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Four-Links – return of the Defender?, Dubonnet prototype, Mongol rally, 1979 oil crisis

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The Defender is dead, right? Not so fast. As Ronan Glon at Ran When Parked reported, a British businessman hasn’t let Jaguar Land Rover’s denial of permission to continue the Defender’s production stop him. A feasibility study is due later this year, which could result in a new factory specifically to build new Defenders – sans the Land Rover badge.


* No longer unidentified, this photo that The Old Motor ran earlier this week featuring an Andre Dubonnet prototype still leads down many side streets and rabbit holes of automotive history.


* Subcompact Culture this week took a look at the Mongol Rally, an event that challenges owners of less appreicated smaller cars to make there ways across Europe and Asia with a minimum of hospitalizations and breakdowns.


* The first oil crisis of the Seventies is fairly well documented, along with its impacts in the United States. The second one, though just as important to the automobile’s evolution, isn’t nearly as well understood, as John Heitmann wrote – a situation that has led many to ignore or forget the lessons that the crisis might have taught us.


* Finally, speaking of external events that guided the development of the automobile in the United States, the Historic Vehicle Association pointed out that this month marks the centennial of the Federal Aid Road Act, which provided for transcontinental highways.