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[ARC Logo] ARC News Issue 35 - June 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

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ARC NEWS NOW PUBLISHED VIA THE ARC WEB SITE OR CLUB MAGAZINE EDITORS

This is the first edition of ARC NEWS to go out to member clubs on e-mail via club editors. It is hoped that they will cascade relevant information out to individual club members via club newsletters. For those of you with internet access, each edition of ARC NEWS can be found on the ARC website www.the-arc.co.uk.

THE 'ALL-ROVER WEEKEND' 26th to 28th AUGUST 2000, at the N.A.C., Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

The first, and most important point to get over about this event, is that it is for both Rover Car owning members and for Land Rover product owning members of A.R.C. Clubs! The second is to tell you that you will definitely not be overcome by boredom whilst you are there! Not only will there be plenty to interest the Rover Car and Land Rover enthusiasts on the A.R.C.'s displays, but the Town & Country Festival, of which we are a part, in the "Motor World" Section, which has over 50 clubs displaying examples of the world's motoring heritage, is made up of three other 'sections'.

"Live World" is concerned with entertainment, from pets for the children, gymnastics and motorcycle displays to steel bands and medieval jousting.

"Countryside World" features British food and farming, with live demonstrations and a chance to partake in country sports.

"Shopping and Leisure World" is a haven for shoppers of all tastes and ages with 700 stalls selling just about anything. There are also vast antiques and craft shows on site. You will need all of the three days just to look at it!

So far, three A.R.C. Clubs have offered special displays, including The Land Rover Register (1948-1953), The 101 Forward Control Club and Register, who are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the 101" Land Rover, and The Range Rover Register who will have special displays marking 30 years of Range Rover (and 15 years of their Club). R.R.R. will also be running their off-road rides, raising money for The Air Ambulance Association - their current adopted charity.

In this connection, R.R.R. propose to stage a presentation in the Grand Ring which will include a staged road traffic accident, attended by Range Rovers used by the emergency services - and maybe even an Air Ambulance. The Range Rover Register need your help, and that of the Show's visitors, to exceed their total raised at last year's event, when they donated £3000 to "Hearing Dogs for Deaf People".

The Royal Agricultural Society, on whose showground the Festival is held, have again given A.R.C. permission to organise a 4 x 4 Concours (for vehicles up to 1985) and have generously agreed to provide three trophies for this. Rover car owners can enter the Festival's existing Concours, in the appropriate class.

Members requiring an entry form for either Concours please contact me on 0115 926 7716 for an entry form which, in the case of a car entry, needs to be returned to me by 5th July 2000.

Costs to members displaying their vehicle on our display stand (or helping with the off-road courtesy rides) have been held at the same rates as in 1998 and 1999. Details can be found in the booking sheet at the back of this ARC NEWS. Please use the form, either day visitor or caravan/camping, that suits your intended participation in this event. Please note that all cheques should be made payable to "R.A.S.E.", and posted to me at the address given on the forms.

EDITORS NOTE

Following the printing of the above in the Spring Special edition of ARC News - Chris has already received a quantity of bookings - but neither he nor the Royal Agricultural Society can process these yet. Please would members be patient, bookings will be dealt with as soon as possible. CHRIS ALSO NEEDS A VOLUNTEER WITH A SUITABLE LAND ROVER (a 110 at least) who would be willing to undertake the towing of the A.R.C. Exhibition unit to Stoneleigh, near Coventry from its base near Twycross Zoo on the Leicestershire/Warwickshire border and return it after the event. Please help if you can!

Booking form repeated this month with this edition.

Chris Savidge (Snr) 0115 926 7716

REPORT ON ARC 2000 FROM CHRIS SAVIDGE

The Concours D'Elegance attracted an entry of 22 Land Rover products and awards were made in all classes and categories. One entrant travelled all the way from County Durham to enter! A pre-booked Rover car entry was present on the Sunday morning but had disappeared by the time of judging. The promised support from the cars did not materialise, neither did the promised assistance from Car Clubs to help run the Concours. However, positive and enthusiastic support, in the way of the provision of judges, was very evident, and from the Dunsfold Collection in the shape of Philip Bashall. My thanks to all those who helped in any way with the Concours. Thanks also to Land Rover Monthly - the sponsors of the Concours - and especial thanks to James Taylor for acting as Chief Judge and Referee - and for not even "raising an eyebrow" when told that the judges briefing was to be held in a cowshed!

Three of the single marque clubs put on fine Club Stand Displays, although the windy conditions one day caused some hasty re-designing of displays where tentage was involved. One Club provided a "safe haven " for the "most unusual vehicle" at the rally - namely the brand new un-registered Land Rover Llama.

There was also an excellent military display by the MEDWAY MILITARY VEHICLR GROUP. So good was their camo-netting that one person I spoke to had not noticed their range of tents behind their vehicles.

The rally generally was a good event, the host club Hants and Berks Rover Owners Club - had made a good attempt to put on arena events, and the like, for the non-p0competitive members and their families. The weather did not help and unfortunately the children's crèche in a porta-cabin despite being stacked with toys had to remain un-used due to a serious roof leak. I was particularly pleased that hey also arranged a Sunday morning act of worship. It was a pity this was not better attended.

Taken as a whole I feel that this year's rally represented a "turning of the corner" for the involvement of the non-competitive element of the A.R.C. Things are at last improving. My thanks and those of other member clubs must go to the Hants and Berks team, not just the management team but also all the troops. They did a great job in the face of very adverse weather and consequent ground conditions. The award to them of the FARVIS SPIRIT OF THE EVEN TAWARD was very well deserved.

ARC 2000 Thanks from Competition Director

My thanks to all those club members from HBRO and from other clubs who helped marshal the competitive events in all weathers from bright sunshine to heavy hail storms. Well done everyone for helping to make it happen for so many people - especially those of you who appreciated it was a game of three halves and marshalled on all of the three days. Thanks too to the small group on results especially Ian Parker who worked out the scores and awards in the face of wet score sheets and against the pressure of time. Only those ARC members who have ever had to run these big events will know the enormous pressures on the organisers and my thanks therefore too for the patience shown by competitors when there were delays either during the events or with results. Word on Andy Bayliss of Staffs and Shrops LRC, who broke his heel jumping off a wall when going off to get to his vehicle for the Team Recovery, is that he is on the mend. Get well soon Andy!.

Paul Barton Competition Director ARC 2000

ARC NATIONAL RALLY 2001 - 25th - 29th May 2001 hosted by Cornwall and Devon Land Rover Club

Forms to book for next year's event now available from Mrs Jean French, 5 Pinewood Close, Plympton, Plymouth, Devon PL7 2DW tel no. 01752 338279. More news as we have it.

CLUB NEWS

Dave Cuthbert has taken on the job of Secretary for the North Wales Land Rover Club. Dave can be contacted at 25 Sunningdale Avenue, Colwyn Bay, LL29 6DF (01492 534417)

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

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 2000

At Baskerville Hall, Clyro near Hay-On-Wye Friday 25th to Monday 28th August 2000

RTV Saturday, CCV Sunday, Comp Safari Monday Camping available. Booking forms from Peter Slingerland, W7WROC, Old Bakery, The Square, Ruardean, Glos. GL17 9TJ. Tel 01594 544058.

This event is growing in popularity so early booking advised!

September LANGLEY FARM 2000 4 x 4 WEEKEND SEPTEMBER 8th - 10th 2000

On behalf of Yorkshire Rover Owners Club I would like to invite you to our 19th annual '4 x 4 Weekend' over the weekend of September 8th to 10th.

Although organised by a Rover Club, Langley Farm 2000 is an Off-road meeting catering for ALL makes and types of vehicle, with all 4x4 Clubs and Associations welcome.

Once again there will be various activities; static display of vehicles and the Off-road course.

For a booking form contact David Walker, details below. Please make as many copies of it as you want. If you wish to be removed from the mailing list or any of the details are incorrect please let me know.

I look forward to seeing you at Langley Farm 2000. If you require any further information please contact me or send a SAE to the address below.

Langley Farm 2000, c/o David Walker, 42 Highgate Avenue, Lepton, Huddersfield, HD8 0EE. Tel: 01484 315 481 (after 6pm)

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

30th September /1st October Southern ROC -Team Two Day Trial.

November

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

Forms for booking in now available from John Donovan, Competition Secretary, 7 Campion Close, Thornbury, Bristol. BS12 1UF. Camping available Friday and Saturday night at £5 per night.

OTHER NON- COMPETETIVE EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

SHACKERSTONE 2000 FESTIVAL 2nd/3rd SEPTEMBER 2000-04-13

Situated neat to A444 on the Leicestershire/Warwickshire border this event is a steam and transport event with a difference. In addition to all the usual exhibits there are steam train rides on the Battlefield line, the station is adjacent to the showground as is the Ashby canal where narrow boats will be on display and canal trips available. Caravan facilities. Details from Neil Bonser 01827 880036 e mail shackerstone2000@Yahoo.co.uk. This event is suitable for cars and Land Rovers.

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.

17th SEPTEMBER - LONDON TO BRIGHTON LAND ROVER RUN Sponsored by Land Rover World Magazine and organised by South London and Surrey LRC Start: Crystal Palace London Finish: Madeira Drive Brighton. Trade stands, Auto jumbles, Trophies send s.s.a.e to South London and Surrey LRC 10,Middlesex Road, Mitcham, Surrey CR4 1QP. For trade stands or Auto jumble only phone 01273 410162.

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.

This Newsletter is compiled and edited by Paul Barton, ARC Newsletter Editor, for the Association of Rover Clubs Contact Editor at 26 Summerhill Grange, Summerhill Lane, Lindfield, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1RQ e-mail : PaulBarton.home@ukgateway.net ARC Secretary: Caroline Flanders, P.O. Box 363, Berkhamstead, HP4 3FR 01442 873567

Association of Rover Clubs Ltd. Limited by Guarantee Registered in England No. 1806788 Registered Office, 65 Longmead Avenue, Hazel Grove, Stockport, SK7 5PJ

A.R.C. ALL ROVER WEEKEND RALLY 2000

AT THE TOWN & COUNTRY FESTIVAL, STONELEIGH PARK, WARWICKSHIRE 26th - 27th - 28th AUGUST 2000

DAY VISITOR BOOKING

Name: ...................................................................... Telephone No:................................. Address: ................................................................................................................................. .................................................................................. Club................... Mem. no: ............. Vehicle to be displayed: .......................................... Year: ............ Reg.no:....................

Days vehicle will be displayed: Sat 26th / Sun 27th / Mon 28th (Delete as appropriate) I require: A vehicle display pass F.O.C. ......... * Additional ADULT 1-day Show entry tickets @ £ 6 ........ ......... * Additional CHILD 1-day Show entry tickets @ £ 3 ........ ......... * Additional ADULT 3-day Show entry tickets @ £16 ........ ......... * Additional CHILD 3-day Show entry tickets @ £ 7 ......... ......... * Additional SENIOR CITIZEN (60+) 1-day Show entry tickets @ £ 3 ........ ......... * Additional SENIOR CITIZEN (60+) 3-day Show entry tickets @ £ 7 ........ I enclose a cheque (Payable to "R.A.S.E.") for:- Total £ *Remember, Two adult show entry tickets come free with your vehicle display pass.

Please return this form to: Chris Savidge (Snr), 86 Spring Lane, Lambley, Nottingham, NG4 4PG TO ARRIVE BEFORE Thursday 20th July 2000 & enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope cut here - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - A.R.C. ALL ROVER WEEKEND RALLY 2000 AT THE TOWN & COUNTRY FESTIVAL, STONELEIGH PARK, WARWICKSHIRE 26th - 27th - 28th AUGUST 2000 CARAVAN/ CAMPING BOOKING

Name: ...................................................................... Telephone No:.............................................. Address: ............................................................................................................................................. .................................................................................. Club........................ Mem.no: ..................... Vehicle to be displayed: ................................... Towing vehicle if different:.......................... Do you require 2nd vehicle pass?................ I will be :- Caravanning / Camping in a tent / Camping in Vehicle (Delete as appropriate) Is your caravan or camper vehicle in excess of 20ft (6.1 mtrs) in length? ..................................... Is your caravan door on the nearside or offside of the 'van? ......................................................... I require: ......... Evening access passes for the evening entertainment: F.O.C. ......... Caravan or camping pitches @ £20 (See note 2 above) ........ ......... * Additional ADULT 3-day Show entry tickets @ £16 ........ ......... * Additional SENIOR CITIZEN (60+) 3-day Show entry tickets @ £ 7 ........ ......... Additional CHILD 3-day Show entry tickets @ £ 7 ........ (Child: = 5 to 15 yrs. Under 5 yrs Free) I enclose a cheque (Payable to "R.A.S.E.") for:- Total £....... *Remember, Two adult 3-DAY show entry tickets come FREE to exhibitors who pay for a caravan or camping pitch and who display/use their vehicle within the A.R.C.'s display/ demonstration area on the Showground.Please return this form to: Chris Savidge (Snr), 86 Spring Lane, Lambley, Nottingham, NG4 4PG. TO ARRIVE BEFORE Thursday 20th July 2000 & enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope. ARC News No.35 June 2000 Page 5

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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