Issue 5 - May 1996
Geof Miller, ARC Press & Publicity
Brandlehow, Wolverton, Stratford-on-Avon CV37 0HF
Tel: (+44) 1789 73 1669
- Fly the Flag
If you are putting on an Inter-Club
or Show type event, how about waving the ARC flag! June
& Jack Green, the ARC's show coordinators, have some
ARC flags available for loan for such events. Give them a
call and they will organise the loan. Give them plenty of
notice, and please note you need your own flagpole!
June & Jack Green, Ovingdon, The Terrace, Shotley
Bridge, Consett, Co. Durham DH8 0EZ Tel: 01207 590871
- Stolen Land Rover
A LWB Station Wagon 6
cylinder was stolen recently from the Salford area.
Registration SAB 555 F, it has navy blue bodywork with a
Light Blue roof. It was originally Land Rover Marine Blue
and Limestone respectively and it shows through in places.
The vehicle is not roadworthy as it has a chassis
fracture at OSR spring hanger and rear cross member badly
corroded. It has Series II grille mounted headlamps, and
DIY mounted headlanps (not Series III lamps) in the wings.
If you see something matching this description contact
the police, and R.G. Towersey, 8 Scarsdale Street,
Salford M6 6AB Tel: 0161 737 6646
- Please note my error in ARC News 4
- the September General Meeting of the ARC is Sat Sept 14th
- In ARC News 4 I mentioned
Chamberlain's Seat Covers, and their interest in our 'club
life'. You can now get a discount of 10% off their
products in exchange for recommendations of helpful,
knowledgable, Land Rover based businesses in your area,
who might be suitable as trade outlets for Chamberlain's
products. The discount offer is available to all ARC
- Adrian Flux and Co. of Kings Lynn are offering 15% off
normal insurance premiums for 4 x 4 vehicles, to ARC club
members. Contact them on 01553 775775.
- Steve Wells of Lincolnshire Land Rover Club has put pen
to paper, describing how they organise 'fun days', based
on the ARC/RAC 'Promotional Event' permit, which can earn
the club several hundred pounds profit, spread the gospel
of club life, and get some of the newer vehicles and
their owners into using low range and the diff lock once
in a while.
Since it is a longer article than I would
normally cover in ARC News, I've passed it on to Ted
Ivory for inclusion, in total, in Runes - watch out for
it. In the meantime if you're too eager to wait for Runes,
give Steve a ring on 0147 239 8019.
- Peak & Dukeries have an interesting article in
Trialling Times April/May 1996 by editor Dave Banner. The
article deals with stolen vehicles, 'ringing' and 'cheap'
spares, but I think perhaps the last paragraph says it
"Remember, buyer beware. Don't get caught
out with a bargain that could cost you dear.
At the end of the day it is innocent punters who
create a market for stolen vehicles and parts. Maybe by
being a little more cautious in your approach to buying
you can turn the tide on the thieves. Or are you prepared
to turn a blind eye when the price is right? No market =
no theft! Think on."
- On Sunday 2nd June the MOD Police are
holding an 'open day' at Wethersfield, north west
of Braintree Essex, on what used to be an old USAAF
airbase. The whole event is in aid of charity, and entry
is £1.50 per adult and 50p per child. Attractions
include a Red Arrows flypast, Dog Display Team,
helicopter abseil demonstration, hot air balloon,
fairground, Fire & Rescue display, helicopter rides,
classic cars, police vehicles and military vehicles, a
Harley Davidson motorcycle display and the Range Rover Register
running rides on an offroad course. Some events such as
the fairground, helicopter rides, and off road rides
incur a separate charge, but again, charities benefit.
more details ring Charlie Thorn on 01634 230691 or Les
Booth on 01634 280759.
- Sunday 16th June 1996 sees the Heritage
Motor Centre at Gaydon celebrating the centenary of
the motor car with a family day extravaganza. There will
be, amongst other things,
- a nostalgic parade of transport through the ages
with actors dressed in period costume
- the Rover Precision Driving display team (if you
haven't seen this - you must - parking at Tesco
will never be the same again!)
- the latest British World Land Speed Record
- Laurel & Hardy's 1924 stunt car in action
- Radio controlled cars racing circuit
- the Fantasmagorical 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'
- Birds of Prey display
- Trade and Craft village
plus the usual gorgeous museum cars, museum shop, café/restaurant,
and fast food outlets. Open 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Normal entry prices will apply - £5.50 per adult, ?.50
senior citizen / unemployed, £3.50 children, or a family
ticket for 2 adults and up to 3 children for £15.00
If you want more detail talk to Kate Watson on 01926
- Also at Gaydon,
on Saturday 22nd June, you can "get the FIVA"
- see the cars competing in the international historic FIVA
car rally, one of the most exotic international
cavalcades of historic cars ever assembled in the UK, and
they are all being driven. These are not just trailered,
dust sheeted 'statics', but genuine on the road historic
vehicles such as 1926 Austin Daimler, 1934 Bugatti 57
Ventoux and 1928 Hispano Suiza H6; in all 75 marques from
20 nations, including 80" Land Rover HUE 166 and Velar
The day's programme is:-
- Concours for the participating cars from 10.00 to
- Aerobatic display by the Rover Stunt Plane
- Tethered hot air balloon flights
- a Monaco Grand Prix racing simulator
- Off road buggies
- Land Rover 4 x 4 Experience rides on the Gaydon
- Usual museum attractions, and standard admission
fees from 10 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
- Haynes Motor Museum have two classic car events
coming up, the first on Sunday July 28th, being
the West Country Concours. Entry is £10 per vehicle
which also allows two people into the museum free, and
discounted entry for other guests.
- On Sunday September 15th the "Falling
Leaves Classic Tour" takes place. The start will
be at Thruxton, with check points at Salisbury,
Bournemouth, Bovington Tank Museum and finish for tea at
the Haynes Museum.
For further details of either event
contact Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset
BA22 7LH, or tel: 01963 440804.
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4, on to issue 6)
Disclaimer, May 1996