"OFF-ROAD UK" has changed venue ... please spread the word!
Yep, the rumours were true - Kirton Quarry is to close. "OFF-ROAD UK" has therefore been forced to move to a new location.
The event website will be updated in the next couple of days, meanwhile please read the following Press Release released to the media Fri 20th May for the latest news:-
Ã¢â‚¬Å“OFF-ROAD UKÃ¢â‚¬Â scheduled for 20th Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 21st August 2005, the weekend before August Bank Holiday, the all-marques Lincolnshire-based off-road event that supersedes the National 4x4 Show has been forced to move venue from Kirton Quarry near Lincoln to Stainby Quarry near Grantham.
Organiser Tom McGuigan explains - Ã¢â‚¬Å“Like a lot of sites these days, the owners of Kirton Quarry realised that off-roading could be the answer to derelict land by providing an income. Subsequently, greed reared its ugly head resulting in the resident off-road centreÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s annual rent being tripled at a stroke to Ã‚Â£36,000! The outcome? Clearly impossible to pay the additional charges, there are no winners for the quarry is due to close in JuneÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Fortunately for Ã¢â‚¬Å“OFF-ROAD UKÃ¢â‚¬Â enthusiast Jon Weston came to the rescue by providing the replacement venue at Stainby Quarry. Located on the B676 just off the Grantham-Stamford section of the A1 [OS grid ref. 491049,323025] it is approx. 8 miles south of Grantham, 24 miles north west of Peterborough, 11 miles east of Melton Mowbray.
Featuring all the old favourites such as a Ã¢â‚¬Å“200ft Mud Run, easy/medium/hard off-road courses, off-road passenger rides, trade stands, Land Rover and 4x4 autojumble, radio control 4x4 models, club displays, military vehicle displays and classic commercials, Ã¢â‚¬Å“OFF-ROAD UKÃ¢â‚¬Â welcomes all Ã¢â‚¬Ëœroad legalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Land Rovers, Jap 4x4Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s, Jeeps, quads and all-wheel-drive trucks. Day admission Ã‚Â£6 adult, Ã‚Â£2 child (under 16 yrs) 10am Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 5pm Sat & Sun
Log on to www.national4x4show.com or phone 01406 493144 / 07958 216266 for camping, trade or admission details.
As for anyone who has already booked, I shall be writing to everybody over the next few days giving them the choice of moving to the new venue, or if now too far, reimbursing their booking fee in full. Also, as the Stainby prices are all lower (day visitors / camping / off-road course) they may even be entitled to a slight rebate! Every cloud?
Had a chat with Steve Wells (proprietor of Tomcat Motorsport / Lincs LRC / LRM journalist / etc.) at LRO Driffield Show and he reckons Stainby Quarry is okay. Obviously it's not as big as Kirton (baring the wilds of Scotland or Wales nothing I have seen that's accessible in the UK is as big as Kirton) but more than good enough for an off-road bash!
Thanks for letting me inform folks via this forum.