CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF LANDIE CAMARADERIE
THE grand Jamboree held in conjunction with the Land Rover Owners Club of Malaysia (LROM) 20th anniversary celebrations recently saw strong camaraderie among the Landie fraternity.
Landie owners from affiliate clubs as far as Riau, Sulawesi and Jakarta, Thailand and Singapore and a few expatriates joined their Malaysian counterparts for three days of friendly chatter and outdoor fun at a privately-owned campsite at Petai Jungle Lodge in Karak, Selangor.
The Land Rover Owners Club of Malaysia is the first and the only registered Land Rover club in Malaysia, and is reputed to be the most active outdoor 4x4 club in the country.
“Our crew had begun preparing the grounds at the five-acre campsite about a month in advance. We had to work on the special stages for the obstacle fun races, allocate tent set-up space and parking lots, build toilets and also a surau,” said LROM club president Rate de Silva and a founding member of the club, who also flagged off the event.
“We are very happy with the response and support shown by our Land Rover friends. With about 100 Land Rovers ranging from the LR Defender, Discovery, Range Rover and eleven Series 1 - 3 models, it is the largest gathering we have seen for a LROM event.
“We did not want the Jamboree to be competition based, but more family oriented. We wanted our friends from near and far to mingle among themselves, forge new friendships, participate in outdoor activities and share inputs about modifications and history of their vehicles.
“It is a joy to see such a large gathering of Landie friends and enthusiasts in one place, talking till late into the night, walking around the campsite to meet up with old friends and make new friends along the way,” said de Silva.
The convoy was flagged-off from LR Premium Sdn Bhd, an independent Land Rover and Jaguar aftersales service centre in Petaling Jaya on 29 April around 10.30am, and arrived at the Petai Jungle Lodge campsite just after noon.
Several Landie owners also drove straight to the campsite on the first day.
All vehicles were assigned to their respective camp lots. The camp setup was an interesting sight, from the basic traditional tarpaulin and camp beds, to dome tents, to advanced roof mounted tents.
As most were accompanied by children, a colouring contest was held for them in the afternoon. Many families went for a swim in the river to cool themselves from the afternoon sun.
The night ended with a sumptuous barbeque dinner for all, followed by a cake cutting ceremony to celebrate the club’s 20th anniversary.
Five fun obstacle races were held for two categories of vehicles covering coil spring Land Rovers and leaf spring Series models the next day. The courses were designed as a light and easy fun drive, so that even novice drivers could have a chance to enter with minimal risk of damage.
“Each participating country was given a chance to be involved in the special obstacle fun run and the Singapore teams entered six cars. They tackled the fun obstacles and light special stages across uneven terrain, uphill and downhill slopes and a mini mudhole with great gusto,” said de Silva.
On the second night, the club played a special slide show on LROM’s activities for the past 20 years.
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