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[ARC Logo] ARC News Issue 33 - March 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

ARC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - SOLIHULL - 11th March 2000

We are looking for clubs to consider hosting the ARC National Rally in the year 2002 and onwards.

We still have vacancies on the executive committee for two posts; Rover Company Liaison & Minutes Secretary.

Following elections the ARC Council & Executive Committee for 2000/01 is shown below:

CHAIRMAN (c) Denis Bourne MINUTES SECRETARY Vacant
VICE CHAIRMAN (c) Harold Carmen MSA LIASON (c) Harold Carmen
SECRETARY (c) Caroline Flanders TECHNICAL OFFICER Ken Knight
TREASURER (c) Andrew Stavordale CCMSA COORDINATOR Andrews Neaves
CARAVAN SEC. (c) Chris Hodson CAR CLUBS LIAISON (c) Paul Williams
INTERNATIONAL LIAISON OFFICER (c) Derek Spooner SHOWS & DISPLAYS COORDINATOR Jack & June Green
COUNTRYSIDE ACCESS OFFICER (c) Tony Kempster NON COMPETITIVE CLUBS COORDINATOR (c) Chris Savidge (Snr)
NATIONAL RALLY LIASON OFFICER (c) Norman Whiteley Council Member without Portfolio (c) Tony Holder
PRESS, PUBLICITY & SPONSORSHIP OFFICER (c) Nick Chinery Council Member without Portfolio (c) Steve Kirby
ARC NEWS EDITOR (c) Paul Barton Council Member without Portfolio (c) Colin Council
ROVER COMPANY LIAISON Vacant Chairman of Sub Committee for Competitive Matters (c) To be elected at first meeting of scrutineers

(c) denotes Council Member

Club Scrutineers, - Adam Pinder and Tony Lockwood have been elected to the sub committee for competitive matters.

Caroline Flanders ARC Secretary UPDATE ON ARC 2000 INTERNATIONAL RALLY 27th - 29th May - Hants & Berks Rover Owners Club

It's funny how when you start organising an event like the Association of Rover Clubs International Rally it seems a long way in the future, and a relatively straight-forward exercise. Then you suddenly realise that there's two months to go, and life has got immensely more complicated. However the chips are down, the tables loaded and the dice are rolling, so there's no going back!!

The management team are all busy tying up final plans for everything from rubbish bins to commentators, and shower blocks to comp safari rescue support. So far so good - touch wood, there have been no major hiccups, and the minor problems have been resolved professionally and quickly. Like all one-off events there will always be some compromise, but so far ARC2000 has managed to minimise the impact of this factor. One important consideration in planning ARC2000, has been that thanks to the Spirit of ''Hants and Berks" members and committee, the event is not required to maximise the financial return to the Club. This has meant that the management team has been more able to allocate funds to ensuring the quality of the event. This has still meant getting the best value, both in sponsorship and trade income as well as minimising costs, but allowed expenditure on better facilities, entertainment and services. The Club, Management Team and Members alike all want this event to be both successful and fun, after all this is our hobby.

So far there are 14 sponsors, plus several more likely to sign-up shortly. This is more than we could have hoped, even though LR themselves were unable to commit. Most of the sponsors will also have trade stands, and current expectations are for more than 20.

Competition entry lists are filling quickly now as the rate of applications continues to grow from February to March. Camping will continue to stay open through to the event, as the site is able to cater for much larger numbers than the ARC event could muster.

A number of arena activities is planned, including an attempt at bringing back some of the older inter-club fun events, such as "tug of war", and a charity "101" pull. A dog show/competition as well as a number of other special activities are also scheduled.

Entertainment will comprise evening music in the beer tent, courtesy of Greene King, as well as a number of 'special' events in tune with the 'lets enjoy our off-roading' theme.

There will be a series of vehicle displays and processions, as well as a 'vehicles for sale' show in the arena.

Several static/active displays will be on-going throughout the event, including the Dunsfold Collection of Rare and unusual Land Rovers, the Medway Military Vehicles Group, Radio-controlled Off-Road models, Rally Cars from the Association of Central Southern Motor Clubs, and maybe some large interesting green vehicles from the local heavy mob.

On the competition side, the management team has been preparing for all the normal activities; scrutineering, course planning, marshalling, radio communications, scoring systems, and above all Safety. A Health and safety Policy has been prepared, together with planning documents for all competitive events and non-competitive and site activities. Risk assessments have been issued covering all aspects of the event. One focus for ARC2000 will be shortening the scrutineering queues. Look out for the novel handbrake test facility - it's a first for ARC!!

The scenic drive will involve 3 routes over areas of varying terrain, and this should satisfy all drivers from novice to experienced. As per MSA regulations, driver and passengers will all be required to wear seatbelts. Tickets for the scenic drive will be on sale from the Event shop throughout the event. The prices for the scenic drive are 12 (including ARC levy) for the first run and 5 for each subsequent run.

Concours d'elegance will be running for both Land Rover and Rover cars and this should prove interesting for those who seek a little variation from the theme. Price for entry to the Concours is 4 (including ARC levy).

Gymkhana and also Trailer reversing competitions will be running over set periods over the weekend, and can be booked on arrival at Rally Control. Day entry will be 5 per day or 10 for the weekend. This will include an introductory rally pack, parking and access to all events in action.

The plan is to have a kiddies play area for under fives, providing the necessary arrangements can be made.

An extensive array of ARC2000 clothing will be available to order prior to the event, either for delivery by mail, or for collection at the event. A smaller selection will be available to purchase from the event shop, or orders will be taken for delivery later. Credit card facilities are being organised to support clothing orders and payments at the Rally. Order forms will be sent to all those pre-booked with confirmation letter, or can be accessed via the ARC2000 website, or alternatively are available from Jackie Pocock on 01264 710546.

The www.4x4web.co.uk/ARC2000 website has all the latest news and views, and will be kept updated up to and throughout the event. See the website for maps, accommodation, what's-on, clothing, SR's and all other things ARC2000! For more information, call Maureen Ridden for entries on 01794 514834 or general enquiries on 01264 710546.

I hope that you can all make it, and true to form Hants and Berks Rover Owners will do their best to make you feel welcome, wanted, watered and ..........you know what I mean !!

Ashley Pocock Event Director

ARC 2000 International Rally - Chris Savidge (Snr) Non Competitive Clubs Coordinator

Those of us who have read "Land Rover Monthly" (LRM) April issue and ARC News March issue will now be left in no doubt that this year, both ARC and Hants & Berks Rover Owners Club are very supportive of not only the "non-competitive" interest generally, but also the Concours D'Elegance event at the International Rally. It is worth mentioning here that this year will not be a "one-off" either - the host club for the 2001 International Rally (Cornwall & Devon LRC) tell me that they, too, want to see a greater involvement in the rally from "non-competitive members", and will run a concours event embracing both Land Rover Products and Rover cars next year. LRM unfortunately used my old list of Trophies, which did not include the Rover Sports Register Cup for best Rover car in the concours. The working vehicle class for Land Rover products has been expanded to two classes, each with a first and second place trophy. One class will cover original condition working vehicles and the other the everyday working vehicle without judging on originality.

So it is entirely without apology for the repetition, that I exhort ARC members to attend the rally, either camping with us, or taking advantage of the favourable day visitor rates of 5 per car per single day or 10 per car for the whole 3 days. An entry into the concours on the Sunday, either in the Working Vehicle section (Land Rover Products) or the traditional concours classes covering both Land Rover Products and Rover cars, would be even better! Chris Savidge Snr

Range Rover 30th / Land Rover Marque Day and HMC Run 17th-18th June

At the time of writing this missive (early March, and with issue 32 only just on your doormat), entries are coming in regularly at the rate of 3 or 4 per day. Spaces on Sunday's Run are limited, and camping spaces at HMC (ARC members only, this year) even more limited, so I recommend that, if you are considering entering and have not yet done so, you complete the application form circulated with the last issue of ARC News and reproduced again this month and send it to me very soon.

ARC clubs interested in having a display stand at HMC on Land Rover Marque Day (18th June) should contact Jane Roche on 01926 645120 without delay.

The Range Rover Register are still searching for those "unusual" Range Rovers - special derivatives, limited editions and the like - to take part in their celebrations on the Saturday, marking 30 years of the Range Rover and 15 years of their club. Any information here to Chris Elliott on 01676 534756 please. Chris Savidge Snr

The All Rover Weekend 26th-28th August

As previously stated, this will take place as part of the "Motor World" section of the Town & Country Festival at the Royal Showground near Coventry. Costs are the same as in the previous two years (now there's value for you), both for those camping or caravanning, and for day visitors, provided you exhibit your vehicle on the ARC display. A booking form will appear, along with greater detail of the event, in a future ARC News. Rover Sports Register and P6 Rover Owners Club members are most welcome at this event. Chris Savidge Snr.

STOLEN LAND ROVER E617 PFR

STOLEN FROM SPITTAL DERBYSHIRE 25th JANUARY 2000 E617 PFR LAND ROVER 90 2.5 DIESEL - CHASSIS No. SALLDVAC7EA324645 - ENGINE 12J38301C

Dark Blue, white roof, county stripes, fitted white LR Wheels with Wrangler AT Tyres, chequer plate wing tops.

Also fitted with WARN 9000i winch, Bettaweld Roll Cage, Rear Ladder, CB Aerial, Spot and Marker Lights.

Scuff marks on roof (drivers side roof from green laning) no cill on passenger side, slit spot lamp as reversing light, Peak and Dukeries Wheel Cover. Fitted radio cassette.

Any information 01246 233401 or phone your local police - reward leading to recovery.

John Nowell

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

After having sold out of the first batch, fresh supplies of the new type 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.

CLUB CHANGE OF SECRETARY

EAST NORHANTS LROC have changed their secretary and Dave Vaughan has stood down at the Club's AGM after 11 years in the post.

New Secretary is Gary Culpan. 14 Smitherway, Bugbroke, Northants. NN7 3PT Tel 01604 831197 (home) or 07899 933257 (mobile).

The Committee and membership of ENLROC would like to publicly thank Mr David Vaughan for his contribution to the club from its inception to date.

Dave was a founding member of our club and club secretary over the last eleven years. During that period he has worked tirelessly in his efforts to promote the club and its range of activities both within ARC and locally. It is a reflection of his success that the club has grown into the successful organisation it is today. Always an active member, but also through his work with the Belo Russia Aid Charity, he has been a marvellous ambassador to the club both at home and abroad. Doubtless without his efforts, the club would not be what it is today. He will be a hard act to follow, but we hop he will continue to work for the club even though he has stepped down as Secretary.

Finally we would all like to wish him and his new bride Tamara, the very best of luck in their recent marriage in February. We shall look forward to seeing them both soon at future club events.

Gary Culpan Club Secretary East Northants Land Rover Owners Club

COMPETITION NEWS _ URGENT SAFETY INFORMATION FROM MSA -15/3/00

TO ALL EVENT OFFICIALS, COMPETITORS AND CLUB COMMITTEES

We have been advised that due to an accident the following safety precautions must be implemented immediately.

A STOP across the line or the use of a 'box' to stop in at the end of a Comp. Safari SHOULD NOT be used. When crossing the finishing line (Competitive Safari, Hill Rally), a run off area of at least 100m should be taped off on both sides of the course to allow for a deceleration run off area. Vehicles should not stop, park or loiter in this area (other competitors will be behind you). Competitors should not remove helmets or release seat belts until they have cleared the area and then 5mph should be enforced. Failure to implement these safety precautions could invalidate your permit for the event.

Please do not forget to double tape the finish area to keep spectators well clear.

The clerk of the course will also keep in mind to use the natural terrain and obstacles to slow the competitors down as they cross the finishing line. Do not have a fast finish and a 90-degree bend on the line.

It has also been pointed out that non-competitive vehicles should not be in the competition area. All marshals and recovery vehicles should be positioned by the clerk of the course in safe areas. If you require further information, contact the ARC scrutineering committee who will advise you.

When we have further information, we will inform you through your club or through ARC NEWS.

We have been advised by Ian Davis MSARAC Off Road Committee to inform you of these recommendations as quickly as possible.

H.Carman - MSARAC off road committee.

COMPETITION NEWS - ARC CLUB EVENTS

FORWARD DATES FOR YOUR DIARY - ARC CLUB OPEN EVENTS - DETAILS AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE - CLUB COMPETITION SECRETARIES PLEASE USE ARC NEWS

EASTER WEEKEND - April 21st -24th - Hosted by Lancashire and Cheshire ROC Interclub Weekend - Trentham Gardens, Trentham, North Staffordshire.

RTV Trial, CCV Trial, Comp Safari and Team Recovery. Entry forms from Mr C Barrance, I Rivington Place, Coppull Moor, Chorley, Lancs. PR7 5DY Tel enquiries: 01257 792802

MAY DAY INTERCLUB - STAFFS AND SHROPS LRC Friday 28th April til Monday 1st May, WHITCHURCH, SHROPSHIRE

RTV Trial, CCV Trial, Shiny Vehicle Trial, Day Comp Safari. Camping available from noon Thursday until noon Tuesday. Off the A525 Whitchurch to Wrexham Road about two miles west of Whitchurch. Entry forms ASAP from Von Bayliss, 1 Neath Close, Weston Park, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 1TQ.

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

August Bank Holiday Weekend

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. The club are returning for the third successive year to the Landcraft site at Llandderfel. Scenic Drive with the emphasis on scenic, TYRO Trial, Gymkhana, Bike Trial, Dog Show, RTV Trial, CCV Trial, Comp Safari and Adventure Drive. Contact the Rally Secretary, Dave Cuthbert (Bala 2000) 25 Sunningdale Avenue, Colwyn Bay, LL29 6DF - 01492 534417. Bookings before 30th June attract a 10% discount!

WYE AND WELSH PRESENT THE BASKERVILLE CHALLENGE -AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY

Details soon

September

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

23rd/24th Southern ROC -Team Two Day Trial. Entry forms available shortly.

November

11th/12th Somerset and Wilts ROC - Mendip Challenge Details to follow nearer the date

OTHER NON- COMPETETIVE EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

OSTERREICHISCHER ROVER CLUB - SALZBURG, AUSTRIA

After a spectacular Rover Meeting in Salzberg last year, a three day event is to be held this year starting on Saturday 29th April beginning in Salzberg. Total cars expected around 50. Programme only available in German at present but cost circa 85 for package staying in double room locally. Organiser is Vicktor Swobeda tel: 0043 06245/84275 or fax 0043 6245 84275 4.

Derek Spooner International Liaison Officer

INTERNATIONAL LAND ROVER WORLD SHOW - WEST WYCOMBE 6-7 MAY 2000

Ticket hotline is 0181 774 0790. General enquiries - 0181 774 0974

SURREY 4x4 AUTOJUMBLE - CAPEL SURREY - SUNDAY 4th JUNE 2000-03-15

Now in its third year this is a popular event which grows in size each time it's held. Located 20 minutes south of junction 9 of M25 on A24 to Capel (South of Dorking). Details (01306) 711069

CLASSIC CAR EVENT - ELSECAR HERITAGE MUSEUM - 18th JUNE 2000

Elsecar is near Barnsley, Yorkshire. This classic car event is open to all Rover car and Land Rover products. Everyone gets a plaque. Contact Laurence Mitchell 01226 - 205821

MID-LINCS ROVER CLUB - EAST KIKBY AVIATION MUSEUM - "HOME OF THE LANCASTER" _Nr SPILSBY, LINCOLNSHIRE - 2 JULY 2000

The Mid Lincs Rover Club invite entries from Rover car enthusiasts to a Rally to be held on Sunday 2 July 2000 from 10am onwards at the "Home of the Lancaster", East Kirkby Aviation Museum Nr. Spilsby, Lincolnshire. A plaque will be available to all participants who register before the end of May. Entry to the rally is by paying a reduced Museum Fee of 3.00 per car including all passengers, which also allows entrance to the Museum and use of all facilities. (Facilities for the disabled are available) Dogs are permitted on a lead please. The Rally is open to ALL Rover Models. East Kirkby is situated on the A155 at the village of East Kirkby. Entry forms are available from the Rally Secretary;

Bryan Leggate The Old Smithy Old Bollingbroke SPILSBY Lincs PE23 4HG

Tel: 01790 763344

ALL ROVER RALLY - BEAMISH OPEN AIR MUSEUM -16th JULY 2000

Beamish Open Air Museum is in County Durham. There are 2 adult passes to t he museum free to each vehicle on display, (other passengers must pay normal admission charges). This event is open to Rover cars and Land Rovers. Some camping facilities available. Please contact Barry Gill, P6 Rover Owners Club Regional Organiser on 0191-373-4806.

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 33 April 2000 Page 8

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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