A Proud History

It all began when Frank Dandridge and Reg Whitley bought their first Land Rovers and met through the agents at the time, Fischer & Simmonds.

Frank Dandridge was 47 years old and worked at SAA as an aircraft maintenance engineer and owned a 1957 Series I Short Wheel Base station wagon. Reg Whitley was 48 years old and worked as a diamond cutter and machinist and owned a 1960 Series II Long Wheel Base station wagon. Both lived in Kensington and remained faithful members for the rest of their lives.

The first 10 members all lived in Kensington or Malvern. They were introduced to Bill Siebert, the owner of a safari company in Bechuanaland. (He had a 1960 LWB Hard Top). Bill’s slides on his various trips and trophies as well as his stories on the rallies he had attended in Solihull, resulted in the formation of a Southern African Land Rover Owners’ club. The first meeting was held on 26 July 1960. The next committee meeting was held on 16 August 1960, at which the committee was expanded to 6 members.

Practical advice from the Secretary, J.D. Tracey, of the Land Rover Owners’ Club of Great Britain helped them with the details and in September 1960 the first eleven members put their money on the table. The entrance fee was 5 shillings (R0.50) and the annual subscription was 1 Guinea (R2.10).

Thus the Land Rover Owners Club of Southern Africa was officially formed.

Our Objectives

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Bringing together the owners of Land Rovers.

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Organizing functions for members.

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Encouraging members in the proper use & maintenance of their Land Rovers.

Who Are We

Welcome to our prestigious Land Rover Owners' Club lifestyle.

We have been exclusively bringing passionate and likeminded Land Rover owners together since 1960.

As Land Rover owners, we live a lifestyle of interaction, fun and exploring by bringing families together where we foster a sense of belonging through the events we organise. This is a place where we make special friends, where we enjoy the Land Rovers we own together, where we care for the environment and leave a minimum footprint behind.

We enjoy travelling to remote places, in our beautiful country and overland across borders. We share our skills and experiences about our beloved Land Rovers, how to recover them under various and sometimes trying situations. We simulate technical driving environments where we learn how to develop our driving skills in a controlled and safe environment, we share how to prepare for camping, overland and cross border travel, and about basic bush first aid.

Jakob Jordaan

Chairperson

Jakob joined LROC in 1999 and since 2000 has served various Committee portfolios, PRO, Clerk of Events and Legal Compliance Officer. For the past 8 years he has served on the Driver Training Sub-Committee and has organised numerous long weekends and overland trips with the club.

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Bernadette Gundelfinger

Vice Chairperson

Bernadette is an outdoors adventurer and lover, having grown up camping regularly and heading out to Kruger. Always keen for a road trip to get out of her home town of Jo'burg; there is no better place than driving with her partner in their Td5 90. Engaging with people and building community is something she works at everyday in the creative service industry.

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Malcolm Timberlake

Club Secretary

Coenie Du Toit

Financial Officer

Michael Gundelfinger

Membership Secretary

Paul Diessel

Driver Trainer