The Birthday Weekend

The Birthday Weekend seems a long time ago now, but here is an update on the events.We had a great turnout of 88 Discoveries, including 7 of the original launch vehicles (G-WACs), thanks to Project Jay Preservation Group.The weekend started on Friday with 2 excursions: One group led by Steve White to take in some greenlanes, while a second group had a scenic drive along Cornwall’s South Coast to finish at Mevagissey for fish and chips.


On Saturday, we all met on Plymouth Hoe to display the Discoveries and other Landrovers.

Trophies, kindly donated by David Vanstone of Vanstone Garage, were awarded to:
Best D1 – John Davies, Best D2 – Alan John Hands, Most Modified – Peter Evans, Muddiest -Jamie Hibbert, Furthest Travelled – French series 3 Best ‘Runt’ – Steve WhiteBest in Show – John Davies

Thanks to the judges: Roy Preston and Adrian Longstaff (Britpart)

We then traveled in convoy across the Saltash Bridge to Mount Edgcumbe, stopping on route for a photoshoot,

Before a drive around the Deer Park.

Arriving at Barn Pool on the Mount Edgcumbe estate, with the G-WACs and organisers cars being photographed in front of Mount Edgcumbe House.

In the evening we reconvened at Whitsand Bay Fort for a carvery (sorry if you didn’t get one, there was a misunderstanding on the part of the caterers!) and the all-important raffle and auction of the many great prizes, kindly donated by many suppliers. Please see the links and use our sponsors and donators and mention the Birthday bash, please.

In total we raised an amazing £5296 with help from HSBC, for the two charities, MARIE CURIE and HORIZONS, PLYMOUTH.Our thanks to Helen and her staff from HSBC for arranging this and their help on the day.
The money will be officially handed over to the two charities at Roger Young (Landrover dealer), Saltash PL12 6LY on Sunday 24th November at midday. Anyone in the area is welcome to attend.

Sunday morning things went a little awry. Having been told late on Saturday night that South Devon Railway could not accommodate us, even though they knew well in advance.  We had to hastily make new plans, which, unfortunately, we were unable to communicate to everyone. Our apologies for this.We ended up going to Dartington for a couple of hours, before convoying to Two Bridges Hotel on Dartmoor for a cream tea, so ending another great Birthday Party!

Note from Tim, I’d like to thank my little team including our wives and children (their hard work often is unseen).A huge thank you to Project Jay club for covering the bond this means so much to myself and team so Thank you! Also the venue at whitsands even tho they messed up! These things just happen as with the train station and the Gwac breakdown. I’m super proud of what we achieve every year and look forward to seeing you all next year. Have a great Christmas and a happy safe new year all xx