Defender Jam was the inaugural running for what I can already say will grow into a major event on the Scottish Defender enthusiast calendar.
We had been in contact with Martyn the organiser through instagram in the build up and decided we had to make the journey north of the border to see the event for ourselves. Packing our Classic Twisted 110 demonstrator with a haul of merchandise and some glorious Yorkshire weather we headed up the A1.
As the destination neared we pulled off the main road and begin to wind along the loch side driveway into the Mhor estate, turning a final bend the resplendent salmon pink Monchyle Mhor boutique hotel came into sight. With a scattering of Defender sat in the valley bottom camping for the weekend, a gathering of visitors were sat on the terrace enjoying a morning cuppa and from the adjacent farm yard rose the faint scent of wood smoke.
We were quickly directed to our pitch for the day inside the dutch barn, unpacked the 110 ute and went off to explore the events offerings. Boasting local artwork, craft, barista coffee (from a machine mounted on a 110 pickup) a bar stocked with the estate’s own brew and enough artisan treats to show up a farmers market, we were in for a great day.
The weather can make or break a Scottish day out but the sun shone on the tranquil glen all day, The peace was broken when the call was made for the mid afternoon green lane activity, a selection of 4,5 and 8 cylinder motors fired up and disappeared up into the hills following our host in his trusty series 2. The group returned in much less show worthy condition but all driven by beaming owners who had clearly relished the invite to test the capabilities of their vehicles on the estates back trails.
After polishing off the greatest beef brisket sandwich I have ever eaten and having more cuddles with the hostess’s litter of Labrador puppies we spent the afternoon showing many Twisted fans old and young our timeless Santorini Black 110 and telling the tails from its exciting travels.
Covering 12k miles since its creation 2 months ago Limited Build No 6 has been to over 20 European counties and been seen by thousands of Twisted fans staking its claim as the ultimate road trip Defender.
After the good byes we began the journey back to North Yorkshire to prepare the Defender for its next adventure.
A thanks must be given to Martin and the Defender Jam team for putting on such a well organised event and to all at Monachyle Mhor boutique hotel for hosting in such a stunning location.
We’re already looking forward to supporting next year.