When lifelong Land Rover fan, Geoff Cooper’s, 80th birthday was coming up, his daughter Wendy Fisher, wanted to do something extra special for such a special birthday for a special man.
Wendy explains, “We were just coming up to my dad’s 80th birthday, and I had the idea that it would be lovely to do something for him and wanted to link it to a passion of his. Land Rover is definitely in the blood. They’ve been in the family’s life ever since I can remember, so I wrote to Land Rover and never really expected to get the response that I did. This, for me, is just about doing something really special for somebody really special.”
In response to Fisher’s letter, Land Rover surprised her dad, Geoff, with a special Land Rover Experience off-roading experience with instructor.
“Dad’s relationship with Land Rover started before I was born,” Wendy continues, “[Her parents] had a really old Land Rover and he was able to Land Rover trial with it.”
“My first actual memory of it was when I was four, and we started to go away as a family to the Land Rover trial weekends.”
Geoff recalls a time during one trial when he got stuck in a tree. He was sure the crowd was just as amused as he was.
In addition to the special Land Rover Experience off-roading experience, Land Rover brought along Land Rover Reborn Car 0 for Geoff to view and hopefully bring back memories of his trial days. Land Rover even gifted Geoff a bowler hat, something he was known for wearing during the trials.
“He had a trademark of wearing a bowler hat. I think it almost became a sort of good luck charm as well. It was something he wouldn’t compete without, “ Wendy reminisces, “I look back extremely fondly on those times. Just time with friends and family as well as his great passion with the Land Rovers.”
“This is hopefully my contribution to celebrating a wonderful 80 years and hopefully still some more to come.”