The 59th run of the annual Association of Land Rover Clubs National Rally saw it return to what is almost certainly its most popular venue, the parklands and forests of Eastnor Castle, the ancestral home of the Hervey-Bathurst family in Herefordshire.
Despite this being the ninth National Rally at Eastnor, Event Director Dan Fasham’s team were able to find fresh land for the trialers to compete on, thus enabling everything to be accessible from the campsite, with no trailering required.
The competitive events were spread over three days in the traditional format of; the CCV trial on the Saturday, the RTV and Team Recovery on the Sunday and the Comp Safari race, run this year by Staffs and Shrops LRC, on the Monday. There was also a novice Tyro trial, and a bike trial for the youngsters.
MROC spent two and a half years preparing for the rally resulting in an extremely well organised event with 358 competitors pre-booked across the various disciplines. As well as the competition organisers, a nod also needs to go to the Eastnor Land Rover Experience drivers who spent the weekend ferrying spectators around the site and escorting scenic drives.
You can find the full story in the July issue of LRO which will be in the shops on Wednesday 10th June.