Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Gentleman's Club on Wheels

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Gentleman's Club on Wheels

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Byline: Steve Orme

RECENTLY one of those earnest wildlife programmes was lamenting the hard times of whales. One species suffers as it migrates and another breed lies in wait to pick off youngsters.

Think Salford under water.

Now while this is very sad news for whaleists, nature is red in tooth and claw and eventually a species will succumb to the end game. And whales have been around a long time without modification.

It's not as if they have been especially creative, either. I mean being good at song is not the same as inventing the motor car, a better vacuum cleaner or even the George Forman grill. Clearly, however, they do generate a lot of emotion among humans. As indeed do large 4x4s like today's specimen under the microscope, the Range Rover.

If you think Range Rovers are still just something farming types spend their EEC grants on forget it. This is serious limo luxury encased in technological advancement, not a creature staring Attenborough's lament in the face.

For a start it is the world's first all-alloy monocoque 4x4 which means the Rangy has been on a diet to the tune of 420kg. It's still a two-tonne lump of a car but no longer Mr Creosote, the road show The clever stuff incorporates the latest terrain response off-road system and new suspension which increases wheel travel for coping with tough ground as well as aids like adaptive cruise control, closing vehicle sensor, reverse traffic detection and surround camera. Q has been busy, Mr Bond.

However there would be no point unless this simply and silently underpinned the most cosseting and confident 4x4 drive in the world. Frankly, I cannot understand how we lost an empire. Not while there is the 4.4-litre SDV8 Vogue SE in the world.

For sports car performance you would want the 5.5 second to 60, V8 petrol. You would also want the big chair in an oil rich state. …

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