Since announcing that the 2017 Billing Land Rover Show will still go on at the Billing Off Road Course site, we can confirm it is full steam ahead.
Having taken on the challenge of organising the entire Billing Off Road Show this year, Richard and Sarah Arrowsmith have been working flat out to ensure visitors to this year’s event have the best time ever … and it looks like their hard work may just pay off.
For over 25 years, Land Rover owners have been pushing their driving skills to the limit around arguably two of the most exciting 4x4, off road courses in the country. That’s ever since Richard was approached by the original team of Billing Show organisers, Richard Green, John Cornwall, Richard Thomas and Dave Barker to design and create the original Riverside Course – a course which for 2017 will be open for the first time since the Land Rover Experience used it 10 years ago. That combined with the even more demanding Lakeside Course with its infamous mud run, designed and built some five years later, makes this year’s event the ultimate Land Rover and 4x4 challenge.
“It is rare to find such a challenging course that so successfully combines mud and water features. My wife and I look forward to off-roading at the Billing Show every year,” claims Land Rover owner, Jack Sargeant. The courses are both ready to rock and roll, according to Richard, who knows exactly what it takes to get around without getting stuck in the mire.
In the demonstration area, visitors (both weekend and day trippers) will find plenty to do and see with trade stands and autojumble galore and, of course, the usual Land Rover clubs. Confirmed traders so far include: 4 x Forty One, 4W Motors, Bailey Morris, Beartown Tyres, Boundary Tec UK, Diamond Defender. Discovery Breakers, Everything Land Rover Ltd, Goodwinch, Guy Salmon, Haymoor Products, Heritage, Instinct Autojumble, Landy Bits n Bobs, Lifting & Crane Supplies, LR Matters Ltd, Nomad Webbing, Optimill, RAC Parts Ltd, Raptor Engineering, Sam’s Spares/Trim, Stone Circle, Terry’s Stickers, Totally Graphics and Walker Components, with lots of applications still being processed.
There’s even a section for Toy (half size) Land Rovers, which is already attracting a lot of interest. The programme for the demonstration area is still being finalised and should be announced soon and work on the children’s play area is well underway. Evening entertainment is provided in the form of live music on the main stage from 5pm to 11pm on Friday and Saturday. Plus you’ll be able to sample some fabulous ales and ciders from Blackpit Brewery, Silverstone Brewery, Hart Brewery, Towcester Mill Brewery and Saxby Cider.
The grounds are also home to the Grange Farm campsite, which has accommodated thousands of happy campers during the Billing Land Rover Show week for over 20 years. It’s family-friendly with a good selection of food and drink outlets, a large beer tent, and regularly cleaned showers and toilets … all in a beautiful countryside setting. In July in sunny Britain, what’s not to like?