MROC : Frequently Asked Questions
How big is the club?
Midlands Rover Owners Club is one of the largest Land Rover related clubs in the UK, with over 250 members spread around the West Midlands (Including Warwickshire, Worcester & Gloucester) & some much further afield and even outside of the UK. Of the 250 members perhaps up to 100 participate in the different activities. Some join just because there can be insurance reductions for being part of an owners club! Members own Land Rover vehicles from 1940’s Series 1s, through Defenders, Discoverys, Freelanders & Range Rovers / Range Rover Sports through to competition “Specials” based on a Land Rover chassis & running gear.
Do you have trialling events?
We organise RTV trials, CCV trials (Timed & non Timed) & occasional TYRO off-road trials competitions. Events are typically every month - either organised by Midland Rover Owners Club or our close neighbours Cheltenham & Cotswold Rover Owners Club (CCROC).
See Trialling (via the top Menu) for a lot more info.
(RTV = Road Taxed Vehicle, CCV = Cross Country Vehicle, TYRO = Try Your Rover Off-road)
Why is the club MROC and not MLROC?
MROC = Midland Rover Owners Club.
Land Rover as a company was formed in 1978. Prior to this, it was one of the product lines of the Rover Company. Since MROC was formed in 1967 we used "Rover" as part of our name.
Of course Rover owners are welcome, but the majority of our members are Land Rover owners!
Do you have a Green Laning calendar?
MROC typically organises 2 or 3 Green laning events each year. They normally take place within a radius of approx. 100 miles of Birmingham. As examples, a few areas covered in the past have included North Derbyshire, Shropshire & Warwickshire & involved some fantastic lanes & scenery.
See the Other Activites > Green Laning area for more info.
Do you organise Pay and Play days?
MROC does NOT normally organise these directly as the sites available are usually well advertised & easily contacted by members directly & will allow virtually anyone with an off-roader to turn up on the day – as individuals or a group. However, we know club members arrange visits to local Pay & Play sites such as Avon Dassett, Sibbertoft etc - either on their own or with friends.
The Club does organise what we call a Driver Training day maybe once per year as a more disciplined approach to learning a little about how to drive your 4x4 off-road. At these, we have experienced drivers available to provide guidance & the event is marshalled to ensure minimal chance of accidents / vehicle damage due to driver exuberance etc ! This event is usually mid-year, when more consistent weather is likely & is open to non-members & even non Land Rover 4x4s.
Any social events?
We currently have no Social Secretary to organises our socials and due to COVID restrictions & lack of demand, we're not organising any except those combined with trials or C&C events.
Previously, we had a social evening every month (Drinks & a chat at a Pub, sometimes group visits to restaurants, beer and skittles, 10 pin bowling etc). They were usually the first Saturday of the month. Locations vary to suit as many as possible of our members. If member demand recovers, we'll add more back into the Calendar.
Friends, family & non-members are welcome & we can guarantee not all the conversation is Land Rover related! There often a good way for non-members to come along and find more about the Club.
We hold combined off-road trials & social events at Eastnor Castle (Near Ledbury, Herefordshire) typically twice a year – Easter Bank Holiday weekend + Autumn. Many people camp or caravan overnight or longer & we usually have caterers selling food & drink during the day & evening.
Social events are usually free, unless specified.
I've seen vehicles with 4x4 Response stickers in their windows, are they part of your club?
MROC has a volunteer sub-group of 4x4 vehicle owners who offer their time and vehicles to assist in emergency situations where the use of four wheel drive vehicles are required. DBS checked, trained and experienced drivers provide 24/7 support to the Local Authorities, Emergency Services and other Agencies in Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire to support our local communities.
We have a separate website at www.mroc4x4response.co.uk if you’d like more info.
Is there a Journal?
Midland Rover Owners Club publishes a Journal or Newsletter quarterly – typically including club news, write-ups by attendees at recent events, event photos & results, latest events calendar, Club Committee contact details, members For Sale adverts etc.
Members receive a Journal via email as an inclusive part of membership.
I've seen the Facebook group but can't see any posts?
We have Facebook page called “Midland Rover Owners Club (MROC)”, which you may find useful.
There's general vehicle, events & Club related chat. It's always a good spot for fast response to questions !
It's a "Closed" Group, but anyone can join it without being a paid-up club member.
Select the "Join Group" option & we'll normally approve the application within 24 hrs.
How much is membership?
Please see the Membership page for lots of info. about membership & joining.
Who runs the club?
The Committee operate the club and organise the events with the support of some members. Everyone is a volunteer and the club is funded by membership fees, donations and event attendance. There's more details of Committee members here