Over thirty vehicles converged in convoys, including mine came from Pisa, to the port of Piombino for the one hour ferry to the island that most will remember as being where Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to, two hundred years ago. This year’s event was ambiguously titled ‘Remember “Defender Cup”’. Most would assume this to be a reference to the later Land Rover models, but no. The ‘Defender Cup’ was a series of off road races held on the island in the 1980s prior to Land Rover trade-marking the name, open to all 4x4 manufacturers keen to ‘Defend’ their reputation. But who knows, perhaps it was the inspiration for the name that our beloved vehicles adopted.
It was a superb weekend of off-roading punctuated, as you would expect at any Italian event, by equally superb cuisine. The full story will be in LRO soon, but I have to let you know my high point from the weekend. It was the incongruous echoing sound of 50 Land Rover enthusiasts, in Bob the Builder hard hats, deep underground in an iron mine, whistling and singing in bi-lingual harmony ‘hi ho hi ho it's off to work we go…’ Snow White would have been so proud.
There is a short video of the event at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssqqM4NrFkI
You can also find out more about this lovely club at http://lnx.registrostoricolandrover.it/