD lift. Warn 8274 winch. Richmond shot blasting bumper and rock sliders. MM 4×4 steering guard. Safari snorkel. Auxiliary lighting, beacons and equipment as per the requirements of the MSA blue book. Usually towing a modified Harvey Frost tow boy though this is soon to be replaced by custom made crane fitted in rear. Converted from a double cab to current body configuration by the previous owner.
Mark Harrison – Equipe Chequer Plate/bumper/light guards/steering guard, First Four Light bar and Bumperettes, Flatdog rear ladder, LED lights fog sidelights etc, Masai Roof Rack Modified, Terrafirma, underbody protection, Fuel/transmission/diff/fuel pump guards, New station wagon windows in back, 8 LED spots 4 on roof bar and 4 in bumper Might have missed some stuff
Martin Maskell – “Scooby-Doo”. Rear body is a Romini 2 berth caravan, made by Island Plastics, on the IOW. These were made in the mid-80s, and there were about 200 of them built. They are now owned by Romahome. Originally fitted with a 3.5lt V8, it is now running a Perkins 4236 turbo-diesel 3.8lt engine. I brought the Landy as it is, in July 2006. I have no idea who did the conversion, perhaps a LRO reader might recognise it, and give me some more info on it. It has big BFG tyres, and I had a custom built stainless steel exhaust pipe fitted, which comes out, just in front of the nearside rear tyre. I spent 6 months living in the South of France, and the French people loved it. It has 2 leather retro fit front seats, and I’ve added a CB radio. A couple of years ago, I had new foam seats and covers made for it. There is access from the caravan body into the back of the Land Rover. It is also fitted with air brakes and couplings for an air braked trailer. When I brought it, it had a tachograph fitted, but I had it removed.
Ashley Colley – Series 1 200tdi full rebuild parabolics nitro shocks 11 inch brakes servo assisted Range Rover power steering Salisbury axles wide angr props 90 seats full internal cadge bf Goodrich hoses all round loads more done too much to fit in 200 words.
Neil McDonald – 2” Terrafirma lift kit with heavy duty springs and shocks. Heavy duty castor corrected front radius arms. 4.5” arch kit. Trepador 37 x 12.5” maxxis tyres on 16” metal wheels. Heavy duty modified winch bumper by Bulletproof complete with 9.5 CTI remote winch. Front protection system by Bulletproof. Sump protector by Bulletproof. Side steps / tree sliders by Bulletproof. Rear light protection by Bulletproof. Graphics by R’ood Signs Ltd.
Gary Martin – 96 300Tdi Galv chassis, Full size intercooler, VNT turbo, Turner performance head, 60mm inlet, disco transfer box, 3″ lift, RX8 seats, P38 handbrake conversion, Mud dash & roof consol, Raptor dash binicle & glove box, fully sound proofed, Massai panoramic glass, all shiny bits are one-off mirror polished stainless, TD5 roof rear door and speedo, Challenger 10×15 wheels, one off twin exit stainless exhaust, RDX bonnet & lights, spot welds on body filled in, only 2x glass bulbs on whole vehicle (in dash warning cluster) far, far too much to list.
Ryan Davies – Mazda 3.5 TDI engine conversion, front mounted intercooler stainless steel raised air intake, full wadding kit, 2″ body lift 4″ suspension lift 11″ travel shocks all round, WKD 6 degree castor corrected front arms and tarantula 4×4 double cranked rear arms, custom wrap around tubular front end fibreglass bonnet skin with 4x 6″ spot lights, 35″ off road tyres kam450 locking rear diff with wide angle props, Defender 90 rock sliders, Mercedes E-class front electric seats, front warn 8274 giggle pin brake upgrade and a bow 2 motor and 30m of 11mm synthetic rope, rear winch tray with a 5.4t lowline winch and 25m of 10mm synthetic rope.