Founder of LR Classic André Verster, owns a fleet of classic Land Rover Defenders and authentic Series Land Rovers. His vision for LR Classic is to become the preferred specialist tour operator and distinctive 4×4 events host in Southern Africa. The core focus is offering international and local tourists and guests exclusive events, as well as guided self-drive classic safaris with his fleet of Land Rovers or guests who own 4×4.
André qualified as a tour guide back in 2009 and has been guiding off-road safaris, 4×4 Overlanding expeditions and events since then. He recently updated his tour guide qualification with new regulations including first-aid level 3.
Today, LR Classic hosts the annual LandyFest / LR Fest at Rust de Winter ATV4x4 club grounds. The LR Fest is an event filled with exhilarating activities, a products exhibition arena, food stalls, a beer garden and entertainment aimed at Land Rover enthusiasts, the 4×4 and Overlanding fraternity, and outdoor fanatics.
LR Classic also hosts the annual Series Trophy, a unique spirited “competition” for Series Land Rover owners. The Series Trophy is a typical 4×4 Overlanding event based on the original “Camel Trophy” where Series Land Rover owners embrace the Landy spirit driving their beloved authentic vehicles where it belongs – deep in the African Bushveld. The entrants enjoy fun dirt road routes through scenic valleys and hills, challenging off-road and 4×4 tracks through picturesque riverbeds, forests and plantations, conquering mountain passes and historic tracks and routes, game viewing & birding, visit quaint places of interest and antiquated towns, experience the diversity of wildlife and fauna & flora, all whilst accumulating points in honors of being declared winners of the Series Trophy.
The tourism industry in SA suffered immensely due to the devastating effect Covid-19 lockdown had, and still have, on the sector. André founded the Series Rally concept in support of the local tourism industry. The first Series Rally took place during August 2020 when lockdown regulations were eased to allow cross-provincial and leisure travel. André identifies an area to take the Rally to, does a recce, drafts an itinerary to add value to the area and facilities within the area, and markets the Rally adventure. Itineraries often include meals at restaurants in the identified area, 4×4 activities, visits to interesting places such as museums, camping and lodging, and often lesser-known / visited tourism facilities such as the Tswaing Crater near Soshanguve, giving valued support and exposure to places visited.
Landy UBUNTU – “dis ‘n Land Rover ding, jy sal nie verstaan nie!”
Spirit of the Adventure – “it’s a Land Rover thing, you will not understand!”
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Our vision for LR Classic is to become a desired specialist tour operator and distinctive events host in Southern Africa. Our focus is offering international and local guests exclusive guided self-drive classic safaris with our fleet of authentic Land Rovers.