Britain’s National Motor Museum continues to set attendance records at its “Simply” car shows this year. This past weekend it was “Simply Land Rover” and nearly 550 of the sport utility vehicles showed up at the museum grounds at Beaulieu, England.
Also attracting a crowd was the return of “Simply Rummage,” a Land Rover-themed swap meet, and participants were given an opportunity to take their Rovers on an off-road drive on the facility’s newly expanded “Forest Drive” off-road circuit.
The 30th anniversary of the Discovery model was celebrated.
Taking People’s choice honors at the show was a 1993 Land Rover Defender 90 owned and customized with such things as a roof-mounted tent by Michael Jones and his son Louie.
“Really it’s just a big Tonka Toy,” said Michael Jones.
Runner-up for People’s Choice honors were the Pagel family’s 1966 Series IIA and Fred Barclay’s 1999 Defender 110.
The Pagel family’s Rover was originally purchased by Kirsty Pagel’s mother and Kirsty, her husband Adrian and son Tom have restored it.
“I have many childhood memories of this Land Rover,” said Kirsty. “It will certainly stay in the family.”
Barclay has fitted his Defender with a crane with a tree trunk hanging from its hook.
“I put the crane on with a friend, strengthened it and changed the color,” he said. “It’s an everyday work vehicle and very practical.”
Next up at Beaulieu is Simply Jaguar, scheduled for July 14.