Guests of Stratstone Land Rover started the event by arriving at Eastnor Castle on Sunday 3rd May 2015 for a welcome briefing and to discuss the days schedule with breakfast and refreshments. Guests were then given a short presentation of Land Rover's history at Eastnor Castle. Eastnor is seen as the ancestral home of Range Rover - it is used by Land Rover engineers for the testing and development of all new models - and it is known for its extreme and challenging terrain.
It is the most prestigious of all Land Rover's facilities and even includes a hill named after ex-chief engineer Spen King. A real off-road experience, it serves as a true test of man and machine, and Land Rover has tested cars there since 1962. All Land Rover dealership staff are also trained at Eastnor.
Guests then enjoyed a tour of Eastnor Castle, the home of the Hervey-Bathurst family. The Castle and grounds are steeped in history and with the wonderfully dramatic backdrops it is a popular and convenient filming location. They also then had the chance to visit the Chilli Festival, which was being hosted within the grounds on the day. Here, guest were able to taste and buy curry sauces and pastes, pickles and jams, chilli chocolate, cheese and vodka, and more.
The afternoon session of the event involved all guests departing in a convoy and driving over to Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb. Here they were able to enjoy the Speed into Spring race meeting, the first 1000-yard hill climb in the Shelsley Walsh calendar which is always hotly contested.
Guests were also free to wander around the paddock, take a stroll up the hill, and visit the Stratstone Restaurant within in Courtyard for a complimentary lunch.
The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. We are looking forward to hosting exclusive motoring experiences throughout the summer in conjunction with Shelsley Walsh.