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Land Rover of Las Vegas conducted their first service clinic for owners to bring their vehicles for inspection yesterday. One thing’s for sure, when they decide to roll out their event vehicles, you definitely want to be there! On display was the no expenses spared Range Rover Classic that tours to various outings that they plan.

One of the main attractions was the highly secretive new vehicle eluded to on LRLV’s Facebook page during the week… the diesel powered Defender 130! What a sight as they displayed the truck in front of their showroom facility demonstrating the ARB X-jack. I’m not clear as to how many of these vehicles are in the U.S. but I think it’s safe to assume that you may be able to count them on one hand. As I not so subtly try to offer my services as an official event driver of the truck, it seems there is no shortage of those already assuming the position!

Trevor Fagan, the Marketing Director for LRLV was on hand taking pictures for those wishing to obtain a photo of themselves in front of the D130 presented in a nice Land Rover picture frame. I jokingly referred to these photo’s as evidence in case the truck happens to come up missing in the middle of the night! Funny how there were two photos taken of me…hmmm, coincidence? I think not.

Among those in attendance were members of the Land Rover Club of Las Vegas. We strolled around enjoying the wine and hors d’oeuvres talking about future club events and watching as some of the dealership staff took customers on the off camber obstacle course to test the capabilities of the new Rovers.

While customers as well as ourselves enjoyed spending time looking over the vehicles on display, we handed our keys over to the service team to get our own trucks in the shop and up on the lifts for inspection. One enjoyable aspect to the highly professional service staff is their willingness to show you around the shop and invite you back to take a look at what’s going on. I for one enjoy looking at the behind the scenes operations of the dealership. I was also happy to receive a clean “bill of health” for my personal Rover as the only thing wrong was solved with a quick spray of some brake cleaner to remove a little oil residue! Levi, LRCLV president was up next for inspection with his green Disco I…

All in all we had a great time and look forward to the next event. A special thanks goes out to Ray Dinardi (General Manager), Terry Majur (Service Advisor), Trevor Fagan (Marketing Director), and the rest of the staff who hosted the service clinic and inspected our vehicles. Be sure to stop by and visit the group to get updated on upcoming events scheduled for vehicle outings and Land Rover Club news, as there are some really great runs coming up for owners of all Land Rover models!

Keep the shiny side up,

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Holland & Holland, makers of the world’s finest sporting guns and Overfinch, designers and manufacturers of exclusive Range Rover enhancements, have joined forces to create the ultimate luxury off-roader. The Holland & Holland Range Rover was conceived with a single intention: to create the ultimate all purpose, all season, luxury supercar for the discerning few. Designers and engineers at both Holland & Holland and Overfinch have worked together to create a car that embodies Holland & Holland’s unique sporting heritage and Overfinch’s bespoke craftsmanship. The result is a quintessentially English take on motoring luxury.

Based on either the 5.0 litre 503 bhp Supercharged or TDV8 versions of the new 2010 MY car, the Holland & Holland Overfinch features a raft of enhancements that make it unmistakably something very special. On the outside, it has discreet but effective styling changes manufactured from OEM grade thermoplastic polymers, which give unsurpassed quality and durability. Bodywork is painted in one of four unique exterior paint colours, including Holland & Holland Tintern Green. Two-tone paintwork, similar to that of a Rolls-Royce Phantom, is also available, as is black. Overfinch’s craftsmen take 130 man hours to paint and hand-polish the car, which gives a depth of colour and quality of finish that marks it out from its mass-produced brethren from a hundred yards. Orange peel, the cellulite-like effect that is visible on many cars considerably more expensive than this one, is banished by Overfinch craftsmen’s skill and hard work. The effect is completed by Overfinch’s iconic 20″ Tiger wheels (fitted with all season Mud & Snow tyres) and special cast exhaust outlets. A choice of 22″ wheels is an optionfor those not intending to venture off road, or for those who also possess a winter set.


But it is on the inside that the designers have really excelled themselves. Eight of Europe’s finest hides, of a grade so fine it is only normally used in private jets, dyed in seven exclusive tones, are used to create a cabin of rare luxury. Professionals from both Overfinch and Holland & Holland have worked closely with a colour and trim specialist to ensure that interiors and exteriors complement one another perfectly. A unique trim style covers the seats, doors, upper and lower dash board, centre and rear consoles and even the cubby box lid, which is both cleanly elegant in style and fiendishly expensive in
terms of both labour and materials. Not for this car simple contrasting piping-the Holland & Holland Overfinch, even the contrasting colour signature stripes are cut from individual hides and trimmed to sit nearly flush with the leather surrounding them. As a result, it takes over 150 man hours just to trim the car. If the optional aviation-style quilted leather or Alcantara headlining is selected, it takes even longer.


The thirty one piece wood veneer kit blends seamlessly into the design of the rest of the car, including that of the gun cabinet and rear console. There is the choice of Olive Ash Gloss, European Burr Walnut with special diamond pattern inlay, Matt Gunstock Walnut and Piano Black Lacquer with silver inlays.

Only one hundred Holland & Holland Overfinches will be produced each year, and every one will be fitted with a special shotgun grade steel plaque, which features Holland & Holland’s trademark diamond inserts and “Royal” scroll engraving,hand-made by Holland & Holland’s craftsmen at their Harrow Road factory. The steering wheel has been designed especially for the vehicle too, with a special ergonomic grip and steel inserts, decorated with a design to match the Holland & Holland engraving, or even that of a customer’s own shotgun.

All Holland & Holland Overfinch vehicles will be strict four-seaters as the cars feature a unique centre console, which fits between the individual rear seats. Hand-veneered to match the rest of the car, it has an integrated refrigerator at floor level, large enough for a couple of full size bottles, which can be cold enough to hold an ice bucket. It also has a storage compartment, which could contain controls for the rear entertainment, a power inverter for a laptop and a Holland & Holland game book as well as Holland & Holland crystal tumblers and champagne flutes.


In the boot is a bespoke gun cabinet, hand-crafted in veneers to match the woodwork across the rest of the interior. Although it is itself removable for when more luggage carrying capacity is required, it is locked to the boot floor for security and safety. It has three drawers, fitted to carry eight further matching Holland & Holland crystal tumblers and flutes, customers’ own shotguns, a cleaning kit for them as well as cartridges and the bag in which to carry them. Additional drawers are available with alternative interiors so that, between the end of one shooting season and the beginning of the next, it can serve whatever purpose the vehicle’s owner requires, from a picnic at Ascot to an evening at Glyndebourne.

Contained within both the gun cabinet and the refrigerator in the centre console is room for six bottles and it is for these that the car will feature the world’s first self-replenishing cocktail cabinet. All cars sold in Europe will arrive from the factory ull of Pol Roger Champagne, The Balvenie single malt whisky, Hendrick’s single batch gin, Ivan the Terrible luxury vodka and Willow Spring Water from the Lake District. During the first year regular refills will be dispatched to the owners of the car to make sure that its passengers don’t go thirsty.

Daryl Greatrex, Managing Director of Holland & Holland, said, “Holland & Holland is globally synonymous with both luxury and supreme functionality. To look at, to handle and to shoot with a Holland & Holland is to appreciate 174 years of using the best craftsmanship and technology to make things work supremely well and look even better. It’s ten years since we had a Holland & Holland Range Rover and we decided that working with Overfinch was the only way to do it this time. Over the years it has become clear that what AMG is to Mercedes and Alpina is to BMW, so Overfinch is to Range Rover.”

Neil Underwood, Chief Operating Officer of Overfinch added, “There has always been a great deal of talk in the media speculating that Range Rovers could start approaching Bentley levels of luxury. For one hundred fortunate customers, that will now become a reality. Our designers and engineers have worked closely with the quite astonishing craftsmen of Holland & Holland to create the most exclusive, most luxurious off-roader ever built.”

Courtesy of Autoblog.com

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I installed a pair of Hi-Lift “Tube Mounts” for mounting a Hi-Lift jack to my ARB bull bumper the other day and thought I’d review them here. The mounts come in two different sizes, the TM-700 is for 1″-2″ diameter tubing while the TM-750 is for 3″-4″ diameter tubing. At first I wasn’t sure if that is where I wanted to mount the jack as I have a Safety Devices roof rack installed on my Discovery I, but I gave it some thought and decided that it would be easier for me to remove the jack from the bumper rather than try to remove it from high on the rack.

These mounts are about as self explanatory as they come so I won’t waste too much time detailing the “installation process”. I used the TM-700 for my front bumper and they were an excellent fit.

The aluminum portion of the mounts are well finished and look good while the hardware that is included are stainless steel from the U-bolts to the nuts and washers, so no rust issues over time. There was also a set of spare U-bolts included in the package, yet they don’t appear to be a different size from the ones I used.

The aluminum knobs are just as nice as the rest of the bracket, my only concern was theft which kept me from purchasing them a couple weeks ago. There really isn’t a provision for locking them down in any way. Aside from the actual knobs being removed from the mounts, I was trying to figure out how to keep the jack from being ripped off as well. My solution came in the form of a cable lock used for firearms, which worked very well. In the end, if they really wanted everything and they had the time… they’d get it. I’m not too concerned, after all… maybe they’ll realize my firearm is now missing a lock and make the right choice!

All in all, a very nice product for about $50. They are very secure and about the only other item I’d recommend would be the urethane handle isolator to stop rattling.

Until next time, keep the shiny side up…

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