Following a change in the status of military training exercises, classic events like Roadmaster and Rickshaw Ramble are now open for civilian drivers. You had to be a member of the armed forces, police or civil service to compete on previous events. The events are now a recognised sport within the army and are run by the British Army Motoring Association using military training areas. Different stages test you in different ways, from navigational scatter looking for markers to route-planning to get to the checkpoints in the correct order.
With roots in firmly in military training exercises, the emphasis is on navigation rather than speed so, although a four-wheel-drive is a must because of the terrain you’ll be crossing, it doesn’t have to kitted to a high level. Any Land Rover with decent recovery points can compete.
Roadmaster 2011 takes place on Sunday December 18 at Longmoor Training Area near Petersfield and is open to members of the military and police and any other club which applies for an invitation, subject to MSA rules.
If your club doesn’t already have an invite, email Clerk of the Course, Bernie Stevens or call 07775 753763 between 6pm and 9pm.
LRO's Neil Watterson reckons he’s 'one of the best navigators around' and will be competing in Roadmaster. Think you’re better? Enter and find out. The Rickshaw Ramble takes place on January 29 at Bramley Training Area, Hampshire.
Regulations and entry form for Roadmaster can be downloaded from here: Roadmaster 2011 regs
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