On a sunny day in 2003 when I was 11 years old, my dad brought home a 1993 Range Rover in Ardennes Green. It was love at first sight and I’ve been obsessed with Land Rovers ever since that day. My dad let me name her Vicky (based on her numberplate), and we went on many adventures including annual trips to Cornwall and the Isle of Wight.
In 2010 it was a particularly bad winter here in Kent and my dad had to take some teachers home from my mum’s school to the villages where they lived.
Visits to the South London and Surrey Land Rover Club’s London to Brighton Run became a yearly event, fuelling my love for them even more. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to become a Land Rover owner yet myself (and I don’t think my dad will ever let me get my hands on his!).
When I got engaged, I naturally started thinking that I would really like to get Land Rovers involved in my wedding day somehow – to me, the cars were as important as the dress!
In April this year, with the wedding fast approaching, I made some leaflets explaining what I was trying to achieve, asking if Land Rover owners would be able to join me on my wedding day to form a convoy.
My dad and I put the leaflets on the windscreens of Land Rovers in the local area and spoke to owners of Land Rovers we saw in car parks about it. We spoke to some great people and I received some lovely messages from people who couldn’t make it too.
When the day arrived, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I walked out of the church. I was so excited and surprised to see 10 Land Rovers in the car park, waiting to follow our wedding car, a 1958 Plymouth Savoy, to Little Hermitage, our reception venue. One of the owners had even closed his business so that he could join the convoy, which was really lovely of him.
There was a bit of a rocky moment in the car park when one of the Land Rovers struggled to start and was offered a tow, but eventually it started and we got going. Looking back along the road, all I could see was Land Rovers stretching behind us. It looked fantastic.
Unfortunately I didn’t get to speak to many of the owners, but they were all such nice people. I was so grateful for them sparing their time and fuel to help make my day so special. I got the impression they enjoyed themselves too – there was a lot of chatting and exchanging of numbers going on while we had photos taken with their cars.
There was such a great atmosphere, it felt like a miniature version of a car show.
I don’t think my dad and I stopped grinning the whole time!
This owner review appeared in the December 2015 issue of LRO. Current and Back issues are available to download on digital devices here. Please note, we only hold stocks of the the last three back issues.