Neil Hopkinson started his driving career at the wheel of a pedal Land Rover at the age of four. This vehicle was a subliminal force that shaped Neil’s future.
For as long as I can remember the idea of travelling in a Land Rover across the immensity of Africa was uppermost in my mind. I used to sleep without a pillow so that I would be able to be happy traveling with only the necessities in the African Bush. One memory of great significance was when my father picked me up from the station in deep snow with a Navy Land Rover.
My first car was bought by my father for £10 from a scrapyard. It was a car that was older than I and I spent many happy hours during my sixteenth year rebuilding it ready for my driving test, yes, it was a Series 1 Land Rover and I passed my test after three lessons only a couple of weeks after my seventeenth birthday.