We’re a club of Land Rover owners and enthusiasts in the West Midlands region of England, UK.
We typically meet monthly to enjoy our vehicles’ off-road capabilities and to enjoy the fantastic English countryside – either via off-road Trials competitions, Green Laning or Camping and Caravanning (C&C).
Some also use their vehicles to provide Local Authority, Emergency Services and local community support in times of special need / adverse weather or for special events (“4x4 Response” and “Recovery”).
Social events are also held to get together, have a chat and a laugh – as stand-alone events at pubs or restaurants or in combination with Trials or C&C events.
Club members and / or their families own variants from the full range of Land Rovers made from the start of production in 1948 right up to the modern day. Trials competitors typically use older variants e.g. Series, Defender, Discovery 1 & 2, Range Rover Classic & P38 and occasional Freelander 1 in addition to custom built “Specials” built using Land Rover components.
Members range from single owners through to 3 generations of the same family. Members and events are typically located within an 60 mile radius of the Birmingham area, but with some further afield.
As a Club we organise our own activities as well as taking part in events organised by neighbouring Clubs and our UK National Club, the ALRC (Association of Land Rover Clubs).
The Club is run by a committee of volunteers, but we’re always looking for extra help.
If you become a member, what’s involved?
Well that’s really up to you, you might want to get involved in some or all of our activities, or you may be happy to just receive the Club Newsletter / Journal.
If you’re willing, you can contribute a small amount of time to helping run specific events or even the Club. Volunteer helpers are always needed welcomed ! Maybe you have some special skills we can use.
As a Club Member, you can take part in the Club's activities in a variety of ways and you don’t have to own a Land Rover !
Options include being a driver, passenger or navigator, spectator or as an official / marshal at one of our off-road trials.
Being a driver or passenger is obviously great fun, but acting as (volunteer) official, helping prepare or run an event is also very satisfying – e.g. when you see everybody enjoying the challenges you’ve created.
Marshalling is another “Official” role that contributes to the running of a trial and allows you spectate too !
Joining the 4x4 Response team could allow you and your 4x4 to help others in bad weather or emergencies.
As a non Club Member you can still come along to our trials events as an official or spectator to see how things run or to help, and decide whether you’d like to join us. The only limitation is that you can’t compete until you’ve joined either us or another Club (See the Trialling >> Officials or Trialling >> Spectators areas for more detail).
You can also come along to Social Events.
The Midland Rover Owners' Club can rightfully claim to be the senior club in the ALRC. The Land Rover Owners' Club was formed at a meeting early in 1954, which was attended by about a dozen enthusiasts. With the backing of the Rover Company, the Club grew and other centres were established.
In 1967 the Club was reorganised and the Rover Company formed the Rover Owners' Association, which is now the ALRC (Association of Land Rover Clubs). The MROC has been one of the largest clubs in the Association since its inception.
Regular social, green-lane and competitive events are held throughout the year.
Caravaning and Camping
Quite a large number of club members enjoy the caravan rallies, which are held from January to December. Some meetings are quiet and peaceful, whilst others are linked to competitive events.
MROC's Recovery is a popular section of the club, supplying drivers and vehicles for recovery and transport purposes at events such as point to points, hill trials, charity events, or any event where the organisers require a transport facility or vehicle recovery facilities - especially under off-road conditions.
A relatively new section set up to assist our local communities when they are in need, usually severe weather related but assistance is offered for any civil emergency such as area evacuation or transport in the event of serious accident not easily accessible by road. Working in partnership with local authorities to enable them to continue delivering some of their essential services when required, trained & DBS checked volunteers offer a 24/7 callout in the West Midlands and adjoining counties.
Club Open Days, or Play Days, are organised on a regular basis to give drivers a chance to drive their vehicles off-road, keeping as clean or getting as muddy as they like! Usually open to non-members and other marques of vehicle too.
Green lane trips are a regular feature, carefully organised by the MROC Rights Of Way Officer. These can be driving days or weekends and are great fun, with friendly people and fantastic countryside views.
Road Taxed Vehicle Trials (RTV’s)
RTV’s are the first real stage in off-road competition. They are designed to be non-damaging and require no modifications to vehicles in order to take part. A series of set courses are driven, points are given per section, with prize giving at the end of the day.
Cross-Country Vehicle Trials (CCVT’s)
CCVT’s mean that the vehicle has to be fitted with a roll-cage and meet ALRC (Association of Land Rover Clubs) specifications. Similar to, but tougher than RTV, a series of set courses are driven, again with points given per section and prize giving at the end of the day.
Timed trials are a variant of CCV trials using a reduced quantity of sections which are timed & are typically run 3 times each. As a speed event, additional vehicle & protective equipment rules apply.
More detail about each of the trials events can be found in the “Trialling” area.
The MROC does not currently lay out these trials due to their specialised nature.