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Applause for a 4x4 milestone

THE one millionth Range Rover to be built in Solihull rolled off the production line last week.

THE one millionth Range Rover to be built in Solihull rolled off the production line last week.

Over 500 workers, special guests and enthusiasts burst into applause, as the shining, new car descended down the ramp.

Earlier this year, the famous 4x4 celebrated its 40th birthday - the first Range Rover was unveiled in June, 1970.

And the millionth vehicle might be the most expensive of them all, as it’s going to be auctioned for the charity Help for Heroes.

Roger Crathorne, who has worked at Land Rover for 47 years, never had any doubt that the car would become a classic.

“I was part of the team who worked on the very first Range Rover, between 1967-1970,” said the 63-year-old.

“Even then, I knew we were working on something special. The Range Rover is a luxury car that never compromises its off-road capabilities.”

Roger, who has given driving lessons to the likes of Prince William, also worked alongside the motoring pioneer Charles Spencer King - who died earlier this year.

Plant director Alan Volkaerts said that it was a “fantastic milestone” for the Lode Lane factory.

“Each and every one was built on site in Solihull,” he said. “The Range Rover represents everything that’s great about British engineering.

“It’s been a difficult couple of years for the company, but we’ve come out stronger and it’s great to celebrate this.”

Last Thursday afternoon, the millionth car was driven to London - part of a procession of classic Range Rovers.

It was handed-over to petrol-head and Help for Heroes patron Jeremy Clarkson, at the Top Gear Live event.

 

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