History of Cornwall & Devon Landrover Club by Ted Ivory
The clubs history can be traced back to 1976. Land Rover events before this date were held under the South West Rover Owner Club banner, but with the increasing demand for more events and entry levels growing, a separate club was essential to move the sport forward.
Old newsletters show we were running 10 or so CCV type trials a year along with a social navigation type event; vehicles used were mainly old series ones, some even had a rudimentary roll bar; we still have members from those days at least two of whom are still active in current trials .
How things have moved on. Membership has grown from under 100 to the current average approaching four hundred and competitive events are around thirty a year in at least five different disciplines, ranging from junior trials to full on Competitive Safaris, and currently, a National Interclub event whose sole purpose is to raise money for charity.
Over the years members have competed with considerable success in many national events. The Association of Land Rover Clubs National Rally held annually over the Spring Bank Holiday is considered to be the most prestigious and we have had our fair share of national champions. C & D has hosted this event on four occasions since its formation.
1997 saw our 21st birthday bash. A full day of gentle off-road competition suitable for all the family ending with a bar-b-q at the local area dealership Roger Young Land Rover. By then we had hosted two rounds of the National off-Road Championship, the first dedicated Land Rover club to do so, in the wonderful setting of Newnham Park at Plympton.
Although primarily a competitive club, we have never overlooked the social side of our sport with the well-supported Annual dinner and prize giving being our signature function; and camping weekends have been added to three of our summer trials, making them a great family activity. Geographic size prevents central `pub meets`, but members in various regions get together socially on a regular basis.
We have Rights-of-way officers for both Cornwall and Devon who are there to advise on the exploration of un-surfaced rights of way; not bad for a club run entirely by voluntary effort.