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    Show Preview: 4x4 & Pick-up Show

    Whether your interest in pick-ups and 4x4s is for professional or recreational purposes, the 4x4 & Pick-up Show will have something for you with dedicated days for both the trade and public.

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    Temporary Closure Of Pye Corner In Powys

    Temporary closures of Pye Corner will occur this spring, as work is done to fill deeper holes at the eastern end of the trial. The lane is typically well surfaced and sustainable with just a few shallow ruts, is one of two running east-to-west from the A44 towards Llandrindod Wells,...

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    Essex County Council Reaches Out To Lane Users

    The Rights Of Way Department at Essex County Council has advised interested stakeholders that it intends to form a working group of its own officers as well as motor vehicle users. This will be authorised with decision-making on the management of county’s green lanes.

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    Planned Repairs On Major Lakes Byway

    One of the Lake District’s most popular rights of way is set to be closed to four-wheeled vehicles while repairs take place over the next couple of months. The lane is known colloquially as Mountain Road as it isn’t formally named.

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    MAC 4X4 CHALLENGE HAS RUN ITS COURSE

    THE ORGANISERS OF the Macmillan 4x4 Challenge have announced that the event is to be discontinued.  Having raised some £1.4million for the cancer charity since its inception in 2002, the annual trail run has become an institution in the off-road calendar – howeverwith signs of dwindling support, Peter Rowland of...

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    18-month closures on Hollinsclough lanes

    STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has imposed 18-month temporary Traffic Regulation Orders on Limer Rake and Swan Lake, two rocky lanes in the village of Hollinsclough. Both have suffered from erosion over a long period of time, allowing large rocks to become more exposed – to the point where 4x4 drivers in...

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    URGENT NEED FOR HISTORICAL EVIDENCE IN BID TO SAVE PEAK LANES

    THE PEAK AND DERBYSHIRE VEHICLE USER GROUP (PDVUG) is appealing for assistance from people who may have driven green lanes inthe Peak District in years gone by.

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    A New Name for Total Off-Road!

    TOR to amalgamate with 4x4 magazine - First combined issue on sale 14 April - More pages, more features - still off-road to the core!

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    Total Victory For Greed And Dishonesty As Brushfield Lane Closes For Good

    AFTER A PROLONGED BATTLE to save it from closure, one of Derbyshire’s best remaining green lanes has joined the list of beautiful, sustainable trails in the county to be stripped of their motor vehicle rights for no good reason.

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    NEW SPONSOR ANNOUNCED FOR 2017 GREAT BRITISH LAND ROVER SHOWS

    THE GREAT BRITISH LAND ROVER SHOW has a new headline sponsor. Both of this year’s shows, in April and November, will be supported by Rimmer Bros – a company bringing with it a fresh look in addition to stacks and stacks of fabulous Land Rover parts and accessories.

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    OFF-ROAD MOTORSPORT WORLD IN MOURNING FOR DREW BOWLER

    THE OFF-ROAD WORLD is in mourning after the sudden death of one of its most popular figures, Drew Bowler, on 14 November 2016. The visionary engineering genius behind Bowler Motorsport, Drew was responsible for some of the most successful Land Rover competition cars ever built – most famously the Wildcat,...

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    NEW SHOWROOM NOW OPEN AT ACHSV

    ACH SPECIAL VEHICLES opened its new showroom near Silverstone in late October – showcasing the equipment it offers alongside its latest builds and a preview of projects to come from its workshops.

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    CROWDFUNDING BID TO FUND REPAIRS ON DOCTORS GATE LANE

    GREEN LANE USERS have been given the opportunity to help save one of Britain’s bestloved and most beautiful lanes, after a crowdfunding initiative was launched by a local GLASS rep.Andy Hutchfield, who represents the association in County Durham, has set up a Just Giving page with the aim of raising...

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    Mac Concepts Reveal X-Class Double Cab

    On sale late next year, premium pick up will take the one-tonne market more upmarket than ever before...

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    Llanerchindda Farm Donates To Green Lane Fighting Fund

    THE GREEN LANE ASSOCIATION has received a donation to its fighting fund from Llanerchindda Farm – the Mid- Welsh guest house that’s long been a go-to destination for 4x4 drivers looking to explore the region’s unique network of unsurfaced rights of way. We’ve featured Llanerchindda Farm in the past, joining its staff on a tour of the Welsh lanes aboard their 110 (pictured).

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    Discovery 5 Prepares To Wade In To Suv Market

    Low box, air springs and seven seats on all models - High-tech off-road and towing aids - First Deliveries Spring 2017 - Priced from £43,495

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    Skoda Set To Take Seven-Seater Market by Storm With All-New Kodiaq

    SKODA’S BRILLIANT YETI was our 4x4 of the Year in 2010. It has been a massive hit for the company – which is now starting to build on its success with a major 4x4 product offensive. Spearheading this is the Kodiaq.

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    Mitsubishi Hints At Next Shogun

    Ground Tourer could be more than a concept - but current Shogun still has years left

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    Sparks Set To Fly At Stoneleigh For Great British Land Rover Show

    A MERE MONTH AND A HALF after this issue of TOR is published, the season-ending Great British Land Rover Show will return to Stoneleigh. And the show organisers are working at full capacity to ensure it provides Landy fans with the a memorable climax to the year. The show will round off the season in style on Sunday 27 November.

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    Land Rover unveils 2.0-litre diesel for Range Rover Sport

    LAND ROVER HAS ANNOUNCED major changes to the 2017 Range Rover Sport – including a new version of the 2.0-litre Ingenium engine.Badged SD4, the twin-turbocharged diesel unit will be tuned for 240bhp and 368lbf.ft. Land Rover predicts that it will get the Sport from 0-60mph in 8.0 seconds.

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    There’s a new Overland model to top off the Cherokee range, too

    The Cherokee has gained a new range-topper in the form of the Overland. Despite its name, this isn’t the same deal as the old Grand Cherokee Overland, which was modifi ed for off -road use. 

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    Jeep adds new 75th Anniversary models

    More equipment and heritage styling for Wrangler and Grand Cherokee - Wrangler priced from £34,765

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    No sign of let-up in growth of Double-Cab Market

    More new models confirmed - Badge-engineering agreements proliferate - Premium makers eyeing one-tonne sales

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    Renault Readying Alaskan for European Launch

    Navara-based pick-up - Coil-sprung live rear axle - Rear LSD standard on all models - UK sales to commence during 2017

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    Things you're not allowed to do in Britain anymore

    Another popular and sustainable right of way senselessly extinguished, as Peak Pasture is administrated out of existence

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    Sparks Set To Fly At Stoneleigh

    In just a couple of months’ time, the season-ending Great British Land Rover Show will be here once more, and the show organisers are working at full capacity to ensure you have the most memorable show this year.

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    PICK-UP MARKET GROWS AS FIAT ADDS NEW FULLBACK

    Badge-engineered Mitsubishi L200 • Only available as double-cab • Rear diff lock or full-time 4wd • From £20,995+VAT

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    Lincolnshire land rover club donates £2160 to local air ambulance

    At the recent Brocklesby Country Fair, members of the Lincolnshire Land Rover Club recently presented a cheque for £2160 to Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance. The money was raised by auctioning an original painting by well known cartoonist Pete Wilford, along with a further four limited-edition prints.

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    37” RUBBER FOR MIGHTY PORTAL G-WAGEN

    37x13.5R18 Mickey Thompson ATs • €7900 plus vehicle

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  • New Dacia Duster 6 LEAD

    DACIA UNVEILS UPDATES TO HIGH-VALUE DUSTER 4X4

    Updated styling • New top-spec model • Extended engine range • Four-wheel drive option on every model • From £11,495

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    double success for gould

    MARTIN GOULD continued his run of Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship successes with his second victory of the season aboard his Buxton 4x4 Rivet. His win came at round three of the championship, held at Forrest Estate in South West Scotland. Richard Wynne-Williams was second in his Lofthouse Freelander.

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    fire and brimstone at tong

    ROUND TWO OF THE NORTHERN OFF-ROAD CLUB’S Groundtrax 2016 championship was held at Tong, Bradford and was sponsored by Farnell Land Rover.

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    gatescarth reopens after maintenance is completed

    GATESCARTH PASS, between Mardale and Longsleddale in the Lake District, is perhaps the most outstanding unsurfaced road in England. It’s a rocky route through spectacular scenery and, thanks to good relationships and close interaction between the TRF, GLASS and the Lake District National Park Authority, it’s available for trail riders...

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    The Great British Land Rover Show are delighted to announce Bearmach to continue as headline sponsor for November show!

    With the continued commitment and further involvement from Bearmach, show organisers Assignment Media have confirmed that they are doubling the size of the show for November by adding a second hall as well as developing the show to include a Workshop Demonstration Area.

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    V6 Diesel for New Amarok

    3.0 TDI | 220bhp | 450lbf.ft | 37 mpg | On sale late 2016

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    New Season, New Sponsor

    This year, the Northern Off Road Club has a championship sponsor. Groundtrax (www.groundtrax.com) specialise in ground protection and reinforcement. The owner not only stepped up to support the club by sponsoring the championship but also signed up for a full season as a novice entrant, having just purchased a new...

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    Better News From The Peaks As Three Byways Confirmed During 2015

    THE PEAK DISTRICT has become home to the ugliest assault on freedom since NERC itself. However amid the high-profile closures of destination lanes such as Stanage Edge, Chapel Gate and Roych Clough, and the ludicrous prospect of Brushfield being downgraded to a bridleway, there continue to be some moments of commonsense.

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    Welcome Return for Water Lane

    WATER LANE, a classic sunken lane near Alton in Hampshire, has reopened after a major project to resurface it for much of its length.

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    Ssangyong adds budget van to Rexton range

    £19,495 plus VAT | New 2.2-litre diesel | 176bhp | 40.4mpg

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    Centurion celebrates Isuzu’s 100th anniversary

    As well as the AT35, Isuzu has also introduced the Centurion - a limited-edition D-Max created to celebrate the manufacturer’s 100th anniversary. This is intended as a range-topping lifestyle model - with the accent very much on high-tech luxuries and exterior looks rather than enhancing the truck’s already prodigious off-road ability.

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    Waymarking Spree on Sailisbury Plain

    THE GREEN LANE ASSOCIATION’S ambitious project to waymark the extraordinary network of trails criss-crossing Salisbury Plain has entered its sixth year. It did so with a campaign of new marking - in GLASS’ own words, ‘we went crazy and decided on a three-day-on-the-trot mini-project to make the most of the...

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    Repairs Commence on Gatescarth Pass

    ONE OF BRITAIN’S VERY BEST RIGHTS OF WAY is currently being repaired - thanks to a £2500 joint donation by the Green Lane Association and Trail Riders; Fellowship. Following a landslip this winter, Gatescarth Pass in the Lake District faced a prolonged spell of closure; with limited funds available but...

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    Rights of Way Users’ Fury after Spike Trap found on Salisbury Plain Byway

    A BYWAY ON SALISBURY PLAIN has become a crime scene, after an improvised spike trap was found in ruts on the trail north of Tilshead. The device, made of wood with nails driven through it, was apparently placed on the track to puncture the tyres of recreational motor vehicles -...

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    Peak District proposes Washgate TRO

    THE PEAK DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK has proposed a permanent TRO on Washgate, a lane straddling the border between Derbyshire and Staffordshire just south of Buxton.

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    NEW HI-LUX HERE SOON – AND IT’S EVEN BETTER OFF-ROAD

    20% stiffer chassis • 3500kg towing limit • 148bhp, 295lbf.ft 2.4-litre diesel • Front and rear locking LSDs

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    Incredible Ravenol Offer

    A brilliant offer is currently available from Ravenol High Performance Lubricants who will send you a £25 gift voucher to spend on any of their products when you subscribe to Total Off-Road magazine from as little as £24 per year.

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    DEFRA plans green laning forum

    THE GOVERNMENT IS PROPOSING to set up a one-off forum to discuss the use of motor vehicles on public rights of way.

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    Rover and Out

    On 29 January, the final Land Rover Defender was driven off the production line at Solihull. After more than 67 years of continuous production spanning the Series I, II, IIA and III, the 90/110/127 and finally the Defender itself, Britain’s iconic off-road machine was no more.

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    At long last, Jeep’s making a pick-up

    The list of concepts and teasers seems almost endless, and Jeep has plenty of heritage in the pick-up market. But it wasn’t until January that Sergio Marchionne, boss of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, confirmed in public that there will be a utility version of the forthcoming Wrangler.

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    NEXT-GENERATION WRANGLER – STILL THE REAL THING

    Ladder chassis • Live axles • 240bhp, 420lbf.ft diesel • On sale in 2017 • And there’s a double-cab on the way

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    International Class!

    There was a good turnout for the Dorset Land Rover Club's most recent Open Driving Day at Matchams Leisure Park, near Ringwood. Nearly fifty drivers signed on in total for the event, with the vast majority in green oval-badged vehicles - although there were also a couple of other makes...

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    The Great British Land Rover Show Is Back

    On Sunday 24 April, the hugely popular Great British Land Rover Show will return for its third run, this time at the brand new venue of Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.

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    Cobley takes second Defender Challenge title

    AFTER A LONG AND TESTING SEASON, the finale of the Defender Challenge by Bowler series got underway in late November at The Scottish Borders Hillrally. Held at the Forrest Estate in Castle Douglas, this would determine who was to be crowned champion for 2015.

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    Project Land Cruiser Colorado - Grip Without a Trip....

    In last month’s issue, we talked about the way our Colorado’s Superwinch Talon 9.5SR performed during a hard day’s off-roading in the wet woodland of Silverdale. Needless to say, a session like that is going to ask a lot of a vehicle’s tyres, too, so this month it’s our 265/75R16 Maxxis MT-764 Bighorns’ turn under the spotlight. 

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    Escape To The Country

    Rights of way therapy… It’s about moving into the slow lane, forgetting about the stress of the world and just enjoying the countryside for a while. And when you get the chance to help others enjoy it too, so much the better!

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    Silenced By Suzukis

    Set in 20 acres of shrubland with views over the surrounding hills of the Peak District, the Tearsall Farm site has a decent grassy area for camping – and some almost impossibly steep, muddy gulleys for those who want a challenge.

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    Show Off Strength

    A 4x4 is generally a robust kind of vehicle. Old ones don’t have the same sort of clever design as newer cars but they’re made of metal, and lots of it, and that’s only ever a good thing. 

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    A Week of Ups on the Downs

    Back in 2002, an intrepid crew from the Essex Land Rover Club took their caravans and went to camp on a mountain in Wales. A local guide offered to show us some lanes, the sun shone and everyone had a wonderful time.

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    Bonkas Fun

    They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. So we’re indebted to the lads from Bonkas 4x4 Wales for sending us these pictures and no words at all – which is fine, because they do pretty much tell the story of the club’s recent playday at Ty Rhiw.

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    21 Years Of SROC Team Trials

    The Southern Rover Owners Club CCV Team Trial, held over the first weekend of August, celebrated its 21st birthday this year. Over the past four or five years, word seems to have got out about it and it has been gathering more and more competitors.

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    Slindon Hosts Annual Wildlife Fundraiser

    The 2015 UK Rhino Charge 2015 took place at Slindon Safari in early September, raising £3325 for wildlife conservation in Africa.

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    Muddy Fun Brings Rewards For Kids’ Hospice

    Back in July, while most people were attempting to relax in the garden, the Mud Monsters crew had other ideas. For them, July involves planning and getting ready for one of the biggest weekends of the year – in which the third Saturday and Sunday sees the Mud Monsters site...

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    Kids’ Hospice Thanks 4x4 Responders For A Great Day Out

    Patients at Naomi House, a children’s hospice near Winchester, were treated to a day out at Muddy Bottom 4x4 when volunteer drivers from Wessex 4x4 Response turned up to give them the off-road ride of a lifetime.

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    Fording The Way In Warwickshire

    The forecast for Warwickshire on Saturday 25 July was dry with sunny intervals. The reality was something entirely different: cloudy with occasional light showers and fairly humid. But whatever the weather, it’s always good to go laning.

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    Steady Going In Slaley Forest

    Nero’s green lane run on 19 July was aimed at attracting more novice drivers, so we took to a series of lanes around Slaley Forest, not far from the West of Consett.

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    Scots Find New Site In East Fife

    The Scottish Off-Road Club held the fourth roundof this year’s Trials Championship at a brand new site in East Fife, which attracted a fantastic gathering of 26 competitors. It’s been a while since we’ve had these kind of numbers, so long may it continue!

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    Hurst Clough Lane Confirmed as Byway

    A popular lane in the peak district has been rescued from closure, after Derbyshire County Council confirmed its status as that of a Byway Open to All Traffic.

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    Wall Damage Reported At Hollinsclough

    Staffordshire Police are investigating an apparent case of criminal damage after stones were taken from the wall adjoining Limers Rake, Hollinsclough, on Sunday 28 June. It’s alleged that the stones were placed on the track surface to smooth out the rock-crawl section towards the top of the lane, and were...

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    Duke’s Legal Threat To Byway Creation

    Northumberland County Council has been warned of possible legal action by the Duke of Northumberland if it presses ahead with plans to create a Byway Open to All Traffic on his land.

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    A New Site Rises In The West

    The Muddy Millers have been busy trying out a new site. Trelystan sounds a bit like a mysterious nation that used to be part of the USSR, but in fact it’s a small parish on the border of England and Wales.

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    Surrey Seems To Be The Hardest Word

    Our day on the lanes in Surrey began with a brief meet up at the westbound Clacket Lane services on the M25 for a rendezvous with part of the group. After a quick coffee, we headed on to the main meeting point near Ockham Common.

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    Tailored Insurance For Challenge Vehicles

    Heritage Classic Car Insurance, which has just become the headline sponsor of the Severn Valley Challenge, is the first specialist broker to offer a tailored insurance package for drivers with winch challenge vehicles.

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    Long-Time Chairman Stands Down From Glass

    Ed Cairns, who has chaired the Green Lane Association for many years, has taken the decision to stand down from his position due to ill health.

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    Technology Can’t Stop A Great Day’s Laning!

    Saturday morning, bright and fairly early, saw a quartet of vehicles from the Cheshire LRC set off en route for Buxton. We took the scenic route, avoiding the M6 – with the unexpected addition of a couple of laps of Macclesfield due to leader Mark following his sat-nav instead of...

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    Boxgrove To Open Doors For Last Time

    The popular off-road site of Boxgrove, just east of Chichester in West Sussex, will open for the last time on 9 August. A popular playday site and competition venue, the former quarry is being lost to landfill after many years as a favourite among off-roaders in the south-east.

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    One Hull of a Time

    Some places around the country remind people of different things. If I said Wales, you might think sheep. Perhaps if Cornwall cropped up in the conversation, you’d start drooling about clotted cream. And until recently, if anyone were to mention Hull I would think of the Humber Bridge and not...

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