It’s widely known that you are one of the oldest Land Rover clubs, tell me some history?
We were originally part of the Rover Owners Club set up by the factory, the Southern section gradually emerged into the club that has been named The Southern Rover Owners club since 1972. Becoming a limited company in 1985. We are part of the ALRC and are MSA registered. We have hosted four ALRC National Rallies over the years, the last being 2005.
What area do you now cover?
From covering the whole of the South East in the earlier days, our current membership, of about 200, are now mainly based in the Kent and East Sussex counties.
I know you are a very competitive club, what events do you run?
We normally run 10 to 11 RTVs and CCVs per year, usually over a weekend, alternating which trial is on the Saturday and Sunday. We also have; timed, tyro and JTV trials on Bank Holiday weekends. Currently we are lucky enough to have about 10 sites we use, so normally we only use each site once a year. Some of the sites have been used for almost as long as the club has been in existence.
What else do you get involved in?
Our members regularly attend the ALRC Nationals, Cornwall and Devon’s two day RTV, The Major’s Memorial trial and The Baskerville challenge. One of our Major’s teams has won the Rose Bowl four times. Many of our events are also camping weekends with occasional bike trials in the evenings.
And you have your own interclub event…
SROC run a successful and growing two day team CCV trial, now in its 19th year, and we have teams coming from further afield each year. Originally devised by Ron Baker, who has won several National and Majors trials, it is, we believe, the only trial where the team members can guide and direct the driver around the course. It can be amusing to see the team members on foot trying to get to the important points of the course before the trialer to give the guidance needed. Normally run over the first weekend in August we have 12 sections for the teams of two cars on the Saturday and six on the Sunday.
And when you are not competing?
We also have a local society of blind and visually impaired group who are adrenalin junkies. It has now become an annual get together where we take them around one of our farm sites in various vehicles, ranging from Series 1’s to CCV motors. Some of them like a full running commentary on the scenery around and the terrain coming up; others like to be surprised as we go over the obstacles. This makes a good change from always competing and is usually a very relaxed weekend with much banter.
Year formed - 1972
No of full members - 200
Affiliations – MSA and ALRC
Web Site – www.sroc.co.uk
Full Membership - £24.75
4x4 Response Group - No
Club Mag - Southern News
Published - Quarterly
RTV Trials – 10-11 per year
CCV Trials – 10-11 per year
Other Trials – Timed, Tyro and JTV – Bank Holiday weekends
Greenlaning - None
Other events - Adrenalin runs for the visually impaired
Dave Canham – email@example.com