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[ARC Logo] ARC News Issue 32 - February 2000

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Paul Barton, ARC Newsletter Editor,
26 Summerhill Grange, Summerhill Lane, Lindfield,
Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1RQ

PBarton@tandridgedc.gov.uk

ADMIN

UPDATE ON ARC 2000 INTERNATIONAL RALLY - Hants & Berks Rover Owners Club

Following discussions with MOD, day visitor parking charges have been set at 5 per day or 10 for the weekend. Competitive event entry lists are filling up. Additional Supplementary Regulations have now been finalised and will be sent out to all competitors when confirmation and site details are sent out nearer the event. For those with internet access they can be found on the event web site: www.4x4web.co.uk/ARC2000

A.R.C. 2000 INTERNATIONAL RALLY: 27th - 29th MAY 2000

Both A.R.C. and Hants. & Berks. Rover Owners' Club are particularly keen to welcome "non-competitive" members of both Car Clubs and Land Rover Clubs to this year's event. The site for the event is at Bordon (south of Farnham, Hants.) and has a large area of tarmac on which the Main Arena will be situated. There is a hard roadway into the site and around it so there is no need for our classic car-owning members to take their vehicles off the hard surface.

There is a full programme of arena events, such as "Paint the Landie", Welly-throwing, "Pull a 101", and displays by the Dunsfold Collection, British Army Motoring Association, a Military Vehicle Preservation Group, and from the nearby R.E.M.E. heavy vehicle museum. This is in addition to display stands by the 'single marque' A.R.C. clubs and arena presentations of vehicles from these clubs, where I shall be talking with the owners "on air", to find out just what is different and interesting about their vehicle.

This year the Concours D'Elegance, which has classes for both Land Rover products and Rover Cars, and an overall "Working Vehicle" class for Land Rovers, has a sponsor - Land Rover Monthly magazine - whose aim is to raise the profile of the "Concours" at the A.R.C. International Rally and give this event the coverage "in print" that has so long been lacking in the specialist press.

There is a real opportunity this year for the Car Clubs' members, and for those of us Land Rover owners who have little interest in the main competitions (R.T.V. - C.C.V.T. - Comp. Safari and Winch) which have been the "back-bone" of the International Rally, to come along to Bordon over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend (Concours on Sunday) and really have something of interest, not only to watch, but to take part in.

There are already eight trophies in the main Concours (both Rover Car and Land Rover products) plus two in the "Working Vehicle" section - gone are the days of just one cup for an overall winner! So now it is up to you - our members. Please support the event with at least your attendance and, even better, your entry into the Concours. Only with your support can the efforts of the organisers, the sponsors and, above all, the donors of all the new trophies, be rewarded.

Chris Savidge (Snr) (0115 926 7716)

THE LAND ROVER MARQUE DAY AND HERITAGE MOTOR CENTRE RUN
Sunday 18th June 2000

Following-on from the "history lesson" in A.R.C. News No. 31, more details are now confirmed about this year's event.

H.M.C. RUN

In 1999, it being the first time that H.M.C. had hosted the 'RUN', an entry fee, heavily subsidised by H.M.C., was set. This year an entry fee for the 'RUN' of 10 has been agreed, and will include vehicle entry into the 'RUN', the Rally-plate and a limited edition Rally Plaque. Also covered in the 'RUN' entry fee is free access to the Museum and grounds for the driver, one adult passenger and all children under 16 years. Other passengers in 'RUN' vehicles will need to pre-purchase their admission tickets (at a specially discounted rate of 5 for the weekend) from H.M.C. - telephone Jane Roche on 01926 645120. This discounted weekend rate for H.M.C. admission is available to all A.R.C. members, not just those entering a vehicle in the 'RUN' -- remember, the driver of a Land Rover product, and under 16's, get free entry anyway. If you do not pre-purchase these discounted tickets, you will be charged the normal price of 6 per day at the kiosk.

Whilst it is acknowledged that this year's entry fee to the 'RUN' represents a large increase on last year's fee, a realistic entry fee is necessary to ensure the future of the event, and it is anticipated that the current fee will hold good for several years, subject to the general format of the event remaining unchanged.

The 'RUN' will assemble at The Land Rover Works in Solihull, and leave there at 10.00 hrs for the drive to Gaydon, where the various sections of the cavalcade will "re-group" prior to driving down the spine-road to the Arena.

Camping/caravanning will be available, both for those taking part in the 'RUN' and for those attending the weekend's events, to members of A.R.C. Clubs only. The site, on the 'meadow' within H.M.C. grounds, has toilets, washing facilities, water and waste disposal, but no showers, and will be open from noon on Friday 16th June until noon on Monday 19th June. Pre-booking is essential due to limited spaces available. Please note that all Range Rover Register members, even if hoping to take part in Sunday's H.M.C. RUN, should book any camping or caravan pitch required with their own Club. Any non-A.R.C. members requiring caravan or camping facilities should contact Jane Roche at H.M.C. (01926 645120) for details of local sites.

LAND ROVER MARQUE DAY

This, too, is becoming a well-established event in the Land Rover events calendar. In addition to the usual displays by both A.R.C. and non-A.R.C. Clubs, and the regular children's attractions (such as the children's roadway, face-painting, etc.) there will be the static displays by the Range Rover Register, carried on from the Saturday, and trade/auto-jumble stands. The concessionary weekend entrance fee arrangements (see 'H.M.C. RUN' above) for those arriving in a Land Rover product, show a good saving on the normal adult admission price of 6 per person per day.

Why not book-in, make a weekend of it and enjoy yourselves? You can be sure of a warm welcome from Heritage, A.R.C. and the Range Rover Register, and there will be plenty of Land Rovers to look at! A booking form, covering both 'H.M.C. RUN' application and a Camping/Caravanning reservation is printed elsewhere in this A.R.C. News.

Chris Savidge (Snr)

THE RANGE ROVER REGISTER BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
Saturday 17th June 2000 - Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon

A proposed programme of features of this event appeared in A.R.C. News issue 31, and all R.R.R. members will have had details from their Club.

The Range Rover Register are inviting any A.R.C. Members who may wish to, to join with them for their Birthday Dinner-Dance at the nearby Hilton Hotel (J.15 on M40). For further details please contact Chris Elliott on 01676 534756 N.B. Evening Dress Code: Lounge Suit

A.R.C. Members may also take advantage of the concessionary rates for accommodation at the Hilton Hotel, and should contact the Hotel direct on 01926 499555, quoting "the R.R.R. event".

Range Rover owners who exhibit a vehicle at H.M.C. can purchase a "Special Commemorative Pack", celebrating both the 30th Anniversary of the Range Rover, and the 15th Anniversary of R.R.R. - please contact Chris Elliott.

Chris Elliott is also "on the lookout" for special derivatives, limited editions and unusual models of the Range Rover. If you can help, please get in touch with Chris.

Finally, a "record-breaking" attempt! On Saturday 17th June, the Range Rover Register are hoping to assemble the largest ever gathering of Range Rovers at Gaydon. Please tell your Range Rover-owning friends and get them to join with their fellow enthusiasts in making it not only a 'record-breaking' gathering, but also a very spectacular event. For details of this, either ring 0976 396533, or email: pr@rrr.co.uk
Chris Savidge (Snr)

"NEWS ITEMS" FROM CHRIS SAVIDGE (Snr)

1. MERLIN LAND ROVER - NOTTINGHAM

Merlin kindly donated "The Merlin - Nottingham Land Rover Trophy" to A.R.C. for use in the Land Rover Concours D'Elegance at the International Rally last year, and this was awarded to Richard Lines (LRR:48-53). Members will no doubt be pleased to learn that Merlin - Nottingham have recently been named as "number one dealer" in Land Rover's U.K. Dealer League. Congratulations to Dermot Brennan and his team at Nottingham.

2. THE A.R.C. 'ALL-ROVER WEEKEND' 26th - 28th August 2000

Again to be held as part of the newly re-vamped "Town and Country Festival" at The Royal Showground, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. Details are now coming through, but will be published in the next A.R.C. News, when a query on camping/caravanning has been resolved. Mark your diaries and watch this space! P6 Rover Owners' Club and Rover Sports Register members are very welcome.
In 1998, as part of the Land Rover 50th Anniversary celebrations, the inaugural Solihull Heritage Run was held. The title implied the intention of the organisers - Land Rover - that the event would become an annual one.

Early in 1999, with tentative enquiries to Land Rover having "fallen on deaf ears", it looked unlikely that the event would continue. However, late in February 1999, Heritage Motor Centre decided that they would take on the event, with help from ARC. Thus the 1999 Heritage Motor Centre Run took place. Organisation time was very short, but the event took place alongside Heritage Motor Centre's Land Rover Marque Day at the beginning of May.

In 2000, however, due to the 30th Anniversary of the launch of Range Rover falling on Saturday 17th June, the Land Rover Marque Day and Heritage Motor Centre Run have been moved to Sunday 18th June and will run jointly with the celebrations for "Range Rover - 30" and the Range Rover Register's birthday event on Saturday 17th June. This year's event is planned to be very similar to last year's (without the tour of the Proving Ground). At present, it is envisaged that the Run will start later (probably 1000 hrs) thus addressing one of the major criticisms from participants of last year's event. Camping on the meadow at the Heritage Motor Centre is also planned, where Range Rover Register will be holding their birthday rally.

Further details, including costs, will be set out in ARC News when these are confirmed by HMC. It is worth mentioning here that last year's entry fee of 5 per vehicle was greatly subsidised by HMC and did not cover costs, so an increase is envisaged to a sum that will cover costs, but it is anticipated that this increased entry fee will hold for several years unless the format of the run changes in response to the comments of participants.

THE VERY LAST FIFTY (Forty, thirty, twenty, going, going.....)

Well very nearly almost. We still have a few copies of the very special video produced by Rover, showing the History of Land Rover from conception and testing on that farm in Anglesey to the present day. Get your orders in now (this is a great Christmas present idea) to Andrew Neaves, 8 East House Drive, Atherstone, Warwickshire, CV9 2HB. The cost is 14.95 including p&p for the U.K. and 15.95 for overseas. Cheques payable to "Association of Rover Clubs Ltd" please.

NEW ARC RADIATOR BADGES

New supplies of ARC radiator badges have been secured and are now available from ARC Non Competitive Clubs Co-ordinator, Chris Savidge. The badges are in stainless steel with polished stainless steel lettering over a maroon background to the ARC Viking Ship design. Fixing holes are provided. Priced at 7.50 plus 1 for post and packing you can obtain yours by sending a cheque made payable to "Association of Rover Clubs Ltd" for 8.50 to:

Chris Savidge, Wicketwood House, 86, Spring Lane, Lambley, Nottingham. NG4 4PG
Club Shop co-ordinators should contact Chris for details about "bulk" supplies.

COMPETITION NEWS - ARC CLUB EVENTS

LINCOLNSHIRE LAND ROVER CLUB - TIMED TRIAL 22nd & 23rd JULY 2000

Invitation Two day team trial with the same format as the Eastnor (50th) National Timed Trial. ARC Clubs invited to enter teams of three for this event. Six sections on Saturday and six sections Sunday. Flat camping field in Lincolnshire Wolds, with bar in the evenings plus BBQs for socialising. The fee is 50 per team payable to LLRC. No limited on numbers of teams per club but only first 25 teams guaranteed a place. Trial will run to new rules in the 2000 Blue Book for timed trials, all other ASR's to Green Book. Closing date for entries is 1 May 2000. Please apply to Carole Cavill, 6,Hall Farm, Binbrook, Lincs LN3 6BW Tel 01472 399746 compsec.llrc@virgin net.

NORTH WALES LAND ROVER CLUB - BALA 2000 AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY 25th - 28th

Why not join NWLRC in picturesque Bala, North Wales this August Bank Holiday. Scenic Drive with the emphasis on scenic, TYRO Trial, Gymkhana, Bike Trial, Dog Show, RTV Trial, CCV Trial , Comp Safari and Adventure Drive. Contact Carol Williams for a booking form on (01352) 715476 - more details, ( due to shortage of space in this edition), in the next issue.

FORWARD DATES FOR YOUR DIARY - ARC CLUB OPEN EVENTS
DETAILS IN DUE COURSE AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE

April 21 -24 Easter

Trentham Gardens Interclub Weekend - Lancs and Cheshire ROC

August Bank Holiday

Wye and Welsh ROC present the Baskerville Challenge

September

9th/10th The Majors Memorial Trial - Eastnor -Midland ROC

23rd/24th Southern ROC -Team Two Day Trial

November

11th/12th Somerset and Wilts ROC - Mendip Challenge

OTHER EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

VALLANCE BY-WAYS SUMMER SHOW 2000: 24th/25th June 2000

The Southern Counties Historic Vehicles Preservation Trust (SCHVPT) invite A.R.C. members to take part in this Show which is held close to Gatwick Airport. There are sections covering all the usual classes - Classic Cars, Land Rovers, Commercials, Fire Engines, Tractors, etc., and the venue is a disused airfield where there are vintage 'planes on display, and even an off-road course. All the usual "supporting attractions", and exhibitors get a commemorative plaque.
For further details and an entry form, write to Stephen & Natalie Eastman at 16 Monarch Close, Bewbush, Crawley, W.Sussex, RH11 8JH, enclosing a stamped self-addressed envelope. Please state in which section you would wish to exhibit - Land Rover, Classic Car, or Military. Whilst they are mainly looking for pre-1980 vehicles, later dated exhibits may be accepted at the organisers' discretion.

 

LAND ROVER MARQUE DAY
THE HERITAGE MOTOR CENTRE, GAYDON
16/18th JUNE 2000
BOOKING FORM

BLOCK CAPITALS PLEASE

Name..................................................................... Date ............................
Address.......................................................................................................
....................................................................................................................
....................................................................................................................
Postcode .............................. Telephone.................................................
Club............................................................ Membership no............................
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
1. The Third Heritage Motor Centre Run--Solihull to Gaydon--Sunday 18th June.
Vehicle Model & Description..............................................................................
Special Features/ Equipment...............................................................................
Year of manufacture................... Reg. No.......................................................
Entry Fee = 10. Deposit required with this form = 5.
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
2. ARC Caravanning/ camping reservation--16th/ 18th June.
Vehicle type..................................................... Reg. No...............................
Pitch required for -------- CARAVAN*/ TENT*/ CAMPING IN VEHICLE*.
Fees are:- 1 night =7 ; 2 nights = 12; 3 nights = 18;
Nights required Friday*/ Saturday* / Sunday * Deposit with this form = 7.
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

1 enclose herewith a deposit as required above for
1. HMC Run 5.*
2. ARC caravan pitch. 7.*
3. Both- 12.* *DELETE AS REQUIRED

All cheques / postal orders to be made payable to 'BMIHT'
Please note that due to the administration costs involved, deposits are non-returnable.

Please return this form, with your deposit, to: -
Chris Savidge (Snr), 86 Spring Lane, Lambley, Nottingham, NG4 4PG.
ARC News 32 February 2000 Page 2

Please Note - ARC News Distribution

Just a reminder that address updates are only done three times per year. The closing dates for clubs to send information are 1st March, 1st July and 1st November. If you change your address you need to ensure your club has registered your change of address and has then passed that change on in your club's next update to the ARC. The responsibility for getting any change of address to the ARC rests with your club. Any club, which has missed two updates, will be removed from the circulation list until a new address update is received. Please be aware that with the exception of duplicates, (which may arise if you belong to more than one club) all address errors should be directed towards your club. With a circulation list of over 10,000 addresses, the ARC cannot handle address changes. Club member address lists/updates to Andrew Neaves please - address as above in previous item. Thank you.

IMPORTANT - Participation at any competitive event or show is at your own risk. Although the ARC is happy to publicise such events it does not act as an agent for the organisers. Statements or opinions expressed in ARC News are not necessarily those of the ARC Council. You are advised to obtain independent advice on matters involving safety, finance or legislation.

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