Gaydon, Warwickshire: Sunday 5 May – This May Day holiday will see hundreds of Land Rovers making their way to the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon in Warwickshire.

The annual Land Rover cavalcade, which takes place on Sunday 5 May, is organised by the Heritage Motor Centre and runs from the Land Rover factory in Solihull to the museum at Gaydon. 150 special Land Rovers will take part, including many from the early 1950s. The convoy will set off from the factory gates at 10.00 a.m. and pass through Knowle, Warwick, Wellesborne, and Kinton arriving in Gaydon at 11.00 a.m.

Leading the convoy will be one of the original Land Rovers built in 1948, affectionately known as "Old Hughie" (Reg No HUE 166). Bringing the event right into the 21st century, the recently launched new Range Rover will also be taking part in the cavalcade to complete the range of Land Rovers. The Range Rover will be driven by Julie Tew, managing director of the Heritage Motor Centre, who said: "This is an exceptional year for the Heritage Run, with more Defender vehicles than ever, which just goes to show what a popular vehicle this is. We also have a record number of Discoverys here today, an acknowledgment no doubt to the new Discovery clubs that have been formed recently. Altogether we have the full range of Land Rovers here, it is quite a spectacle."

The Heritage Motor Centre will be the venue for many more Land Rovers, travelling from all over the country to join in the celebration of 54 years of production of this timeless collection of 4x4 vehicles.

Other activities on the day will include trade stands and autojumble, live music, pig roast, children’s face-painting, the Land Rover off-road course, and children’s miniature electric car road-circuit. There will also be an opportunity to meet some of the Range Rover designers and engineers, past and present.

Published : 01/05/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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