During the inaugural event in October 2012, we succeeded in gathering
together the greatest display of overland campers and expedition vehicles
ever seen before in the UK. These were both self-built and purchased from
specialist companies, so it was therefore fascinating for visitors to be able
to meet and chat to the actual owners about their vehicles, their past travels and experiences, their
on-board equipment and kit, and of course chew the cud about their future excursions.
Of course, as an incentive for the first event it helped that entry as a Display Vehicle was free of
charge, but even with entry fees now applicable to all vehicles (including Display Vehicles) the display
is still be amazing. The line-up for AO`13 for instance was incredible!
Why are all vehicles attending now being charged? It's simple - the cost of holding events somewhere
as prestigious as Stratford Racecourse is treble that of other venues. It does mean however we now
have really good facilities such as toilet blocks, showers, laundry, etc.
So sorry, if as an owner of a Display Vehicle you were expecting free entry, it ain't goning happen. To
be brutally honest, the show has to pay its way and everybody has to do their bit. If it can't, then
ADVENTURE OVERLAND will simply cease to be.
It is however still possible to attend the show as a Display Vehicle, for we still don't want to see you
merely parked up in the car park. Once again there will be an area for Display Vehicles - twice or even
three times larger than the previous allocation - and judging by the feedback it will be filled.
SO ... WHAT IS A DISPLAY VEHICLE?
The general rule is that Display Vehicles are all-wheel-drive vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, as a line-up of
standard Land Rover 90s/110s, or Toyotas, Nissans, Mitsubishis, etc. with a basic roof tent would quite
frankly be boring. Compare those to an Iveco Daily 4x4 camper, or a Mercedes Sprinter 4x4, Ford
Transit 4x4, Reynolds Broughton RB44, ex an military Land Rover 127 or 130 ambulance converted into
a camper, Pinzgauer, Renault 50 4x4, pick-ups such a Ford Ranger demountable motorhome, etc. and
you can instanly see the difference. I won't even bother listing all the large expedition trucks such as
the Leyland Daf T244 or Bedford TM, they are clearly over 3.5 tonnes!
This is the general rule, but if you something exceptional that doesn't fall into the 'over 3.5 tonnes' or
'even all-wheel-drive' criteria, then please enquire. We hate to see unusual vehicles sitting in the day
visitor's car park, so please ask about eligibility.
To apply, please email Tom McGuigan at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm that your
vehicle is eligible as a Display Vehicle. You can also download a Display Vehicle
Booking Form here.
Upon qualifying as a Display Vehicle, during the show when you're not walking about yourself, you will
be able to chat to the public about where you and your pride 'n' joy have roamed ... or plan to roam!
The other bonus is that Display Vehicles will be sited a lot nearer to the heart of the showground than
the campsite. Being nearer the action at the centre of the showground is no bad thing!