MSA recognised club Association of Land Rover clubs
Jun 282014

Just a note to say a big thank you to everybody who participated in today’s Greenlanes Day and Social Meet.

Three groups managed to drive and survey approximately 40 of the county’s legally driveable rights of way and then met up for a lovely barbecue overlooking the Blackmore Vale at the top of Ibberton Hill.

It has been a fantastic example of what can be achieved with team spirit, each and every one of you can take credit for doing your bit in making this happen, without your support it wouldn’t have been possible.

Thank you!!

Jun 212014

There are two trips planned for July on Saturday 12th and Sunday 27th.

Five places are available on each date, more spaces are available if somebody else is happy to lead a second group.

If you would like to come along please copy and paste the list below and add your name to it, along with sending an email confirmation to

Many thanks,



Saturday 12th July:

1) Rob Elliott







Sunday 27th July:

1) Rob Elliott






Jun 202014

I’ve had to pay my first big bill on the Range Rover today.

Lisa and I had a faultless (and economical – 32.6mpg) run up to the Lake District for a much needed week away but on day two my trusty steed blew the radiator 300 miles away from home, halfway up the Wrynose Pass.

After much steam and swearing a crack in the plastic casing on the top of the radiator was found to be the culprit. Luckily I smelt the sweet smell of coolant and shut down before cooking the motor.

So whilst Lisa used what little mobile phone signal she had to contact anyone who may be able to help us with a new radiator, I had to put some thought into getting us off the Pass and back to civilisation.

I usually travel with a boot full of tools but had made up an emergency tool bag of ‘just in case’ essentials to enable more luggage room, so I’m looking at this with trepidation wondering what the hell I’m going to do….

In an inspired eureka moment I had a solution for the three inch split in the radiator – silicone sealant injected into the split, insulation tape over the top of that, then I rolled a rag into a sausage shape and taped that on top and finally, removed my canvas shoe and taped that on top….

What I now had was a unique compression bandage when the bonnet was closed on it and after a refill of the cooling system with water from a steam and leaving the radiator cap off, we managed to limp some 30 miles to the Land Rover dealer in Kendal.

They were very good and provided us with a courtesy car – apart from yesterday when the replacement radiator didn’t arrive as promised leading to me having a polite(!) sense of humour failure….

But despite this we collected the freshly repaired Range Rover this afternoon and handed £617 to them for the repair, thankfully the sniff test revealed no further issues.

I could have fixed it for under half the price had it happened closer to home!! ūüôā

Jun 192014

I’m keen to try new ways of organising the trials.¬† If the workload was distributed evenly it would only take each driver to set up one trial, marshal once and score for half a day per year.¬† However the reality is all the work is left to just a few people and it becomes a bit of a chore.¬† If we’re not careful the few doing all the work will just say enough is enough, throw in the towel and start a new hobby.¬† We need the support of the membership to run these events and without it they will simply come to an end.

I don’t want to press gang people into setting up, and if people volunteer they can choose a trial that is close to home and on a convenient date. ¬†The dates for all the trials are published at the start of the year and we always set up on the Saturday before.¬† So starting with Portesham at the start of the trial I will be asking for volunteers for Knitson set up on Saturday 26th July, so please check your diaries and see if you‚Äôre available.¬† I appreciate sometimes things crop up nearer the date so if after you’ve volunteered you can no longer make it, first step would be to try and find someone to go in your place and if you can’t let me know and I’ll do my best to find a replacement.

If you didn’t set up the trial maybe you could consider picking up a marshal’s vest or the clipboard?¬† Again it’s all about everyone doing a little to make sure everyone enjoys the day.¬† Training can be given for these roles and they aren’t particularly arduous.

I think we’re quite good at clearing up at the end of the day and thank you to those that pull canes, tidy up and look after the kit (and bring it to the next trial).¬† Don’t forget the day isn’t over for your committee who have to pay land owners, pay permits and various other bits and pieces that go on behind the scenes.

Trialing is a great part of the club and I think with a little effort from everyone now we can secure its future and keep attendance strong.

 Posted by at 12:14 pm
Jun 012014

It is my intention to ramp up the clubs greenlaning activities over the coming months so as your clubs Greenlanes Officer I have taken the liberty of pre confirming dates to allow these trips to take place up to the first week of October. These dates are:

14 & 28 June (28 is Greenlanes Day)

12 & 26 July

9 & 23 August (31 is Greenlane Treasure Hunt)

6 & 20 September

4 October

These trips are taking place on Saturdays and are obviously subject to weather and ground conditions on the day which will determine where we go.

Maximum six vehicles including myself unless somebody else is willing to take a second group, it would be extremely nice to be able to welcome some new faces into the fold and show them why we love what we do and we ‘do it right’.

Please register your interest on this thread and for what date(s) as well as sending me an email to

It’s time to get things rolling!