Cross County Vehicle – Trial

For detailed regulations on all the details of CCV`s, see the Association of Land Rover Club ‘Green Book’ or visit the ALRC website: These trials run along the same lines as the RTV competitions, but are run over more severe terrain. The course designer specifically looks for difficult terrain to provide enough of a challenge for experienced drivers and the well prepared vehicles that complete at this level. Just like RTV’s the competition is arranged around a series of 12 sections – each section comprises 12 gates. The gates are formed by vertical wood canes marked with white numbered tops on the right and plain red ones on the left. The idea is to drive the section from gate 12 to gate one in the correct order and in the direction indicated by the cane tops —without stopping or hitting any of the gates. Only one vehicle attempts a section at a time, with no element of speed or time being required – the best competitors sometimes use the phrase “as slow as possible – as fast as necessary”. Going slowly does give you more time to think ahead and plan your route through the section Successful navigation from start to finish scores a ‘clear’ or zero points. A failure on the section, such as stopping or hitting a cane scores points depending upon the gate reached. For example, a failure between gate seven and six will score the next gate, ie, six, since gate seven was passed but gate six not reached. Hitting gate seven will score seven. The winning competitor at the end of the day is the person who has competed on all the sections and has ended with the lowest total score. In theory, a competition sheet showing ‘all-clears’, or a score of zero, is possible, but this is rare and usually indicates a course designed with few challenges. Specially modified vehicles are often built from Land Rover parts by their owners, or purchased ‘ready to go’ from other club members, although rules limit the extent of the modifications. CCV vehicles are essentially very similar in off road capability to RTV vehicles with much more emphasis on safety. It is not unusual for CCT vehicles to be road-legal, but this is not a requirement and most are trailered to events, especially since many are often no longer “fully serviceable” at the end of the competition. Unlike RTV, damage to vehicles is much more frequent. Bodywork can suffer greatly from driver errors and drive trains and differentials are subjected to such great forces that they often break especially if more a more powerful engine hass being fitted.  Vehicles must be fitted with strong roll cages built to exacting specifications. Vehicles competing in ALRC clubs are required to be ‘log-booked’, a process of two examinations during construction by national ALRC officials to approve the roll cage and vehicle validity. All in the name of safety. Fire extinguishers must be carried on the vehicle and seat belts and tow ropes are mandatory.

Getting Started – A very rough guide to the cost of putting together a CCT Vehicle


Typical costs involved: Cost
Any Log Booked CCV Land Rover vehicle (most common are specially built trials vehicles, although any Series Land Rover, Defender or other Land Rover Model can be modified to suit) £1,000 – £10,000
Roll cage £500 – £1,500
Mud terrain tyres £500
Differential, steering and fuel tank guards £200
Four point seat harness £150
Fire extinguisher 1.75 litre AFFF £45
Tow rope, 25mm, fibre or nylon with shackles or hooks to clip to towing eyes £35
Car transporter/trailer £500 – £2,500 (or weekend hire)
Entrance fee per trial, per person £15
Visitor wishing to compete £20

Many club members start their CCV career by purchasing battle scarred vehicle from another club member. Quite a few members join with their buddies and share the costs. Important: Please don’t just go out and buy a CCV motor from Ebay without first consulting an experienced club member or our Scrutineer! If the vehicle of your choice is not ALRC regulation compliant, you will not be able to compete in our trials!

To give you an idea of the sort of ground and sections that we use for a CCV trial, take a look at;