On Sunday April 24, 380 Land Rovers gathered at the British Motor Industry Heritage museum at Gaydon, in Warwickshire. Organizers Patrick and Patricia Stoner spent months gathering support and planning every last detail for this Guinness World Record attempt to create the world's longest parade of Land Rovers. The venue was Jaguar Land Rover's test track next door to the museum site. Supported by a huge number of volunteers, marshals, 'tin rattlers' and event admin ladies in the registration tent, everything ran like clockwork.
The museum car park quickly filled with all manner of Land Rovers from all points of the compass; some even travelled from Belgium and Germany to take part. Although the focus on the day was the record attempt, which previously stood at 260 vehicles, the real purpose of the event was to raise vital funds for the Help for Heroes Charity. 'We expect to donate around £10,000 to Help for Heroes,' says Patricia Stoner. Guinness World Records has yet to confirm whether or not Convoy for Heroes actually succeeded in breaking the record.
The SAS threw its weight behind the event, too. 'Their presence was very popular and the talks by former SAS Staff Sergeants Pete Winner and Pete Scholey were over subscribed,' says Patricia. The SAS donated a couple of pictures to the auction on Sunday, which also included a Spanish fly drive holiday, from Spanish 4x4.com
Convoy for Heroes - the Movie! A DVD of the event will be available shortly; all profits going to Help for Heroes.
Look out for the June issue of LRO and see if you're in our pictures.