Highlights: Bare Chassis prototype, record breakers
First Range Rover and fire truck included in parade and formation
This year marks 50 years of the Range Rover roving the range as the luxury off-roader, so Land Rover threw a celebration and put 50 different models around the Goodwood Motor Circuit yesterday to show off.
While it’s been 50 years, Range Rover says it’s only four generations in, and so it brought some of each to join the parade. The parade was led by one of the first and one of the most recent Range Rovers. The former a chassis and a seat, a driveable car without a body that was meant to demonstrate how the automaker’s 4×4 system worked and the latter a Land Rover Range Rover Fifty, the first of the commemorative edition of 1,970 vehicles to denote the vehicle’s first year.
Other notable vehicles included a mix of Range Rovers used for police duty as well as a 6×6 fire engine and a modified ambulance. The Trans-American Expedition vehicle, which crossed the still mostly impassable Darien Gap back in 1971. The Beaver Bullet, a 1985 which set diesel vehicle speed and endurance records, was present, as were a Camel Trophy event, the off-road rally that helped make Range Rover the name it is today, along with the first production Range Rover, a Velar prototype, and one of the Holland and Holland specials that were a partnership with the firearms maker.
After the parade, the Rovers came together on the lawn to coordinate into a giant 50 formation, which was then captured via drone.
While the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival were cancelled this year thanks to the coronavirus, this 50 party (with no flamingos present) was part of the SpeedWeek event that is their quite good substitute. A gathering of vehicles and screened drivers broadcast live online.