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Coronavirus Update - 25th June 2020

Members of SWLRC, Thank You all for your patience during this time, and hope you are keeping safe and well. Myself and the rest of the committee held a ‘virtual’ committee meeting a couple of weeks ago, which was definitely a new experience for many! We discussed a number of different points, notably the guidance that has been produced by MotorsportUK and our feelings around how we should resume starting events. The overarching theme of discussions was surrounding the safety of our entrants and officials during events, and if as a committee we feel that we can effectively mitigate the risks that will be posed by Coronavirus. At this point in time, we feel that we are not yet able to start running events, as the risk posed is too high, we do not want to exclude certain members due to health reasons and that we shouldn't be rushing back into it. This was something felt by all those who attended the meeting. We are however continuing to monitor the situation and follow the guidance from the Government and MotorsportUK. In due course I will be releasing a survey to for all members to complete, in order to gauge your feelings on how and when trialling should restart within the club. The committee will be reconvening in the first week of September to reassess this decision and the outcome of the survey, however this date may be moved, either forward or back, if there are any significant changes or the survey yields unexpected results. If you have any questions, queries or comments, do not hesitate to let me know, or there will be an opportunity for general comments in the upcoming survey. Please keep a look out for any further communication. Regards, Will

Mendip Challenge 2020 - UPDATE

Over the last few weeks, we have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely, and although MotorsportUK have announced measures for restarting events, with the current government restrictions and additional mitigation that will be required in order to run an event, such as prohibiting spectators and setting out sections to be risk averse, it will be much more difficult for these to occur. Ensuring a positive view on Motorsport throughout the UK is key, and therefore promoting and running an event that often attracts competitors from the around the country, whilst we are still enduring this pandemic could be seen as irresponsible. We have therefore taken the difficult decision to postpone this years event. This will be disappointing news to many, however in the current circumstances, we feel this is the correct course of action.If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact myself, or Mark Pritchard, Club Chair. Thanks, Will SWLRC Competition Secretary

Motorsport UK Extends Suspension of Motorsport Permits to 30th June

In light of recent developments in the COVID-19 crisis, and following the address to the nation by the Prime Minister on the evening of 23rd March, Motorsport UK has today extended its suspension of all organising permits and Certificates of Exemption for motorsport events until at least 30th June. This move provides clear guidance to event organisers, venues, competitors, officials and volunteer marshals of the role that Motorsport UK must play in supporting the broader UK public health agenda. In recent days the feedback from our members and the community was a need for increased clarity to allow them to plan appropriately and, should the need arise, put in place necessary contingency measures.

Motorsport UK Chairman, David Richards explained, “Motorsport UK has a vital role to play with its community in re-inforcing that, at this time of national emergency, we must all stay at home to play our part in protecting the NHS and ultimately saving lives.  Today, the government have required that we effectively lock-down for a period of three weeks, however given that the most vulnerable in our society are required to isolate for three months, it is evident that the most responsible course of action was to propose a longer suspension of our sport.  When we reflect back on this time, it will be a brief, but vital, hiatus from our everyday motorsport life and we must put this in perspective.  This is a time of national unity and we need to come together with the broader public community to do all we can to support this battle and ultimately save lives.”

Motorsport UK will continue to monitor the prevailing advice from the UK Government in respect of the COVID-19 international pandemic and will update the motorsport community accordingly.

ALRC National 2020: As per the most recent guidance, this event has been regrettably cancelled. However, the ALRC National 2021 will be held at this same location, over the usual dates.  

SWLRC AGM: Thanks to those members who came along to our AGM.
For all the club members, the minutes are available at the below link, and I would recommend that you read them. The document is membership sensitive, and therefore is password protected. Please drop me an email or message for access. Here

Who are the Somerset and Wiltshire Land Rover Club:

 Established many years ago the Somerset and Wiltshire Land Rover Club is a way for enthusiasts to meet on a monthly basis and use their beloved vehicles for the purpose they were designed and built!

 We run competitions every second Sunday of the month and all are welcome - either as spectators or participants. We are an ALRC affiliated club, therefore must comply with all of their regulations.

 The competitions are divided into two categories - RTV & CCV. RTV is designed for all Road Taxed Vehicles and is essentially a non-damaging drive over a tough and challenging course, pitted against similar vehicles. The CCV or Cross-Country Vehicle class is much more challenging and may cause damage, the vehicles which take part in this are invariably specialised and the drivers are invariably a bit... well...

For more information please visit the About Us page, and

 PLEASE check the guidance page before turning up expecting to trial for the first time.


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