The sun shone, and you flocked in your thousands to the East of England Showground, stacking our parking area with masses of Land Rovers that gleamed in endless majestic ranks. We’re double-checking the numbers, but we do know that more of you showed up than ever before – and by a long way!
Countless highlights included a superb off-road course created by Vince Cobley and his LRO Adventure Club team. It was gnarlier than last year, and many people told us it was the best show course they’d ever seen.
The arena action was jaw-dropping and relentless. Big thanks to Edd Cobley for tearing the place up in a selection of mighty Bowlers, and to Flatdog and John Lawn for creating the awesome challenge course. The arena was crammed for the night-time light displays and high-octane winch displays, and the photos are awesome.
Special thanks go to Land Rover themselves for their unique contribution, bringing along a stunning array of vehicles from HUE himself to the latest Range Rover Sport SVR.
Q&A sessions in the Land Rover tent saw legendary engineer Roger Crathorne and Land Rover historian Mike Bishop revealing some fascinating and little-known highlights from Land Rover’s history. Engineering Director Nick Roger’s gave a fascinating insight into Land Rover’s 21st Century tech challenges, Range Rover Programme Director Alex Heslop revealed some of the details that makes the current Range Rover so special, and marine biologist Monty Halls told of the heroic work done by his specially equipped Defender 110 on the recent Shoals of Aghulas expedition.
Polybush hosted a successful oily extravaganza by the Manic Mechanics, who built up a new Series rolling galvanized chassis and built up a Rover axle in the Live Rebuild tent. Polybush also sponsored our Best of Show Club awards (results below).
Loads of clubs pulled out all the stops this year, bringing a fantastic array of vehicles and creating some imaginative set-ups. Our thanks also to the many traders who supported the show, and the campers, the day visitors, loyal regulars, first-timers, long-distance drivers, vehicle preppers, spannerers, background cooks, nappy changers and patient hangers on. It was epic, and we thank you all.
Best in Show: A stunning Range Rover Classic LSE soft dash owned by Nick Tuite. It’s in wonderful condition and is one of two originally built for the boss of BAE Systems.
Best Classic: 1964 Series IIA 88in with Brockhouse trailer. The pair has been beautifully restored by Chris Pendred, whose uncle bought the Land Rover when it was new.
Best Modified: Awesome modified Defender 110, formerly owned by the Sandringham Estate. Top marks for owner Darren Holmes, who couldn’t resist the Flatdog Twist-Off ramp!
Twist-Off Challenge Winner: Tim Chapman's heavily modified 90 truck-cab.
Regional Club Awards
1st Beds Herts and Cambs LRC, for a superb artistic display themed on a fold out photo album conceived by Louise Chamberlain in a dream.
2nd Staffs 4x4 Club
3rd Rough & Ready Off-Road Club
National Club Awards
1st Camel Trophy and G4 Owners jointly, for having outstanding stands but also for how they worked together to make the show more spectacular.
2nd National 4x4 Response
3rd Series One Club