Published on March 20th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez1
JAGUAR LAND ROVER MALAYSIA HOSTS LANDY DE LANGKAWI CONVOY
Jaguar Land Rover (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, the exclusive importer of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles in Malaysia, recently hosted a flag-off ceremony for a 16-strong Land Rover Defender convoy participating in the 2015 Landy De Langkawi Geopark event from March 15 to 19, 2015.
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 the company chairman Tuan 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 would link up with 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.
Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia Sdn Bhd managing director Tuan Syed Mudzhar Syed Ali said that the company was delighted to support the event as it was an excellent opportunity to reconnect with the many passionate Land Rover enthusiasts in the country.
“The Land Rover brand continues to enjoy tremendous goodwill due to its unique heritage. The DNA of the iconic Defender, which is synonymous with unmatched off-roading capabilities, can be found in every Land Rover and Range Rover model even till this day,” he said.
The Land Rover Defenders lined up outside the new showroom was a sight to behold. Easily, 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.
For many Land Rover enthusiasts, events like the Landy De Langkawi were fantastic opportunities for family bonding.
John Chai, 33, drove a Land Rover Defender 110 dual cab pick-up from Labis, Johor, with his wife and two children; a 4-month old baby and a rambunctious three-year old girl, for the 480km drive from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Perlis.
“I get to spend quality time with my family while on the road and enjoy the camaraderie with other Land Rover owners. Participating in trips like this also allows my little girl to make friends with children of other races,” said the affable Johorean.