Simply Land Rover hits new heights for marque's 70th

| 26 Jun 2018
Classic & Sports Car – Simply Land Rover hits new heights for marque's 70th

A record number of enthusiasts flocked to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu last Sunday (24 June) for Simply Land Rover.

In total, a fab 501 Land Rovers from across the marque's history were in attendance, with over 1000 visitors enjoying the spectacle in the summer sunshine.

And it wasn't just a static show. Participants were able to get stuck into an off-road driving course, plus there was a new feature, Simply Rummage, a Land Rover-specific autojumble.

Classic & Sports Car – Simply Land Rover hits new heights for marque's 70th
Classic & Sports Car – Simply Land Rover hits new heights for marque's 70th
Classic & Sports Car – Simply Land Rover hits new heights for marque's 70th
Classic & Sports Car – Simply Land Rover hits new heights for marque's 70th
Land Rovers from across the last seven decades were on show and off road

The show was an excellent opportunity to get close to some notable Land Rovers.

Two rare vehicles present were a 1982 Carmichael Commando six-wheeled Range Rover, still in its historic RAF Fire & Rescue livery (pictured above) and a 1970 Dormobile camper with a pop-up rising roof, one of several adventure-ready Landies being displayed at Beaulieu. Former military vehicles and an ambulance made the trip, too.

The Dunsfold Collection of historic Land Rovers also brought a rather special vehicle – a 1969 Velar Range Rover. And, appropriately, it was parked next to a brand-new Range Rover Velar.

Classic & Sports Car – Simply Land Rover hits new heights for marque's 70th
People's Choice runner up Christopher Pendred is presented with his prize by Beaulieu's Commercial Director Steve Munn

And it was great to see a classic taking home one of the day's top prizes.

Everyone at the show could vote for the People’s Choice Awards and although the winner was a modern example (Gary Williams' 2000 Range Rover P38 2.5 DHSE), one of the two runners up was a 1964 Land Rover Series IIA, restored by owner Christopher Pendred; the other runner up was a 2011 Land Rover 90 Defender, owned by Michael Smith.

A good number of owners' clubs also supported the event, including the Solent and District Land Rover Club, the Cheshire Land Rover Club, Range Rover P38 Owners South Coast and the Land Rover Overland Club.


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