VERMONT OVER-LAND ROVER
- The Northeast Land Rover Rally -
July 25-27, 2014
7/28/14: Check out Justin Lillie’s time-lapse video of the truck rebuild!
Location: Lillie Brook Farm, Rockingham, Vermont (GPS: 43 13 45.6, -72 29 55.9)
Street address: Tuttle Road (off of Brockways Mills Road), Rockingham, VT (note this is not Tuttle Street in Bellows Falls!)
Three days and two nights of all things Land Rover.
Unlike our Overland Rally & Workshop, VOLR is a less structured event. The idea is to come on up to our beautiful working farm venue, camp, socialize, test your rovers on the farm’s greatly expanded trail network, enjoy an off-campus overlanding outing and immerse yourself in the world of roverdom.
The theme for this inaugural VOLR will be
SAVE JUSTIN’S ROVER!
This is Justin Lillie’s ’67 Series IIA that has been sitting forlorn in one of the barns at Lillie Brook Farm for about 10 years now. To exemplify the field repairability of the Land Rover series vehicle, Bob Courtney of Red Barn Engineering will orchestrate a frame-over refurbishment of Justin’s rover. Where, you ask? In the field of course, right under the main tent! At noon on Sunday, July 27, we will bring Justin over, have him start his truck for the first time in 10 years and drive it around the main event pasture. There won’t be a dry eye in the place, we assure you! Huge thanks to Atlantic British for making this all possible by donating one of their full Chassis & Frame Over Kits!
Now Bob won’t be doing this alone. We’ll have help from our event sponsors for parts, we’ll look to our awesome northeast-based rover shops for their technical expertise and we’ll welcome anyone who wants to help turn a wrench. This will be a rover community effort through and through and it’ll be great fun to check in at the tent and see the progress that’s made as the weekend unfolds.
(photo: Zack Griswold)
Here’s the plan:
Registration: $125/vehicle for full weekend (includes everyone in your rover, two nights camping, one Sat. night dinner ticket and all event activities and outings). DAY PASSES ARE AVAILABLE for $60/vehicle for the day (includes everyone in your rover and all of that day’s activities and outings; does not include Sat night dinner, but tickets may be purchased separately on the registration page for $10 or at the event for $20 while they last). Register online ahead of time or just show up (cash only), come to the registration table at the entrance, sign the liability waiver, we’ll give you your mandatory VOLR vehicle decal. ALL VEHICLES ATTENDING WILL NEED TO DISPLAY THEIR VOLR EVENT DECAL (proudly). There will be a separate quiet area camping/non-rover parking pasture located northerly of the main event area.
Friday, July 25: Arrive at the farm, register, grab a camping spot in the main pasture or in the family camping/non-rover parking pasture, set up your site and catch up with friends new and old. The farm’s trail network will be open each day until 6 pm and Sunday until 2 pm, so feel free to head out and have some fun. Afterwards, park your rover, open a beverage and catch up with friends old and new.
Saturday, July 26: Registration opens at 8 am. There will be a group informational meeting at 9 am at the main tent. After that, you’re on your own. We’ll have multiple activities going on:
9:30 am: bring your devices to the main farmhouse and we’ll instruct you on how to download your off-campus outing trail maps.
* Take a self-navigated overlanding tour on one of our VO Overlanding Route Resource prepared maps. All pre-registrants will receive the map links and full instructions on how to download them to their devices via email prior to the event.
* Go explore the 200 acre farm’s extensive trail network. The trails will be marked with signs signifying easy, medium and difficult depending on the terrain involved. We’ll even have a challenge section for bigger rigs! PLEASE NOTE: All trucks must be off trail by 6 pm.
* Peruse the Vendor Area and pick the brains of our many rover-specific event sponsors.
* Gather round the main tent to see how Justin’s rover rebuild is coming along.
* Chat with our Legends of Land Rover, Bruce Fowler and Jeff Aronson!
* Relax and enjoy the broad variety of green oval products present.
6 pm: Join us at the main tent for our Vermont Smoke and Cure Sausage and Kim Vollers’ homemade baked beans dinner replete with homemade strawberry shortcake pudding (dessert)! Dinner is included for the registrant. Additional dinner tickets may be purchased for $10 on the registration page or at the event for $20 while they last.
7 pm: VOLR’s own live auction of this incredible ’66 Series IIA past ECR conversion featuring: coil sprung galvy chassis, Badger Coachworks interior, deluxe bonnet, safari roof and R380 gearbox!
8 pm: SLIDE OVER TO THE MAIN TENT TO SEE OUR “LEGENDS OF LAND ROVER” GUESTS OF HONOR, BRUCE FOWLER, PROMOTER OF THE MAINE WINTER ROMP, AND JEFFREY ARONSON, EDITOR OF ROVER MAGAZINE, TELL WAR STORIES OF THEIR YEARS OF SERIES LAND ROVER OWNERSHIP!
And don’t miss Jim Macri’s and Glenn Parent’s display of amazingly restored vintage rovers (see winter issue of Rovers Magazine):
And Land Rover Scarborough and Bedford will be there with some beautiful new brand new rovers!
Sunday, July 27:
* More of all of the above, but all trucks must be off trail by 2 pm.
* Try your hand at the non-damaging English Trials Course (10 am-ish). The only entry requirement is that you must wear an item of clothing that is similar to that seen in this fabulous 1964 rover rally video!
12 NOON: BE ON HAND TO WATCH JUSTIN START AND DRIVE HIS SERIES IIA!
Oh, and for any of you who may think that Peter Vollers doesn’t even drive a rover, think again my friends. Meet Huxley, VO’s 1957 107″ Station Wagon!
FIRST 50 FULL PASS REGISTRANTS WILL RECEIVE A FREE FULLY-EMBROIDERED INCREDIBLY AWESOME EVENT CAP! NOTE “THE FIRST” EMBROIDERED ON THE BACK OF THE CAP. THESE CAPS WILL BE A COVETED ITEM IN YEARS TO COME FOR THOSE WHO CAN LAY CLAIM TO BEING AT THE VERY FIRST VOLR!
Can I just come and register at the event? Absolutely, but please bring cash as we can’t take credit cards.
Can I come just for the day? Sure! Day pass tickets are $60 and do not include meal tickets. Meal tickets may be bought day-of for $20/ticket.
Can I bring my non-rover? Yup! We’ll have a designated non-rover parking area ready to go. Usual entry fees apply.
Will there be facilities at the event? Portajohns and fresh water from the farm hose. The rest is up to you.
What if I break down on the trails? There will be many on hand willing and able to help you.
Camping’s not really my thing. Is there a host hotel nearby? Yes, the Rodeway Inn located a mile and a half away in Bellows Falls. Cheap and clean, but don’t wait too long to book your room!
Can I bring my family and the dog? Yes, the price is per vehicle, so bring them all. Just keep the dog leashed at all times (yes, I’ll even have Jack and, now, Violet leashed too).
Speaking of, will there be a quieter, separate family camping area? Yes, we’ll be using the separate pasture located immediately behind the main farmhouse and barn area (left, instead of right, off of Tuttle Road) for quiet family camping. If that’s your thing, please just head there when you set up camp.
Click on the thumbnail below for the Lillie Brook Farm event layout plan: