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.