A classic Range Rover enthusiast is to undertake a marathon trek down memory lane to commemorate this year’s 70th anniversary of D-Day.
Insurance worker Raoul Greasley will set off on the eight-day epic journey on Friday 22nd August in a re-commissioned Range Rover named Rosie.
Accompanied by a team of eight people, Raoul’s journey will begin by ferry in Portsmouth and end in Ouistreham in the north west of France.
During the journey, the expeditionary will visit the English/Canadian cemetery at Ranville, the Pegasus Memorial Museum, the German Battery at Longues Sur Mer, and finally the American Cemetery at Colleville Sur Mer.
Raoul said that his inspiration came from his life-long interest in the Second World War, but he was finally spurred into taking the plunge after hearing the story of 89-year old Navy veteran Bernard Jordan.
The former Royal Navy officer hit the headlines in June after staging a daring escape from his nursing home in order to attend the D-Day commemorations in Normandy with the rest of the surviving veterans.
Raoul said: “The inspiration for my trip was really born out of my interest in World War II; I have been fascinated by it since I was at school.
He added: “It’s so important that those who took part in World War Two are remembered and more importantly that people understand the sacrifice.”
1993 Range Rover Classic Vogue 3.9
Raoul’s compatriot on the journey, Rosie, is a 1993 Range Rover Classic Vogue 3.9 EFI. Finished in Ardennes Green and upholstered in velour Teddy Bear plush, Raoul purchased it from an owner who had kept it in storage for the last decade.
Just some of the restoration procedures Raoul had to perform included an engine service, oil change, plus fitting new lights, tyres and an exhaust system.
Raoul, who lives in Hallaton, Leicestershire, said: “Classic cars are my passion and hobby. So far I have restored six vehicles.
“My family has owned an MOT garage in Leicester since 1903, my great grandfather used to import Studebakers and Oldsmobiles from America, and so it’s in my blood!”
Raoul’s boss at the insurance company, David Bond, said: “As classic enthusiasts we are always delighted to hear of the excitement and passion that surrounds the classic vehicle movement. Raoul’s story is full of both and we look forward to hearing all about it when he returns!”
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