Land Rover Show returns to Melrose, features guest of honour

The Land Rover Register of SA will again host the SA Land Rover Show at the Melrose Show grounds this Easter weekend.

Registration for event participants open from noon on Friday, followed by a 'meet and greet' in the Marquee on Friday night.

Commencing at 9.00am on Easter Saturday, a Grand Parade of Land Rovers old and new will travel through the main street of Melrose, followed by a display and judging of the Best of Breed competition.

On Saturday afternoon the Driver Skills competition will test the abilities of both vehicle and driver on a purpose built trials track. This is a great spectator event also.

Saturday night will see a Gala Dinner in the marquee, along with an auction of merchandise donated by event sponsors. It's likely that Easter Bunny may call around.

Sunday is taken up with a series of tag-a-long tours on various private tracks through the hills around Melrose and surrounds.

Sunday night will see trophy presentations around the campfire with music by local entertainer John O'Dea.

An adventure track has been established just out of town for any registered participant who wants to have go at off-road driving in a non-competitive format. Club members will be available to assist.

Any Land Rover owner is welcome to register for the event, and to participate in any programmed activity.

The event is free for spectators, and there is plenty of camping and catering available around the Show Grounds and in Melrose.

The event is expected to attract Land Rover enthusiasts from far and wide, many from interstate.

GUEST: Daisy Belle is a 1904 De Dion Bouton whose long history can be traced throughout South Australia.

GUEST: Daisy Belle is a 1904 De Dion Bouton whose long history can be traced throughout South Australia.

Daisy Belle - History of a unique piece of SA history.

Daisy Belle, a 1904 De Dion Bouton, will be a guest of honour at the SA Land Rover Show at Melrose over the Easter long weekend.

Purchased new from a London distributor in 1904 by H H Toms, a merchant from Mitcham. H H Toms is a founding member of the RAA.

In 1904 the car appeared in a heavy car race at Morphettville - taking 8th place.

The following year Daisy Belle took part in the Adelaide to Victor 'endurance race' - 200kms over 2 days.

In 1905 Dr Sanger from Burra buys Daisy Belle. Daisy Belle was then garaged from 1907 to 1915.

In 1915 Dr Kinmont buys Daisy Belle from the Sangster estate. Dr Kinmont would drive across the CBD to the Adelaide Gaol to determine the sanity of condemned prisoners (thereby escaping the noose) and to confirm the death of hanged prisoners.

Daisy Belle was garaged from the mid 20s until 1933.

Purchased by Percy Wein Smith with the view if starting a car club with an 'old car' run. Percy found Daisy Belle and paid about 1 pound - in working order except for a flat battery. He was a founding member of the Verteran Car Club of SA.

Daisy Belle 'drag raced' a team of bullocks as a SA centenary event in 1936.

Featured in a movie - The New Car, in 1953.

Percy participated with Daisy Belle in nearly all veteran car events in SA through to his passing in 1968.

Percy's son John inherited Daisy Belle and participated in the first and most Bay to Birdwood event and the 100th anniversary of the London to Brighton Rally.

John's nephew Geoff Milton inherited Daisy Belle in 20134 and is the current custodian. Geoff has undertaken a major refurbishment, with a focus being on originality and historic accuracy.