I shouldn't be here. I should have been at Gaydon. Having missed the world launch of the all-new Land Rover Defender I was due to attend the British launch at Gaydon this week as part of my 'day-job'.
The thought of Gaydon and Land Rover conjured up images of impossible climbs, deadly descents, bottomless bogs and waatter. Lots and lots of waatter. But the game's a bogey. The event has been called off (for now!) as 'non-essential' journalists are all confined indoors for the foreseeable future.
Land Rover launches are always extremely good fun. Sorry, I meant to say, sheer hard graft demanding huge levels of concentration, physical effort, determination and stamina to cope with the rigours that the LR staff put the motoring Press through. Those poor sods are left mentally drained at the end of the tortuous exercise. I must stress there is absolutely no fun involved or enjoyment gained, this is work after all!
Aye, right. The LR team puts on some of the best Press launches in the business, so we'll just have to wait. In the meantime I have reprinted (and updated) an article which was written by my Big Pal Jaggy when he was invited to a very, very special and exclusive event 11 years ago. No other journalists were there that day, so how he blagged the invitation we'll never know - and better not ask.
So if you fancy a wee bit of something different, it's in the on-line mag now: