Become a 4×4 Vehicle Volunteer and help your local community and emergency services!
The UK has seen a serious change in weather conditions over the last couple of years especially over the last 6 months. Because of this our local authorities, local communities and emergency services are often pushed to their limits and often fall back on 4×4 response groups to give a helping hand.
If you want to get involved in one of the groups then the 4×4 Response UK website is an ideal place to start. From here you can look for groups in your area that you can join or get advice on how to start your own if there isn’t one already. If you do plan to start your own response group they do warn that you should never underestimate the amount of responsibility and time this may take or involve.
A common misconception is that you are required to have a Land Rover to be a part of one of these groups. In reality a lot of the regions will accept owners of; Shoguns, Land Cruisers, Fronteras, Delicias, Mavericks, Terranos and even vehicles as varied as Kia Sorrentos, Nissans Quashqais, Audi All Road and Subaru Imprezas. Basically if you have a car that might be able to help out in severe weather conditions, offer assistance in rural areas or aid emergency services with critical staff transfers then you will be needed. 4×4 Volunteers will often be required to complete a course of training but that will also depend on the groups in your area. Even if you don’t have a 4×4 the groups are always looking for support volunteers as well.
Being a 4×4 response volunteer is very rewarding and provides a crucial support to our emergency services and local communities. If you work full time that’s not a problem either as a lot of members for each region work part time, shift work or are retired so cover is always on hand.
To find out more information and see if you want to become a 4×4 Response Vehicle member visit their website. Thanks to 4×4 response for the image.
A great off-roading event returns again this year, with the 4×4 on Exmoor weekend back and better than ever.
Taking part on the last weekend in March, the guys are aiming to raise yet more money for charity while having a cracking weekend of off-road fun. But, it’s sneaking up on us so if you want to get involved you have to act quickly.
It’s that time of year again when you need to be getting your sponsors inline so you can raise enough money to be able to enter the 4×4 on Exmoor Event. The team this year have been extremely busy organising the 2013 event which will take place between the 22nd and 24th of March.
Joining them this year will be the Royal Marines from Chivenor. They’re going to help set up the event and marshaling the entire weekend, so you know you will be in safe hands.
More importantly, the event will be raising funds for the White Line Fever program that helps young people in the South West who need support and encouragement when they don’t have an academic future ahead of them. I’m sure you will agree this is a worthy cause. Last year the 4×4 on Exmoor Event raised over £6000 for the same charity. By coming to the event you will not only be helping the local Exmoor economy but also the local farmers and tourist industries in the area. Couple this with good food, company and glorious scenery and you have an enjoyable weekend for all the family.
The Event will have two tasks that you can take part in. The first is called The Jaunt which comprises of off-road sections of varying difficulty that’s suitable for families and all skill ranges. There’s nothing too challenging on The Jaunt but they’ve thrown in a couple of surprises to make it interestingly challenging. Most types of 4×4 like Defenders, Freelanders & Range Rovers are welcome but children who insist on joining in on the ride will have to be in a road legal seat with belts!
The Second is called The Challenge which is more demanding than The Jaunt. Here you will need reasonable skills, at least 1 winch per team and you should expect some light damage or scratches to your 4×4 vehicle. Children over the age of 12 are welcome!
To register your vehicle for the event will set you back £150 and you will you need to have raised at least £300 in sponsorship money per vehicle. It’s a non-competitive event so your normal insurance should cover you but to be on the safe side they recommend you let your insurers know before you take part. The event itself has public liability insurance and permission from the local landowners.
2013 is shaping up to be a great event and spaces are going fast so be sure to call 01392 832 747 or visit their website if you want more information.
It looks set to be another great weekend of fun that raises money for a superb cause.
This year a 4×4 and vintage spares day is being held in Skipton at the Skipton Auction Mart on the 31st of March. Its Europe’s biggest 4×4 and vintage auto jumble which has already called in at Malvern and has additional stops at Newbury on the 7th of April and the 6th of October. It then returns to Skipton on the 22nd October.
Previous events have contained over 600 traders and had visitors from all over Europe. At the event you will be able to buy and/or sell 4×4 spares, land rover parts, ex-military vehicle spares, new vehicle parts and obsolete stock. You will of course be able to get your hands on Vintage spares that include tractor parts, agrijumble tools, farm memorabilia, clear outs and lorry parts.
If you’re interested in being a trader at the event or want to book standard tickets you can download a booking form from HERE. If you’re a seller costs vary depending on the size of your vehicle & trailer but if you just want to attend and browse then an adults tickets is just £4 (£6.50 for the Newbury event)
Cars, 4×4’s & small vans £20 4×4 with trailers & large vans £25 Lorry’s £35
For directions you can look at the event HERE: