Ironic, embarrassing footage showing a newer Range Rover being towed from a beach by a 50-year-old Land Rover perhaps proves that they don’t make ‘em like they used to.
The funny video shows a sleek, modern Range Rover stuck in mud in Salcombe, Devon. The Range Rover is powered by a five-liter supercharged V8 and is capable of going from 0 to 60 miles per hour in an estimated four seconds. However, the weight of the vehicle probably lessened its off-road abilities, which led to it being stranded on the beach.
Onlookers watched in surprise as the $3,000-valued 50-year-old model pulled the state-of-the-art, customized $320,000 Range Rover Autobiography to safety. Cameron Sims-Sterling, 30, is the owner of the 1961 Land Rover in the rescue mission. Sterling, the assistant harbour master of Salcombe Harbour, explained to the Daily Mail why he came to help:
“It’s just part of my job. It was my day off, but a colleague gave me a call explaining the situation so I came in to help.”
He commented on the situation and the cars involved:
“My car has a mechanical winch on the front, so we used that and pulled the other car free.
“He had become stuck after launching a jet-ski, and couldn’t free himself from the mud.
“His car had 22 inch wheels with road tires, which aren’t great for off-road, and his car probably weighs three times more than mine.
Michael Wayne, a beachgoer who witnessed the scene, expressed his bemusement:
“It was ridiculous seeing that great beast wallowing in the mud.
“It was great to see the flashy poser shown up by the old work horse, it was really fitting.”
Another spectator sympathized with the Range Rover owner:
“I can’t believe that expensive Range Rover was rescued by the harbour lads. It must have been quite embarrassing for the owner. I guess they just don’t build them like they used to.”