Sunday, 1 July 2012

Bristol and West Land Rover Show. 22nd-24th June

Funnily enough the Bristol and West Land Rover Show is held at the Bath and West Showground, which is at Shepton Mallet. This show has been held a couple of times before, but is now being organised by a new team.
We drove down through Bath and the traffic can only be described as horrific, so a quick extra circuit of the roundabout and we were on our way through Bradford on Avon.  Soon we reached the showground, where Mal was setting up his tent.  We had been allocated a club stand right in the centre of the show.  We set up and others began to arrive, Ian and family and then Greg. As soon as personal needs were met, we set about building the club stall.

The Friday night was showery with high winds, but everything stayed up.
We were very busy on the Saturday with lots of general public coming through the gate.  Katie Pops turned up with her Land rover, and Snappylegs and his family also turned up for the day. Craig and his wife also turned up.
We had lots of interest in the club and forum. The weather was not too bad, very windy but at least the rain stayed off.
In the afternoon we all went off to join the BLESMA (British Limbless ExServices mens Association) Challenge. The aim was to create the the shape of a Land Rover Defender on the field using 1000 Land Rovers. It was quit a sight, although we only had about 800 Land Rovers so we did not quite make it, we did however raise over £8000 for BLESMA.

After that we set off in convoy around the showground, which was great fun as we were all able to see all the different Land Rovers that had come to the show.

All shapes and sizes of Land Rovers were there. Not sure if I would like to drive one of these although they are road legal!
Although there were a lot of vehicles in the convoy it is difficult to represent it with photographs.

I did like this one though. The one on the right is a Toylander, which we plan to start building.

The show was like any other with lots of trade and club stands, various competitions and other displays.  This one created some interest!
The toilet seat on the front, is a genuine product from Australia, and is called a Bumper Dumper.

Saturday night was horrifically windy, and our awning split.  I t has done over 125 nights camping and lasted over 21 months.  So a new Sunncamp XL will be ordered as soon as we get home.
Sunday however was a bright sunny day and the wind dropped steadily throughout the day.

Lots of people were at the show again on the Sunday. The show finished at 4.00pm, by which time personal tents were down and our caravan was cleared up. So once the Club stand was packed away, we all set off home.

It really was an excellent show, where we met many old friends, and made quite a few new ones.  We all look forward to the show next year, which hopefully will be even bigger.

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