SECOND LANDY FESTIVAL ATTRACTS RECORD CROWDS
- Guinness Book of World Records attempt for the most vehicles in a Land Rover logo
- Arno Carstens and Jaco Labuschagne entertain
- Bush Mall features everything a Land Rover owner could dream of
- Inaugural World Wheel Changing Championships
- Pimp My Ride fits R67 000 worth of accessories to lucky winner
- Kingsley Holgate launches new expedition
After the major success of the inaugural Landy Festival last year, 2013 served up an even bigger and better gathering of Land Rovers and their passionate owners. Held once again at the Malonjeni Guest Farm near the Vaal River, the four-day festival (from 21 to 24 March) attracted larger crowds and yet another world record attempt.
Last year’s event witnessed a Guinness Book of World Records attempt for the most Land Rovers in a single convoy: 1001 Land Rovers in a 27km convoy. This year, the attempt was on to put the most vehicles into a Land Rover logo. Some 535 Land Rovers were on hand and the record is expected to be ratified soon.
The truly festive vibe was once again reflective of the passion Land Rover owners display not only for their vehicles, but for the camaraderie that surrounds Land Rover ownership. Arno Carstens and Jaco Labuschagne entertained campers on Friday and Saturday nights respectively, while the usual supporting festivities kept attendees entertained all weekend, including a kids’ zone.
Once again the Bush Mall catered for every Land Rover taste with 44 exhibitors on display. The goods and services extended from camping gear and accessories to insurance, finance and Land Rover South Africa themselves. Everything feasibly required by a Land Rover owner was on display.
Land Rovers are passionate off-road enthusiasts and the Landy Festival wouldn’t have been complete without the popular 4×4 track. It was one of the busiest attractions in 2012 and this year was even bigger, with some gruelling challenges lapped up by enthusiastic owners and their incredibly capable Land Rovers.
A new attraction for 2013 was the inaugural World Wheel Changing Championships. In a series of knock out heats, competitors had to remove and refit a wheel on vehicles supplied by Land Rover Bedfordview and The Glen – against the clock. At the Grand Final on Sunday afternoon, Mike Romeo was named the winner in front of thousands of spectators. The Top 16 competitors all enjoyed amazing prizes from Maxxis Tyres, Kärcher, BRS Offroad and Columbia Sportswear.
Front Runner Vehicle Outfitters once again sponsored a R67 000 makeover for one lucky Land Rover owner at the Landy Festival. Michael Terreblanche’s Land Rover Defender was kitted out over the course of the Landy Festival, looking incredible when it drove off Front Runner’s stand on Sunday.
“The 2013 Landy Festival was once again a remarkable success,” said Peter Biven, Marketing and Communications Director for Land Rover South Africa and sub Sahara Africa. “It is always a good reminder of the incredible following and support Land Rover enjoys from its passionate owner base and a wonderful community for future Land Rover owners to witness and join.”
Topping off the celebrations was intrepid adventurer Kingsley Holgate who launched his new expedition from the Landy Festival: his convoy of Land Rover Discoverys and Defenders will be off on a 3 country, 90 day humanitarian, geographic and conservation linked odyssey to track, research and document the Lubombo Mountain Range from its historic start point in the North of the Kruger National Park to Zululand’s Ghost Mountain in the South.
For more details see landyfestival.co.za.