It was started in Moscow by a small group of Freelander 2 owners. In 2008 with owners of more diverse Land Rover models wanting to join, founder Dmitry Zakharov, renamed it the ‘Russian Land Rover Club’.
Then with requests for membership from Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Belarus, the club decided to resurrect the former Soviet Union with the slightly more user-friendly title ‘The International Land Rover Club’ at the end of 2011,
It is now the biggest community of Land Rover owners in the world. There are over 50,000 registered members in the five core countries with a sprinkling of others from European nations such as France, Belgium and Lithuania. As you can imagine membership literally increases daily.
They organise a number of central seasonal events with an increasing number of regional groups using the ILRC banner to run green lane trips, expeditions, social meetings and charity runs (visiting orphanages, supported by the club). Many members are also involved with 4x4 response groups, an important resource in the bitter Russian winters.
In 2012 the club celebrated its fifth anniversary, with over 70 members and their Land Rovers enjoying a four day party in a beautiful location mid-way between Moscow and St. Petersburg. The celebrations included; competitive events, ‘entertainments’ and fireworks.
The biggest event to date was a celebration of the Russian holiday, Maslenitsa which marks the end of winter. Members formed a two-mile convoy of about 160 Land Rovers, the run culminated in the burning of a traditional straw Maslenitsa Doll and less traditional off-roading excursions.
The club has negotiated what they call a ‘partner program’ with more than 130 specialised garages and other companies that have Land Rover related services. As well as offering discounts the partner companies sign up to giving free advice to members via a dedicated forum, a brilliant initiative.
The short term ambition is to recruit more companies across their massive catchment into the partner program and then some thought will be put into publishing a club newsletter.
Year formed - 2007
No of full members – Approximately 50,000
Web Site - www.lr-club.com
Full Membership - Free
4x4 Response - Yes
Centrally Organised Events – Season opening/closing (spring/autumn), Maslenitsa (end of the winter), club birthday (summer), off-road (twice a year)
Regional Events - Green lane trips, expeditions, social meetings and charity runs.
Phone: +7 985 22-66-22-7