Miller, ARC Press & Publicity
Brandlehow, Wolverton, Stratford-on-Avon CV37
Tel: (+44) 1789 73 1669
of Land Rover/Rover Logos
You may have heard rumours or distorted stories
about the Rover Group "clamping down" on
Clubs' use of Company logos and trademarks.
The actual situation is that the Rover Group has
for some time been seeking to protect its trademarks
and logos and as part of this exercise, they have
sought the co-operation of the ARC to regularise the
situation relating to ARC and Club insignia. This
means that the whole situation is being reviewed,
even though some Clubs may have written approval from
many years ago.
To this end, the Company has asked to see all
insignia in use by the clubs, for re-appraisal and re-approval.
There is no particular threat in this request, they
wish to make sure that no-one is abusing or mis-representing
All that is currently required, is that the ARC
assemble examples of all club logos, and submit them
to the Company for appraisal. The Company accepts the
ARC as a responsible body through whom it can deal
with all Club matters, though non-ARC clubs could
encounter difficulties in the future.
This has distinct advantages to us as consumers,
in that anything with the Company logo on it can be
relied upon as GENUINE, and therefore made to a set
standard. If you buy a shirt, a jacket, a propshaft
or a wheel with a Rover or Land Rover logo on it, it
should be genuine and not an imitation item.
Following the AGM on Saturday 13th March the post
of ARC News Editor is now established separately from
that of Press & Publicity Officer. The new Editor
is Paul Barton, whose contact details are:- 26
Summerhill Grange, Summerhill Lane, Lindfield,
Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1RQ. Tel.01444
452120 (before 9 p.m. please), e-mail address
available soon. The new Press & Publicity Officer
is Nick Chinery residing at 11 Main Street, Broughton
Astley, Leicester, LE9 6RE. Tel. 01455 285304, and on
e-mail at email@example.com
This is my last ARC News, so I shall hand over the
Editorial Suite to Paul, and the executive 4.6 HSE
Autobiography to Nick, and let my word processor cool
down, whilst I rebuild the kitchen for 'er indoors.
Best wishes to all.
& Shrops. LRC --- Interclub Event --- 31st Apr.
to 3rd May
Allan Dawson-"a very harassed Comp. Secretary"
has written to say that this event, originally
planned for Blithbury, then changed to Rocester (as
reported in ARC News 25),
is now back at Blithbury again. Contact Allan on
01538 387348, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
or contact Von Bayliss on 01782 330923.
Motor Centre --- Land Rover Marque Day --- 2nd May
"The Run" is now known as the Heritage
Motor Centre Run. Vehicles will assemble at the
Medical Centre car park at the Land Rover factory at
Lode Lane gate from 7.30a.m. onwards, and will be
flagged away from 9.00 a.m. in groups based on model
type, eg Series I, S II, S III, Range Rover,
Discovery, etc. Pre-booking is essential, and
applications will be treated on a first come-first
served basis. Entry forms were circulated with ARC News 25, these should be
returned to Chris Savidge asap. If you need further
entry forms, photocopies may be used, or contact
Chris or myself. The entry fee is confirmed at £5.
Last year's runners should submit entry forms if they
wish to enter again this year. Upon receipt of your
entry form, you will receive any updated information
relating to the event independent of that available
in ARC News. Please do not send money now, this will
be required when the entry list is finalised. Route
maps and route cards will be supplied to all crews.
All occupants of "Run" vehicles will
gain free access to the HMC. Clubs who wish to have
Club vehicle displays will be allowed 10 vehicles
free entry, plus any others at the usual Club
discount i.e. driver free and passengers at £1
discount. Vehicles on "The Run" will be
required to line up in the Southern Arena upon
arrival at HMC. Club static displays will be separate
Clubs wishing to have vehicle displays must pre-book
with Jane Roche at the HMC on 01926 641188. Clubs may
only sell Club regalia from their display stands, and
only to Club members. Anyone wishing to organise a
trade stand, or autojumble stand, should also contact
Jane as soon as possible.
The Heritage Motor Centre will be open from 10.00a.m.
and will have continuous displays and activities as
outlined in ARC News 25.
Caravanning / camping could be made available if
there is sufficient requirement, please let Chris
know if you wish to do so.
The cavalcade, upon arrival at Gaydon, will be
directed into the Gaydon Design and Engineering
Centre (GDEC) in order to re-group and drive a
circuit of some of the Proving Ground test tracks..
This will be a unique opportunity to see some of the
test facilities rarely seen by the public, and will
be strictly controlled. A group photo will be
arranged at a suitable location. The cavalcade will
then cross directly from the Proving Ground into HMC
grounds via the private access gateway, and line up
on the Southern Arena.
ROC --- National Rally --- 28th / 31st May
Chris Savidge has put a lot of effort into
expanding the Concours classes, and trophies,
available at this years 'National', but there are, as
yet, no entries. If you wish to enter (either Car or
Land Rover) get your entry off asap, or contact Chris
Savidge for more information on 0115 926 7716
Lincs Rover Club --- Annual Rally --- Sunday 4th July
This small but enthusiastic non-ARC club are
inviting members of Rover Car clubs or Land Rover
clubs to their Annual Rally at the East Kirkby
Aviation Museum (home of the Lancaster bomber) on the
A155 near Spilsby, Lincs. Entry is a mere £3. For
more detail, or an entry form, contact :- Bryan
Leggate, The Old Smithy, Old Bolingbroke, Spilsby,
Lincs. PE23 4HG, Tel. 01790 763344
Channel 4 is making a new series of the programme
"Scrapheap", and Dale Wright is looking for
teams of three people to take part in the series. You
must be skilled at putting together sophisticated
machinery, and not afraid of getting your hands dirty.
Sounds ideal for a team of trials vehicle builders,
or Classics restorers! If you fancy a real challenge,
and TV stardom, contact Dale on 0171 887 7577, or
Jackie on 0171 887 7587.
The remainder of this newsletter is concerned
solely with Land Rover off road competition. If you
are a Car Club member or a Non-Competitive Land Rover
member, and have no interest in it, please accept our
Further clarifications of rules have been received
from the Scrutineering Committee, as listed below:-
- Definition of the word "manufacturer"
in the rules. "Manufacturer" is
intended to identify Land Rover Ltd. or any
company contracted by Land Rover to build or
assemble their vehicles or components.
- The Competition Vehicle log-books have spaces
on the back to make notes and comments
relating to scrutineering failures, warnings
or "near misses". The Scrutineering
Group has discussed the possibility of adding
extra pages to the log-book but hesitate to
do so until the existing space is used. The
log-book will need be to replaced when these
spaces are full. Scrutineers should make use
of this rarely used facility when they have
something to report. This information will
then be visible next time the vehicle is
scrutineered, possibly not by the same person.
- Where an event requires Competition Vehicle
log-books, the organising club should retain
the log-books until the end of the event in
order to note any damage that may have
occurred during the event. Otherwise, a
competitor could take a damaged vehicle away
and repair it with no note on the log-book or
no re-logging in the case of roll-cage damage.
Repairs to a roll-cage that do not change its
design will need one re-inspection.
- Rule clarification to state that the
requirements of B.3.1. also apply to C.4. ARC
rules currently make no reference to the
number of leaves on leaf springs for Special
Class vehicles. This is allowing competitors
to use 2 and 3-leaf springs, including
parabolic types, on Special Class vehicles.
The Committee's view is that the 5-leaf rule
that currently applies only to Standard Class
should apply to the Special class as well.
Vehicles already fitted with springs with
less than 5 leaves in the set, such as
parabolic springs, may have additional leaves
added to bring the number up to 5. In the
case of 101's, two leaves is the minimum for
- RTV rule E.1. should be applied fully and
correctly. The rule mentions the requirement
for a full set of hood frames / sticks, and
it means just that. The main hoop of a roll-bar
or roll-cage is not an acceptable substitute
for the first hood frame. Furthermore, the
windscreen shall be a Land Rover windscreen
attached by its correct mountings. A
windscreen set into the front hoop is not
- The countersink / chamfer angles on the wheel
nuts and the mating part on the wheels should
COMPETITION POLICY - UPDATE
During the latter half of 1996 the ARC Council
released the Vehicle Competition Future Policy
Directive, setting out plans to direct the focus of
Rover Club vehicle competition towards standard
factory built vehicles, and to restrain further
extremism of modified class vehicles.
The Scrutineering Committee were charged with the
task of producing new vehicle regulations to achieve
these ends, and they presented a set of draft
regulations for Production Standard Vehicles by
September 1997, initially intended only for coil
sprung vehicles, and to cover RTV Trial and Comp.
Safari vehicles only.
Following an early brief discussion in Council,
the workload created by the 50th Year Events, notably
the International Rally at Eastnor, delayed further
deliberations until late 1998.
In the meantime, the Scrutineering Committee had
made minor modifications, and had reached the
conclusion that their earlier worries about applying
the regulations to leaf sprung vehicles, were
As a result, a 'Provisional' set of Production
Standard Vehicle Regulations covering all Land Rover
models has now been issued to all Clubs for comment
and exploratory use throughout 1999, to be used
alongside existing regulations, for RTV Trials and
Comp. Safari events.
The next stage in the programme of change is the
creation of regulations for Modified Production
Standard Vehicles, and a set of draft regulations
will be passed to the Council in the coming months. A
third stage, covering 'Specials', or a variation of
the MSA 'Prototype' class, will be considered at a
future date, yet to be determined. These later stages
will include a comprehensive re-appraisal of the fuel
The Council's initial target for full
implementation of the new regulations was "by
the year 2002". It is still hoped to meet this
target, in the meantime it should be made clear that
the delays incurred during 1998 were due to Council
work load, and are in no way attributable to the
Enclosed herewith is a copy of the new Production
Standard Vehicle Regulations, which are much more
user friendly than anything available hitherto. If
you have any questions, contact your Club
scrutineering representative, or any of the
Scrutineering Committee listed in the leaflet, they
will be only too pleased to clear up any worries.
It is hoped that these new regulations,
particularly as applied to RTV Trials, will encourage
more members with basic vehicles, as built by Land
Rover, to take part in relatively simple 'trialling
for fun'. If you have never entered before, you can
of course start with a Beginners Trial, also
sometimes known as a 'Novices Trial', or a 'Showroom
Vehicle Trial', or a 'Tyro Trial'. Whatever the title,
these are all run under MSA 'Tyro Trial' rules, where
the severity of ground contours, slopes, etc. is
strictly controlled. If your Club doesn't organise
such trials, then talk to your Committee. You can
also see what is involved, before having a go
yourself, by marshalling at your local Club events.