News is breaking that the new Landrover Defender will be tested on the roads of St Helens. A Landrover spokesman told our reporter “We normally ship a few models across to remote parts of Mongolia and even to the Amazon for extreme testing. On driving through St Helens recently our Chairman discovered that the roads around the borough are far more challenging than anything found in the remote corners of the world. St Helens has road surfaces more uneven than the moon.” He continued “You have the largest potholes we’ve ever seen and the most ridiculous of speed humps on Leach lane and Chain Lane. If our new Land Rover can get over them unscathed at more than 5mph then we can pretty much guarantee the ‘go anywhere’ status of our vehicles.”
Land Rover boffins have concluded that three runs up Leach Lane puts the vehicle through a similar workout as it would receive driving the Trans Siberian Highway.
We spoke to St Helens council about the announcement but nobody was available for comment as they were at the annual shareholders meeting of a well known suspension manufacturer.