Simply Land Rover 2018 enjoys record attendance

Beaulieu’s all-Land Rover extravaganza saw huge numbers of cars and visitors in celebration of marque’s 70th year. Here are our favourite bits...

The sun was out for Simply Land Rover 2018, and so were thousands of you! Beaulieu’s grand surroundings played host to over 500 examples of Land Rover’s finest over the weekend, celebrating the Solihull icon’s 70th anniversary with record participant numbers. Models of every age and type descended upon the National Motor Museum in Hampshire, while 1091 visitors enjoyed the baking sunshine.

The extensive line-up of showcased Land Rovers ranged from the very earliest of Series Is right through to modern-day Range Rovers, and everything in between. Freelander and Discovery models and all manner of V8-powered goodness stood alongside heavily modified off-road beasts and ex-military Lightweights.

The Dunsfold Collection kindly let its 1969 Range Rover Velar prototype out to play. Parked alongside the latest Velar incarnation, it split fan opinion on which one they would have…

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Besides the anticipated off-road course, 2018’s event had a new feature in the form of Simply Rummage, an autojumble dedicated to Land Rover spares. Enthusiasts snapped up lights, wheels, seats and engine parts, while those seeking the perfect body dug out doors, bonnets and even complete front bulkheads.

A highlight for many enthusiasts was the return of the Beaulieu Forest Drive. Held in association with Land Rover Experience West Country, this low-range exercise found Land Rover models of all ages taking on the forest course. An incredibly rare 1982 Carmichael Commando six-wheeled Range Rover, still wearing historic RAF Fire & Rescue livery, was even put through its paces.

Rally participants and show attendees had the opportunity to vote for their favourite Land Rover of the show in the People’s Choice Awards. The title went to Gary Williams from Wargrave with his 2000 Range Rover P38 2.5 DHSE; something AutoClassics was delighted about, as we champion the second-generation Range Rover every time!

Gary is very proud of his all-original Range Rover, which has had just two owners from new. ‘I love the fact that it’s in excellent condition,’ he said. ‘I don’t use it for going off-road, but I do use it for towing a caravan on holiday.’

Beaulieu’s commercial director Steve Munn presented Gary with an Autoglym car care pack. Runners-up were Michael Smith with his 2011 90 Defender and Christopher Pendred with his 1964 Series IIA.

Lifelong enthusiast Michael, from Botley, employs his 90 as the most modern of his collection of Land Rovers, while Christopher, from Kent, had restored his Series IIA and its matching Brockhouse trailer to as-new condition. They were both presented with special Autoglym prizes – which we’re sure will be put to good use.

Club displays were at the heart of Simply Land Rover, with the Solent and District Land Rover Club, Cheshire Land Rover Club, Range Rover P38 Owners South Coast, Land Rover Overland Club and more featuring members’ vehicles on their stands.

Simply Land Rover is one of nine Simply rallies to be held at Beaulieu in 2018. Still to come are Simply Jaguar on July 8, Simply Japanese on July 29 and Simply Smart on November 11. For tickets or more details click here.

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