The cool easterly wind gusting across the Gaydon site not only helped keep the temperature down under the cloudless sky, but metaphorically speaking was also the wind of change as next year's event will be in a different format. That shouldn’t detract from news of this year's show, where a plethora of Land Rovers from the oldest right up to a brace of Evoques were on display, plus visitors had full access to the museum and its exhibits.
Star of the show was undoubtedly Paul Hazell’s fantastically restored ex-military TAC-T fire tender with powered Scottorn trailer that won the LRO Editor’s Choice award. Every other model was represented with standard and not-so-standard vehicles standing shoulder to shoulder and the clubs had a good array of vehicles to check out.
For those with a taste for speed, a blast round the test track next door took many people faster than they had ever been before in a car, let alone a Land Rover. At 146mph, the world goes past quickly. Elsewhere you could hitch an off-road ride with the Land Rover Experience, pick up a bargain from the classic-orientated trade and autojumble stands or just enjoy an ice cream to cool you down.
The Heritage Land Rover show has always been a big draw for owners of classic Land Rovers – now it’s up to the organisers to ensure that they aren’t forgotten about when the new and improved show returns next year.