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Today marks the start of the International Reggae Festival 2015. What do you think of when you hear reggae music? Most probably Bob Marley!
Helping to spread the Rastafarian movement he was the king of reggae music, up until his untimely death in 1981, and is still much loved by fans today thanks to hits such as ‘One Love, ‘No Woman No Cry’ and ‘Sun is Shining’.
Now how does this fit in with motoring? Well to mark what would have been the famous singer’s 70th birthday, the Marley family worked with Sandals Resorts International and ATL Automotive on the ra-sta-ration of Bob Marley’s 1977 Series III Land Rover Defender – a now iconic British manufactured model.
Rather poignantly, this year also marks the cease in production of the classic 4x4. Since 1948, nearly two million Defenders have rolled off production lines in the Midlands. In the subsequent decades the Defender has acquired a cult following among mud-loving off road enthusiasts and has seen service across the globe in the British Army and has even been seen driven by the Queen.
For more than 30 years, Marley’s classic off-roader remained neglected in the car park at 56 Hope Road, where Marley’s uptown Kingston home is located. The Victorian house has been turned into a museum dedicated to his music and life, and recently received the rejuvenated Land Rover as part of the memorabilia for fans to enjoy as the festival kicks off.
Even though the iconic 4x4 British model is world renowned for its high endurance, Bob Marley’s Land Rover fell into such a state of disrepair that it took restorative teams over two years to complete the work, replacing everything from the chassis to the clutch box. Rohan and Stephanie Marley have fond memories of travelling in the back of the blue Land Rover with their Dad, driving them all over Jamaica, and you can check out them talking about the project, the ‘Landie’ and its famous owner.
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