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To All Members of RAC Motoring Services and
Please read through the article below. Its is my
opinion of the current situation and your individual
circumstances should be checked with RAC Motoring
Services. I cannot be responsible for losses or costs
should you incur them as the matters below may be the
subject of legal action.
RAC Motoring Services has withdrawn its cover for
vehicles used in Motorsport of any form. This
includes Racing, Rallying and mildly competitive
events such as Driving Days and Touring Assemblies.
This was done by letter dated the 14th August 2000 to
all Associate Clubs of RAC Motoring Services, which
includes the Royal Automobile Club Motor Sports
The letter states that cars, which have broken
down or have been involved in an accident in an event
that does not follow the normal rules of the road,
are no longer covered by the RAC. This includes
mildly competitive events such as Driving Days and
Touring Assemblies. It also goes on to say that no
commission will be paid to the majority of Associate
Clubs. These benefits have been in place since the
setting up of the Associate Section in 1907.
In the latest Motorsports Now! there is an article
stating that the service has not been withdrawn. This
was written and published by the MSA who now have
agreed that their content IS WRONG. The incorrect
information in the article was also circulated to the
Regional Associations of Motor Clubs.
At a meeting yesterday (4/12/2000) with the RAC
Motoring Services manager responsible for pushing
through the changes, I have put it quite clearly to
him that these changes must be made clear to
individual members, which they have not been. Any
member who is in receipt of the latest 'Terms and
Conditions' will find no exclusions for Motorsport.
The RAC cannot, according to it's own 'Terms and
Conditions' and possibly the law make such changes
without informing the member at renewal time.
Thus members who have renewed in the last year are
still covered for Motorsport. Until such time that
the terms and conditions are amended and sent out to
new and renewing members, pointing out the changes,
RAC Motoring Services will have to honour their terms
and conditions, for the period of the membership.
I await a formal response from the RAC Motoring
Services about this and draw your attention to the
disclaimer in my first paragraph.
I will continue to lobby on behalf of competitors
for the rights of membership that have existed since
1907. I have constantly pointed out that the
enthusiast member is that least likely to call out
the RAC, the majority of call out is for minor
problems that would be sorted out or ignored by the
clubman. In the major events, such as stage rallies,
competitors have service crews and trailers and it is
the person who takes part in a mildly competitive
event that will suffer. This will prompt the majority
of clubmen to look elsewhere for their breakdown
I have suggested that the RAC should restrict its
cover to vehicles, which display a valid Vehicle
Excise License (Tax Disc). That way cars which are
road legal only are covered and there would be no
ambiguity or enquiries as to the use of the vehicle.
This definition has been agreed verbally with the MSA
and follows the practice of another major breakdown
service. The condition of service for reasonable
access to get to the vehicle would remain.
A separate issue remains over the withdrawal of
commission payments to the majority of motor clubs.
I would like to hear from individuals and clubs
who have or will be been affected by these changes. I
would advise individual members and clubs to seek
their own clarification until such time as RAC
Motoring Services has written to members individually.
I have, of course, pointed out to RAC Motoring
Services, that we have a choice.
Mike Hurst, Treasurer, Middlesex County Automobile
Club Ltd. Founded 1905 and associated with the RAC
since that date. Member, RAC Motoring Services,
Specialist Motor Group
PS, for those of you who don't know me, I was a
member of the RAC Associate Committee, elected by
Motor Club representatives attending the General
Council of the RAC held yearly at Pall Mall. As such
I will continue to seek and represent the views of
Clubs and Members alike to the new organisation.
CLUB NEWS FROM CHRIS SAVIDGE (SNR)
Change to "Most
Original Working Vehicle Class"
At a recent meeting of the non-competitive sub-committee,
it was agreed to place a "cut-off" date for
the age of vehicles eligible to enter this class at
the International Rally. This has, initially, been
set for 1983-the intention being to make the date the
end of the leaf sprung era - so the date of 1.3.83
when Land Rover 110 production started has been
selected as appropriate. This change is intended to
exclude entry of very new vehicles, which obviously
would have a far greater chance of being completely
original! This "cut-off" date will be
reviewed after the 2001 International. Cornwall and
Devon Land Rover Club will be running both the
Concours and Working Vehicles classes at Newnham Park
this year, with the assistance of THE SERIES ONE
CLUB, and the sponsorship of the local franchised
Land Rover Dealer. Rover cars are very welcome at
this event - the forecourt of Newnham House will
provide an excellent venue for them. C&D LRC is
working hard to provide a "spectator-friendly"
event, with much to interest all categories of A.R.C.'s
membership. Book in with Jean French on 01752-338279.
I have heard, via Tony Holder of A.R.C. and R.S.R.,
that the END OF LIFE (VEHICLES) DIRECTIVE has at long
last, become a European Directive which sets out in
detail the obligations and procedures to be adopted
by Member States for dealing with "life-expired"
vehicles. Historic vehicles - a definition which
includes vehicles of value to collectors" - are
excluded from the Directive. They are also formally
recognized as NOT being "waste" and as such
fall outside the scope of all European Waste
legislation. All that remains to be done now is to
carefully monitor how each Member State enacts this
Directive into their own system so as to ensure that
exemption for historic vehicles is not lost along the
way! All credit must go to the International Historic
Vehicle Organisation for recognizing the potential
dangers in the original draft of the Directive and
alerting other historic vehicle organizations
throughout Europe so that everyone could work
together to ensure that he interests of historic
vehicle enthusiasts were protected. New Clubs join A.R.C.
At the December EGM two new clubs gained the
approval of the delegates present to become A.R.C.
Member Clubs. These are The Vectis Land Rover Club
based on the Isle of Wight and the Discovery Owners
Club - which is a national single marque club. Both
clubs are non-competitive.
Advance notice of the 2001 "All Rover Weekend"
The 2001 ALL-ROVER WEEKEND
will take place on August 25th -27th at the "Town
and Country Festival" at Stoneleigh Park, near
Coventry. This is definitely an event to suit all
tastes - you simply cannot be bored at the T&C,
only weary from trying to see all of it!
This year sees a new member joining the "established"
team, (myself and Bonny my wife and Sue and Ian
Foster of the lightweight Land Rover Club) in the
person of Mike Page of the Range Rover Register.
Mike's particular responsibility will be to book you
all in, either as day visitors or camping/caravanning
- in either Land Rover products or Rover Cars. The
latter are especially welcome at the All Rover
A new "M.D." for
Heritage Motor Centre
On Tuesday, 2nd January, the newly appointed
Managing Director of the Heritage Motor Centre was
introduced to Centre staff by Gavin Green, Director
of Communication and Public Affairs - LAND ROVER.
The new M.D. is Julie Tew, who will take up her
new position at Gaydon in March 2001.
The previous M.D. Fred Coultas, retired in April
2000. Since Fred's retirement, Peter Mitchell has
been acting M.D. of Heritage Motor Centre. Peter was
Chairman of British Motor Industry Heritage Trust
until November of last year, when he was succeeded in
the latter post by Bob Dover, Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer of LAND ROVER.
Finally a "thank-you"
Bonny would like to thank all those of you who
have sent us Christmas and New Year greetings. We are
sorry, but we cannot hope to reply individually. Our
best wishes for a fulfilling year in 2001 to all
members of A.R.C. Clubs.
Chris Savidge (Snr) Non- Competitive Clubs Co-ordinator
THE LAND ROVER
MARQUE DAY INCORPORATING THE HERITAGE MOTOR CENTRE
RUN TO BE HELD AT THE HERITAGE MOTOR CENTRE, GAYDON,
6th MAY 2001
In 2001, this now well-established event in the
Land Rover club scene, reverts to its more usual date
of the Sunday preceding the May Day Bank Holiday
Bob Dover, Chief Executive Officer of Land Rover,
and newly appointed Chairman of The British Motor
Heritage Trust, is a confirmed classic car
enthusiast, and is looking forward with enthusiasm to
Entry into this year's HMC Run costs £10 per
vehicle. This includes entry to both the event, and
the Museum, for the driver and one passenger, plus a
rally plate for the vehicle; a limited edition rally
plaque, and "fast track" entry into the
Centre on the Sunday. Additional passengers in Run
vehicles should pre-book their entry tickets with
their Run entry, at discounted rates of £5 per
person, (children up to 16yrs F.O.C.). Entry forms
may be downloaded from the ARC website at: www.the-arc.co.uk
or by requesting the genuine article (non electronic
!) from Chris Savidge (Snr.) on 0115 926 7716.
For non-Run participants attending the Land Rover
Marque Day in a Land Rover product, the driver will
get free entry, but all passengers must pay the
discounted admission rates of £5 per adult, £3 per
child (5yrs to 16yrs), at the pay booths. It is best
to arrive before 11.00 am, in order to witness the
arrival of the 150-vehicle cavalcade from Solihull -
one of the highlights of the day.
In addition, there are to be superb displays by
the Land Rover Company. This is, of course, the first
time that this event has taken place with HMC under
Land Rover ownership.
We are also looking forward to Club Stands, Trade
and Autojumble stands, possible Land Rover Dealer
support, and Land Rover 'Gear' on sale in the HMC
shop together with their normal comprehensive range
of models, books, and memorabilia. The usual family
and children's entertainments will also be there.
Basic camping and caravanning will be available
for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday nights (5th, 6th, 7th
May) in the meadow within the HMC grounds. The site
will open at 10.00am on Saturday and will close at
noon on Tuesday.
Fees for camping/ caravanning will be £10 per
night per unit, which covers two adults per unit for
camping, and admission to the Museum and all other
HMC normal facilities. Extra persons will need pre
booked entry tickets at £5 per night per adult, £3
per night per child (5yrs. to 16yrs). Please Note---
extra adults paying to camp, do not need to pay again
as passengers in the Cavalcade.
Booking forms are available direct from Chris
Savidge, or may be downloaded from the ARC website at
For booking either Club, Trade, or Autojumble
stands, please contact: Jane Roche, HMC's Events
Manager, on 01926 645120 or fax 01926 641555, or e-mail
at janer@ heritagemotorcentre.org.uk
Booking form at the end of this Newsletter
DUNSFOLD LAND ROVER SPRING
SALE 7th/8th APRIL 2001
Hot news for fans of the Series Land Rovers is
that Philip Bashall is again organising a sales
weekend at Dunsfold. Ample parking will be available
on the adjacent field. As always Philip will also
have a huge pile of second hand parts for all models.
THE MAJORS MEMORIAL TRIAL
2001 - MIDLAND ROC
Midland ROC are pleased to announce that they have
secured agreement with Eastnor once again for the
Majors Memorial Trial to take place at Eastnor. The
date of the event is the weekend of 7th/8th/9th
September 2001. MROC will issue an invitation, event
information and booking forms in due course to Member
LANGLEY FARM - YORKSHIRE
ROVER OWNERS CLUB
Once again YROC are please to host the annual
Langley Farm event over the weekend of 8th/9th
September 2001 -again booking details in due course.
THE A.R.C. GREEN BOOK
The A.R.C. Council wish to remind all members that
the Green Book will not be issued for 2001 instead,
the 2000 edition will continue until the next edition
is produced, this has been agreed in order to save
Members and Member clubs money.
As a result it is necessary to issue a series of
amendments to bring your 2000 edition up to date.
Steve Kirby has kindly put together the following;
Corrections and amendments to the ARC 2000
(C) Chairman Denis Bourne, 124 Crescent Drive,
Petts Wood, Orpington, Kent, BR5 1BE, 01689-839458. E-mail
(C) Vice Chairman Harold Carman, 86 Moughland
Lane, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 4SQ, 01928-564388 E-mail
(C) Secretary Caroline Flanders, PO Box 363,
Berkhampstead HP4 3FR Tel: 01442-873567. E-mail
(C) Treasurer Andrew Stavordale, 48 Shearwater
Road, Offerton, Stockport, Cheshire. SK2 5UQ Tel:
0161-292-5740 e-mail Stavors@aol.com
(C) Caravan Secretary Chris Hodson, 43 Chequers
Drive, Horley, SURREY. RH6 8DX 01293-786144
(C) International Derek Spooner, Banks Cottage,
Liaison Officer Abbotts Morton, Worcester, WR7 4NA.
(C) Countryside Tony Kempster, Knelle Hill Lodge,
Access Officer Beckley, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 6UD,
(C) National Rally Norman Whiteley, 10
Thorncliffe, Liaison Officer Kirkburton,
Huddersfield, West Yorks., HD8 0UG 01484-603564. E-mail
(C) Press & Publicity Nick Chinery, 11 Main
Street, Officer Broughton Astley, Leicester. LE9 6RE
Tel: 01455 285304. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
ARC News Editor Paul Barton, 26 Summerhill Grange,
Summerhill Lane, Lindfield,Haywards Heath, West
Sussex. RH16 1RQ 01444 452120 e-mail : PaulBarton.email@example.com
ARC Handbook Ed. Steve Kirby. Address opposite.
Rover Company Situation Vacant. Liaison.
Technical Officer Ken Knight, Bird Lymes Cottage,
Porton, Salisbury, Wiltshire, 01980-610776.
Minutes Secretary Sandra Bourne.
(C) MSA Harold Carman, 86 Moughland Liaison Lane,
Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 4SQ, 01928-564388. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Shows & Displays June & Jack Green,
'Arncot', Co-ordinator 13 Stewartsfield, Rowlands
Gill, Tyne & Wear, NE39 1PF. 01207-545448.
CCMSA Andrew Neaves, 8 Easthouse Drive, Co-ordinator
Hurley, Nr. Atherstone, Warwickshire, CV9 2HB, 01827-874008.
(C) Non-Competitive Chris Savidge, Wicketwood
House, Clubs Co-ordinator. 86 Spring Lane, Lambley,
Nottingham. NG4 4PG 0115-926-7716.
(C) Car Clubs Liaison Situation Vacant.
(C) Council Member Colin Council, without
Portfolio 73 Westmeads Road, Whitstable, KENT CT5 1LW
(C) Council Member Tony Holder, Blue Fir,
Bellingdon, without Portfolio Chesham,
Buckinghamshire, HP5 2XW 01494-783437. E-mail Tony.Holder@classicfm.net
Scrutineering and (Chairman) (C) Steve Kirby, Off-Road
Committee 244 Staines Road, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW2
5AR, 020-8287-0377. E-mail Steve.Kirby@cwcom.net
(Vice-Chairman) Harold Carman, 86 Moughland Lane,
Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 4SQ, 01928-564388. E-mail email@example.com
(Logbook Sec'y) Dennis Wright, 14 Dale Close,
Skegby, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts, NG17 3AF, 01623-515393.
John Hewitson, 2 Offini Close, Sandwell Valley,
West Bromwich, B70 6TA. 0121-553-1547. No e-mail.
Colin Parry, 94 Parc-y-Dre, Ruthin, Clwyd. LL15 1PH
Mick Gillet, 65 The Straits, Lower Gornal, Dudley,
West Midlands, DY3 3AL, 01902-884407.
Ray Sykes, 5, The Mains, Beetham, Milnthorpe,
Cumbria, LA7 7AS, 015395-62074.
Dennis Bown, 34 Elvaston Road, North Wingfield,
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S42 5HH 01246-865960.
Adam Pinder,. 64 Church Lane, North Wingfield,
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S42 5HSQ, 01246-854043
(C) = Council Member.
Page 2, opposite
contents, add registered address of the ARC:-
Association of Rover Clubs Ltd. Limited by guarantee.
Registered in England No. 1806788 Registered Office:-
124 Crescent Drive, Petts Wood, Nr Orpington, KENT,
Page 18. Caravan
Secretary, Chris Hodson, address is now 43 Chequers
Drive, Horley, Surrey, RH6 8DX 01293-786144
Page 23 item 3,
change " Jim Campbell " to " Chris
Hodson " His address is now 43 Chequers Drive,
Horley, Surrey, RH6 8DX 01293-786144
Page 33* - Tow ropes
and recovery. Change " _" " to "
Page 49. Vehicle
Regulations - Rule D.4.3. omitted in error (This is
effective already):- D.4.3. In special circumstances,
for certain events, rules D.4.1. and D.4.2. above may
be superseded with the approval of the ARC Council
with reference to regulation H.25.1.1. in the MSA
Page 50. Renumber E.10.
to be E.9.
Page 86* at the very
bottom change " fi" " to " 1/4"
Page 92* Q.7.6.4.
change " 1>" " to " 11/2"
" two places.
Page 97* Q.8.3.
change " f1/4" " to " 1/4"
* Printing error.
Page 114 add LAND
ROVER REGISTER 1949 - 1953 SHIELD for Highest placed
Land Rover in this date range.
Rule changes - effective 1-1-2001
Page 43. Add
definition to the Vehicle Regulations preamble in the
"Where factory fitted" as quoted in
various places in the rules is intended to mean that
the item was fitted to that type of vehicle in the
course of manufacture by Land Rover Ltd. or any
company contracted by Land Rover to build / assemble
Page 43/44. Revised
wording for A.2.1. Class 11.
A2 VEHICLE CLASSES A.2.1. Trials:- Class 11.
Special Long Wheel Base. Leaf sprung.
Page 44. Revised
wording for A.7.:-
A.7. WHEELS. A.7.1. Road wheels shall be of steel
construction, have a rim diameter of 15" or 16"
and other sizes where factory fitted and not have an
offset between the outer flat of the nave plate to
the outer flange of the rim of more than 100mm.. All
Land Rover, Range Rover and Discovery steel wheels
comply with this regulation.
Page 45. Revised
wording for A.12.:-
A.12. SILHOUETTE. (Note:- The "body capping
line" on a Land Rover is defined as a horizontal
line level with the top edge of the fixed rear load
area surround. The "window line" on a Range
Rover and Discovery is level with the bottom edge of
the side windows. There should be a capping to
present a "safe edge". Many vehicles with
non-original panels terminate in a cut edge on the
periphery of the load-area. Either a turned over top
edge to the load area or an actual capping strip, not
necessarily a Rover original, is required. If the
tailgate is removed, then any capping that is
normally part of the tail-gate will be removed too.)
Page 48. Revised
wording for B.4.1.:-
B.4.1. The handbrake must operate on the
transmission only unless factory fitted.
Page 48. Revised
wording for C.2.4.
C.2.4. The following are prohibited: - Forced
induction petrol engines; slide throttles; the
inhibition of the firing of one or more cylinders to
Page 52. Revised
wording for H.5.:-
H.5. SHUNTS. Vehicles over 95" wheelbase are
allowed one reverse (shunt) per section which can be
taken at the driver's discretion after receiving
marshal's consent but BEFORE coming to an involuntary
halt; unless stated otherwise in the SRs.
MEMBER CLUB EVENTS
SOUTHERN ROVER OWNERS CLUB
CHARITY COMPETITIVE SAFARI, MEREWORTH WOODS NR.
MAIDSTONE - Sunday 21 JANUARY 2001
As we go to press, there is still some entry space
left. Booking forms for this event are now available
from Debby Darby, 54 Northwood Road, Tankerton,
Whitstable, Kent CT5 2ES. Event open to all A.R.C.
Clubs, Entry £20. Clerk of the Course is Tony
Howland and the grid reference is 188 643 554. Be
5th/6th Y Rali Bryn Cymru - Hillrally 6th - Land
Rover Marque Day/Heritage Motor Centre Run 11th- 13th
Land Rover World Show 19th -20th Land Rover Owners
Show 25th -29th May A.R.C. INTERNATIONAL 2001 Newnham
Park Plymouth C&D LRC
JUNE 2001 GKN
Driveline Scottish Hillrally
JULY 2001 20th-22nd
Billing 2001 Land Rover Enthusiast Show
SEPTEMBER 2001 9th/10th
September Langley Farm - Yorkshire ROC - details to
follow OCTOBER 2001 October 5th/6th/7th The Hillrally
MACMILLIAN 4x4 UK CHALLENGE
I would like to bring your attention to a Charity
event that I and a few other members of Chiltern Vale
ROC will be taking part in next March. It is not an
ARC event and will involve vehicles other than Land
Rovers but clearly it would be nice to see a Landie
come home with the silverware, also it is in aid of a
very good cause.
Entry fee is £100 per team of 2 + each team needs
to gain a further £400 in sponsorship for the
Macmillan Cancer Relief Fund.
If any of you or any of your members would like to
put a team forward either contact Peter Rowland on
01886 832320 or visit http://members.aol.com/TelemationLtd/Macmillan/
as soon as possible. There is a maximum entry of 50
teams. Russ Brown
- Participation at any competitive event or show is
at your own risk or that of the organisers. Although
the A.R.C. is happy to publicise such events it does
not act as an agent for the organisers. Statements or
opinions expressed in A.R.C. News are not necessarily
those of the A.R.C. 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.firstname.lastname@example.org
ARC Secretary: Caroline Flanders, tel/fax: 01689
Association of Rover Clubs Ltd. Limited by
Guarantee Registered in England No. 1806788
Registered Office, 124 Crescent Drive, Petts Wood,
Orpington, Kent BR5 1BE
THE LAND ROVER MARQUE DAY
THE HERITAGE MOTOR CENTRE RUN THE HERITAGE MOTOR
6th MAY 2001
BLOCK CAPITALS PLEASE
1. The Fourth Heritage Motor Centre Run--Solihull
to Gaydon--Sunday 6th. May.
Land Rover Model & Description
Year of manufacture ....................... Reg.
Entry Fees: Vehicle Entry (includes driver + one
passenger, rally plate, plaque, etc.) £ 10.00
Extra passengers.........No. of Adults @ £5 each.......................................£..........
(Children up to 16yrs -FOC)
TOTAL RUN/ ENTRY FEE £.............
2.Caravanning/ camping reservation--5th / 7th May.
No. ....................... Pitch required for----CARAVAN
/ TENT / CAMPING IN VEHICLE.
Entry Fees: Caravan /camping fees, £10 per unit per
night (includes 2 adults camping and entry to all
normal museum facilities).
Please indicate nights required. SAT / SUN / MON
Extra persons........No. of adults @ £5 each per
No. of children ( 5yrs to 16 yrs) @ £3 each per
TOTAL CAMPING/ ENTRY FEE ........ £..........
*Extra persons paying to camp do not need to pay
again as passengers in the Cavalcade
I enclose herewith my full payment, as required
above, for :- 1. HMC Run /Entry £............. 2.
Caravan Pitch /Entry £............. TOTAL PAYMENT £.............
All cheques / postal orders to be made payable to
HERITAGE MOTOR CENTRE LIMITED .
Please return this form, with your payment, to:-
Chris Savidge (Snr), 86 Spring Lane, Lambley,
Nottingham, NG4 4PG.