CEL­E­BRAT­ING 20 YEARS OF LANDIE CA­MA­RADERIE

New Straits Times - - Cars Bikes & Trucks - JASWIR KAUR

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.

LROM 20th an­niver­sary mer­chan-

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