Stories About Cars – Chris’ 110 Defender


Stories About Cars is a new series for Well Driven where we ask people what their car means to them and what makes it special. This is Chris’ story about his Land Rover 110 Defender :

The story of the car starts in 2009 in Scotland when my now-wife and I met in a Landrover Defender 110 when I was working at a 4×4 centre – so we had to have one for a wedding car!

We looked and looked for a silver one identical to the one we met in, but could not find one anywhere in the UK for reasonable money so settled on the white one instead. Its a 2005 110 Station Wagon that was originally built for the Environment Agency as a bit of a weird spec as a Utility Vehicle with blanked rear windows. It came to us 6 years ago in a pretty work-weary state, a tired gearbox, a rear diff that sounded like an old tram and a host of other hard-work related issues. The doors were quite obviously off different vehicles and the driver’s window and windscreen had been fitted inside out! Critically, however, it had no rot, good history and the majority of the body panels were straight-ish.

We did a lot of work on the car, refurbishing many components and readied it for our wedding day and it performed perfectly – aside from the alarm randomly going off during the ceremony! On our way to our honeymoon in the Lake District we ended up going to the rescue of the police on the M62 who were unable to right a rolled over trailer with their car that was blocking the entire carriageway so we used the 110 to pull it back onto its wheels and then towed the trailer onto the hard shoulder for them……still with all of the wedding ribbons on and me dressed in my kilt and shirt from the night before! Since then the 110 has travelled with us on offroading trips visiting countries including Spain, France, Romania and Germany as well as being used as the lead vehicle for trips in the UK.

To enable this it is equipped with many upgraded parts and equipment to help us to camp off-grid and be largely self-sufficient. It is fitted with a roof tent, side awning, fridge, and provision to carry additional fuel and water along with secure storage in the rear.

Carrying on the family theme, the 110 brought my 14-month-old daughter home in the snow when she was born. I now use it to support my business delivering 4×4 training in the UK as well as enabling the three of us to holiday.

The car is very much part of the family………..

Off-Road Consultancy is a small, family-run business committed to providing the highest quality training. It is their firm belief that their relationship with their clients does not end at the end of the initial course and that they will continue to support all of their customers with ongoing advice and guidance.

Previous projects include off-road support and Logistics for Filming of 007 ‘No Time to die’ in Scotland last year, off-road support and logistics for Filming of  ‘The Crown’ in Scotland last year, support driver for the Bentley Centenary Drive in the UK last year. and alongside becoming a LANTRA training provider for 4×4, ATV and side by side ATVs. You can contact Chris and his team below:

T: (+44) 01226 805166
M: (+44) 07824396180
I: @that_off_road_guy
F: That Off Road Guy