During the 1989 Driving Force competition held in the Brecon army training area, three teams representing the Gloucestershire Constabulary met by coincidence on a Welsh hilltop. The teams were not supposed to be together but they all just happened get lost at the same place. Subsequent discussion to establish their location included talk of how much they were enjoying the event and would like to do similar events more often. The suggestion of forming a club became a reality a couple of months later when on September 1st that year CCROC was born at the Green Dragon pub at Cockleford. Member No 1 Police Officer Dick Loveday was on that Welsh hilltop 23 years ago and is now CCROC club president. Dick has recently retired but still regularly uses his Defender to compete in CCROC trials.
Another of the original members is Nick Robins who is still a major part of the club. Nick is a mechanic by trade and spends most of his time under Land Rovers when he is not driving them, his extensive knowledge and skills have probably helped most members at some point over the years. Anyone who is new to Land Rover ownership will find Nick and fellow members of CCROC very approachable and helpful when it comes to solving problems, repairing your vehicle and finding spare parts – it’s one of the benefits of membership.
Nick’s services to CCROC over the years have been invaluable, he’s been a committee member and competition secretary for many years, he’s probably the most experienced and successful driver, but more importantly he religiously tows the distinctive CCROC burger van trailer to every CCROC event. Without fresh bacon rolls and hot teas on a cold winter morning, and burgers for lunch, CCROC trials just wouldn’t be the same.
There are a growing number of younger drivers in the club who have all quickly worked their way up through the ranks and seem completely fearless, they are now more than a match for their fathers. One of these young bloods is James Lane who started trialling n a V8 range Rover at the age of 13 and eventually won the expert class in TYRO. As soonas he was old enough James across into RTV where he promptly won the Novice class in his first season, beating dad Simon into second place. Now 20, James is still one of the youngest members but has recently become assistant competition secretary and a committee member. If all the members encourage their kids to follow in their footstep (or tyre tracks) then maybe CCROC will be around take up the sport pass down memberships
Over the years word of mouth seems to have been the most popular way to recruit new members and this year club membership is beginning to creep back up again. Members often bring along friends and work colleagues and then they get the bug too. Magazine editor Rob McCausland has been busily taking spare copies of the magazine out on the road and placing them on parked Land Rovers with some success lately. At club nights he has been encouraging members to do the same with their old copies.
Club night’s are usually on the first Monday of the month at The Oakwood Twigworth GL2 9PG.
CCROC organise RTV and TYRO trials on the third Sunday of each month. There are Novice and Expert classes in both trials with Novices being promoted to Expert by finishing in the top two places at the end of the competitive season. Members occasionally frequent the green lanes of Gloucestershire and also the Welsh mountains which are an easy drive over the border from Gloucestershire. Recently several members have started visiting Pay & Play sites to get an off-road fix between trials.
CCROC have formed an unlikely association with the local main Land Rover dealership Stratstone Cheltenham. After seeking permission to leave copies of the Bog Standard in their showroom, CCROC were then approached by Stratstone to advertise in the BOG and they enquired about sponsoring future events. Stratstone then came along to a CCROC committee meeting to sell themselves as a viable alternative to other dealers for parts and services for older Land Rovers. Members are now encouraged to think of Stratstone for servicing and MOT’s, and also for parts and accessories rather than going to the usual mail order suspects advertised in the Land Rover press.
At the Christmas trial Stratstone turned up in four shiney new Land Rovers including the new Evoque. While the boss wouldn’t let them trial the vehicles, their staff were passengered around in RTV vehicles and watched as a new member drove a Freelander 2 in the TYRO and outscored regular members on some sections. In recent months a Discovery 3 was also trialled in a CCROC event.
CCROC welcome any Land Rover owners or enthusiasts young and old, and their families with any age of Land Rover/Range Rover. They are not a profit making organisation and membership prices has been frozen for several years now. The cost is £25 for a full membership and £10 for family members. Full members get a monthly copy of the BOG and the membership card entitles adventurous members to take part in events held by other ALRC clubs such as the Nationals and Baskervilles. As with other car clubs, membership can get you discounts on your car insurance and of course favourable prices at Stratstone – worth it even if you join with a brand new Range Rover Sport and don’t trial!
Year formed – Sep 1989
No of full members - 70
Affiliations - MSA/ALRC
Web Site – URL www.facebook.com/ccrocltd
Full Membership - £25 per year
4x4 Response Group - No
Club Mag – The Bog Standard
Published - Monthly
RTV & TYRO Trials - Monthly
Regular Greenlaning & Pay & Play site visits
Other events - Local show attendance in & around Gloucestershire.
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