A Land Rover wreckage has emerged on Gwithian beach in Cornwall, and what makes this even more remarkable is the fact that this is happening almost three decades after it was originally marooned there.
The fact that it remains in such a good condition is testament to the craftsmanship and engineering prowess at Land Rover.
The Land Rover has been buried on the beach since January 13th 1990, and the 4x4 was already 22 years old when it became stuck in the soft sand. The incident occurred when owner Ronnie Hanney decided to drive his wife, Margaret, and daughters, Gina & Vikki, to the water’s edge.
“We had parked down by the shoreline, but we were in soft sand and when we tried to move the back wheels just kept spinning.”
“The tide had turned and we couldn’t get out in time, so I ran back up to the slip to try to find someone to help while people started to gather on the headland to watch.”
“Once the water reached the Land Rover we couldn’t do any more and we had to leave it”.
“The funniest thing was, when my dad went back with a spade the next day to dig it out, all that was sticking out of the sand was the chassis and four wheels.”
While there is no doubt that Mr Hanney would have been understandably upset at the time, Gina now admits that her father, who passed away at the age of 69 in December 2015, eventually saw the funny side of things.
“In a way, it’s nice that he has left a legacy”, she added.