They have a strong ‘rights of way’ section, and are fortunate to work with a helpful county council. Representatives of the club attend meetings with the Council several times each year, along with other users of the un-surfaced rights of way in their area to agree how the byways can be best used. ELRC are also a member of the Parish Path Partnership and get involved in clearing public rights of way, (not just those with vehicular access), and work with GLASS to promote responsible use of the access they have available. There are greenlaning trips most months of the year, with vehicle numbers limited to minimise impact, and the club also organises a week's laning holiday each summer in various parts of the country.
Members showcase the club at the numerous country shows through the summer, as a means to promote what they do to the public (and landowners). In recent years they have managed to secure insurance to give rides to members of the public either around an arena, or over a short scenic drive, which adds an extra dimension to the show.
Boosting their place in the community, they provide marshal support at various charity events, including cross country runs organised by Cancer Research UK. These events are extremely popular with the membership. Further community support comes in the form of their Rover Rescue, ‘4x4 Response’ arm, through which they have built up a strong relationship with the local emergency services.
ELRC are regular sponsors of the Essex Air Ambulance, this has become even more important to the club after having to utilise the Air Ambulance themselves on one occasion. As well as the donations raised from the rides at shows, they hold raffles and donate all profits from their annual Easter interclub trials events.
On the subject of trials and with their ‘family friendly’ ethos in mind the club actively promotes progression through off-road motorsport, but with the emphasis on enjoyment. They currently look after one of the MSA’s Junior Trials Vehicles (JTV) and host a JTV trial at many of the regular trials events. This provides an opportunity for the eight year olds and over to drive, starting their progression into Tyro trials.
Monthly competitive events include Tyro, RTV and CCV. Essex has a thriving Tyro entry and champions this event at national level giving Tyro drivers equal status with RTV and CCV. Recognising the increasing scarcity of land, they are keen to get involved with other clubs, their big interclub weekend at Easter offers a bike trial, JTV, Tyro, RTV, CCV, Winch Recovery Trial, Team Recovery and Comp Safari Rally.
The Essex mantra is – ‘Clubs working together is the future of off-road motorsport.’ A very active club with something for everyone.
Year formed - 1983
No of full members – Approx 250
Affiliations – MSA, ALRC, GLASS, Parish Paths Partnership
Full Membership - £25
4x4 Response Group - Yes
Club Mag – Essex Exploits
Published - Bi-monthly
RTV Trials – Monthly
CCV Trials – Monthly
Tyro Trials – Monthly
JTV Trials – through the summer
Comp’ Safari – Yearly
Winch Recovery – Yearly
Team Recovery - Yearly
Greenlaning - Monthly
Pub meets, Country Shows, 6 to 8 charity events each year, Local rally marshalling, First aid, winch and marshal training, Green lane clearance days.
Secretary - Terry Taylor
Web Site - www.elrc.info