The first all-new Bristol and West Land Rover Show got off to a great start with 3,000 Land Rover lovers gathering at the Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, to celebrate their favourite marque.
Around 30 Land Rover and 4×4 clubs and 100 traders, covering everything from parts and spares to overland adventures, praised the new event that was organised by Mark Woodward Events.
Mark said: “We’re thrilled with how well this first event has been received. The feedback has been brilliant. Traders have reported good business throughout the weekend and visitors are already asking us for the dates for 2013. We even got a break with the weather during the day although those camping certainly got their equipment tested during Saturday night, but were all smiling Sunday morning nevertheless.”
A highlight on Saturday was the BLESMA Charity Challenge as over 400 Land Rovers, 4x4s and ex-military vehicles congregated to create an incredible mosaic of a Defender 90. This was followed by a charity auction, which raised over £1,900 for BLESMA, the British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association.
Diana Tigwell hosted the Difflock Live Action Arena offering Land Rover parades, winching demonstrations from Goodwinch and the first double twist off challenge.
The date has already been set for next year’s Bristol and West Land Rover Show as it will return to the Royal Bath and West Showground on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June 2013.