Meet The Team
Del:- Lead guide
Del Brought the 4x4 driving school to Ty rhiw farm in 2016,
Del found his passion in off roading after buying his first land rover and since then he has participated in and helped run, some of the counties premier off road events. Del & Kirstie rally together in his custom built Land Rover comp safari racer. Currently they race in the BritPart Ravenol Safari Championship and they are "atm" winning class 6 in the national AWDC championship. Keep an eye on their progress on sky channel 431 Frontrunner
After having bought Ty Rhiw Farm in 1999 (the now home of 4x4 Driving School) Martin was looking for a diverse use for the 30 acres of former oak woodland and the surrounding woodland. After arranging to rent the site to the Glamorgan Off Road Club to hold a 4X4 Trial Comp the future was set for numerous 4X4 and motorbike clubs to use this great site for competitions and individuals to practice their off road driving skills.
Del and his lifelong friend Rod were frequent users of the site to practice and a phone call one afternoon lead to the partnership being created and the new home for 4X4 Driving School was established.
Martin manages to keep the sweet balance of the farm being a Livery Stables and Off Road site together with the beautiful landscape that ensures nature is alongside fun. Our resident Buzzard nicknamed ‘Jeff’ can often be seen flying around with his family watching the trucks on his hunting ground.
Often working as a guide Martin also heads up our Corporate Event side of the business liaising with clients from enquiry / planning stage, to post event review to ensure that the clients expectations are met for their Event and their staff or guests have had the muddiest fun of their life.
Martin also manages the Clay Pigeon Shooting on site which is often taken up by Stag and Hen groups and corporate clients to fill up their day with another activity.
Finally Martin together with Del has the important responsibility of maintaining our 40 acres of exhilarating terrain and they can often be seen working into the late evening creating new tracks and obstacles to entertain our guests.
Kirstie Joined the Team back in 2018, she has been in the off road community since she was born and has been part of the comp safari world since the day she was due. Bringing her Years of experience of off-road and Mud to the school. she would much rather the burble of a V8, but has happily settled to the sound a diesel.
Kirstie first learnt to drive off road when she was 6 years old and has had a passion for everything Mud ever since. Growing up in the off road world Kirstie has learnt her way around a land rover and bringing her knowledge into the team not only into the 4x4 School but into the Racing side too, she has become a valued member of the Team and manages to keep Del on top of is Game at Race weekends, doing the Team Proud.
Watch this space as she is currently rebuilding her own race car to do the team the proud.
Dai has been part of the team since the early stages, his calm and collected attitude works great with nervous customers. He is a great Guide and loves to reassure. You'll rarely see him without "Lenny" his white boxer.. but it's hard to tell who loves the mud more! If your stuck in the mud.. there's no one better to talk you out!
When he's not travelling the world he likes to join us for a session or two. He's prob spent more time driving off road than all the guides.. but it's been in a golf buggy as he's been a Pro Golfer and club champion at Cotteral park golf club! He's got a calm nature and will help you conquer the steps of death!
Dai's been using the farm for years, Marshalling and competing in off road events and is always bringing a new toy that he's build from scratch up to play in! He Became the school lead mechanic to help Del maintain the fleet. By Day he works for a Bus company and his work is regularly checked by DSA (previously VOSA) he's what we like to call the Diesel Doctor!! The 4x4 school are proud to support Dai this year, as his race team, Dirty Derv Racing are currently winning class 4 in the AWDC Britpart Safari Championship!!
Lewis:- Mechanic / Guide
Lewis joined the team in 2018, bringing his love of off roading to the school. He's been a great source of fun, as well as adding & helping to develop the the fleet of trucks! We're convinced He's got Landrover oil in his veins rather than blood! No ones been playing on our mountain more than Lewis and He knows every nook and cranny of the site. If your stuck he's your man!