Land Rover vehicles have been used to rescue mountaineers, carry casualties from battlefields, put out fires, transport royalty and take the kids to school-you name it and a Land Rover has probably done it. But this Anglesey beach is where it all began, with a drawing in the sand six decades ago.

Ten Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Range Rovers

1. The first few prototypes were tested all over the world without disguise, but were given the name 'Velar' to hide their identities from nosey onlookers. It means to keep a secret in Spanish.

2. In 1970, a Range Rover was exhibited at the Louvre in Paris as 'an outstanding piece of modern sculpture.'

3. The luxurious Vogue models were so named after the famous fashion magazine used a Range Rover as a prop in a high-profile photo shoot in 1983.

4. UK traffic police used to drive Range Rovers, but often ended up in serious accidents during high-speed pursuits, due to the car's high center of gravity. When cornering hard, they'd simply flip over. Adjustable air suspension has since made them much safer.

5. The twin tailgates were badly designed, with the top half being made from glass and steel, the bottom section from aluminum. When they touched, a chemical reaction kicked off and both sections would rust rather rapidly.

6. One of Pope John Paul II's Popemobiles was a modified Range Rover. It was said to be both bomb- and bulletproof and weighed an almost unbelievable 24 tons.

7. The first generation of Range Rover came to be known as the 'Classic.' Production carried on even after the second generation was launched, but ended two years later in 1996 after 317,615 had been built.

8. By January 2004, 100,000 Range Rovers had been sold in North America.

9. A number of early Range Rovers were converted into emergency vehicles with drive to six wheels. They still serve as fire tenders at many airports around the world.

10. Almost one million Land Rovers and Range Rovers were powered by a V8 engine that was first destined for Buick in the 1950s. Land Rover bought the rights to it from GM and built this legendary engine between 1970 and 2001.

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