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Land Rover Series I

Land Rover will be celebrating 67 years of production at this year’s Goodwood Revival (11–13 September). To do that they’ll be rocking the show with a display of Series I and Defender models.

Included in the mirth will be ‘The Defender 2,000,000’, which as you might have already guessed, is the 2 millionth Defender to be built. It will be sold at auction with the proceeds going to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Born Free Foundation.

As good as all that is, we just wanted to share with you these 2560px mega images with you because, well, the Landie Series I and Defender are just about the coolest off-road vehicles ever made.

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For the Love of Cars

Mini Cooper Mk1

Awww, look at that Mk1 Mini. Even in that battered state it’s just delightful! It’s a Cooper, too. How can you not love that car. Imagine if it was restored into a condition that was even better that the day it rolled off the factory floor.

Thanks to the UK television series For the Love of Cars, produced by Channel 4, we don’t have to imagine what that Mk1 Cooper would look like in mint condition, because they’ve already done it for us!

There’s seven episodes in full and the series is currently airing here in Australia on the ABC. Six cars in total get some quality love and attention from Ant Anstead and his team, while Life on Mars star Philip Glenister breaks down the barrier between Gene Hunt and real life as the show’s host.

It’s a format we’ve seen before, most notably with Wheeler Dealers, but For the Love of Cars is more about the quality of the restoration than it is about making a quick buck. Sadly we don’t get an in-depth look at the restorations, but we do get a great reminder of what made these (mostly) British cars so great.

The classic cars restored during the series are listed below and the seventh episode shows the results of all the cars when sold at auction:

Of course, thanks to the wonder of the internetz you can see these episodes whenever you so choose (see below). We recommend you find the time to do so.

The best thing this show does is put a smile on your face; for the love of cars!

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Infographic: James Bond’s car history

James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 as featured in Skyfall

As we near the global premiere of the latest James Bond flick, Skyfall, it’s quite timely that clever clogs Evans Halshaw has come up trumps with this infographic capturing the history of Bond’s garage in one easy to see location.

Thanks must go to Evans as well for encouraging the embedding of the graphic, which you can see in long form after the break. We also recommend checking out Halshaw’s website for the interactive version.

As you can see, it’s not all been expensive Aston Martins for 007.

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Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way

Land Rover DC100 Concept

Land Rover we demand you put a stop to this nonsense! Please, for the sake of all that is holy and decent.

Don’t stop making the Defender. And, under no circumstances replace it with this 21st century iTrashâ„¢ you have labelled the DC100 Concept.

Land Rover say this concept is a “modern interpretation of the iconic Land Rover Defender”. What! Modern and Defender are two words that should never be used in the same sentence.

It’s just not cricket. It’s definitely not the English way. And, most of all, it’s just not bloody right.

Alas, the evilness now in command at Land Rover headquarters have confirmed a “new” Defender will be launched in 2015. Hanging on in quiet desperation appears to be all we have left.

Don’t do it!

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Range-Rover at AIMS 2011

The more we see the Range Rover Evoque, the more we like. We reckon it will sell like gangbusters and will be the new black with the well-to-do set. In Sydney last year we saw the Coupé, and in Melbourne we saw the five door as well. It’s a good looking SUV. Visibility out the rear window isn’t flash, but you’ll be too busy enjoying your fancy interior to worry about that anyway.

You can also tell a true car aficionado by their response when they see a Land Rover Defender. Needless to say, when we saw the Landie on the stand we giggled like little school boys. The not so accurate detailing of the rivet work just adds to the charm of this irrepressible machine.