Here follows just a small sample of the vehicles that will be displayed this time around ...
If you are displaying your vehicle, why not join the gallery by sending us a photograph and we'll upload it for you.
Don't forget, to help offset their high fuel costs, all Display Vehicles over 5 tonnes KVW (Kerb Vehicle Weight) automatically receive free entry for camping and day admission. To see if your pride 'n' joy qualifies simply email myself Tom McGuigan [Event Director] at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can return a Display Vehicle Booking Form.
However ... this is not to say that all Display Vehicles have to weigh over 5 tonnes. They can come in all shapes and sizes - the VW Beetle pictured here being a classic example - it's just that owners of 'lightweight' vehicles have to pay the going rate for camping/admission. Again, contact me if you have something special, you never know!
The current crop of Display Vehicles ...
Land Rover Series One
The Grandfather of them all SNX 891
“Oxford” from First Overland
2WD Vauxhall Movano
More and more 2WD vans are being coverted into campervans, and of those more and more are being made into off-road vehicles.
Previously the sole domain of 4×4 vehicles, folk are finally realising that two-wheel-drives can venture into the rough too.
Okay, with some vans there is always going to be the issue of ground clearance, but given terrain which isn’t rutted or marshy, a 4×2 vehicle can often cope remarkably well.
Case in point, this Vauxhall Movano owned by Kevin Perks of Walsall is a typical example of the shift in thinking towards lighter (and roomier) 2WD vehicles.
Land Rover series IIA
Larry – the well travelled Series IIA
Mercedes Vario 814DA
Purchased from Ireland 2014 as a cable carrier. Weighing in at 7.5 ton the Vario was converted by owner Clive Edwins of Bedfordshire to present motorhome spec.
Mercedes Vario 814DA
Campers come in all shapes and sizes, this one is about as big as it gets.
Craig Room’s ex German army high mobility load carrier – a MAN kat1 8×8, with rear body converted into a camper.
2005 Unimog U3000
Bought by owner Mark Ribbands of Norfolk in 2015 from ebay, the ‘Mog was originally a cherry-picker used in forestry. And as an added bonus … it only had 20,000 miles on the clock!
Technically this truck is a MAN L2000 L E A R K LE 160C. As that’s a bit of a mouthful, she is now known as “OWT” which is a shortened version of her blog Ourworldtraveller.com.
Owned by Phil and Lynn Seddon, OWT was found as an ex army snowplough in Preston in 2013.
Phil then set about designing and building the camper body, although it turned up at the Adventure Overland Show in September 2015 as an empty box, only managing to get the MOT and insurance on the day of the show!
The work of fitting out progressed quickly and OWT went on its first shakedown trip in February 2016.
This was for four months. “We starting off skiing in the Alps”, explained Phil, “and ended up nearly falling off a track in the Moroccan Atlas.”
Work then stalled on the truck for almost two years due to family commitments and another project. This year however the truck has started to progress as Phil and Lynn intend shipping her out to Canada in Spring 2019.
OWT has a new external colour scheme and if you want to see the rest of the changes you will have to call by at the Adventure Overland ‘Late Summer’ Show to see for yourself.
Aero One Demountable Camper
Mounted on an Isuzu Rodeo, pictured here is the impressive Aero One Demountable Camper.
Manufactured in Poland, proud owner Thomas Woodward reckons this prototype camper is probably the only one of its type in the UK … he’s almost certainly right!
“The Big Merc” expedition truck of Martin & Krista Webb. Originally built in 1980 as a fire truck for the Swiss Fire Service, the new owners only purchased it last year as a chassis and cab. Since then they have spent 11 months of spare time building the rear box and fitting it out to their own design.
The vehicle weighs 12 ton and features a full height walkthrough from cab to living quarters. A double cab gives 5 forward facing seats, the rear 2 swivelling to give extra seating in the rear. A double bed and 2 x single bunks, a bathroom with shower, toilet and sink, and a fully fitted kitchen.
Now resplendant in it’s new blue livery, it’s definitely a worthy candidate for a Display Vehicle.