More than 240 Series I Land Rovers converged on the Peak Gateway Leisure Club, just outside Ashbourne, in Derbyshire for the Land Rover Series One club’s annual international rally, held on 27-28 June. It made a fantastic sight, I’ve never seen so many Series Is all together at the same time.
One of the highlights was a stunning group of ex-Derbyshire Fire Service Series Is, including rally organiser Steve Millward’s own mid-restoration machine.
In order of service and not necessarily chassis number the Land Rovers were:
The Gateway Getaway was much more than just a ‘show n’ shine’ sort of do, though. Four different road trips were laid on, catering for all tastes. I naturally took Plimsoll, my soon-to-be Alpine explorer, on the ‘Derbyshire Greenlaning Bonanza’ taking in some of the best lanes in Derbyshire.
There was the traditional club meal, evening entertainment and auction on Saturday before the event gently wound down on Sunday with the AGM and prize giving, followed by some entertaining silliness involving a giant football, strong cross-winds and Land Rovers. All in all, another great LRSOC rally. Well done and thanks to all those who made it happen.
I'm now looking forward to next year's event, planned to be at the Plumpton Race Course in East Sussex.