The World’s largest ever convoy of Land Rovers
On 3rd and 4th March, South Africa hosted the first ever Landy Festival at Malonjeni Guest Farm near the Vaal.
The event was a record-breaking success with 1001 Land Rover’s completing a 27km convoy: the previous record being 653 vehicles. This ground breaking event not only brought together the Land Rover community it also set the world record for the most Land Rovers ever on parade.
An incredible 850 people pre-registered for the event. People travelled from all parts of South Africa in pre-arranged mini-convoys of friends and club members, in Land Rovers of every type and age. There were hundreds of Land Rover owners all wanting to be a part of the first Landy Festival and potentially break a Guinness Book of World Records attempt.
The oldest Land Rover vehicle at the festival was a 1949 Series 1, individuals were able to admire and listen to the owner’s account of its history. In fact, story telling was a common theme at the festival, as vehicle owners were camped and exchanged Land Rover stories around the campfire.
To satisfy the need for Land Rover stuff and enhance the community spirit, one could browse through the Land Rover “Bush Mall”. There was everything from Gabriel shocks to Melville and Moon seat covers to Land Rover Gear clothing. Several 4×4 accessory providers, such as 4×4 Mega World, Rafiki 4×4 and African Outback Group also had product on display.
The convoy took place on Sunday, with 1001 Land Rover vehicles in the convoy which stretched back for 27kms.
The convoy took the best part of 2 hours to complete the course. Never before has there been a convoy of over a thousand Land Rovers on this planet. As for the record, organisers will now have to submit data, video and picture evidence to the Guinness Book of World Records to ratify the record.
Although we are yet to hear whether the record has been broken, we are still very proud of the South African Land Rover community. This is an experience that will not be forgotten by all involved.