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Brian's UNIT ATMOS Land Rover Defender

Started by too_many_cars, May 03, 2020, 05:19 pm

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Here's a few photos of my UNIT land rover defender, the same model and nearly the same year as the ATMOS Defender that tries to drive David Tennant into a lake in "The Sontaran Strategem".

Her name is Fenric, so I can contribute electrical problems to a Viking curse.

Its a 1986 Land Rover 110, refurbished with a cage, a fibreglass roof, and a rebuilt engine/transmission as part of 'Project Tithonus' in 2007.  She was a military radio truck, and as far as I can tell she hasn't driven more than 1000 miles since the rebuild.

She tops out at around 70-75mph depending on crosswinds and highway grade.

Fun fact:  In town, she gets the same mileage (~26mpg) as my 2010 Mini Cooper, so when it's not too warm I daily drive her to work on surface streets - it's actually cheaper because Diesel is less than 91 octane in my area!

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For the 2019 Hollywood Christmas parade, I took the roof off and fit all 14 Doctors inside for a trip down Hollywood blvd.


We had a lovely laugh that Getty Images gave us a press photo as "the cast of Doctor Who", too:

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That's brilliant!    Great number plate too.     Since they stopped producing them, the Defenders are highly 'desirable' to thieves in the UK, for stripping down for spare parts.

Even before it was discontinued, a friend had his stolen when his wife had parked in Tesco!   He was gutted.  He'd restored it and his was immaculate too.