Over 300 Land Rovers from very early Series 1’s to the last production Defenders, some standard, many modified, gathered at Pentillie on a cold dry Sunday March 20th.
The reason to get together was to celebrate this iconic vehicle which is known to all, the subject of boyhood dreams of ownership and still transport for so many.
The extraordinary breadth of vehicles on display ranged from a dilapidated and un-restored barn find brought along by Steve Toyer, to a very hot rocket piloted by JE Engineering. There was a rare Forward Control, a 90 with a 5.3 litre Chrysler engine, a conspicuous Police Defender driven by Andy Gooch, and Tim Bell brought along his 75mm Howitzer towed behind a Ford of all things!
A variety of food stalls around the castle offered coffee and cakes, Kerno Forno with their wood fired pizza oven, Big Pan Parties offering curry and paella, and Jeremy Daw, who farms at St Dominick teased us all with the amazing smell of his home raised hog roast, not to mention the Pentillie bar serving Cornish Orchards cider and the Cornish lager, Korev.
Visitors, when not looking under bonnets, were able to try their balance on Segways, shoot at laser clays, try and beat each other at the air rifle shooting competition and drive radio controlled racing cars.
Veronica Lamond, the Cornish author of the Landy and Fender series of children books was signing her books and Toylander brought their fabulous scale model electric powered Land Rovers that children were able to drive around the lawn.
Most 4 x 4 owners had at least one trip around the 6km estate off-road route that wound up and down through the woods for a 40 minute drive. The route was unusually dry following 10 days without rain and therefore not nearly as testing as it had been a few days before, which saved the marshals from Devon & Cornwall 4 x 4 response, who had volunteered to help run the day, having to push and tow anyone out of a ditch or valley. Disappointing really!
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