You might like to know a little more about CLROC. In spite of its name, it is much more than a one make 4wd club – in fact, membership is open to all makes of four-wheel-drive vehicles with capabilities similar to the Land Rover. We count a large number of Toyota Landcruisers and Hiluxes, Nissan Patrols and other similar vehicles amongst our members as well as Land Rovers, Range Rovers and Discoverys.
Membership currently stands at between 145 and 155 with typically around 40 people attending our monthly meetings at Belfast Rugby Club Rooms, Belfast, Christchurch. Entry is off March Place via Belfast Road, or from Main North Road if you’re heading South.
Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (except January, which is on the 4th Tuesday) and run from 7:30 to about 9:30 pm.
At the formal part of the meeting, the emphasis is on reporting on recent and forthcoming club activities and informing members of decisions made by the committee who run the club on a day-to-day basis. We may also have slides, videos or a guest speaker. This is followed by a chance for everyone to chat over a `cuppa’.
We publish a monthly newsletter which we hope is entertaining and informative, and this gives details about forthcoming trips and social events. It carries some advertising of 4WD-relevant products and we encourage our members to support the advertisers as they support us.
The main activities of the club are four-wheel drive trips. These vary in duration from one day local trips to week long camping trips in more remote locations. Other activities include new member’s driver training days, social events and non-competitive navigational exercises. Our primary efforts go to the organisation of club off-road trips but for members we also provide driver education/training and safety checks, sell spares and recovery/servicing equipment at discount prices and maintain quite an extensive library of books, repair manuals and videos. If you have any questions, please contact the appropriate committee member.
4WD EMERGENCY TEAM
CLROC and other local 4WD clubs combine to form the 4WD Emergency Team, which is called upon occasionally by local authorities, police and hospitals for our help and expertise in floods, fires and extreme weather conditions.