In an earlier posting in this thread, I stated that I thought it unlikely my 75 Range Rover was the one on Led Zeppelin’s trip through Africa because it was manufactured after the time of the trip. I have recently learned that there were two trips to Africa, one before the RR was manufactured and one after, which is described on pp. 253-254 in Hammer of the Gods by Stephen Davis. When I acquired this RR in the 80’s, I was told that it had been with the band in Africa and I now believe there is a good possibility that it is the RR mentioned in the book. Any information that would help either confirm or deny this possibility would be greatly appreciated. I can be reached at gkg75RR@gmail.com.
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In the early 80’s I worked as a mechanic at a shop near San Antonio. We worked primarily on Rover 2000 and 3500S models, i.e., the Rover P6. People sent their cars from all over the country to be repaired as the shop was one of only two or three places in the US that specialized in these models. We also worked on some of the first Range Rovers in the country. I happened to come into a 1975 Range Rover 2-door that the shop owner had purchased from someone associated with the band Led Zeppelin (LZ). The shop owner had a photograph, which I never received, of the band standing up through the RR’s Webasto sunroof. I remember the last name of the previous RR owner as “Oldem.” Although I think the previous owner’s first name was “Harold,” that might be the result of a faulty memory. I have since discovered that Led Zeppelin’s manager at the time was Andrew Oldem, who had also managed the Rolling Stones during their first two albums. The story around the shop was that the RR had been used by LZ to take a well-known trip through northern Africa. I can’t confirm the vehicle’s provenance. Considering the year of the RR and the year of the trip this story is unlikely but I can’t rule it out and I tell the story anyway. I named the RR “Kashmir” based upon a song LZ was known to have written during the trip. When I went back to college the RR was parked at a friend’s ranch where it then sat for almost 25 years. During that time, a tree grew up around the front bumper (see Figs.). I collected the RR from that ranch about 10 years ago and it has been in my barn since then. Many parts had been stripped from the RR before I purchased it, e.g. seats, headlight buckets, bumpers, bonnet, etc., but, with the exception of the seats and one interior door handle, I have been able to collect almost all of these from other sources. One plus is that the original wings were stored in the RR at the ranch and are in perfect shape, which I have been informed is a miracle.
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