When I was an apprentice at Ford (England) in 1969, they sent me to a Technical College in Rugby to take my Degree. As part of the course, we students were treated to an outing to the research facility at MIRA (Motor Industries Research Association) in Atherstone, Warwickshire. One of the exhibits was their off-road capability course, and they gave rides around it in a variety of vehicles. My mate Colin and I spied two vehicles that we didn’t recognise, the blue one bore the logo “VELAR”, the sand gold one “Range Rover”. The driver explained that the Velar was a prototype, and the Range Rover was a pre-production test vehicle, both were from Land Rover in Solihull, and the code name for the project was VELAR, which stood for Vee Eight LAnd Rover. After our ride around the track, I said to Colin “One day I’m going to have one of these”, to which Colin replied “What, on an apprentice’s salary, good luck with that”. Many years later, after my wife passed away, I decided to look for an old Range Rover, and bought one from an well known on-line auction site for £1250. About £1000 worth of welding later, I had a fun, stylish classic, which was also my daily driver. About 10 years later, after a blown head gasket, I was forced to part with it, but after my finances were once again stabilised, I found another, this time the car I should have bought first time round, a 1994 LSE Soft Dash. It only cost me £3500, and after a good deal of mechanical fettling, it is now my “For Ever” car.