A merry send-off for Land Rover convoy

By CARSIFU | 20 March 2015

SHAH ALAM: A 16-strong Land Rover Defender convoy also took part in the 2015 Landy De Langkawi Geopark event which was held from March 15 to 19, 2015.

The convoy was flagged-off by Jaguar Land Rover (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, the exclusive importer of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles in Malaysia.

More than 70 participants comprising members of the Friends of Langkawi Geopark (FLAG) and their families were treated to a sumptuous brunch at Sisma Auto’s newly completed Glenmarie dual-brand showroom before being flagged off by company chairman Syed Hussain Syed Mohamed.

According to the South and Central Region convoy leader Ayub Yasir, the 2015 Landy De Langkawi was held to promote Langkawi Geopark as a leading destination for off-roading enthusiasts through the concept of eco-tourism.

The convoy from Petaling Jaya joined more than 30 other 4WD vehicles from the Northern region in Kuala Perlis before crossing over to Langkawi.

“We want to change the perception that off-roading can be destructive to nature and the environment. We believe that responsible travel to natural areas can help conserve the environment and improve the well-being of the local communities. Many Land Rover enthusiasts are firm believers of this,” he said.

The Land Rover Defenders lined up outside the new showroom was a sight to behold.

The most striking vehicle was a bright yellow 1979 Series 3 88-inch half-tonne lightweight Land Rover owned by Englishman Howard Randall, 56.

Although dwarfed by many of the bigger and better accessorised Land Rover Defender pickups and wagons, the little Series 3 simply oozed character and charm with plenty of history.

Built to fit into a transport aircraft to be parachuted into war zones, the lightweight Series 3 featured prominently in many British Army campaigns.