Mythical swords (Excalibur) Steam Trains (The Flying Scotsman) Boats (Boaty McBoatface) and Land Rovers always seem to have a name. Something about human nature means we love naming the most legendary of pieces of engineering and design, and a Defender is clearly a welcome member of the legends circle. I have resisted naming my truck as I always knew a major facelift was in the mix, now the facelift is complete and after some light peer pressure it is time to find my Iconic piece of engineering and design its very own name. But first you should also have a proper introduction to how achingly cool this truck has become…
We missed out on the Pretentious name thing, when the rest of the world was finding random collections of letters to name their children, we went traditional and safe, and in doing so identified the “Pretentious Name Spectrum”. It’s relatively self explanatory – William, Henry, George, Mary, Victoria, Alice (and all the Kings/ Queens) hold the high ground of one end of the spectrum and Vanilla, Peach-plum, Dingle Berry and ZZep%$pheb hold the lower ground at the other end.
If you are unsure of what I am talking about, then it’s extremely likely your child is called Felucunia and you think it’s normal. Maybe after so long scoffing at the adventurous end of the spectrum, and with a new car that needs a name perhaps I need to roll my sleeves up and dive into the pretentious zone….
So I created a shortlist (Agatha, Ventura, Petunia, Spelsbury) and then I discussed them at length with Archie and Jack and have settled neatly on – Ventura.
Ventura – in Portugese meaning Fortune or Happiness (…and it cost a fortune but makes me happy)
Ventura – and its clear spirit of Adventure
Ventura – a unique and powerful name
So there it is, Ventura is The Adventure Truck’s name and a whole new world of content awaits.