Chassis # XXXXXXXX
Model: Defender 90 #2910
In November 2000 our 1991 Range Rover GDE burned to the ground on Donner Pass (I-80); this Defender-90 is its replacement. Purchased from Greg Chapel of Sparks, NV., Greg and the D90 had previously competed in the Nevada Trophy a number of times, one year they won the
Trophy Course award! The D90 fits into what we do, and even better
In 1993 LRNA in their funny version of
wisdom thought they'd import the Defender 110 V8 to North America. A
Long-wheelbase LR hadn't graced our shores since the late 60's, so the time
was ripe. Sadly those in charge in Lanham, Maryland couldn't see the light
of day. What they wanted was a "nitch vehicle" and thus imported the Defender 110 with it's Camel Trophy
type rollcage. Only 500 units were shipped to the USA and a mere 25
to Canada. In reality it was total madness, as Solihull was willing and wanting to
send everything in the 110" line-up, which would have meant Hardtops,
Pickups, HCPC, Crew-cabs, Station Wagons, etc. We could have had a quite an assortment
of vehicles had
LRNA staffers only listened.... Made me cringe! We could have had quite an assortment had
LRNA only listened.... The following year LRNA would finally
import a limited number of the Defender 90. The "NINETY", as it was
originally called, can trace its roots back to
GOLDEN ROD of 1966.
Left: Todd & Lorie Rueppel used our D90 during
NEVADA TROPHY 2002; here they are in action on the Trophy Course (recovery task).
Left: The way a
LAND-ROVER should really look, like a LAND-ROVER!
Note that all the plastic has been removed.
The roll bar mounted
lights have since gone... too much glare on the glass.
Here the D90 leads an "ORE" event through School Bus
Canyon, NV. July 2002.
||Left: Stopped for lunch during the July 2002 "ORE" Winching/Recovery Class,
School Bus Canyon, NV.
Below: A more recent photo of
the D90, from October 2005 near Bolivia... note ARB winch bumper
and light arrangement.
Accessories & Modifications:
4.6 litre Rover V8 by WCBR; blue printed, Crane Cam, adjustable timing
gear/chain set, modified cylinder heads (fitted March 2003), headers,
free-flow cats x2, RPI chip in ECU make for an awesome running D90,
whether it's on or off road!
All plastic has been removed from the front; Stainless wire-mess grill
and Series III headlight rims (color keyed) fitted.
ARB Winch Bumper.
WARN M8000 winch.
Old Man Emu Springs.
Southdown steel protector’s x3.
All alloy side mounted fuel tank by WCBR.
Lucas 20/20 Driving lights x2.
Hella 550 Fog/Cornering lights x2.
High powered Back-up light.
Special Transfer oil pump system by WCBR.
Good-Year LT265/75R16 MT/R tires fitted.
May 2005: We've since completed
reworking the rear of the D90... it now sports Series IIA type
tail lamps in the original locations. The D90 lamps were removed due
to rotten wiring connectors at the lamps, caused by water & mud being
sprayed on them (not a good set up). Now all wiring is inside the
body. Special diamond plate panels were
made, and IIA/III body cappings fitted. Looks great! The steel wheels
are Genuine LR, power-coated white with new Good-Year MT/R's.
Below: Note "Max Speed" on GPS
during our run into Lovelock late one night! 110 MPH!
Above: Our D90 doing NVTR2011
course layout in Northern Nevada on a spring day.