TV gardener Charlie Dimmock has kindly agreed to Navigate for Russ Brown of the Beds, Herts and Cambs Land Rover Club in the forthcoming Macmillan 4x4 UK challenge, as one of three BHCLRC teams entered in the event, which takes place over the weekend of 8th/9th March 2003. They will be competing in a 1995 Land Rover Defender.
The Mac 4x4 is a long-distance four-wheel drive navigational event in aid of the Macmillan Cancer relief fund starting in Hereford and covering approximately 1000 miles in the two days. Charlie's participation will raise awareness of the event to a much wider audience and subsequently help boost sponsorship, all of which goes directly to Macmillan.
In preparation for the event Charlie has endured a concentrated Navigation and off-road driver-training program, where she was introduced to various day and night navigation techniques. To gain experience of the structure and nature of an off-road motorsport event Charlie also competed as a driver in a very testing Road Taxed Vehicle trial double driving Russ' V8 Land Rover trialer, 'Vinnie.'
Having never driven a 4x4 off-road before other than on level ground Charlie took on each challenge enthusiastically showing a definite aptitude for 4x4 motorsport. Despite very wet weather on the day of the trial Charlie drove extremely well equalling or bettering Russ' scores on several sections and held her own in the banter that always accompanies BHCLRC events.
To find out more about supporting the Macmillan 4x4 UK Challenge there is a web site at www.mac4x4.co.ukPublished 16 February 2003