I last about 20 minutes before the fumes from the 50 idling Range Rovers makes me dizzy. Luckily I’m sat down. Unluckily I’m sat at the wheel of one of the most valuable and historically significant Range Rovers ever built – one of two ‘Suffix A’ Rangies that crossed the notoriously inhospitable Darien Gap as part of the 18,000-mile Trans-Americas Expedition in 1972. Ah.
I’m at Goodwood. Bit different this year – no Festival of Speed or Revival because COVID. Instead something called Goodwood ‘Speed Week’ (no relation), held behind closed doors at the Motor Circuit over a weekend in October. And this is no ‘ordinary’ queue of Range Rovers, like one you might happen upon outside the local prep school at 4pm any given weekday. It’s a queue of very special Range Rovers, assembled to celebrate a half-century since arguably the original SUV was launched in 1970
Some are owned by Land Rover, others by enthusiastic and often bearded owners. But all are quite interesting, quite odd, and each one has its own story to tell. Click through the gallery for our favourites.