Land Rover Legends Head For Bicester Heritage

Land Rover Legends
1976 101-inch MoD Forward Control

The Land Rover Legends event is exactly one week and counting away from kick-off and will be hosted at the popular Bicester Heritage.

Scores of the legendary ‘mud-plugging’ icons will head for this spectacular 4-wheel drive frenzy, which will also host the first National Awards for Land Rover vehicles.

70 Years Celebration

Many will remember the 70 years celebration, with the brand paying tribute to the Wilks brothers’ rough blueprint of a giant Defender drawn in the sand, elevating this to new heights and recreating the legendary shape in the white snow of the French Alps.

Land Rover Legends
Land Rover Legends – 1998 Defender 50th Anniversary V8

The Land Rover Legends will take on a new and hopefully exciting format, showcasing this revolutionary vehicle through the years of toil and success. This show will also involve a live element within the Bicester Heritage aircraft hangar, allowing parades, collectors and interviews with those who have made their own particular mark in history.

The people, the cars and the stories will be presented in the live arena along with a Star Cars feature hosted by television presenter and classic car enthusiast, Mark Evans.

The focal-point of Land Rover Legends will be the inaugural National Awards, supported by leading classic car insurer Footman James, who will present the Land Rover Legends Award for the vehicle and story that depicts the true essence of the iconic marque.

In addition, Farer, Britain’s most intrepid watch brand, will present the National Award for the Most Original Vehicle – recognising authenticity, character and the patina of age in an unrestored state.

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The remarkable awards shortlist is categorised as follows:

The Footman James Land Rover Legends Award

This award will be presented to the vehicle with the winning story that depicts the true essence of the iconic marque, chosen by a public vote.

The following categories will have their winners selected by an expert panel of Land Rover Legends judges.

Most Original Vehicle, in Association with Farer

Nominations in this category are made up of a wonderful and hard-working 1961 Series II 109-inch pick up, a 1964 Series II 88-inch station wagon, a 1991 Discovery 1 with every possible period optional extra and just 41,000 miles, a 1998 Defender 50th Anniversary V8, and a very early production Freelander 1 from the vehicle’s launch year of 1998.

‘Best Restored Vehicle’

Nominations in this category are made up of a very early – and reported Earl’s Court Motor Show star – 1954 Series I 86-inch station wagon, the famous ‘Oxford’ First Overland 1955 Series I station wagon, a 1956 Rover company press demonstrator Series I 107-inch station wagon, a 1959 Series II 88-inch in its original regulation Poppy Red, a 1960 Series II that has been the subject of a recent restoration, a 1976 101-inch MoD ‘Forward Control’, and a one-of-25 1994 Range Rover Classic LSE Autobiography.

‘Best Bespoke Vehicle’

Vehicles in this category include a very unusual 1954 Series I ‘Grip Karosse’ bodied under license in Sweden by conversion specialist Gripkarosserier AB, a custom-built 1993 Defender 90, a Jaguar-engined 4.2-litre V8 ‘supercharged’ Discovery 1 from 1994, and a one-off Holland & Holland by Overfinch Range Rover from 2006.

‘Best Club Display’

Awarded to the Club that comes to Land Rover Legends not only in the greatest numbers, but which also puts on the best show line-up.

Tickets for the event are available now, for more information please visit:

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