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Coquet Safari 2017 Event

In the long history of the Coquet Safari, there can be few episodes as extraordinary as the weekend of April 8-9, 2017 for two contrasting, but linked, reasons.

Firstly, the weather and ground conditions were perfect. A week of drying winds had mopped up the winter waterlogging in the Northumbrian hills and Saturday dawned with a cloudless sky once the early haze had cleared from the Coquet valley.

Secondly, the event will be long remembered for the sheer number of broken down Jeeps that littered the 80-mile route on day one. Certainly, the Land Rover and Champ owners who rescued half-dead Jeeps and their disgruntled drivers will never allow them to forget.

After a sociable Friday evening with friends old and new, the 25-vehicle convoy drove out of Rothbury on the following morning heading for adventure.

The first hill climbs through forestry and over rough, narrow tracks on open moorland afforded some excellent views already becoming hazy with moorland management fires at all points of the compass.

As the convoy crossed into the MoD Otterburn training area, grass fires and swirling smoke lent a realistic military backdrop to the run which soon entered the Impact Are…

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