The British Land Rover 4x4 has grown from 1948 to become one of the world's leading automotive brands. Exactly how it all came together back in the late 1940's and early 50's has been the topic of interest and debate for many years. This was until two Australian enthusiasts, Michael Bishop and Alex Massey quite literally stumbled across senior member of the original Land Rover development team, Arthur Goddard living in Brisbane, Australia in 2009. The discovery led to many of the myths and tales surrounding the early vehicles to be heard as it happened from Arthur's point of view. Then to a trip by Arthur to visit his old work place in Solihull and to the vehicle that he helped bring to life back in 1948. The book contains both a technical and human side to this incredible story as well as a great reunion between Arthur and his old colleague Spen King who went onto design the Range Rover in the 1960's. This is truly a unique story from the time of post War World two Britain to modern day Australia and how the iconic 4x4 grew up so quickly in the 1950's to become the world leader that it is today.
Michael Bishop is an Australian who has been driving and collecting Land Rovers since he was a teenager on his family farm. He has owned and restored many of the rare early models. His keen interest in the early Land Rovers lead to him researching deeper into the history of the make and how the vehicle evolved technically in the first years of its development. The research led to him writing articles about his findings in Club and Classic Car Magazines. He was one of the first to publish Land Rover technical articles on the internet in the 1990s and his passion for motoring goes well beyond his own area of expertise.
His first book 'They Found Our Engineer' is not just about the iconic British 4x4, but also about the unusual set of circumstances that lead to him helping to re-discover Land Rovers first Engineer living in Brisbane, Australia in 2009.