If you didn't know what was going on, you'd probably think it was an invasion of some sort or a coup plot. A very intimidating number of Land Rovers ranging from the 1965 Series II model up to present models consisting of Land Rover Series vehicles, Land Rover 90, Defender 90 and 110, Discovery, and Ranger Rovers gathered outside Starbucks at the Petron Mega South Station for the Land Rover Club of the Philippines and PGA Cars Fun Drive.
This writer was in awe upon arrival at the rendezvous point seeing the variety of Land Rover vehicles parked together. There were actually other vehicles also meeting at the station which included classic Porsche 911s, Mitsubishi Lancer Evos, and many other interesting vehicles for their own reasons.
As I approached the group, I was greeted by no less than the Land Rover Club of the Philippines head honcho Atty. Robby Consunji who briefed me about the fun drive and a short backgrounder on the vehicles and Land Rover. Interestingly, Land Rovers were originally meant to be agricultural vehicles and that they became popular because of their durability. He also noted that 70% of the Land Rovers produced are still running today.
"The Rovers present at the event are either daily drivers, modified for extreme off-road trailing, preserved vehicles, or restorations. This is a rare sight to see as our members don't normally hang around the gas station. Most of them just gas up and go straight to the mountains for their extreme trailing activities. This fun run will give us a chance to give our engines some well needed exercise," related Atty. Consunji.
The drive was simple, go around Carmona and head back to the PGA Cars headquarters in EDSA. At about seven-thirty in the morning, the convoy was ready to leave. Peace of mind for the club members as the convoy included a fully equipped Servicemobil which was provided by PGA Cars Inc., in case of unexpected breakdowns. Fortuntately, there was nobody who experienced problems. As the magnificent trail went around Carmona, sending the unsuspecting tollgate operators into panic mode as they saw the group of Land Rovers swarming in on all four exits.
The convoy then proceeded northbound, the magnificent convoy once again lined up the South Luzon Expressway in its most intimidating approach. Cars moved aside as these machines of might eased towards Fort Bonifacio via McKinley.
Going through McKinley, the convoy moved towards the American Cemetery. The sight of these British-built machines obviously alerted the security guards who thought there was a British invasion. Before he could panic and decide call for help, the delegation team immediately went to explain the situation. We were just to have a photoshoot around the vicinity and were not going to invade.
A quick series of snapshots were conducted by your truly and professional photographer Mike Llorin, a member of the Land Rover Club. We then went towards PGA Cars HQ in EDSA where we were treated to a sumptuous breakfast. Members of the Land Rover Club were given a special treat as PGA Cars held a Land Rover parts garage sale.
The variety of the Land Rover vehicles present at the fun drive were:
LAND ROVER SERIES VEHICLES (SERIES II, SERIES IIa, SERIES III)
1965 Series II 88" Station Wagon petrol
1970 to 1971 IIa 88" Station Wagon petrol
1979 Series III 109" Pick-up Cab petrol
LAND ROVER 90, DEFENDER 90, DEFENDER 110
1992 Land Rover 90 Station Wagon petrol
1998 Defender 90 Fiberglass Top Wagon 300Tdi
1998 Defender 90 Pick-up Cab 300Tdi
1997 to 2001 Defender 110 Station Wagon 300Tdi
LAND ROVER DISCOVERY, SERIES I & SERIES II
1998 Discovery Series I 300Tdi
2001 Discovery Series II V8 petrol
RANGE ROVER; MARK I, MARK II
1976 to 1980 Range Rover 2 door V8 petrol
1979 Range Rover Pick-up Cab (custom made) V8 petrol
1987 to 1992 Range Rover Classic 4 door V8 petrol
1990 to 1995 Range Rover Long Wheel Base V8 petrol
1996 to 1998 Range Rover Mark II HSE V8 petrol
There are only subtle differences among the models, e.g. -- a Series II owner may not agree that his vehicle is a Series IIa. The list provided is an attempt to show the variety of models present at the event.