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Celebrating the production of its one-millionth Land Rover Discovery, a Land Rover team treks a 50-day, 8,000 mile expedition from Birmingham to Beijing. A £1 million (GBP) fundraiser is also held to benefit the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, a Global Humanitarian Partner of Land Rover.
Just last week, Land Rover reported on its visit to Chernobyl. This week, the convoy makes a stop at an old Soviet submarine base. Serving as a reminder of Soviet’s Cold War past, the former Black Sea submarine base was one of the Soviet Union’s most protected top-secret nuclear bases during the era.
Carved out from the base of a mountain in the port town of Balaklava on Ukraine’s Crimean coast, the 15,300 sq. ft. facility took 9 years to build. At its peak, the base served as the operation home of the fearsome Soviet Black Sea Fleet, which was signed off by Joseph Stalin in 1953. To protect its assets, the entrance to the mountain base is camouflaged from any spy plane. If targeted, the base is reinforced to sustain a direct nuclear impact, sheltering a max capacity of 3,000 people, providing each with supplies to last for a month.
Now, team Land Rover has been invited to drive through its hidden tunnels and visit its history. Check out team Land Rover’s video of their visit below.
The quintessential go-anywhere, do-anything, vehicle, Land Rover is celebrating the production of its one-millionth Land Rover Discovery. In light of the landmark achievement, Land Rover is holding a 50-day expedition and £1 million (GBP) fundraiser to benefit the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, a Global Humanitarian Partner of Land Rover.
Displaying the versatility and capability of Land Rover vehicles, a team set out on a 50 day, 8,000 mile, intercontinental journey from Solihull, Birmingham to Beijing China. In total, the route of the Discovery expedition will hit the following countries: UK, France, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan before ending in China.
Well on their way, a recent update from the Land Rover team documents their journey through Chernobyl, Ukraine, a city that truly tests just how go-anywhere, do-anything, a Land Rover vehicle really is. Ever since the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant suffered a nuclear fallout back in April 1986, the region has since been deserted. Until now, nobody in private vehicles were ever allowed to breach the 30 kilometer exclusion zone surrounding the epicenter of the accident.
Valeriy Zabayaka was a former plant worker and one of the thousands of ‘liquidators’ tasked with clearing the radioactive disaster zone. Now the guide for the Discovery team, Zabayaka explained that before the tragedy, living standards at the Pripyat City of Chernobyl were significantly better than that of the average Soviet city. Facilities and amenities were abundant as shops were well stocked with western goods. Wages were over double the national average. Unfortunately, the loss of reactor 4 changed everything and now Chernobyl is nothing more than an empty shell of its former self.
The Discovery team’s final stop was next to the reactor itself, now under a cover of concrete, steel, lead, and metal sheeting. According to Zabayaka, the city has already been waiting for more than a decade for plans of a better, more permanent, sarcophagus to contain the plant and its tragic history. Unfortunately, legislation has only been extending its deadline.
GALLERY: Land Rover Discovery — Birmingham To Beijing
What happens when you combine two super cool things together? You get something like the Cadillac CTS-V choppers.
Created by the father-son team of Paul Teutel Sr. and Paul Teutel Jr., the Cadillac CTS-C chopper takes design elements from the Cadillac CTS-V car and low-lying bikes. The duo, who you may know from Discovery’s TV series American Chopper, wanted to bring the concept of the luxury sports coupe to the motorcycle, and as far as we can tell, they’ve succeeded.
Each member of the Teutel team brought a different vision for their bike. For Paul Jr.’s Cadillac CTS-C chopper, he put more emphasis on staying true to the style of the Cadillac CTS-V coupe car, while Paul Sr. focus was the V-twin engine on his motorcycle. On Paul Jr.’s bike, the use the black tail lights and the shape of back portion really stands out, and on Paul Sr.’s version, it takes on its own distinct styling. The common points on both bikes are the use of chrome trimmings and the black bodies.
Both bikes are set to be auctioned of for the Curing Duchenne charity ball. As for the popularity of the choppers, Paul Jr. is taking the lead, so this may mean it gets the higher price at auction. Bidding on the two bikes will continue until July 31, 2011 at 5:59 PM EST. You can pick your favorite on Discovery’s website.