What's now the Association of Land Rover Clubs (ALRC) started holding a national competitive event for Land Rover enthusiasts in 1955. The 2012 event at Belvor Castle near Grantham will be the first at this venue and the 56th ALRC National Rally. The organisers are expecting this central location to attract visitors and competitors from all 39 UK clubs plus overseas organisations. The event will feature a high standard of competition with typically 120 entries per event per day.
As well as plenty of off-road action, there is the 20 acre arena and trade stand field where, as well as the bar, food hall, parts, tools and plenty of autojumble there will be demonstration events. This weekend is jointly hosted by two of the oldest clubs in the ALRC; Peak and Dukeries Land Rover Club www.panddlrc.co.uk click here for P&D LRC and Lincolnshire Land Rover Club llrc.co.uk/ click here for LLRC . Both clubs have over 20 years experience and have hosted the national event several times.
The two organising clubs are really trying hard to open the event up to a wider, family audience and it should be a cracker. The Belvoir Castle site is excellent, with superb camping and plenty of demanding terrain for the competitive events. The clubs will have an area close to the campsite where trials sections will be ideal for spectating for people who don't want to walk too far in the woods. They're also doing a drive-around course for your own vehicles and lots of family-friendly stuff, including a 'street party' on the 5th. There is a charity auction scheduled Saturday night in the interval of the performance of the live band 'Snatch' (who perform all the old favourites as you've never heard them before) in aid of race2recovery. The star prize so far is a Moroccan trip donated by Trailmasters.
The organisers are pleased to announce that the Royal Logistics Corp TA will be attending the event. They will be erecting a military village and bringing along some vehicles to display along with inflatable assault course and climbing wall. They hope to enter the RTV as a training exercise in some' green fleet' Land Rovers although this has yet to be confirmed.
Good news is that Land Rover Owner magazine is the major media partner for the event about which John Pearson, Editor-in-Chief, LRO said, 'Land Rover Owner magazine is delighted to be the media partner for the 2012 ALRC at Belvoir Castle. The hosting clubs, Peak and Dukeries Land Rover club and Lincolnshire Land Rover club have found what will be a marvellous new venue for the event. We've looked at the well-drained camping area and seen the splendid woodlands where competition will take place and can assure everyone it's going to be superb. The clubs intend to open up the event to a wider group of Land Rover enthusiasts by providing a drive-around course and lots of family activities in addition to the usual range of ALRC competitions – and we can't wait. See you there on June 1-5.'
Day visitors will be most welcome at the event and the admission cost for day visitors is set at a very reasonable £5 per car irrespective of the amount of occupants.
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