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The Land Rover has been one of the toughest and most reliable off-road vehicle for more than 60 years. The first Land Rover models were manufactured in Britain in 1948, and it is estimated that up to two-thirds of these original models are still in use. How's that for longevity?
Maurice Wilks, chief designer at the Rover Company, developed the design for the original Land Rover on his farm in Newborough, Anglesey after being inspired by an American World War II Jeep he used during a summer vacation in Wales. Nicknamed the "Centre Steer", the initial prototype was built on a boxy Jeep chassis and axles. This and other early models were painted with aircraft cockpit paint in various shades of light green. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the Land Rover underwent a number of developments, including tighter turning and increased stability. These developments continue to this day, with the company Tata Motors, which now manufactures Land Rovers, working hard to decrease C02 emissions on all their models.
Over the years, the Land Rover has developed from being a strictly off-road vehicle designed to be maintained in field conditions to a status symbol for weekend warriors. But it is Wilks' original innovations and reliable designs that make the Land Rover a timeless vehicle for all terrains.
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Put your children in some sporty clothes and sturdy shoes, because this outdoor adventure day will take them off the beaten path to an unforgettable experience. A three-hour adventure day that includes tank rides, a hike in the forest with an experienced guide who will teach the children navigation and survival skills, a barbecue, and a competition based on their newly acquired knowledge is the perfect way to get your children out of the house with an out-of-the-ordinary experience that is also educational!
When you arrive with your children at Offroad Action, located at Milovice, the largest former Soviet military base in the Czech Republic, you'll put them into the hands of a team of expert instructors, who speak English, Czech, French and German. After a tour of authentic tanks and military equipment, your children will enter the forest, where they will learn the art of camouflage, how to navigate without the aid of GPS, and some basic first aid skills. After they've learned these basics, the group will take a ride in a real BMP all-terrain vehicle, capable of traveling over land and on water, and an off-road ride in a Land Rover. When they get back to base, the kids will be tested on their newly acquired knowledge and will receive a Russian diploma certifying their adventure day. All that adrenaline will work up an appetite, of course, and the day will cap off perfectly with a campfire and sausages for roasting. What more could a kid ask for?
Offroad Action is the Czech Republic's expert in outdoor military adventures and they have developed this programme to keep children entertained while teaching them some important life skills. It might be hard to imagine such an adventurous day could also be educational, but your children will come home with newly acquired skills, knowledge and a bit more self-confidence than when they left. And most importantly, they'll have fun doing it!
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