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Kel­marsh bounces back af­ter boggy be­gin­nings

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Russ Brown re­ports from the Kel­marsh show

Ev­ery­body loved Billing. Last year when the mid­sum­mer show moved from Billing Aquadrome to Kel­marsh Hall in Northamp­ton­shire, it was blighted by one of the wettest sum­mers for years and turned into a bit of a quag­mire. This year the sun shone and the wind blew, and the en­ter­tain­ment was huge.

The show was spread over three days at the end of July. With more than 50 club and 100 trade stands, it was no­tice­ably big­ger than last year, with a huge out­door arena giv­ing mas­sive scope for en­ter­tain­ing all ages.

on the sub­ject of ‘mas­sive’, one of the big­gest crowd-pullers (and pleasers) was a de­mon­stra­tion of car-crush­ing by the ‘Swamp Thing’ mon­ster truck, which put on four shows over the week­end. It was quite some­thing – lit­tle won­der that spec­ta­tors were com­pet­ing for bar­rier space on each run.

For those who wanted a more per­sonal feel for what it was like to ride in the back of a mon­ster truck, the four-wheel-steer ‘Mac Truck’ was on hand to of­fer any­one with a good head for heights an ex­hil­a­rat­ing ride around the arena.

More Land Rover-re­lated en­ter­tain­ment came in the form of a chal­lenge truck de­mon­stra­tion by Chal­lenge South-west; ne­go­ti­at­ing skips, trac­tor tyres and rock piles, with lots of horse­power and speedy winches. For those wish­ing to show off their ar­tic­u­la­tion there was also a twist-off chal­lenge, cour­tesy of Flat­dog.

out­side the main arena, Gary Tuffnell and the Manic Me­chan­ics team were pulling in a steady crowd at the Poly­bush mar­quee. Their re­fur­bish­ment chal­lenge was one of their big­gest to date – an early one Ten that re­ceived a new bulk­head, trans­fer box and rear hub, along with a full Poly­bush sus­pen­sion up­grade. The Land Rover even­tu­ally drove out of the mar­quee at 4pm on the Sun­day af­ter­noon, hav­ing en­joyed sup­port from Poly­bush, Wrights Auto Sup­plies, and Nuts and Bolts Restora­tions.

Young­sters had loads of ac­tiv­i­ties too, in­clud­ing the gi­ant oc­to­pus, bike rid­ing, and rides in mini mon­ster trucks. There was also a ‘Mini-me’ gymkhana, a chance for dads to show off the minia­ture Land Rovers they’d skil­fully en­gi­neered for their off­spring. Ac­co­lades were pre­sented by Landy au­thor Veron­ica La­mond, who was also telling visi­tors all about her pop­u­lar chil­dren’s books.

For those look­ing to have some fun in their own Land Rovers, the Avalanche Ad­ven­ture off-road course at Sib­bertoft,

five miles up the road, was avail­able all week­end. Af­ter one of the dri­est Julys on record, it was more rem­i­nis­cent of the Ari­zona desert than muddy Northamp­ton­shire, but the most chal­leng­ing red routes were still a chal­lenge to many.

Kel­marsh is turn­ing out to be a great – and im­prov­ing – show, with some very di­verse en­ter­tain­ment. To book your tick­ets for next year keep an eye on kel­marsh­landrover­show.com.

I’m now look­ing for­ward to meet­ing all my club con­tacts again at the LRO Peter­bor­ough Show on Septem­ber 15-16 (see Lroshow.com for ticket deals). See you there.

Chal­lenge Southwest took on some big rocks – and won

The coun­cil’s new ap­proach to deal­ing with unin­sured cars is highly pop­u­lar

Manic Me­chan­ics in one of their rare less-manic mo­ments

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