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2013-04-17 12:39

SHOWING THEIR SUPPORT: Land Rover enthusiasts attended the 2013 Landy Festival and took part in a World record attempt to cram the most vehicles into a massive version of the automaker’s logo.Image: Quickpic

After the success of the inaugural Landy Festival in 2012, the 2013 event saw an even bigger gathering of Land Rovers and their owners.

Held at the Malonjeni guest farm near the Vaal River, the four-day festival (from March 21 to 24 2013) attracted larger crowds and yet another world record attempt.

The 2012 event witnessed a Guinness Book of World Records attempt for the most Land Rovers in a single convoy: 1001 Land Rovers in a 27km convoy. In 2013, the attempt was on to put the most vehicles into the automaker’s logo. Some 535 vehicles were on hand and the record is expected to be ratified soon.


Arno Carstens and Jaco Labuschagne entertained campers, while the usual supporting festivities kept attendees entertained.

The festival, the organisers’ claim, wouldn’t have been complete without the popular 4x4 track. It was one of the busiest attractions in 2012 and this year was even bigger, with some gruelling challenges lapped up by enthusiastic owners and their vehicles.

A new attraction for 2013 was the inaugural World Wheel Changing championships. Competitors had to remove and refit a wheel on vehicles, against the clock. At the Grand Final on Sunday afternoon, Mike Romeo was named the winner.

Peter Biven, marketing and communications director for Land Rover SA and sub Sahara Africa, said: “The 2013 Landy Festival was once again a remarkable success. It is always a good reminder of the incredible following and support Land Rover enjoys from its passionate owner base and a wonderful community for future Land Rover owners to witness and join.”

Topping off the celebrations was intrepid adventurer Kingsley Holgate who launched his new expedition from the event: his convoy of Discoverys and Defenders will be off on a 3 country, 90 day humanitarian, geographic and conservation linked odyssey.

Its purpose is to track, research and document the Lubombo Mountain Range from its historic start point in the North of the Kruger National Park to Zululand’s Ghost Mountain in the South.


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