Big fun at AROC’S interclub event! Club chairman Martin Lewis reports
Anglian ROC at Tixover and Project Jay
By the end of June, the long hot summer was already into its stride, and so it was under a baking-hot sun that the Anglian Rover Owners’ Club converged on Tixover, the home of the LRO Peterborough Show off-road course, for a full-on weekend of interclub motorsport. Events on offer included a tyro trial for beginners, a road-taxed vehicle (RTV) trial, a challenging crosscountry vehicle (CCV) event and a time trial.
The prolonged hot weather meant that the ground was like concrete – except in the clay field, where the swamp holes seemed bottomless. Had it been wet, the sections driven would have been very, very different.
It was good to have some entrants from invited clubs – two from Breckland Land Rover Club and two from Leicester and Rutland Land Rover Club – because this brings in new faces to events and helps keep the rest of us on our toes!
The Bme-sponsored time trial was a big hit with competitors, while the CCV – a tough, technical trial that called for total concentration – was well supported. The RTV and tyro saw fewer competitors, but those who took part enjoyed them.
The barbecue, all prepared and cooked by Chris and Anne Marie Aylott, was outstanding – producing such an enormous amount of great-quality food was quite an achievement.
I asked everyone to help in breaking camp at close of play on Sunday afternoon, and they certainly did – the site was cleared in record time. Everyone doing a bit to help makes such a big difference to the organisers at events such as this.
I’d like to thank all who helped run this event, in particular BME and Bearmach for sponsoring the event and providing all of the generous prizes.
Every event has a background team who work their socks off to make it happen – and it couldn’t be truer in this case. Will we do it again? Not this year, but maybe next – keep an eye on arocoffroad.co.uk for details.
● Like the look of Tixover? Drive it in your own Land Rover at the LRO Show on 15-16 September.
Ed Barnes tackles the concrete-like terrain
James Flanders takes charge of the CCV
Dave Edwins on his way to second in the CCV