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Judging panel confirmed for Land Rover Legends National Awards

The judging panel for the 2021 Land Rover Legends National Awards has been confirmed, comprising six of the leading experts in the Land Rover world:

Philip Bashall – internationally-recognised Land Rover marque expert, and Trustee and General Manager of the Dunsfold Collection.

Patrick Cruywagen – Editor, Land Rover Monthly, former Bush Editor of South Africa 4×4 magazine, and Defender 110 owner.

Nick Dimbleby – award winning Land Rover photographer, author and all-round Land Rover nut.

Mark Evans – TV presenter, vet, science explorer, petrolhead and passionate Land Rover enthusiast.

Doug Hill – Manager and Chief Engineer at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, and seasoned motoring event participant.

James Taylor – motoring historian, consultant, and prolific author of over 40 Land Rover books.

New categories and an extended nomination deadline
Building on the success of the previous National Awards, 2021 sees the launch of a number of new award categories, to reflect the growing number of nominations received each year.  The nominations deadline has been extended to 30th April and three finalists will be announced in each category on 10th May, with the winners to be revealed on Sunday 13th June at the Land Rover Legends event at Thruxton.

Nominations are open now for submission online, in the following categories:

  • Original Vehicle
    • Utility
    • Range Rover
    • Discovery
    • Freelander
  • Restoration
  • Bespoke Vehicle
  • Military Vehicle
  • Publication

The 2021 Awards will also see the presentation at the Thruxton Historic weekend of the Best Club Award (sponsored by Land Rover Monthly magazine) and the Brian Bashall Memorial Award, made in memory of the founder of the Dunsfold Collection.

Support for Land Rover Legends event continues to grow
Land Rover Legends is the ultimate show for Land Rover enthusiasts, showcasing the very best examples of the marque, including several rare and unusual vehicles from the Dunsfold Collection, a founding partner of the event.  As well as the National Land Rover Awards, the 2021 edition includes unique feature displays, the leading Land Rover clubs, the Legends Line Up! display, a dedicated Land Rover parking area, an exclusive Land Rover parade on the race circuit, and specialist exhibitors and traders –with Land Rover Legends tickets also being valid for the Thruxton Historic race meeting, running on the circuit over the same weekend.

Land Rover Legends at the Thruxton Historic will take place in its own Covid compliant area of the historic WW2 airfield that once was RAF Thruxton.  The venue offers extensive visitor facilities, including the new Thruxton Centre, a dedicated campsite, a kart track, a skid pan – and a superb 4×4 course on site, which will be open throughout the weekend.  With support for the event growing, Land Rover clubs, exhibitors and traders are being urged to register their interest early through the event website to ensure they don’t miss out.

Richard Grafton, Land Rover Legends Event Director, said, “Despite the current uncertainty we have been hugely encouraged by the positive response we are seeing to the return of Land Rover Legends in 2021.  It’s clear people have been keeping busy over the last year and we’re expecting some rare and exciting vehicles to make their debut at the event.  The National Awards promise to be hotly contested and I would like to thank our panel of judges for agreeing to take part – they will definitely have their work cut out!”

Advance discounted tickets for Land Rover Legends are available now, giving you two shows for the price of one!  Full details can be found at