Issue 15 - August 1997
Geof Miller, ARC Press & Publicity
Brandlehow, Wolverton, Stratford-on-Avon CV37 0HF
Tel: (+44) 1789 73 1669
- Caravanning / Camping
Jim Campbell, National
Caravan Secretary for the ARC, has recently renewed our
exemption certificate, allowing him to continue to issue
permits for our member clubs' caravan rallies.
The DOE have reviewed their rules and procedures, and
some of their changes have a marked effect on our rules
- Only members of member clubs (and their immediate
families) may attend a rally run under an ARC
permit. You cannot invite family or friends in
another tent or caravan to an ARC permitted rally
under any circumstance. If you choose to have
friends/family stay with you in your van, or
awning, or tent, that is permissible, but in
another unit (tent or caravan) it is not.
- The previously used 'escape clause' of making
people 'temporary members' for the weekend (or
period) is not permissible. 'Members' means fully
signed up members for the full financial year.
- The principle of allowing attendance at one rally
to allow potential members to see whether they
like us (!) is not permissible.
We are sorry if this inconveniences any of you, but we
have to enforce the rules or lose our privileges. The
breaking of these rules could lose us the ability to hold
caravan/camping rallies, and would result in the
landowner being taken to court by the Local Authority for
infringement of Planning Law.
Therefore, please do not put our permit at risk by
hoping you can talk your way in - your friends/relatives
will be turned away.
Many clubs have rules which allow non-Rover-owning 'enthusiasts'
to become members, this is the only non-risk route to
take and it's not expensive.
Rally organisers within the clubs should also make it
clear to landowners that we do have the ability to raise
these permits, and should warn landowners about
approaches from other organisations who do not. These
organisations could cause the landowner to be taken to
court, and then you lose the use of that land - protect
And finally, will organisers please send the
application forms to Jim Campbell early enough to allow
for work, holidays, postal delays, power cuts, etc, and
if dealing by post, you must enclose a stamped addressed
envelope for return of the permit to the relevant person.
- ARC News Circulation - Membership Lists
Neaves has asked me to appeal to club membership
secretaries to keep him up to date with membership lists
on a regular basis in order to avoid 'hiccups'. If
individual members change address, you must notify your
club quickly and your club must keep Andrew updated.
There is no point in advising Andrew or myself of your
change, because if your club's next disc isn't changed,
your old address gets re-inserted. Likewise if you are a
member of several clubs, and most make the change but one
doesn't, your old address gets left in the list.
- EGM's - Agenda
It has been said in the past
that EGM's spend 90% of the time discussing competition
rules etc, and never discuss the subjects you want
discussed. It is worth noting that competition matters at
recent EGM's have taken perhaps 5% of the meeting time,
but it does allow us to remind you that if you want a
subject discussed, ask John Bradbury - in writing - to
put your item on the agenda. Individual members do, of
course, need to do this via their club committee,
preferably in writing to the club secretary.
- Finance Matters
Following questions at a recent
EGM, Andrew Stavordale explains below two items of ARC
The ARC Fighting Fund was set up around 1990 to
provide a source of money to aid in the funding of legal
action against any body that seeks to remove the right of
way from or access to public areas/roads. This includes
councils attempting to place a TRO on a RUPP to major
events like a widespread closure of a recognised right of
way e.g. The Ridgeway.
Legal action is expensive and the fighting fund is not
a bottomless pit and has been used over the years to aid
in various actions, more often in paying for expert
witnesses or testimony in a particular case.
The fund is kept going by donations from ARC clubs and
concerned individuals and since this year the fund will
receive 25% of the ARC levy received from the
International Rally. Since January 1996 the fund has only
paid out in one case, that of the Presili Hills Enquiry
when an expert was assigned to help prepare the case
against the action. More details of this particular case
can be obtained from Tony Kempster, ARC Rights of Way and
Land Access Officer. The fund currently stands at about
600 and donations are being sought to help increase
its balance - if you or your club wish then please give
generously. The fund is managed by five trustees: ARC
Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Tony Kempster and Tony
Like any business, the ARC incurs expenses in providing
the day to day service to its members. Much of these
expenses are incurred by ARC directly, such as LARA
subscriptions, photocopier maintenance etc. Other
expenses are incurred by persons working on behalf of ARC
such as the secretary, who spend money on postage,
stationery, travel etc. As a national organisation, it is
not practical to have a 'post room' or 'stationery
cupboard' in a central location so these people claim
these expenses back from the treasurer. An official form
is used for the claim and details and receipts must be
provided to substantiate the claim. Travel expenses are
paid where the claimant has made a journey which, were it
not for ARC, he would not have made. These are paid on a
pence per mile basis dependant on the vehicle's economy.
Expenses can be claimed by anyone working on behalf of
ARC but should be approved in advance where an
exceptional expense may occur.
- Competition Scene
With their 'plan-ahead' hats
on, the Scrutineering Committee offer the following
If you are planning to buy safety equipment in the
near future, the RACMSA say that whilst it is not yet
mandatory for national motor sport it is recommended that
replacement items are to the following standards:-
Competition Seats - Approval to FIA 8855
Safety Harnesses - Approval to FIA 8853 and 8854
Fire extinguishers hand held - Approval to BS5423 or EN3 with Fire
Industry rating of at least 34B.
Note that Halon/BCF extinguishers cease to be an approved type from
Jan 1st 2000. Recommended contents for new extinguishers will now
be ZERO2000 or AFFF (Aqueous Film-Forming Foam).
LARA News from Tony Kempster
- The July LARA meeting confirmed Tim Stevens as LARA's new
Motor Recreation Development Officer (MRDO) and the
Information Officer. A new post of Planning Officer has
been filled by Alan Kind who has been very much involved
with LARA for many years following its inception in 1986.
Officer contacts are:
Tim Stevens 01630 657627, Fax 01630 658928, E-mail timLARA@aol.com
Motor Sport Development Officer (MSDO) -
David Kersey 01788 541137, fax 01788 573585
Principal Officer -
Alan Kind Tel & Fax 0191 236 4086, E-mail Alan.Kind@highwayman.demon.co.uk
- Vehicular Use of RUPPs
LARA is obtaining a
legal opinion as to whether to lodge an appeal against an
inspector's decision earlier this year that vehicular
user evidence of a RUPP in Somerset is inadmissible. His
decision follows a Planning Inspectorate guidance note
issued in April this year which advises inspectors that
all post-1930 vehicular use of RUPPs is a criminal
offence and cannot be taken as user evidence to establish
If an appeal is made, the Planning Inspectorate of the
DOE can choose either to admit they are wrong or fight it
in court. This is a very important issue - if the
guidance note is not successfully challenged by way of an
appeal against the inspector's decision, it will have
serious consequences for all recreational vehicle users.
It means that all RUPP reclassifications would result in
their becoming bridleways unless there were sufficient
documentary evidence for BOAT status which is often not
the case. It is also likely that some RUPPs previously
reclassified as BOATs could become bridleways. There is
additionally potential for prosecutions for illegal
driving on RUPPs since 1930.
This important issue was put to the June ARC meeting
and it was agreed that the ARC would support an appeal
and the Trustees of the Fighting Fund subsequently agreed
to contribute towards the cost. If you feel strongly
about the continued use of green roads, ask your club
committee to consider underwriting part of the appeal
cost - or even doing so yourself. All ARC club
secretaries are being sent further information.
Bullet point notes on the Somerset RUPP case are
listed below Norton Malreward is a small village in
Somerset. Nearby is a not-very-remarkable green road
which was put down on the definitive map as a Road Used
as a Public Path (RUPP).
Somerset County Council duly started its review of
RUPPs and made a reclassification order to reclassify NM-RUPP
as a bridleway.
Local TRF (maybe other users too) objected to the
At the public inquiry in 1994 the inspector took the
objections on board and decided that the RUPP should be a
The evidence was a mixture of old documents and user -
but is was not strong evidence. Had the inspector decided
that the status should be bridleway it would not have
been a great surprise, nor something that could have been
challenged at appeal.
The order was re-advertised as BOAT. Further
objections were received (including one from Mrs Masters
A second public inquiry was held, in spring 1997, with
a new inspector - the first one had died. Mrs Masters and
others objected and put in some new documentary evidence
which, they said, showed that the road was not a BOAT.
In his decision letter the inspector acknowledged the
new objections. He then said that the user evidence
accepted in the first inquiry was no longer valid. That,
he concluded, meant that there was insufficient evidence
to show BOAT status, so he put it back to bridleway.
The reason why he could not accept the user evidence
was because in April 1997 the Planning Inspectorate
issued a new "guidance note" which advised
inspectors that all post-1930 vehicular use of RUPPs is a
criminal offence and cannot be taken as user evidence.
The rights of way "brains" in LARA and the
BBT believe that this "guidance note" is
fundamentally wrong in law. If it is, the inspector has
misdirected himself in law during his deliberations.
The only effective course of action clearly visible is
to lodge an appeal against the confirmation of the order
on the grounds that the inspector misdirected himself as
to the law.
If this appeal is lodged (and the last date to lodge
is 8 August) then our case will be set out in a formal
statement of case. The Planning Inspectorate can choose
to admit they are wrong or fight it in court.
If we win (either way) the judge will strike down the
second public inquiry decision and order it to be re-made
with proper regard for the legal position. The inspector
might still say "only a bridleway" to the NM-RUPP.
That does not really matter.
Our real target is the erroneous guidance note. It has
now been used to our disadvantage in at least five RUPP
reclassification cases. If it is not successfully
challenged then the whole position of driving on RUPPs is
Also damaged is the chance of reclassifying RUPPs to
BOAT in the future, and some RUPPs previously
reclassified to BOAT might be struck down to bridleway.
The appeal also gives us the opportunity to air to the
judge the views of Lord Denning and Lord Diplock that
RUPPs are more than footpaths and bridleways - a line of
attack steadfastly denied by the Planning Inspectorate
over the years.
The real attraction of NM-RUPP as a case to appeal is
the very fact that the actual evidence of status is thin.
That concentrates the question right on the issue of the
footnote, 9.7.97: Tony Kempster is in touch with
barrister Edwin Simpson to review the case, and to
discuss if it is strong enough to take further. This
first consultation will cost probably $#163;400-500. If
we proceed further, it will be work in hand and not money
Ken Knight went to unload his caravan only to find it wasn't
there, some 'low-life' had taken it away complete with years'
collections of models and memorabilia. It is a 1985 Lunar Delta
500 Twin 4, in white and green, chassis no. 8451/85, with LR
logos, MROC, RRR, and ARC National Rally stickers. Two number
plates were fixed to the rear - P976 YAA and HOD 420 V. If you
see anything suspiciously like this description, contact Ken on
01980 610776 or your local police.
Save a Classic!
- Deryck Newsham in North Wales Land Rover Club has come
across a Stage 1 V8 109 Station Wagon in good condition
but at risk of being left to rot! It is Bronze Green with
Limestone roof, 1982 X reg with 90,000 miles to its
credit. The engine is good, with electronic ignition, and
the vehicle is in original condition, a little work
required. An offer of £2700 - 2800 could secure a nice
future classic. Contact Deryck Newsham on 01492 573630 if
- Mark Griffiths of Huddersfield Land Rover Centre has
found a Range Rover 2 door In Vogue with 78,000 miles,
average condition, 80% original, needs paint and some
trim work, complete with mint condition hamper and cool
box, which in themselves are like 'hens teeth'. It is in
Great Yarmouth area - talk to Mark on 01484 542092 if you
have about £3500 to spare.
- International Rally - Llangollen
probably seen the classified results in the 4 x 4
magazines, but I list below the winners of the various
trophies by now adorning a multitude of mantelpieces and
|Pirelli Scorpion Cup
|Land Rover Discovery Cup
|North Wales Land Rover Club Diesel Trophy
|Carol Roberts Trophy
|Lincolnshire LRC RTV Team Trophy
||Rex Ward, Kenneth Brain and Nigel Gummer
||CDLRC, Breckland Land Rover Club Trophy,
Midland Rover Owners Club
|Land Rover Owners Club Rickards Trophy
|Land Rover Parts Cup
|Mitchin Industries Trophy
|Cornwall & Devon Cup
|Colbourne Trophies Perpetual Cup
|Rover Owners Association Pirelli Cup
|Land Rover Owners Club Total Team Trophy
||Colin Gilbert, Anthony Retallack &
|Rover Owners Association Inter-Club Challenge
||Leicester & Rutland LRC
|Blackwool Farm Spoon
|Crossland Filters Shield
|John Craddock/Land Rover Parts Shield
||Adrian Longstaff, Peter Roberts & Darryl
|North Yorkshire/South Durham Trophy
|International Off Roader Trophy
|Rover Challenge Trophy
||Maurice Flanders, Andrew Flanders
|Fairey Winches Trophy
||Mike Hopley, Ian Joustra
|Rover Owners Association Gymkhana Cup
||John & Pauline Beadle
|David Bowyer Cup
|William Farvis Trophy
|Gill Floyd Forward Control
|Tony Hutchings Salver
I think the only useful comment I can
make is that those of us outside Cornwall
& Devon need more tin in our water or
more clotted cream in our diet!
- All Rover Rally - Gaydon
Gaydon 1996 was held
in July and some of us got a touch of sunstroke. Gaydon
1997 was moved to June and we got rusty - nuff said!
47 outfits camped in the meadow inside the Heritage
Motor Centre grounds, which is an extremely pleasant
location. When developed further, with its own access
road, proper water supplies and loo disposal facilities,
it will be a delightful site for 100 units or more.
The rally was well supported by RRR, 101FCC&R, and
Series I Club, but the arena display numbers were below
par, no doubt due largely to a lack of one day visitors
because of the weather.
Thanks to RRR, particularly Frank & Pat Smith
marshalling the campsite, and to Pete Kenworthy for the
Arena Displays. Thanks also to Frank Myatt and the Series
II Club, together with Chris Myatt and Simon Taylor of
MROC, for their valiant efforts with the Bike Trial.
Winners of the Bike Trial were:-
|up to 16
|up to 17
|up to 18
||LR Series II Club
At the request of HMC, prizes were donated to the best
car, best Land Rover (Defender/ Series style), and best
Land Rover (Range Rover/Discovery style). Mike Watson,
Chairman of RRR, made his Chairman's Choice, these being:-
|Best Land Rover (Land Rover style)
||Land Rover Series I
|Best Land Rover (RR & Disco style)
Would the owner of P5B ALH 25H, who left before the
closing ceremony at 4pm, please make contact with me - I
have a prize for him!
- Fylde Series I Land Rover Action Weekend - Sept 19th/21st
The weekend, organised by the Red Rose Land
Rover Club, is based at Hamilton House Farm, St Michael's
on Wyre, on the A586, just off the A6 between Junctions
32 & 33 of the M6, some 12 miles from Blackpool,
Preston and Lancaster, and will include a winch log
recovery, gymkhana, trailer reversing, static display,
concours, auto jumble and a number of trade stands.
Series Is fitted with specialist equipment will be
invited to demonstrate. Camping is available adjacent to
the activities from Friday pm to Sunday evening at £8
per unit. For more details or entry form, contact Harold
Lowe, 89 Broadwood Drive, Fulwood, Preston PR2 9TE or tel:
- Longleat Family 4WD Safari - 25th/26th October 1997
Apparently the off-road course of this event passes
through the lion enclosure! These are lots of other
attractions, and discounted admission for ARC members.
For details contact Clare Hopkinson on 01985 844400
- Desert Pro-challenge, Nevada - Dec 5/7th 1997
you fancy a holiday of a lifetime 'way out west' with
some off-road competition for good measure? then the Land
Rover Owners Association of North America has just the
event for you.
Originally planned to mimic the early Camel Trophy
events, the focus of this event will be more like the
Warn Trophy/Challenge currently run in the UK and Europe.
Navigation tasks will involve a fair bit of driving as
the competitors try to locate Waypoints scattered across
Northern Nevada. Hidden checkpoints and special tasks
will be thrown in without warning in order to confuse the
issue even further. Later a Challenge Compound will be
the site of further tasks, including winching, vehicle
recovery and special tasks. The Challenge is scheduled
for December 5/6/7 in Nevada. Entries open August 1st,
the pre-entry cost being $225 per car until November 6th
(a $100 non-returnable deposit is required.) Post-entry $275.
For info contact Michael Green at 190 Airway Boulevard,
Livermore, California 94550 USA or tel: 001-510-606-8301
or fax 001-510-606-8302
- Greystoke 98 - 9th/14th April 1998
Red Rose LRC
and Cumbrian ROC are getting together for their third
Greystoke event, to be held over Easter weekend next year
on the Greystoke Castle Estate about 5 miles west of
Penrith. Camping/Caravanning available Thursday noon
until Tuesday 16.00, events include Bike Trial, RTV, CCV,
Winch Recovery, Gymkhana, Easter bonnets, Tug of War etc.
Contact John Sturgess, Fickle Hall Farm, Duckshaw Road,
Darwen, Lancashire BB3 2UA for booking forms.
'Bedtime reading', by Tony Kempster
Shire Publications Ltd of Princes Risborough, Bucks, have
recently issued a second edition of 'Four-Wheel Drive and Land-Rover'
by Nick Baldwin. It is number 221 in the Shire Album series and
is an A5 size booklet of 32 pages that should be found on every
Land Rover enthusiast's bookshelf. The front cover features
Andrew Stevens, Chairman and Newsletter Editor of the Series One
Club, at the wheel of his restored early 80". The text gives
a brief history of four wheel drive vehicles and includes a
section on the Land Rover. Another section refers to various
other manufacturers that have produced 4x4 vehicles. Although
there are a few minor errors with regard to details which perhaps
only an aficionado would notice, at 2.50 it should be
included in the collection of all ARC members.
EGM September 1997 Please note that, due to non-availibility
of the Presentation Suite at Lode Lane on Sept 13th, the EGM will
now be held on September 20th 1997.
Land Rover Register 1947-51
At their meeting held at Billing on July 20th, the Club decided
by unanimous vote to stay in the ARC.
NFU Mutual - ARC Secretary John Bradbury writes:-
I am pleased to announce that our special arrangement with NFU
Mutual is now up and running. NFU Mutual insure more 4 x 4
vehicles than any other company in the UK and will in addition be
able to help in areas other than motor insurance. Further details
will be enclosed with the next issue of ARC News, but in the
meantime call 0345 045031 for your nearest office. In addition I
will shortly be writing to Club Secretaries with suggestions on
local involvement of NFU Mutual Agents in Club events. Please
make full use of this service which has taken a lot of effort to
set up for your benefit. I believe that with the discount offered
to ARC members the already highly competitive rates offered by
NFU Mutual will be even more attractive. I would like to thank
Pam Swift, George Stonley and Andrew Siggs of NFU Mutual for
their goodwill, help and support during our negotiations and, of
course, my friend David Carter of YROC for the original idea.
Please note that from 8th August 1997, John Bradbury's
telephone no. will change to 01706 638801
(up, back to issue
14, on to issue 16)
Disclaimer, October 1997