Well, where do we start? We’ve come full circle to the business you see today. We’ve been there, done it and got most of the T-shirts.
Lee Allen started in business in 2004, setting up Adventure 4×4, this was purely a garage specialising in the service and repair of Land Rover’s and Range Rovers.
Adventure 4×4’s speciality was servicing new vehicles still within Land Rover’s warranty period.
Adventure 4×4 was one of the few businesses at the time that made the bold move to compete with the franchised dealers and service vehicles within the warranty period.
Over the years, Adventure 4×4 acquired PRB Services Ltd and Stamford Garage Land Rover specialists in Bradford. Adventure 4×4 then becoming established as a supplier of Land Rover parts, supplying many other specialists & garages, motor factors and even the military.
In 2011, Lee had to decide where he wanted to go with the business. At that time Lee wanted to build and grow the business, the only way to grow the workshop was through put of work, but Lee really struggled as good mechanics that could work to any kind of standard were seemingly impossible to find. So he made the decision to sell the road car workshop and concentrate on parts. Lee still kept his hand in though, preparing off road vehicles and Escort Mk2’s when time allowed.
In September 2016, due to many factors, Lee took the decision to close Adventure 4×4 Direct. The monotonous boredom of been sat in front of a computer screen, no job satisfaction, no enjoyment and Lee really missing getting stuck into doing some proper work, so he is back and enjoying what he does best. Life is not all about the money…..
Lee has worked on everything from a basic shopping car right through to heavy plant machinery to million pound race cars, with everything in between, coaches, HGV’s, JCB’s the lot.
Lee started his career in a local back street garage. Qualifying as a mechanic in 1995, when you had to actually sit exams rather than just turn up to college to get qualification. After been involved in club motorsport, Lee got quite a reputation for preparing class winning Rally and Hillclimb cars for friends. Cars prepared by Lee have had many class and championship wins on the local motorsport scene.
Encouraged by everyone to make the move into professional motorsport, Lee was offered a job by Lister Cars, the international GT Sports car team. Lee made the move to Surrey and had much success preparing the Lister Storm GT1 & GT2 cars. The 2 cars prepared by Lee won the British GT1 championship driven by ex F1 driver Julian Bailey and the then up and coming Jamie Campbell Walter. In the international FIA GT2 championship, the car showed much promise with some excellent finishes and a pole position. This was an awesome time, seeing Lee working with Le Mans winner Andy Wallace, Touring car driver Bobby Verdon Roe and Top Gear & 5th Gear presenter Tiff Needell.
The team ran out of cash at the end of that season, so facing an uncertain future, Lee returned to sunny Yorkshire to work for Post Vintage Engineers, restoring and preparing historic Aston Martin road & race cars. With a young family, Lee had to chase the money, so he went back into road cars.
The Land Rover bug really started to bite in 1998 when Lee worked for a civilian MOD contractor repairing military Land Rovers, the opportunity then arose for Lee to work for a well known Land Rover specialists in Leeds in 2001, and it’s been 100% Land Rover ever since…….(well nearly, there’s been few Escort Mk 2’s in there too)
Rhys joined Fat Lad 4×4 in January 2017. Rhys has 5 years previous experience in the motor trade, but with no formal training or qualifications. At 22 years old, he has taken a brave step to join us as an apprentice in order to gain those vital qualifications. Rhys is in to his off roading too, but on 2 wheels, although we’ll soon have that sorted out.
Dean hides away behind the scenes making sure all our goods in and goods out run smoothly.