A pre-season look behind the scenes of the club world begins with Off Road World Wide having a catch up with Richard Maior-Barron, Chairman of the AWDC…..
Like all clubs, the AWDC has had it’s share of ups and downs. The usual struggle to get committee members on board took its toll on the club along with a slightly bumpy downhill slide in membership.
So what persuaded Richard to come back after a 17 year break from off road and jump straight in to the rather beleaguered driving seat, taking on the role of Chairman, at one very bleak point in the AWDC story?
What a way to set off down the tough terrain of trialing around the world…we’re off to join the Scottish Land Rover Owners Club with their first Timed Trial of the season, at Glenmavis. Grab a cup of tea and get comfy , it’s over to our off road motorsport reporting team, Jazmyn and Harmony Hunter…..
A group that has been growing each year, especially at Gaydon and the Kelmarsh LR Shows, is that of the youngest generation of LR lovers and off roaders…the Mini Mes. We started the event at Gaydon, when we gave a 1/2hr set in the main arena to the pint sized crews for their own display. Headed in by Layci, Cassie and Alfie, it was just to much fun! Kyle Cooper brought his wonderfully historic Dodo, we had a true mini me barn find, police LRs and all sorts….perfect! From there, the group has grown on and grown up!! So, new members are coming in, others getting a tad too grow-ed up, so upgrading and on it goes! We’ll be working with the Mini Me Drivers Club and the Mini Mes FB page, to follow this fast growing crew around the shows……and one day, we’ll have a 1/4 scale live studio broadcast, with their own Mini Me Drivers Club team heading up the mic work!!
We would like to say a massive off road congrats to the Scottish Land Rover Owners Club, who have just celebrated their 60th AGM!! So brassed off not to have been able to get there, but we raised a glass to you all in thanks for the massive contribution the club has made from its early days, as the first recorded and committee-ed Land Rover club, to it’s current superb place in the off road story. A truly exemplary club, with a massive heart and the warmest welcome. So proud to say its where it all started for so many of us. Keep flying the Saltire high for Scottish off road…you’re just the best!! See you later in the year!! xxx