Land Rover to Host Destination Defender, Event Celebrating the Iconic Defender Nameplate

Land Rover hosts an ‘Outdoor Weekend’ for Defender owners and fans

Current and Previous Land Rover Defender Models

For those who prefer Bordeaux to Busch Light and Mozart to Molly Hatchet, Land Rover will debut “Destination Defender,” a gathering of Defender owners and enthusiasts for a trendy outdoor weekend, November 12-13 in Saugerties, New York. Consider it a JeepFest or Jeep Beach with (possibly) less debauchery and a clientele less likely to dump beer-filled vomit from the campgrounds in the morning.

What is Destination Defender?

A group of current and previous Land Rover Defender models

Land Rover guests will experience “cannon-focused adventure activities,” classic Defender screens, and vendors with a range of automaker gifts and overnight/luxury camping/camping on the festival grounds at Oz Farm. The event will also serve as host to the Defender Service Awards Celebration on November 12, which will feature dinner, live music, a special guest appearance and the announcement of award winners for US and Canadian organizations to make a difference in their communities. A total of $125,000 will be donated, and each of the five winning organizations in each category will receive a new Defender 130, the new eight-seat Land Rover configuration of the classic nameplate.

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VIP, Weekend, and One Day tickets are available for the event. Single-day tickets start at $50, while those who want to do their best in the name of typical loyalty can get a “VIP Experience” with full access to the pitches throughout the weekend and “preferential” access to activities and experiences.

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1986 Ninety V8 County (left) and 2022 Defender 90 V8

While its loyal Defender followers pale in comparison to the likes of the Jeep Wrangler, it allows Defender students to celebrate the style’s legacy two years after the board was re-launched in the U.S. market.

The rough, checkered box Defender debuted in 1984, but the model wasn’t available on the U.S. market until a decade later. In 1994, the Defender—previously called the 90 or 110 based on inch-wheelbase length—was up for sale in the United States as a completely basic but expensive car that found a welcome market among the affluent. A tendency to travel the least taken route. The models were powered by a 3.9-liter V-8 engine with a complete outer and inner roll cage in either soft or hard looks. The Defender was subsequently disqualified for not meeting US safety specifications, and its operation in the United States ended in 1997.

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Despite limited sales in the United States, the Defender has developed a loyal following, and the model’s desire for the used market has continued unabated with the plate’s return to America with the release of the 90 two-door and four-door 110 in 2020. Land Rover is also introducing a 130 eight-passenger model for 2023 .