Miller, ARC Press & Publicity
Brandlehow, Wolverton, Stratford-on-Avon CV37
Tel: (+44) 1789 73 1669
& Cheshire ROC
Secretary is now Colin Simons, who has taken over
from Andrew Stavordale. Contact him on 01565 733362
or Fax 01565 734156, or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
He is also doing the magazine editor's job.
& Welsh ROC
Chairman is now Roger Coppin, Tel. 01432 352153.
He has taken over from Murray Wiltshire, who is now
The national governing body of UK. based
motorsport has changed its name to "The Motor
Sports Association - United Kingdom", and has a
new 'MSA' logo. It's full formal title remains as
"The Royal Automobile Club Motor Sports
Association Limited", but in it's dealings with
the Clubs, you will know it simply as 'MSA'.
At long last Steve Kirby has received the
necessary MSA material to go into the handbook. It is
anticipated that publication, originally planned for
December, will now be achieved in the not too distant
future. Discussions are ongoing in Council for a
change in format, and method of distribution, for
year 2000 onwards. This will depend to some extent on
the outcome of the Club's vote on the new proposals
for the funding of ARC activities.
BSES Expeditions (Patron-H.R.H. The Duke of York)
is operating an expedition for young people (16-20
years) to Alaska this summer. Kristian Allison, a
young North Wales LRC member from Colwyn Bay, has
been selected to go on this 'trip of a lifetime', and
now needs to raise over £2000 sponsorship to secure
a place. If you can offer any financial support, or
advice as to possible sponsors, please contact
Kristian, who is currently doing A levels at Wulfrun
College Wolverhampton, at 24 Saffron Gardens, Penn,
Wolverhampton, WV4 5SJ, or telephone 01902 331192.
Rover Factory Tours
Tours of the Land Rover production facilities are
apparently no longer available. Whether this is a
short term stoppage or a total cessation, is not yet
clear. If you had a tour booked, and have not yet
been advised of the cancellation, contact Land Rover.
I'm sure that you are all aware, by now, that 4
star leaded petrol is due to disappear from the
forecourts later this year. Tests are still in hand
to approve additives, and more technical advice is
promised for the future. There are already a couple
of leaflets available, free, from DETR, numbered T/INF/476
and T/INF/477, ring 0870 122 6236 for your copies.
You can also get details from web site http://www.detr.gov.uk/.
B. Hervey Bathurst Memorial Raffle
The Camel Trophy Discovery was won by Mr. R.
Thomas from Shrewsbury. A formal presentation
ceremony was held at Eastnor Castle on Saturday
The Superwinch was won by Mr. Johr Rudolf from
The 12 month insurance cover, from NFU Mutual
was won by Mr. A. West from Rochford, Essex.
The Bronco tyres were won by Mr. V.
Leskevicius from Leicester.
Other prizewinners were:-
M. Street from Doncaster - a Performance
jacket donated by LRC
H. Lidbury from Lymington - a steering guard
donated by W&H Wheelcarriers
S. Brown from Chesterfield - an axle guard
donated by W&H Wheelcarriers
B. Muggeridge from Staines - a pair of Land Rover
side windows donated by Wigan Aluminium
D. Painter from Bolton - a limited edition print
donated by Pete Wilford
C. Stokes from Bexhill on Sea - a diff. guard
donated by M.J. Lee Engineering
K. Graham from Ripon - a gas bar-b-cue
M. Hall from Swindon - a Land Rover watch
R. Barnett from Brierley Hill - a Land Rover
G. Bush from Woking - Expedition Guide book
donated by L.R. Experience
J. Kapteijn from Holland - a body warmer donated
T. Walker from Coventry - a Freelander model
donated by The Toy Shop, Ledbury
J. Roberts from Ystradgynlais - 1 year magazine
subscription donated by LRM
P. Forth from Castleford - a signed World Cup
R. Carter from Diss - Assorted Lubricants
N. Figg from Sidcup - Assorted Lubricants
M. Evans from Mold - a gift from Craddocks
Mr. Hall from Lancaster - a gift donated by
A. Reynolds from Tamworth - a gift from David
M. Skidmore from Walsall - a gift voucher donated
M. Jones from Bristol - 1 year magazine
subscription donated by LRO
Mr. Abbott address unknown - a gift voucher
donated by Tesco
Tony Kempster, ARC Countryside Access Officer,
needs your help as follows:-
Green road use evidence required for two
routes in Wales.
This is your chance to come forward with
vehicle user evidence for two well-known routes
in mid-Wales. The first is a RUPP south east of
Machynlleth for which Powys County Council has
made an order reclassifying it as bridleway. The
route in question links the ends of two county
roads, one running south from Machynlleth which
terminates at GR 784908, and one running north
from Ponterwyd in Ceredigion which terminates at
the county boundary at GR 783892 (1:50,000 OS
sheet 135). An objection was lodged, and anyone
with either documentary or user evidence should
let me know ASAP. Together with statements from
local people who are prepared to say that they
used the route with horses and carts prior to
1930, any additional evidence could well result
in byway status for this important route.
The other route is a RUPP between GR 812975
and GR 837960 (also on sheet 135), for which an
order has been made reclassifying it as a byway.
However, many objections have been lodged and a
public enquiry is likely. Vehicular user evidence
is therefore required to support byway status.
Again, please let me know of any user evidence
you may have.
National TRO Register.
I suggested to the last LARA meeting that a
national register of TROs affecting green roads,
could prove a useful reference base. The idea was
accepted, and I agreed that the ARC would try to
collate what information was available within the
clubs. So I would be pleased if anyone out there
can let me have details of TROs in their area.
If you can help in any way please contact Tony,
urgently, on telephone 01797 252371, or by mail at
Knelle Hill Lodge, Beckley, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 6UD.
Don't forget 'Green Lane Day-1999' comes up on
March 28th. LARA have appointed Mike Dyer as green
lane day co-ordinator, and he has prepared a leaflet,
with advice as to what to do and how to do it, to get
best results out of the day's effort. For a copy of
this leaflet, contact Mike on 01276 473907, or by E-mail
I have received a letter from Geoff Fuller, which
is reproduced below, in full:
On Thursday 26th. November 1998, an Inquest
took place into the death of a close friend, and
fellow member of the Association Of Rover Clubs,
Dave Martin, and of his son Matthew.
Dave enjoyed a number of years as a member
of Staffs and Shrops Rover Owners Club. He was
involved with the Club magazine 'Tale Gate', and
then became the Competition Secretary. He joined
in everything, FVTs, RTVs, Competitive Safaris,
Green Laning, and was very active throughout the
1988 National, and the 40th. Anniversary of Land
Rover at Trentham. He was responsible for the
Special Driving Sequences on the official video,
and his was the camera vehicle. He went on to
join the All Wheel Drive Club, and more recently
the Newcastle and Nantwich Rover Owners Club,
where he also left his mark.
His son Matthew, who was known to only a
few of us, was sixteen, and was his father's son--cheeky-
charming- and full of life.
On the 24th April 1998 their Land Rover
left the road on a downhill right hand bend, and
collided with a stone retaining wall. At the
inquest, the reports were graphically detailed,
and every aspect had been covered. The Police
reported that, on inspection, the front nearside
track rod end was found to be detached from the
drag link tube. A strip down revealed all other
components to be in good working order. Eye
witnesses confirmed that the vehicle was not
travelling fast. Dave's blood alcohol test was
clear. They concluded that corrosion inside the
drag link tube caused the components to part,
during heavy steering, rendering the steering
inoperative. The corrosion would not have been
evident at the MOT test three weeks earlier.
Verdicts of accidental death were recorded on
both Dave and Matthew.
The Coroner requested that, through the
organisations that Dave was associated with, as
many people as possible be made aware of the
hidden danger of concealed corrosion within aged
components. Renewal of the tube(s) on an old
vehicle was recommended.
Dave and Matt are very much missed by many,
our deepest sympathy goes out to those left
behind, especially Carol, wife and mother, and
Dave's close sister Mandy.
Perhaps the most fitting memorial we can
achieve to Dave and Matthew's memory, is that we
prevent such an accident ever happening again, so
please take special note of the Coroner's request
in the penultimate paragraph of Geoff's letter.
Did you take part in any of the three rallies held
during 1971 and 1972?. If so, the organiser of those
rallies, Roger Fell, would like to hear from you,
particularly if you have any photographs, or even a
A reunion is planned for October this year, co-incident
with the 1999 Hill Rally, with displays of vehicles,
photographs, press articles,etc. If you can help in
any way, please contact Roger on Tel.01949 831056 or
Fax. 01949 831062.
LRC.---Fun Day---Sunday 14th March
10 am. till 4 pm., off the A47 at Beeston near
Dereham. Map Ref. is 132/906166. Charges will be £2
per lap or £15 for the whole day. All vehicles must
be road legal, and have seat belts for all passengers.
Non-members will be allowed entry. For further
details ring 01603 810962.
& Cheshire ROC---Easter Interclub Event---2nd to
Camping, RTVT, CCVT, Recovery event, Day &
Night Comp. Safaris. For further info. contact Colin
Barrance on 01257 792802.
Have several events organised for 1999, commencing
in the Spring with an event in north west Pomerania,
30th April to 2nd May, and ending with a Millennium
Year Eve bash from 30th December to 1st January 2000.
During July and August they are running an expedition
across Belorus to Russia and Siberia. If you would
like more detail, contact; LRClub Poland at --Zbrojewo
2, Poland, 78-500 Drawsko Pom.
Tel/Fax. +48 961 34595, or by E-mail at email@example.com.
& Shrops LRC --- Interclub Event --- 31st Apr. to
May Day Interclub event at Rocester, Staffs. off
the A50, on the B5030 half a mile past the JCB
factory. Please note this is a revised location from
that previously advised, following some uncertainties
over the Blithbury site. Camping, RTVT, CCVT, Day
& Night Comp Safaris, and a 'shiny vehicle off
road drive'. For more info contact Mr/Mrs Von Bayliss
on 01782 330923.
LRC ---Interclub Event --- 1st to 3rd May
At Claxby, Market Rasen on 1st-3rd May with
camping, RTVT, CCVT, (ARC club vehicles only),and
Open Comp. Safari. Bike trial, Autokhana, Ba-Ba-Que (their
spelling!), kid's disco, also available. For more
detail, contact Paul Smith on 07971 342968 daytime,
or 01472 851659 after 6 pm.
Rover Club --- International Rally Salzburg --- 13th
to 15th May
I now have comprehensive details (in English) of
travel arrangements and programme for this event,
previously mentioned in ARC
News 24. If you would like a copy (5 full A4
pages) send me a stamped sae. There is even a special
deal for railway-car transport from Cologne to
Salzburg (outgoing) on 12th May, and Munich to
Cologne (returning) on 15th May. You can contact
Viktor Swoboda on Tel. 0043 6245 84275 or Fax 0043
6245 842754, or contact the UK co-ordinator Ray
Attwood of the Rover SD1 Club, Tel/Fax 01483 888432.
Motor Centre --- Land Rover Marque Day --- 2nd May
Following the preliminary details shown in ARC News 24, plans are now in
hand for a full day of Land Rover non-competitive
enjoyment, along the following lines:-
- A cavalcade from Lode Lane to Gaydon during
the morning, with the usual 'line-up' in the
arenas on arrival. Entry is open to Land
Rovers of any age, but all vehicles must be
road legal, and tidy. Club insignia or badges,
up to a maximum size of approx. 15"
square will be welcomed. Vehicles will be
flagged away in type groups e.g.. Series 1s,
Series 2s, Series 3s, Range Rovers,
Discoveries, 90s, 110s, Freelanders, Specials,
etc. If you wish to enter the 'run', please
return the entry form below to Chris Savidge.
A rally plate / plaque will be issued at the
start of the run to all pre-booked entrants
upon payment of an entry fee of (probably) £5.
Please do not send any payment with the entry
- Special display of "Tempest Trek" (New
Discovery) expedition vehicles.
- Special video shows and lectures on "Tempest
- Special Camel Trophy vehicles display, to
mark the end of Land Rover's involvement with
Camel Trophy events.
- Freelander 50/50 Challenge exhibition.
- Club displays.
- Marque merchandise.
- Land Rover themed cinema.
- Trade Stands and Autojumble.
- Children's entertainment.
The usual Club entry charges will apply - drivers
of Land Rovers will get free entry, and all
passengers in Land Rovers will get discounted entry.
Individual attendance does not need pre-booking, but
if you wish to enter the cavalcade, book in with Chris
Savidge, Tel. 0115 926 7716.
If you wish to organise a Club vehicle display
stand, a Trade stand, or an Autojumble stand, then
contact Jane Roche on Tel. 01926 641188.
ROC ---ARC National Rally 1999 --- 28th to 31st May
Is now confirmed at Coumes Vale, Oughtibridge,
Yorkshire, over the Spring Bank Holiday of course, 28th-
31st May. Details are available on web site http://www.landie.demon.co.uk/national/,
or you can E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entry forms are now available via the Clubs, but
if in difficulty contact Helen and Mick Moses, 26
White Rose Way, Garforth, Leeds, LS25 2EF. Entries
close 31st March.
||Reception opens midday, &
||RTVT & Team Recovery
||CCVT (15 sections)
||Comp Safari & Winch Recovery
||Site closes midday
Details of Gymkhana, Trailer reversing, and
Concours will be available later.
Friends Finland Club ---Euro Trial 99, Finland --- 31st
July to 1st August
I now also have comprehensive details (34 full A4
pages in English) of this event, based at Ravijoki,
Virolahti, Finland. Contacts are as listed in ARC News 24, or contact me
for more detail.
Weekend --- Stoneleigh --- 28th to 30th August
John Capewell, an enthusiastic Velar owner, has
caught another Land Rover 'bug' - Pre-Production
Discoveries- following the recent purchase of one of
the G---WAC series, for his wife's transport. He has
been talking to Chris Savidge about having a reunion
of these vehicles at the Stoneleigh Rally. If you
have one of these vehicles, and can attend Stoneleigh
on one or more days, please let Chris know- Tel 0115
Berks. ROC---ARC International Rally 2000, ("ARC
2000")---27th- 29th May
Hants. and Berks. ROC are hosting the ARC
International Rally 2000 ("ARC 2000") and
already have a web site set up at http://www.4x4web.co.uk/ARC2000/.
They say "As befits an important event
running at the start of the third millennium, we will
be making extensive use of E-mail and the Internet in
the organisation of this event, and aim to offer a
full service to entrants on the net".
They already have a Management team set up, headed
by Event Director, Ashley Pocock, and some of the
important information is available on the web site
||there will be lots of driving around
muddy and bumpy places
||start in the morning, and finish in
|How to enter
||fill in the entry form
|How to get there
||buy a map
||asbestos underwear to be worn at all
for O'seas visitors
||learn English and drive
on the left