Dub My Ride: Bob Marley’s Land Rover to Be Restored

January 17, 2012

Words by Jesse Serwer, via the Jamaica Starโ€”

One of the first things visitors to the Bob Marley Museum see upon entering the premises at 56 Hope Road in Kingston is the singer’s baby-blue 1976 Land Rover. The museum is, temporarily, down one attraction, though, as the classic car was recently sent to a Land Rover dealer in Montego Bay to be assessed for a planned restoration, following years of exposure to the elements. Said to be Bob’s favorite ride, the truck has proven to be very popular with museum visitorsโ€”and staff. The Bob Marley Foundation’s general manager, Jacqueline Lynch-Stewart, said the removal of the vehicle has been “very traumatic” for workers there. “Any time anything goes it is traumatic. They get a little emotional.” That mellow mood shouldn’t last long, as the vehicle is slated to return to its usual place out in front of the museum following any necessary fixes.