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John Wright and Series Land Rovers

John has participated in trialling in an 80" Series One Land Rover and won several competitions. He has also competed in a V8 Lightweight Land Rover and won the All Wheel Drive Offroad Racing Championship in 1985 and 1986 in a Range Rover space frame special.

He trained to be a mechanical engineer and comes from an engineering background; his grandad was a highly skilled engineer. John's father (Jake Wright) joined the RAF during WW2 and worked on the infamous Spitfire fighter aircraft. John himself soon became interested in Landrovers and at the age of 18 rebuilt his first series I (ex army) '86"

John's first land Rover - he couldn't wait to get it finished!

With help and encouragement from his parents it was decided to buy some ex army landrovers which were then refurbished and put up for sale; and so Jake Wright Ltd was formed in 1973.

John now runs the family business of Jake Wright Ltd, a 30-year old company specialising in the sales, repair, maintenance and restoration of Land Rovers. The company is based in the picturesque vale of Wharfedale in West Yorkshire, England.


John, with the 1975 Series III 109-inch Safari Land Rover he restored.

It was shipped to New York for a customer. You may see it around!

The magazine Land Rover Owner published a detailed article on the restoration of this vehicle.

photos © Jake Wright Ltd

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