Our man Stuart Collins has been busy scanning the pictures he’s taken over the years while working at Longbridge. These photographs of Rover’s Company Protection Services (CPS) vehicles are absolutely fascinating.
These CPS vehicles had been known to turn out to incidents and accident on the public roads around the factory as their response time was only two or three minutes and that could be a lifesaver.
First up is the Land Rover – as Land Rover was a sister company at the time, Rover asked its SVO division to build a fire truck, but their quote was nearly double that quoted by Boughton so that’s who the order went to. The pictures were taken around 1994 not long after delivery.
Before it was registered it went to the Millbrook Proving Ground near Bedford to support one of Rover’s 24 hour record attempts. The vehicle was an ideal size to drive along the gangways inside the factory. It even had cutting gear (jaws of life) on board and the crew would practice cutting up scrap cars at the back of the New West works.
H711 JRW (SALLJGMF7KA479197) was registered 2 January 1991. Originally a 116in-wheelbase five-door ambulance demonstrator it later went into service with Rover CPS and, like the Land Rover fire truck (top), it was narrow enough to work inside the factory
The LDV ambulance was one of two, both coronary care-equipped, so they could transport casualties straight to A&E instead of waiting for a county ambulance to turn up. Due to their quick response time in the factory, the survival rate of casualties was much higher than the county ambulance could do. The Discovery was a security patrol vehicle for the site.