Hordes of Disco fans will be heading to the Westcountry this month.
However, these fans will not be dancing themselves dizzy but marking the 24th birthday of the Land Rover Discovery.
Enthusiast Lee Hayward and other members of the Discovery Owners' Club, Devon and Cornwall Section, have planned a birthday bash in and around the Plymouth area on October 12 and 13.
One of the highlights is a visit to Plymouth Hoe – the location of the model's original launch party back in 1989. Land Rover could have picked anywhere for that launch. But its promotions team selected Plymouth – picked for its highly appropriate tag of City of Discovery and world renowned location with its landmark lighthouse on The Hoe. This will be the fourth annual birthday weekend. Around 50 attended last year's event.
For those who want to cram in as much Discovery time as possible, the weekend begins at 11am on the Friday, at the Butchers Arms, St Ive, where there is a choice of "greenlaning" or a scenic drive.
Plymouth Hoe is the focus of attention on the Saturday, with all the vehicles on display for photos and sightseeing between 10am and 1pm. After leaving The Hoe, the Discovery convoy heads for Cornwall via the Torpoint Ferry. Having crossed the Tamar it will head for Mount Edgcumbe – for more photos and sightseeing.
In the evening the Discoveries will be parked up, while the social aspect gets into full swing with the birthday party and charity raffle at the Windy Ridge Eating House, Trerulefoot, near Saltash.
On Sunday morning this rolling birthday party begins at Tesco Lee Mill with a bright and breezy 9.30am departure for the South Devon Railway at Buckfastleigh. There are more photos, sightseeing and a train ride between 10am and 2pm.
Then its a drive over Dartmoor for afternoon tea at the Two Bridges Hotel.
"The weekend, as well as recreating (albeit on a smaller scale) and celebrating the Discovery's launch, is about the bringing together and the meeting of like-minded Discovery owner/drivers while raising a sum of money for charity," said Lee. "As well as exploring the local countryside, there is plenty of opportunity to sight see. Best of all – with the exception of food, fuel and accommodation – it is free."
With 2,500 world-wide members of the Discovery Owners' Club, broken down to regional sections, there is a huge fan base for the Land Rover Discovery. The fact that it was launched right here in the Westcountry adds to the magic for regional owners.
More than just a fun weekend, the event will also be raising money this year for the Jubilee Sailing Trust and the National Coastwatch Institution.
For more information contact Lee on 07788 996644 or e-mail hayward_ firstname.lastname@example.org