Ten years ago a group of like-minded Land Rover enthusiasts met up in a pizza joint to talk about off-roading together. Out of that first meeting emerged the Northern California Land Rover Club, which celebrated its landmark anniversary from September 30 to October 2 with OktRoverFest, an informal season-closer that featured a little something for everyone.
Held in the Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area about an hour south of Silicon Valley, OktRoverFest included three trails for group rides. A “Basecamp” trail allowed for family excursions and unmodified vehicles, an “Overland” trail was designated for intermediate drivers and moderately modified vehicles, and an “Off Roading” trail was marked for those with more experience and built rigs.
Special guests Michael and Corrie Murguia of OverlandBound.com shared a presentation on their experiences as veteran overlanders, including tips and tricks on how to get out on the road easily and often. Other activities included a rollover recovery training using a sacrificial Discovery, while back at basecamp the future Land Rover enthusiasts worked together in teams to complete an obstacles course in the “Kids’ Camel Trophy.”
Playing on the event’s seasonal reference to Bavaria’s Oktoberfest, Friday night’s menu included bratwursts and beer. But given the club’s proximity to California wine country, Saturday had a little more of a Napa flair, with a catered barbecue dinner and wine from JJ Buckley Wines. At the Saturday evening banquet, club officials announced that NCLRC had been selected by the California Off Road Vehicle Association as the CORVA Club of the Year for its promotion of issues effecting access to trails and open space.