Brookwells’ MD Jeff Dowell represented the company at Cornwall and Devon Land Rover Club’s Dinner and Dance, and came away with an unexpected, but greatly appreciated accolade.
Jeff was present to hand out the awards to the competitors in the Brookwells Supplies sponsored RTV series, but there was a surprise in store for him as he was made an honorary Vice President of the club.
Jeff receives his cap and gown from Trish White, club secretary
Pete Garlick, Chairman of the CDLRC explained, “The Vice Presidency post is an honorary position, it is usually awarded to a person who has gone ‘Above and Beyond’ for the club, for example, long serving committee members. Jeff will be joining just four other VPs.
“It was felt that we wanted to give something back to Jeff for the constant support that he has given us. This is the eighth year that Brookwells have sponsored our RTV series, as well as sponsoring our website, being the main sponsor at our Charity RTV every year and being a major supporter of our ALRC National in 2010.”
And Jeff was delighted with the news, he said, “I am very honored to receive this recognition. When Ted Ivory contacted us probably nearly 20 years ago we were impressed by him and his description of the club and its members. We got involved in a relatively low key sort of way. Then when the opportunity arose we started sponsoring the season long RTV competition.”
“Wishing to do the job properly Carolyn and I decided to attend the prize giving evening… This was my first mistake as I was lead down the path to drunken oblivion by the then Chairman Ken Brain, (other names are available but they are paying for my silence!) I must have enjoyed it as it is now the first date that goes into my diary and we are now entering our 9th year of sponsorship. My grateful thanks to all the club members and long may it continue I say.”
Drinking Buddies, Ken and Jeff!
The Diner and Dance was held at The Eagle House Hotel in Launceston on the evening of Friday 11th January 2013, and Pete explains, “We hold this event annually to hand out all the trophies won at our events during the previous year. As you can imagine with class wins, 1st lady etc, at each event it is a considerable quantity of trophies and we get our sponsors for each discipline to present the trophies.”
Jeff with Si Badge, the winner of the CDLRC's RTV season for 2012.
The Dinner and Dance is just one of many great events that the CDLRC put on throughout the year for the club’s members, which number around 350 enthusiasts. They run a full competition calendar with 10 RTV Trials, 10 CCV Trials, 8 Comp safari’s, 4 Tyro/JTV Trials, 3 Timed Trials and their two day Interclub Charity RTV Trial each year. Head over to their website, cornwallanddevonlandroverclub.co.uk for more information on how to get involved with this great, Land Rover mad, club.
Photo’s by Emma Pascoe – BlackLimes Photography
And to Pete Garlick, Chairman of CDLRC for taking the time to answer our questions.