Everybody loves a freebie, especially when it involves a FREE drink! So to make sure those of you who purchase weekend camping tickets kick-start the weekend in style, we’ve arranged a ‘Buy 1, Get 1 Free Happy Hour’. This exclusive offer will take place on Friday September 14th at the Moose Bar, near the Northampton Suite and behind the main grandstand. Never ones to miss out on a free beer, the writers behind Land Rover Owner International magazine will be there between 7-8pm to eat, drink, and of course, socialise. Soft drinks are also included within this offer. Don’t miss out – book tickets today. It’s going to be one almighty Land Rover party!
We've managed to cram in over 60 clubs, so make sure you go for a good walk round. Clubs dedicated to single models, like the Land Rover Series One Club and Series 2 Club, have large stands so you can check out a wide range of classics and chat to owners about the pleasure - and sometimes pain - of ownership. And the Range Rover Register and Discovery Owners' Club always have a bevvy of beautiful vehicles on display. If military vehicles are your thing, check out the ex-military area. Fancy joining the 4x4 Repsonse network and helping others? The group has a sizeable stand with reps from all areas of the UK. Sign up and help out. But just want to do some off-roading, competition or adventuring? No problem; there's a club for you. Grab a show guide and make sure you see all the stands. they're a major part of the show.
The centre of the main arena is converted into a massive obstacle course to show off what Land Rovers can do. It's designed by John Lawn. "We want to make it as true-to-life as possible so we bring in tons of earth to create the course". And it is certainly a spectacle. As well as the challenges across the gnarly terrain (see photo above), we'll also be holding an RTV (road taxed vehicle) trial run under MSA permit. This shows what you can get up to in a more standard vehicle - one you drive everyday but want to have abit more fun in without damaging or having to modify it. Russ Brown, our clubs tsar, will be putting together the RTV with the help of club friends. LRO contributor Jerry Thurston is compère: and JT is always good value with a mic in his hand!
LRO's workshop writer Martin Domoney and Britpart's spannerman Steve Grant will be working on our much-abused Discovery 2, upgrading it for off-roading in the Britpart workshop tent on the LRO stand. The Td5 Disco is still pretty standard at the moment and the guys will take the opportunity to smarten it up, replacing the damaged front and rear bumpers and showing how you can transform you own Land Rover. They'll also be demonstrating the new Lynx Evo diagnostic tool - so you can see how a diagnostic tool that fits on your mobile phone can help you keep your Land Rover on the road.
You'll probably have already read the story about the mammoth task unearthing and returning 'Oxford', one of the First Overland 86-inch Series 1 station wagons, to the UK (if you've missed it, turn to p106 of October's issue of LRO). Now's your chance to see this historic vehicle up close and personal - it's first public outing is at our show. The diminutive (by current standards, anyway) Land Rover has been sympathetically rebuilt, retaining as much of the original vehicle as was possible. It'll be on display on a stand next to the Land Rover Series One Club and, as well as being one of the first to meet this legendary vehicle, you'll be able to watch footage of the Oxford and Cambridge Far East Expidition that made it famous and helped promote Land Rover around the world. The adventures this Land Rover enjoyed have inspired generations of owners to venture overland and explore the world - and now that it's returned to the UK from what was expected to be it's final resting place, it will continue to do so for years to come.