What is it?
Dates in history remind us of great and tragic events. A birthday, the day you passed your driving test (first time, hopefully), maybe the day you got married (first or second time), or how about Christmas Day 1986 when Dirty Den served Angie with divorce papers.
For some, a date that resides painfully in the memory is 29 January 2016, when, after 67 long years of production, the final new Land Rover Defender rumbled into life.
This has left many loyal Defender owners with a problem. No longer can they replace their ageing 'Landies' with shiny new ones, especially if they’re not convinced by posh, curvy alternatives, such as the Discovery Sport or Range Rover Evoque.
There may be a solution at hand, though. Don’t throw away your old Defender, just refresh it. Dare I say, improve it? Well, that’s what JE Engineering claims to do. It's been around for more than 40 years, and now its existence, alongside competitors such as Kahn and Twisted, seems to make a lot more sense.
One of the most notable of JE's services will appeal to those fed up with shifting cogs themselves. JE Engineering can replace your manual gearbox for an automatic one.
That’s what we’re testing here, a 2012 Defender 90 Hard Top with an automatic gearbox and an array of modifications from JE Engineering. Our car also has a power upgrade, an electronic handbrake, sports suspension, added sound insulation and new upholstery.