‘It’s gone from just a gathering of mates to something quite a lot bigger,’ says Ray Procter, one of the brains behind the event.
With more than 100 drivers expected to appear, it looks like the main goal – to spell out the words ‘Land Rover Defender’ using only Defenders and Series vehicles, and to photograph the result from an airborne drone – is well within reach.
The Isle of Man Motor Museum will play host to a special display of utility Land Rovers, with exhibits being offered by the local coastguard, police, Red Cross and Isle of Man Civil Defense. New 2015 Heritage and Adventure Edition Defenders (both part of Ray Proctor’s impressive family collection) will also be on display, hopefully alongside a local Series I.
Members of the trade will be getting involved, with parts and accessories supplier LR Parts bringing stock over from their base in Liverpool, and Land Rover dealer Mylchreests will be on site providing free tea and coffee.
Local eateries are even offering half-price Sunday lunches if you can show them your Land Rover’s keys!
Other highlights include a purpose-built Land Rover see-saw that’ll be big enough to hold Range Rovers as well as more diminutive Series Is. All Land Rovers are encouraged to come, not just Defenders – in fact everyone’s welcome, even if you don’t have a Land Rover!
‘A lot of people are into their Land Rovers on the Isle of Man,’ says Ray. ‘We’ve got lots of farms, country roads that are sometimes washed away, and no motorways so people are only driving short journeys. It’s ideal for Defenders here.’
The event starts at 10am on Sunday. It’s only scheduled to run for two hours, so don’t be late! Find out more at the event’s Facebook page.
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