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Old April 16th, 2015, 08:08 PM
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Aaaarrrggh! I know, I know! ;-) I have a 17 month old and perhaps one on the way (fingers crossed) so I don't know how I'm going to pull it off! But hope springs eternal!!!

Maybe someone will wear those glasses I posted and I can live vicariously through them! ;-)
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Old April 28th, 2015, 02:23 PM
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The tour was awesome! I arrived about an hour before the it started and chatted up with the LR guides as well as walking through the parking lot looking at the Defenders.
Here is a teaser pic with more to follow once I figure out how to post more than one pic at a time with my iPhone...

Cheers...
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Old August 20th, 2015, 11:30 AM
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I just booked my tour for the end of Oct. . The availability is getting quite limited now. Last chance for anyone interested. They sent me a packet in the mail today which includes your "time card" and a few cards for us to write about some of our Land Rover memories. They ask to include photos with it if possible. These will be included on a date wall at the factory.

Really looking forward to this.
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I am heading over to the southern part of the UK next Monday. Not happy that it's been sold out for months. After weeks and weeks, I finally gave up trying to find a ticket... BUT today, I managed to get a ticket for next Wednesday morning from a guy in Ireland that can't make it next week. (I should buy a lottery ticket today too!!)

I'l be arriving Tuesday afternoon in London and heading straight up to Solihull, spend the night there and will be on the factory floor Wednesday morning! Do the tour and train it back down to Hastings in the afternoon.

Tried to get into the afternoon driving experience.... booked solid...

....JUST a little excited I got this together at the last minute....
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Heluva lot of traveling....but worth it to see the Defender line before it goes........
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2+ hour train ride up from London, then 4 hours to the South Coast the next day. (shorter then the 9 hour flight from Vancouver)

Standing on the Defender assembly line...priceless.

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2+ hour train ride up from London, then 4 hours to the South Coast the next day. (shorter then the 9 hour flight from Vancouver) Standing on the Defender assembly line...priceless.
Congrats on scoring a ticket sir! You'll miss bumping into me by a week! I'll be at the factory on the following Wednesday, the 18th. I'm accompanying a group of my clients on the Defender tour, and this will be my second visit this year! Let me just say that you're in for a real treat!
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I was just there on Thursday. Really is an amazing tour. You do get right up close to almost every step of the build process. Hardest part is not being able to take parts home with you. Far exceeded my expectations. Enjoy it!
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I was just there on Thursday. Really is an amazing tour. You do get right up close to almost every step of the build process. Hardest part is not being able to take parts home with you. Far exceeded my expectations. Enjoy it!
I did the tour back in '98 I think, sounds like it's worth another visit, thanks!


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Here is a few pictures from our visit last week. Only disappointment was that I was hoping for a lot more products in the "gift shop" area. Mostly a badge or decal to commemorate the Defender Celebration Tour. I must say you get very well taken care of while waiting for your tour and after. You will find the parking lot is a bit of a Land Rover show on it's own when all the visitors arrive. My wife got to experience the safe working angle test in the series I which is normally available to drive at the Driving Experience. The factory building dates back to the very early days of Rover. It's is quite amazing to know every Land Rover including my own Series III was assembled in that very building. Bit like seeing where an old family member grew up.

If you get the chance put a write up and photos on the Story Book Wall. They will be publishing a book which will include every story visitors leave on the wall. They claim it is unfair to pick and choose what to publish so everyone's story will be included, which is quite nice.
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