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Land Rover go back to the start with artwork

A year-long celebration of the classic Land Rover Defender has been marked with the creation of a unique image at Red Dwarf Bay in Anglesey.

The striking 1km sand drawing at Red Wharf Bay is the largest of its kind ever produced in the UK and was created in tribute to the moment in 1947 when the engineering director of Rover, Maurice Wilks, first sketched the shape for the original Land Rover in the same spot.

Stephen Wilks, son of Maurice, tells the story, “My father met his brother on the beach at Red Wharf Bay and made a drawing in the sand of how he thought the Land Rover could be made. That was the start of it all, the conception of Land Rover.”

The Wilks family owned land on the Welsh island of Anglesey and Maurice needed a vehicle versatile enough to double as a light tractor and off-roader – his initial design was named the ‘Land Rover’ and became the outline for what we now know as the Defender.

Land Rover Vehicle Line Director, Nick Rogers, explains the feeling behind the project, “Passion and enthusiasm surround everything we do with Defender, and that will never change”.

Adding, “With a history stretching back 68 years, this is a Land Rover that has thrived for decades on its unquestionable capability and iconic shape. I now have the honour of being one of the many enthusiasts at Land Rover committed to creating a fitting successor to the legendary Defender.”

Creating this incredible piece of temporary artwork required the use of six Land Rovers – each towing an agricultural 12-foot harrow to draw the unmistakable outline of the Defender in the sand.

The vehicles chosen to help out with the artwork covered the entirety the Defenders history from its introduction in 1948 to the present day.

A Land Rover Series I, II and III were joined on the beach by a Ninety from the Eighties, a Defender 90 Hard Top and a Defender 110 Station Wagon.

The Series II was in perfect condition and once owned by the Wilks family – in memory of the moment originally enacted by their fathers, cousins Stephen and Nick Wilks were more than willing to help.

Stephen and Nick helped draw the continuous 4.52km line – the same length of 1,118 Defender 90 Station Wagons – just before it was taken away by the fast incoming tide.

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