The 1-Ton Register was formed in 2006 to keep track of the surviving 1-Ton Land Rovers, and to offer advice and support to owners.
The main focus is the register itself, which lists the technical details of the surviving vehicles, as well as their owners. So far (Spring 2021) there are around 90 vehicles recorded as surviving, with more coming through every so often. The 1-Ton Register is not a club in the conventional sense as there are no fees and no monthly newsletter. It is simply a contact and advice point.
Most of the clubs activity takes place on the 900 club forum, a forum for owners and enthusiasts of 1-Ton and forward control Land Rovers. The Register undertakes research work into the 1-Ton model to try and find out more about its origins, and also the uses of the vehicles when produced. We try to attend Land Rover shows throughout the year to display surviving vehicles.
In the mid 1980s, a new Land Rover model was being designed under the code name Project Jay, subsequently named Discovery. At the 1989 Press and Dealer launch in Plymouth there were 86 cars, all with consecutive registration numbers from G451WAC to G537WAC, enthusiast call them “gee-wacks”. (G-WAC)
In 2007, a few owners of these early cars met at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, and formed a group called the Project Jay Preservation Group to find the launch cars and any other Jay of interest. Jays were built from 1989 to 1993, which we know as the ‘200’. The ‘300’ had the code name Romulus.
The group have found 22 launch cars that are still “alive”; together with several other factory registered G-WACs that were used in the factory demonstration fleet, and as test cars. The group formed a club in January 2019 and have a website at www.pjpg.co.uk
Land Rover 88 inch Forward Control Fire Appliance.
Peterborough Volunteer Fire Brigade is a registered charity, started in 1884. It is a unique organisation under contract to provide fire cover for Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service. We operate as an on-call station but the Members provide their time free of charge.
The 88-inch Forward Control Fire Appliance and the Peterborough Volunteer Fire Brigade
A unique vehicle preserved
and exhibited by an equally unique organisation
Retaining its original registration number of REG 999, this is one of only four 88-inch Forward Control Fire Appliances built on a Land Rover Series II chassis that were manufactured by Land Rover and converted by Alfred Miles Ltd/Dennis Brothers Ltd. This model is unique in that it is the only one that has been fully maintained to retain its original condition.
Its construction and conversion enabled it to transport fire-fighting equipment across rugged terrain and was intended to be particularly useful in country districts to negotiate fields, ditches and undulating land to reach forest, brush and grass fires.
Manufactured in 1960 by Land Rover, the vehicle was intended for conversion by Alfred Miles Ltd in Brockworth, Cheltenham. Difficult times forced them to sell their fire appliance division, so the conversion was completed by Dennis Brothers Ltd, Guildford, and designated to their ‘M’ series.
The standard Land Rover selections were modified by Alfred Miles to provide eight forward and two reverse speeds in high and low range, with the cab mounted over the engine.
Its main gearbox was remote controlled to Miles’s special design, giving positive selection into any gear and retaining the quality of drive achieved by the Rover Company.
It was fitted with equipment lockers usually found only in the larger type models. A 150 gallon water tank was housed below these compartments, as close as possible to the chassis to ensure a low centre of gravity.
In 1963, the vehicle was purchased and registered by Baker Perkins and spent her life until 1992 as part of the works’ fire brigade at the Baker Perkins factory in Westfield Road, Peterborough.
In 1992, she was presented to the Peterborough Volunteer Fire Brigade when Baker Perkins moved to a new factory.
Vehicle has clocked up only 9,000 miles in her entire life. She is now in full working condition, having been painstakingly restored by the PVFB.
The other three vehicles include a prototype fire appliance, a drop-sided truck and a fire appliance similar to the one in the ownership of the Peterborough Volunteer Fire Brigade. Each has now been located and the PVFB are in touch with their owners. All three are undergoing restoration. The ultimate goal is to get all four vehicles back together again for a public reunion.
Peterborough Volunteer Fire Brigade is also unique as it is the only volunteer fire brigade under contract in the UK. Formed in 1884 by Peterborough city businessmen, the brigade is a registered charity and operates as a private fire brigade under a special contract with the Cambridgeshire Fire Authority, responding to calls as directed from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service to serve the people of Peterborough and the surrounding villages. The brigade effectively operates as an On Call (retained) fire station, except that its members provide their services unpaid.
Now in our 41st year, we are a family friendly club who welcomes all vehicles from full military spec to personalised ones. We enjoy getting together at shows to display our vehicles and are happy to chat about them and help in any way we can.
Come and see us, you can be sure of a warm welcome.
Founded in 1984 by a group of enthusiasts in the Southwest of England. The Land Rover Series 2 Club now covers the world with over 2,000 members. The club is actually a limited company whose sole aim is to further the appreciation, restoration and driving of all Land Rovers built between 1958 and 1971. The Series 2 Land Rovers are instantly recognisable, the world over by the curvy sides: the quintessential Land Rover look.
LEAFERS OVERLAND – ‘old skool’ camping featuring some interesting Land Rovers and their owners who are ready to chat about their experiences on the ‘road less travelled’…
This group is for the owners of leaf sprung Land Rovers who already use, or would like to use, their vehicles for overland and expedition travel, either half way across the world or half way across the country. Hopefully the contributions from the group will encourage others to embark an similar adventures…
Kay & Jon’s Land Rover – ‘Brutus’
Land Rover S2a 88” 1964 swb – ETU 377K / Military Reg No: 66 EK 90
First Used / Registered in 1963/4 Army FFR usage and no distinctions in any way sadly
We have owned it since 1995 when it was in need of lots of TLC – a little bit of Chassis Welding, plenty of fixing! – used regularly along with ongoing repairs etc – replacement block due to the original 3 bearing engine throwing a piston through the side of the block. Later 5 bearing ex-military until 2006 when it finally failed an MOT with major Chassis work required….
It stood idle for about 6 years… connected a new battery, tipped a bit of fuel down the carb – Started second time!!! – clutch was freed up and it sort of drove!
2012-14 Complete Rebuild with New Galvanised Chassis, Refurbed & Galvanised Bulkhead & Radiator Panel, new brake lines, master & slave cylinders etc, fully re-wired with ‘Fuses & Relays’. Rear custom racking & cage through the canvas tilt for a Roof-rack. It has been re-built for our needs and purposes – a comfortable ride with plenty of usb outlets, sound deadening for normal-ish conversation and maximising sensible storage within the confines of a small vehicle just in time for it’s 50th Anniversary Morocco Adventure – always an ongoing project to ensure it stays ‘fit-for-purpose’ we’re just happy that it gets us where we want to go!
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