The Owl's Head Land-Rover Rally
October 1998

Hotsed by: East Coast Rover Co., Land Rover Scarborough, The Hope Expedition Center, and The DownEast Land Rover Club

On Saturday, a large group of Rovers met at the ECR facilty for a day of Off Roading. The ECR parking area is huge, but we still had Rovers everywhere! Here the group, after a quick driver's meeting and everyone picking up their lunch, gets ready to head out to The Hope Expedition Center. Those of you who have attended the DownEast Rallys in previous years know just what a good time ECR can dish out during an "Off Road Day". We hope you'll join us in 1999.

Mother Nature did her part, and the day was as perfect as could be. Fall is a great time of year in Maine. If you get a chance to join any of the fall Land-Rover events in Maine you should do it. In this image the "Rover Train" enjoys the Maine fall foilage as we drive the few miles to the HEC (Hope Expedition Center).

ECR set up 2 courses at the HEC for this event. A non-damaging trail winding through the 400 acre HEC that everyone could ride on and a harder trail that would test the best Rovers. Here Rick Clarke and his SIII 88 climb a steep loose rock hill on the basic trail while another 88 waits at the bottom.

After a quick break for lunch the adventurous group headed deeper into the HEC to test the harder trails. Here Bob Vail navigates his 88 through a rocky section.

All types of Rovers are welcome at ECR events. Here Jesse Ware shows us the limits of his NAS Defender 110s suspension travel on a rocky descent.

Sam Brooke took his ECR Custom Coil 88 out on the trails and showed just how good the coil 88 combination works. Even his dogs that came along for the ride had a great time! Here the ECR guides help him breeze through a tough bit.

In this image Leon Kenney from Land Rover Scarborough carefully positions a '97 D90 around a close tree as Alan from ECR spots him.

Here Bill Burtis' D90 SW shows just how much side angle a Defender can take. Bill did great around the obstacles even with only 3 wheels on the ground! (See photo!)

With all the ECR Rovers (in this image ECR 1 sits ready to assist, notice the axle twist where it is parked!) standing by for recovery and with our expert staff ready to guide you... you should plan on attending some of the future events put on by the DownEast Land Rover Club, Land Rover Scarborough or East Coast Rover Co. If it your first time off road in a stock Disacovery or you have a fully prepared Seres IIA, you'll have a blast!

On Sunday the group met at the Owl's Head Transportation Museum and was treated to another perfect fall day! The museum has tons of great sites from antique aircraft (that they fly during the day) to the first Mustang prototype and many other vintage cars and trucks. It alone is worth the trip, but add in a bunch of Rovers and fans and it is a great day.

Land Rover Scarborough came to the Museum and set up a great display. They and ECR had a free raffle and gave away everything from T-shirts to framed 50th anniv. prints from Land Rover North America.

It was a great weekend. We hope to see you out on the trail!

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