Club of the Month
The Series III & 90-110 Owners Club take the spotlight
Members of the Yorkshire Central Region of the Series III & 90-110 Owners Club held a members’ driving assessment day at Cross Hills near Keighley, West Yorkshire. Following the recent bad weather everyone arrived to a very muddy site, and it was clear from the outset we were in for an interesting day. In fact, it would turn out to be a real assessment of driving skills. A dry area was located to set up camp, where the signing on and vehicle checks were undertaken. As the spring mist cleared everyone set off across the muddy site to have a go at the sections and driving challenges set out for our members.
Set aside the name of our club, we welcome all Land Rover owners and enthusiasts, and we generally see a number of different models at our events, at this one for example there were a number of 90s, a Series and Discoverys.
The morning went without incident, but as everyone’s confidence grew we moved on to the site’s favourite: the Mud Run. James Lofthouse first erred on the side of caution and backed his Td5 90 into the gully to see how deep the muddy water was. It was evident it was deep, but – with caution – passable. During this test his 90 took on water, which got into the throttle pedal wiring, and rendered him stuck. James and 90 were soon recovered and taken off to dry out.
Next was the turn of Chris Hawkins, Chris lined up his 2.5 diesel 90 with the mud run and set off. A valiant effort was made, but alas the mud at the bottom of the ditch was too deep and it also came to a halt in the deep mud and water. Worryingly, the engine also stopped; the concern was whether the engine had taken on water. Chris climbed on top of his 90 making