Thousands of Landies go West for new show

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More than 3000 British four by four icons turned out for the first all-new Bristol and West Land Rover Show at the Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet.

With around 30 clubs and 100 traders – selling everything from parts to overland adventures – on site, the Landies ranged from the earliest examples to the modern day.

One highlight was the BLESMA (British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association) Charity Challenge as over 400 Land-Rovers, 4x4s and ex-military vehicles created a mosaic of a Defender 90. That was followed by a charity auction, which raised over £1900 for BLESMA.

There was also activity all weekend in the Live Action Arena including parades, winching demonstrations from Goodwinch and the first double twist off challenge.

Organiser Mark Woodward 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.”

The date has already been set for next year’s Bristol and West Land Rover Show; it will return to the Royal Bath and West Showground on 15-16 June. For more information, click here.

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