Club Zone

Big fun at AROC’S in­ter­club event! Club chair­man Martin Lewis re­ports

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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 aro­cof­ 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

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