Luxury adventure, community service awards, and the showcasing of new 2024 Defender models will be highlights of the event.
The highly anticipated Destination Defender festival is back! This weekend adventure festival, hosted by the Defender brand, is slated to take place from November 10th through 12th at the picturesque Iron Horse Ranch in Somerville, Texas. It promises a roller-coaster of emotions, adrenaline-pumping activities, and a first-hand experience of the brand’s emblematic adventure spirit.
First launched in Saugerties, NY in 2022, Destination Defender has cemented its place as a cornerstone event for celebrating the vehicle’s adventurous lifestyle and fostering connections among Defender aficionados. This year, the event takes a leap further into the wild heart of Texas, sprawled over 2,400 acres of lush woodlands, serene lakes, and sprawling meadows. This setting, in essence, is a testament to the Defender vehicle’s design ethos – legendary, intrepid, and raring to explore.
Outside, Interactive Inc., Defender’s partner for the event, is leaving no stone unturned to ensure an authentic Defender lifestyle experience for the guests. Participants can look forward to pushing their boundaries with a plethora of activities. Be it high-intensity workouts with the world-renowned Katrin Davisdottir, guided trail runs with ex-NHL star Brooks Laich and his canine sidekick, Koda, or savoring gourmet outdoor cooking sessions with the talented Ashley Rodriguez – there’s something for everyone. For those seeking a more laid-back vibe, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking are on offer. And what better way to end an eventful day than grooving to live music and cozying up in luxury glamping spots, premium hotels, or personal campsites?
But that’s not all! A special highlight of the weekend is the Defender Service Awards. This award ceremony celebrates the heroic essence of the Defender legacy by honoring nonprofit and charitable organizations from the US, Puerto Rico, and Canada. These organizations embody the indomitable Defender spirit by relentlessly serving their communities. The top award? Six custom Defender 130 vehicles and a hefty cash prize to further their noble endeavors.
Speaking of vehicles, attendees are in for an automotive treat. The festival will showcase the unveiling of the much-anticipated 2024 Defender 130 Outbound. This model is the epitome of a modern-day adventure companion, boasting seating for five and ample cargo space. Also stealing the spotlight will be the powerful 493hp Defender 130 V8 and the heritage-inspired County Exterior Pack for the Defender 110. These showcases are not just a nod to Defender’s rich history, but also a testament to its ever-evolving nature in the 21st century. The Destination Defender festival is where modern luxury adventures, community spirit, and automotive excellence converge. And for those who live and breathe the Defender lifestyle, this is an event not to be missed.