There is a yarn British motoring writer Andrew English tells that’s almost too good to check. It concerns a senior Land Rover executive.
Sitting down with his personal PR team one Monday morning a few years ago, he announced that he’d like them to get him “a gong”.
“A gong, sir?” they parroted.
“Yes a gong; Queen’s Birthday Honours list and all that,” he replied.
“Well, sir,” said a particularly bold minion. “Until you supply Her Majesty the Queen with a worthy replacement for her Defender, I don’t think you’ve a wax cat’s chance in hell of a gong.”
Well, the Land Rover executive now has a new Defender for Queen Elizabeth II. In the accompanying video, Paul Hudson, motoring editor of The Telegraph, London, gives the new 4×4 the once-over.