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232. English Export

2010.08.20
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The export I have selected as representative of England is the Land Rover. It's made right in the middle of the country and is exported all over the world. They have a reputation for being particularly robust - so much so that some owners refer to other 4X4s as disposables. I am always amazed at the number of times Land Rovers crop up in American films. When you consider how many great vehicles that country produces, I think that says something about it as a product.

There are though two great ironies in choosing the Land Rover as a quintessentially English export. The first is that if ever a country didn't need Land Rovers it was surely England: There are very few sizeable hills, let alone mountains and parts of the country are officially 10% flatter than a professional grade snooker table. And, as you are never more than 10 metres away from some state-sponsored tarmac, there's very little reason for a four wheel drive.

The other irony is that Land Rover is no longer an English company having been bought by India's Tata Motors. Still, I guess with their varied terrain, India probably has more need for Land Rover than England.
18 Comments
GKorts :-) Is there any car left except RollsRoyce and McLaren? I love your essay.
GKorts · 2010-08-20: 14:08
Ryana Phew, when I looked at your photos I thought you exported little ladies.
Ryana · 2010-08-20: 14:24
????? LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL at Sandra's comment :-)))

I f i'm not mistaken, not even Rolls Royce is still British :-/
????? · 2010-08-20: 14:29
onlyricky And this one was Photographed in Portugal
Very good!
Land Rovers are excellent!I love them ;)
onlyricky · 2010-08-20: 14:34
????? Good choice Jon...
Get orf my land...rover!! :-))
????? · 2010-08-20: 14:52
miclaud I agree!
miclaud · 2010-08-20: 19:47
????? :D Great shots!
????? · 2010-08-20: 20:19
Eiram what a great idea for a theme! I want to join , too!

:)) Ryana´s comment made me smile:)
Eiram · 2010-08-21: 03:25
boszorka65 Super shots:-)
boszorka65 · 2010-08-21: 08:51
????? well done!!~ her smile makes me smile, well caught
????? · 2010-08-21: 09:14
????? I must tell you, Jon. You hit a nerve with me: I've always loved jeeps ♥ One day or another...
LOL Ryana's comment :-))
????? · 2010-08-21: 14:08
manuele very beautiful images
manuele · 2010-08-22: 04:40
huiching Love the first shot plus Sandra's comment!!!
huiching · 2010-08-22: 11:20
huiching BTW, here's my product challenge post from Thailand!
huiching · 2010-08-22: 11:35
Rasadesign Nice...
Seems so fun...
;)
Rasadesign · 2010-08-22: 13:49
jet28 Great choice!
jet28 · 2010-08-23: 05:56
nikito Lovely and interesting!!!
nikito · 2010-08-23: 08:55
somogyvari The Legend!
somogyvari · 2010-08-27: 06:11
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