Issue 12 - March 1997
Geof Miller, ARC Press & Publicity
Brandlehow, Wolverton, Stratford-on-Avon CV37 0HF
Tel: (+44) 1789 73 1669
ARC News No.11 will go down in
history as the first to be issued to all of the Rover Clubs'
membership, well at least some of it, because only 8 clubs had
supplied their membership lists!
I now pass my master copy to Andrews Neaves, who then runs off
a set of address labels, and takes it all into Lode Lane. Here
several thousand (eventually) copies are printed, and then these,
together with the labels, are sent off to a mailing house, where
envelopes are filled and stamped and you receive your copy a
couple of days later.
I have submitted to Andrew a "Priority Mailing List"
of club officials and delegates, so that if your club is not
taking part in the scheme, you will still see ARC News via your
own club newsletter. If you are not getting your own copy of ARC
News, chase up your committee and find out why.
- Initial discussions, by the Scrutineering Committee, on
implementation of the Future Competition Policy, have
produced a plan to take us forward in 1998/9. New classes
of vehicle will be introduced, alongside existing classes,
to cater for basic vehicles as built by the factory,
entering, initially, Road Taxed Vehicle trials. Once this
is achieved, similar principles will be adopted for Comp.
- A conference of car and Land Rover clubs classified as
"non-competitive" was held at Appleby Parva on
Feb 2nd, attended by representatives from The Rover
Sports Register, Series I Register (47-51), Series I Club,
Series II Club, 101 FC Club & Register, Forward
Control Register, Lightweight LRC, and Nottingham LRC.
As a result of this conference, a sub-committee was formed,
which held a further meeting at Appleby, and has elected Chris
Savidge, Chairman of 101 F.C. Club & Register, to be its
Council Member. A vacancy still exists on Council for a Car Clubs
- Handbooks have been issued to all Clubs' Secretaries, so
if you want a copy, get in touch. They will generally be
available at club functions, or by post if you supply a
self-addressed C5 envelope with a 55p stamp.
- One or two items in the Handbook managed to slip through
the proof reading, so listed below are three corrections
received from Steve Kirby:-
- The revised long wheelbase classes for Trials
were not updated in accordance with the changes
agreed at the 1996 AGM.
Class 5 should now be
split into Leaf-sprung and Coil-sprung vehicles
as shown below
- Class 5a
- Standard LWB Leaf Sprung. LWB, LWB V8,
petrol, diesel and diesel turbo. Forward
controls various, petrol.
- Class 5b
- Standard LWB Coil Sprung. One Ten, Range
Rover and Discovery petrol and diesel
- Trophies 16 to 25 were left out of page 149 due
to a printers error. These are as per the 1996
Handbook, except for the following which have
changed or are new:-
- 20 MITCHIN INDUSTRIES TROPHY
- Presented to the driver of the Range
Rover with the lowest score in the CCV
- 26 BRECKLAND LAND ROVER CLUB TROPHY
- Presented to the club with the lowest
average score in the RTV Trial. This is
calculated by adding together the total
scores of all entrants for a club and
dividing by the number of entrants. Non
starters are not included, but
retirements are, with the highest
available score for each section being
awarded for all sections not completed.
- Handbook update:-
Page 103, in the fire
extinguisher equivalents table, a 0.9 litre AFFF
fire extinguisher is given as the equivalent to a
1.5kg BCF/Halon unit. This has been increased to
1.75 litres of AFFF in the 1997 RACMSA Yearbook.
The rest of the table is unchanged.
- A few updates for your 1997 ARC Handbook - the latest
group to join LARA as Associate Members, the national
Federation of Off-Road Driving Schools, has changed its
name to the British Off-Road Driving Association (BORDA).
They have about 44 member companies who are corporate
- LARA's Information Officer, Tim Stevens, has moved
house. His new address is -
99 Cheshire Street,
Shropshire TF9 1AE
Phone 01630 657627
Fax 01630 658928
He can usually be contacted 9am - 5pm and in
exceptional circumstances up until 9pm particularly with
regard to the LARA voluntary restraint scheme.
- Caroline Garfield has 'retired' from the post of MRDO at
LARA's HQ. Telephone calls and post are being redirected
to Tim Stevens pending the appointment of her replacement.
Watch this space.
- This year's LARA conference takes the form of a
short series of three national workshops on the theme
"planning policy guidance - making it work for
everyone". They will all concern the use of land for
motorsport and will not include rights of way issues. The
likely dates are April 15th,17th and 22nd. At least one
ARC club is participating. Competitive clubs should try
to have a representative at one of the workshops if at
all possible, seats cost £25. Full details from Alan
Kind on 0973 333918.
- National Green Lane Day 1997 will very soon be
upon us. If you haven't got anything in mind for the 23rd
March and wish to assist with voluntary clearance or
repairs on a public right of way in your area, contact
either your local county rights of way section or Andy
Bush, the national co-ordinator for the project. Offers
of assistance will be gratefully received. Andy can be
contacted on 01634 260495 and would be pleased to receive
reports of all work done.
Bottle green sweatshirts are available embroidered with the
ARC name and logo at a price of £15.00 each. Sizes are Small (34"-36");
Medium (38"-40"); Large (40"-42"); X Large (44"-46")
and XX Large (46"-48") They are available, if pre-ordered,
brought to ARC Meetings, or by mail order, UK only (for an extra
Mrs. Sandra Bourne,
124 Crescent Drive,
Kent BR5 1BE
Cheques should be made payable to ARC.
- ARC International Rally
North Wales LRC are now
including a Gymkhana in the programme of events;
If you are interested in entering, contact Alan Brown,
Entries Secretary on 01248 352645.
If a full week of off-roading takes your fancy, North
Wales LRC and David Mitchell's Landcraft have got
together to lay on further off-roading days to follow-on
from the Rally. These will take place on Wednesday 28th
May through to Saturday 31st May, either at Bala or Lake
Vyrnwy, and cost £20 per vehicle per day. Also on
Wednesday evening there will be a video/film evening at
Landcraft HQ at Bala (the Plas Yn Dre Restaurant, High
Street). All of these locations are easily reached from
the follow-on rally at Tywyn.
International Rally clothing is also available, either
by mail order before the event, or to be collected at the
event at the NWLRClub Shop. Tee Shirts, Polo Shirts
Sweatshirts, Sweaters, Bodywarmers etc and Children's
wear are available, for price lists and order forms
Plas yn Dre,
Gwynedd LL23 7LU
Tel: 01678 520820
Last year's trophy winners, don't forget that ARC
Secretary John Bradbury needs all the trophies back for
this year's event, so please get them to him as soon as
- Land Rovers of Switzerland 1st/3rd August 1997
Club celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and is
holding a celebration rally at St. Stephan in the upper
Simmental, Bernese Alps. The event will include concours,
road tours, evening entertainment, kindergarten, and
For more detail and entry forms, contact :-
Joachim von Cranach,
Phone (+41) 33 4373741
Fax (+41) 33 4376747
- Porthmadog 97
If North Wales LRC can find
enough energy after the International Rally, they will be
laying on their usual Porthmadog extravaganza over the
August Bank Holiday 22nd-25th August. Details will be
available soon, or you can pick up details at the
International Rally at Llangollen.
- All Rover Rally, Heritage
Motor Centre, Gaydon 21st/22nd June 1997 Heritage
Motor Centre have agreed that for 1997 they will operate
a "Grounds Only" ticket system, allowing entry
to the display arena and outside facilities for only £1
per adult per day, 50p children. The driver of a display
vehicle gets free entry.
The centre piece of the Range Rover Register display will
be a celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Trans-Americas
Expedition. The two "Darien Gap" Range Rovers
will be on display courtesy of the Heritage Motor Centre
and the Dunsfold Land Rover Trust.
On Sunday 22nd, HMC are sponsoring 'Rover Marque Day'.
All Rover owners are invited, including non-ARC clubs,
for a record-breaking (?) day of Rover nostalgia.
For details contact Frank Smith on 01203 596365.
- You may have read in the past about Land Rover
Eurolink, who have organised Land Rover events in
Europe in the last few years.
They are now planning a
big rally for the Land Rover 50th year celebration, to be
held at Kaiseresch near Nürburgring in Germany. It will
be held during the first or second week in August 1998
and will involve the two German clubs, and other clubs
from Holland, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, France (and
For more info, contact
Tel +47 88 00 4203
Fax +47 64870059
- The Land Rover Series I Club 50th Anniversary
Rally at Shugborough Hall near Stafford. If Trade or
Clubs would like a 'stand' at this event, get in touch
with Tony Noon on 01626 834620.
And finally - AS OTHERS SEE US.....
In the February 1997 issue of "old glory" magazine,
Jim Wilkie reported in his 'Jim's Jottings' column, on a recent
visit to see an ARC Land Rover trial as follows:-
Of course, ex-Army Jeeps soon got pressed into service on
farms. In turn they inspired the Land Rover, introduced in 1948
and still going strong today. Not all surviving old Land Rovers
are carefully cherished vintage examples. An invitation from a
Land Rover Owners Club drew me to see one of their trials. They
are not joking when they say they try them out. The most
spectacular action was coming from much modified examples being
driven with what seemed reckless abandon. These were clearly
modified to cope with slippery conditions under foot and the
steep sided gullies.
To a vintage enthusiast, though, the Road Taxed Vehicles
were even more impressive. Standard, straight from the farm Land
Rovers were tackling obstacle courses that were nearly as
difficult. Compared with the roar of a V8, it was far more
impressive to hear an old two litre petrol, or even early diesels,
attempting the same tasks. It took me straight back to cattle
feeding on the farm using a battered 1950 Land Rover to plough
through muddy gateways to get the feed out to over-wintering
cattle. It is rather amusing to find that what we thought of as
just another job is now classed as entertainment. Incidentally,
if you have ever worked with a Land Rover can there be any more
evocative smell than wet mud and grass drying on the exhaust pipe?
Puts things into perspective, doesn't it?
My thanks go to Jim Wilkie and to 'Old Glory' editor Brian
Gooding for permission to reproduce this item. You can get 'Old
Glory' and its sister magazine 'vintage commercial vehicle' at
WHSmith and other good newsagents, or direct from
Surrey GU6 8AR
(up, back to issue
11, on to issue 13)
Disclaimer, November 1997