The last weekend saw the 2016 East Anglian Off Road Show held in Norfolk at the National Construction Training Grounds.
Gates opened for the event at 4pm on Friday afternoon with a very good turn out for the early doors. Goody bags were issued to entrants when greeted by the always-happy gate staff.
Friday night the band struck up in the Marquee as us early birds settled into camp and checked out the trade stands for any show bargains.
Food and drinks were available throughout the days and evenings for all those hungry souls, from Mexican wraps to Fish and Chips with the obvious burgers and bacon rolls, but the constant hint of BBQ’s hung in the air for most of the weekend … lovely.
Saturday brought entertainment in the arena with room to display your pride and joy and an evening competition of flexing your metal.
A selection of trade stands circled the arena with everything from general accessories provided by Fourby, plus clothing, CB’s, wheels & tyres to full custom build vehicles from A TM Engineering. Two other trade stands that took our interest was KORR LED lighting from Australia, brand new to the UK market, quality built, tried and tested down under with upto 5 year guarantee! and the second stand was LeBlanc Overlanding, a new company offering overland equipment to hire for your adventures, from roof top tents to everything in between, a great idea to keep your trip costs down.
Both Saturday and Sunday days were play days for the off roaders to enjoy the course. The organisers and marshals were kept busy with tractors and recovery vehicles pulling out the unfortunates, who still emerged with smiles across their faces.
Although the event is organised by Breckland Land Rover Club, it was great to see a mix of cars taking on the challenges from the little hero Suzuki’s, to Jeeps, Toyotas, Mitsubishis, Nissans and of course the Land Rovers. Vehicles were in every format from the extreme, tray-back to the stock family SUV, it was a great sight to watch a completely standard RAV 4 blast through a section that a modified Disco struggled with two minutes earlier …
A real family atmosphere was achieved throughout the weekend with full families turning out in their vehicles to take on the courses, the sound of screaming daughters could be heard alongside laughing dads as cars passed by us. The obstacles were varying in difficulty to suit all abilities and vehicles with everything including mud runs, climbs, descents and drop-offs, with some drivers making their own paths to push their skills, we agreed not a bad course, which incidentally was changed around for the Sunday drive to add a little diversity.
The weather was kind to us all with warm sunny spells throughout both days and rain overnight on Saturday to keep the dust down and the soils moist.
We spoke to Richard Brown C.O.C. and event co-organiser who was thrilled with the turnout, the biggest yet, saying that we must be doing something right as the event continues to grow year on year.
We enjoyed the weekend it was great with a friendly, fun and family atmosphere celebrating one common interest of mud n’ trucks and judging by the smiles on everyones faces it was a great success.
If you have never been there you should try it next year, you will have fun in what must be the UK’s largest gravely-sand pit.
Video to follow soon …..