The Discovery Owners Club annually celebrate the Land Rover Discovery.
The club are expecting 100 cars to be assembled on Plymouth Hoe on 15th October 2016, later in the day they will then move to Mount Edgcumbe Estate.
Members of the Discovery Owners Club, along with other Discovery owners (this is not just a DOC event), meet on Plymouth Hoe each October to celebrate the original launch and to take part in a weekend long birthday party for the Discovery. The Discovery Owners Club would like to make this a special occasion and hope that you can all make the spectacular event.
The first Discovery birthday party was held in 2009 when a group of Discovery owners met on The Hoe to celebrate the vehicle’s twentieth birthday. For the twenty first birthday (October 2010) it was decided to recreate the press launch and follow the same two day itinerary, this year the aim is to continue to run as previous events
Saturday morning: All the Discoverys line up on Plymouth Hoe for the ‘meet up’ and to take pictures. At 1 o‘clock, all moved off The Hoe and head towards the Mount Edgcumbe estate via the Torpoint ferry. Once in Cornwall, a stop-over takes place in the only lay-by in South East Cornwall big enough for more than fifty Land Rovers. Arriving at Mount Edgcumbe, there is normally an hour spare to have a look around the grounds, and then at around 16.00 there is a Deer Park drive. In 2010 the head ranger from the estate led the convoy through the Deer Park in his early Discovery 1 V8.
Saturday evening is a Social/ Raffle/Charity Auction and meal, always a very pleasant part of the event.
Sunday morning: Most of the owners meet up again at Tesco, Lee Mill, and set off for the Steam Railway Station at Buckfastleigh. It was here during the original launch that a Discovery was driven on the tracks pulling a train!
At 14.00 all move off in a convoy for the hour long drive over the moor to the Two Bridges Hotel, where, on arrival, Devon Cream Teas are ready in the lounge below members more off home.
Land Rover Discovery Launch:
In the mid 1980s, a new Land Rover model was being designed under the code name Project Jay, later to be called Discovery.
The introduction of the Discovery to the Land Rover stable was very timely for the future of Land Rover, as it sat between the rather agricultural Defender and the upmarket Range Rover. It came on the market when the influx of Japanese SUVs was selling well, and it was an instant success with over 1 million sold to date from the four models made. Discovery is now a brand within JLR and as with Range Rover 2015 sees the introduction of a second Discovery model the Sport, every indication is that this will be as successful as previous models.
The UK Press and Dealer launch of the model took place at Plymouth in October 1989, and the Discovery Owners Club will be re-enacting the launch on
Discovery Owners club:
The Discovery Owners Club was set up in 2000 by a number of British enthusiasts to promote interest in the use and preservation of the Land Rover Discovery, the UK’s most popular medium-sized 4×4. Since that time, the club has gone from strength to strength, and now boasts over 1500 members.
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