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.
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!!
Kirstie:- Social Media Manager / Guide
Kirstie joined the team back in 2018 with her love of anything muddy and a land rover, came one of our guides. Kirstie knew more about land rovers than most people before she could even walk. She later became our Social Media and marketing manager putting her love for mud and creativity to use.
Kirstie also co dries for Del in their Safari Championship's and we have to say the two make a good team.