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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Will take place on Saturday 17th March 2001 in the
Presentation Suite at Land Rover, Lode Lane, Solihull
from 10.00am. All A.R.C. members are welcome to
SITUATION VACANT - Nominations are sought for the
post of A.R.C. Treasurer - please contact the
Secretary for further details.
The Council of the Association of Rover Clubs
strongly recommends cancelling all off road events
and green lane runs in and around areas where there
are suspected cases of foot and mouth disease until
Although not a danger to humans, foot and mouth is
a highly contagious viral infection in cattle, pigs,
sheep and goats, which can devastate livestock yields.
The virus can be carried in the air or can travel
to previously uninfected areas on, among other
things, clothing, footwear and vehicle tyres.
Land owners and farmers are urging people to
observe any formal notices closing public rights of
way and if possible, stay away from infected areas
during the current outbreak.
This disease is so virulent that it could be the
final straw both for farming and by default the
countryside we all cherish.
It is vital that we assist the farming community
in every way we can.
By cancelling off road events and green lane runs
until the present outbreak is officially declared
over, we can play our part in defeating this highly
Denis Bourne, Chairman, Association of Rover Clubs
FROM THE MSA - FOOT & MOUTH DISEASE
This is to advise you that the national emergency
has deteriorated significantly since Monday. You will
be aware that many more cases of foot & mouth
infection have been confirmed and that they now
affect areas of the UK which were previously
unaffected. The Motor Sports Council therefore
decided today (Wednesday 28 February) that existing
MSA Permits will be suspended with immediate effect
and that no new Permits will be issued until further
notice in respect to the following categories of
Autotest (including Production Car Autotest)
Autocross Rallycross (including 2CV and Minicross)
Off Road (including Trial, Timed Trial, Tyro Trial,
Safari, Team Recovery and Point to Point) Road Rally
(including Historic Road, Road Timed, Navigation,
Navigation Scatter and 12 Car) Special Stage Rally (not
including Multi-Use) Historic Special Stage Rally (not
including Multi-Use) Trial (including Classic Trial,
Production Car Trial and Sporting Trial)
The above list is intended to halt all events
using the public highway as part of the competition,
and to eliminate events which commonly take place on
or near agricultural land. If local advice is not to
run an event, MSA will not issue a Permit for that
event. It may therefore be necessary - due to local
circumstances (such as a request by a landowner, by
the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries & Food or
by any other appropriate authority) - for organisers
to postpone or cancel events which are not on the
The continued running of events at permanent motor
sport venues is under active review. MSA will
urgently discuss the situation with the venue owners
and make a further announcement in due course.
Event organisers may find helpful the following
summary of existing national access restrictions:
Forest Enterprise - Some Forest Districts have
already issued advice to permit holders and members
of the public, warning them not to enter woodlands
until the outbreak is over. Event organisers are
warned that scheduled events may have to be cancelled
at short notice.
Ministry of Defence - There will be no motor sport
access to any military property for the duration of
National Parks - Some National Parks have closed
their roads to all non-essential traffic for the
duration of the crisis. It is important for affected
organisers to check with the relevant park authority.
Royal Parks - There will be no motor sport access
to any Royal Parks property for the duration of the
crisis. Organisers should note that not all Royal
Parks property is actually parkland and includes some
Rights of Way - The Government has given
permission for local authorities to deny access to
many public rights of way (including footpaths and
bridleways) within infected areas. This may affect
events in unexpected ways and every organiser is
urged to check with the local authority.
MSA will, of course, write to all motor clubs when
it becomes appropriate to accept applications for
Permits in the listed categories. We will also
continue to contact clubs as the situation evolves.
Motor clubs whose officials have access to the
Internet can always find our latest information on
the MSA website (www.msauk.org) - look for the
flashing "LATEST" logo.
Otherwise, the relevant executives at Motor Sports
House will naturally be available to assist or advise:
simply telephone the MSA on 0175 376 5000 during
office hours (Monday to Friday 09.30 to 17.00) and
state the type of event for which you need help.
John Quenby, Chief Executive, Motor Sports
Due to the foot and mouth Crisis the Macmillan 4x4
UK Challenge will be postponed till March 2002. For
more details please contact Peter Rowland, of
Macmillan Cancer Relief, on 01886 832320, e-mail - email@example.com
Or visit the Event web site at http://members.aol.com/TelemationLtd/Macmillan/
INTERNATIONAL RALLY 2001 - CORNWALL AND DEVON LRC -
NEWNHAM PARK, PLYMOUTH, DEVON, 26th, 27th, 28th MAY
2001 EVENT NEWS UPDATE - FEBRUARY 2001
Help us to help you! Get them in if you want your
name on the programme as leaving it to the last
minute could lead to disappointment and frustration!!!!
Forms available from Jean French 01752 338279 or
via our website www.arc20001.co.uk and don't forget
the follow-on rally. --Spend a few days with fellow
enthusiasts from around the country.
For campers, competitors and spectators
The facilities will be outstanding, all the action
you want within easy reach of the central arena and
trade stands; backed up, where appropriate by Diana
Andrews's knowledgeable commentaries.
THE EVENTS All major
sponsors are now in place.
Friday 'evening kicks off with the "
SUPERWINCH " winch recovery which will be
continued on Sunday evening within sight of our
Saturday a.m. The " Milklink " RTV trial
commences over a variety of interesting sections with
tremendously differing ground conditions.
Saturday around 4 p.m." 'the Land Rover
Monthly " Team Recovery starts- Real off-road
theatre. See the country's best Land Rover mud-
wrestling experts from the comfort of the arena.
Sunday starting with the " Land Rover World
CCV trial again with a spectator section next to the
central arena where the "Roger Young Land Rover
Concours starts at around 1:30 pm. Apart from the
traditional classes the recently introduced "
everyday working " and " original "
classes could be your cup of tea.
Bank Holiday Monday gets the blood racing when
over 100 of the country's top drivers compete in the
" Bearmach Competitive Safari" over a truly
well researched 5-6 mile course, the start and finish
are, of course, directly opposite the beer tent.
For those of you likely to venture beyond the
central activities loos and refreshments, including
Buttenshaws well known "butty" van can be
found further into the park.
Important contacts are;
Entries Jean French 5 Pinewood Close, Plympton
Plymouth, PL7 2DW tel 01752 338279
Trade Stands / Sponsorship Wendy Arrowsmith Hicks
Mill House Hicks Mill Polyphant, Launceston Cornwall
PLIS 7PT tel 01566 86291 fax 01566 86817 firstname.lastname@example.org
Overseas Clubs Liaison (Gavin Earnshaw, Furzene,
Chapel Street, (Gunnislake, Cornwall, PL18NA tel
Press / Publicity 'Ted Ivory Tor View Nurseries,
Chilsworthy Beam Gunnistake,Comwall,PLI89AT tel
- Counting The Cost
In this issue of ARC News, the ARC Council has
invited the sponsor and recommended insurer of the
ARC, NFU Mutual, to discuss the topical subject of
rising motoring premiums.
There's no getting away from it, insurance is a
necessary fact of life and when motor insurance
premiums rise, it can be tempting to choose the
cheapest policy available in an attempt to cut costs.
For the motorist, the cost of insuring a vehicle is
an important consideration; however, it is important
to base your decision on a number of factors - not
just the cost of the premium.
For example, if you drive a specialist vehicle
like a 4x4 and engage in off-road driving, you need
to make sure you choose an insurer who can cover your
vehicle competitively for the risks involved with
that particular activity. In short, you need to
choose an insurer who understands the vehicle you own
and the activities for which it will be used. If that
insurer also turns out to be the cheapest, then so
much the better.
In common with other insurance companies, NFU
Mutual's motoring premiums have increased, although
as a mutual company, we have been able to keep these
increases to a minimum without compromising the level
of service and cover we provide.
At NFU Mutual we believe in rewarding loyalty and
those of you who have insured with us for a number of
years will already know that our overall objective is
to offer you competitive rates, backed up by
excellent customer service.
Last year, to underwrite this commitment, we
introduced our Mutual Bonus scheme, which enables our
customers to share our financial success during years
of good Stock Market growth. This allowed us to pass
back £42m to our customers in 2000, in the form of a
scaled bonus (ranging from 2% to 11%) when they
renewed their insurance policies with NFU Mutual.
Even without Mutual Bonus, our rates are extremely
competitive and our mutual status means that our
customers benefit from a wide range of initiatives;
from premium discounts, right through to reduced
Although premium increases are never popular, NFU
Mutual is committed to the concept of mutuality,
enabling it to keep any increases to a minimum. As a
mutual company, NFU Mutual is also committed to
assisting its numerous affinity groups and looks
forward to providing ongoing support for the ARC
For more information or to enquire about any of
NFU Mutual's range of horse, motor, personal and
business insurance's, contact 08457 045031 for
details of your nearest agent.
RAC CLUB MEMBERSHIP
An A.R.C. member recently received an insurance
renewal quotation for his three vehicles, which
involved his annual premium trebling. After
contacting RAC and reminding them of the Club
discount scheme he was able to get the quote amended.
It seems RAC may need to be reminded if you have your
insurance business with them.
ITEM FROM MSA CLUB BULLETIN
2001 No 1
RAC BREAKDOWN SERVICE
An article was published in the Autumn edition of
Motorsports Now!, explaining that the RAC would still
recover members' cars from private ground "
where access is permitted and specialist equipment is
That article was printed in good faith and
followed extensive research by three people here at
Motor Sports House. Nevertheless, it appears that the
answers given to MSA were wrong and that RAC recovery
from motor sport events on private land has, indeed,
According to a letter from RAC Motoring Services,
"RAC has moved to reaffirm that it does not
regard certain 'off road' activities as a reasonable
scenario within which a member should always 'expect'
to receive service under their terms of membership".
"RAC believe it unreasonable to recover
competitors taking part in race meetings or stage
rallies where the expectation of damage to a vehicle
is known and the competitor could be expected to
manage this eventuality in preparing for the event".
" Vehicles which have broken down whilst
taking part in a motor sport event which takes place
off the road and/or is not subject to the normal
rules of the road are excluded from cover."
The same letter does offer a crumb of comfort with
respect to events on the public highway: "In
respect to the 2000 events taking place on a Public
Highway or in a public place where all vehicles
comply fully with The Road Traffic Act, I confirm
that breakdown cover would be provided. Examples of
such events being Navigational Road Rallies, Touring
Assemblies and Treasure Hunts."
If any motor club member has been refused service
in a situation where service appears to be on offer,
they are asked to forward details to David Bromwich
at RAC Feltham (tel: 020 8917 2885, fax: 020 8917
2879), who "will investigate the requests for
assistance in each case and establish whether the
breakdown scenario fell within the 'reasonable
expectation of damage' description."
A separate issue involves the RAC's payment of
commission to motor clubs for enrolling members in
the breakdown service. RAC Motoring Services confirm
that no commission on enrolement or renewal will be
payable to any club for members with a membership
date of 1st December 2000 or beyond. For the record,
RAC Motoring Services is wholly owned by the LEX
Group and no longer has any legal or commercial
connection with The Royal Automobile Club or MSA. MSA
is aware of the existence of other breakdown service
providers and will always seek to arrange the highest
possible level of recovery for licence holders and
members of our affiliated clubs...
Meanwhile the A.R.C. secretary received the
following on 22 February 2001. The A.R.C. Council is
now in discussions with the AA about its new recovery
The AA Motor Club Scheme
'The AA Motor Club Scheme', was launched on 21st
February 2001. The AA are able to cover all road
going vehicles and have also introduced a 'Pay for
use service' for oversized vehicles or vehicles over
3.5 tonnes. This means that recreational vehicles and
oversized caravans can be covered; giving the club
member peace of mind that in the event of a breakdown
service is available at a fixed cost.
The Motor Club Scheme includes as standard,
recovery from paddock areas for all road-going
vehicles. AA Membership also includes: * Caravan
recovery * Trailer recovery * Motorbike recovery *
Reasonable off road access * Up to 8 passengers
including the member * Vehicles up to 3.5 tonne and
23' in length covered as standard # * No lower age
limit to membership * No age limit on vehicles
RIGHTS OF WAY ACT 2001
The latest edition of LARA NEWS (the Land Access
and Recreation Association's newsletter) of January
2001 provides a review of the new Countryside and
Rights of Way Act, which is expected to come into
force in early February 2001, which brings threats
and opportunities for motor sport and recreation. No
doubt all A.R.C. Club green lane officers will wish
to study the proposals relating to rights of way. All
competitive clubs need to be aware that here are now
new powers with heavy penalties for damaging SSSIs (sites
of special scientific interest) and the Act also
anticipates an increase in the numbers of Areas of
Outstanding Natural beauty (AONBs) which will have to
have management plans.
INTERBNATIONAL 2000 VIDEO
As we go to press, the producers advise that they
expect to start posting out copies shortly.
CLUB NEWS FROM CHRIS SAVIDGE (SNR)
THE LAND ROVER MARQUE DAY
INCORPORATING THE HERITAGE MOTOR CENTRE RUN TO BE
HELD AT THE HERITAGE MOTOR CENTRE, GAYDON,
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.
Booking forms are available direct from Chris
Savidge, or may be downloaded from the ARC website at
For booking either Club, Trade, or Auto jumble
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
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
Are you a Classic Car Enthusiast? Do you like the
idea of traveling across Europe visiting the Best
Shows and the Best Museums, but don't want to drive
your precious car up and down the Autobahns?
Then why not join a luxury coach tour instead. Let
us do all the driving and make all the travel and
hotel arrangements for you.
Our Tours visit the Best Shows: - Retromobile,
Techno Classica Essen and the ever-growing Brussels
And the Best Museums including the world-famous
'Schlumpf Collection in Mulhouse. Plus Mercedes-Benz,
Porsche, BMW, Sinsheim, Speyer, Autoworld and many
others - all uniquely different.
Our company Transport Specialist Tours was founded
and funded by a group of enthusiasts - just like you.
Join them on a tour across Europe and join in the
For a brochure, please contact: - TRANSPORT
SPECIALIST TOURS, Blakeley House, 64 Harnwood Road,
Salisbury, Wiltshire SP2 8DB Tel/Fax 01792 322504
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.
VALANCE BYWAYS SUMMER SHOW
2001- June 23d/24th 2001
The organisers would like to beat last year's
attendance of 120 Land Rovers at this aviation and
vintage vehicles show held close to the Gatwick
Airport. There's an off road course, vintage aircraft
displays including a Shackleton, a beer tent and even
helicopter rides. Further details from Stephen and
Natalie Eastman, Land Rover and Military Vehicles
Section Marshals e mail email@example.com
or 16 Monarch Close, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 8JH
Tel 01293 517621 (ansaphone)
PENNINE LRC's Spring Bash '01
This is a brief note to invite you to Pennine Land
Rover Club's 4th Annual Spring Bash. It is to be held
at the site, outside Keighley, West Yorkshire,
variously known as Lothersdale and Crosshills over
the Easter weekend of April 13th to 16th 2001.
The format of the event is as follows; Saturday
RTV trial, Sunday CCV trial, Monday Fun trial and a
public off road route will be running on all days.
The trials will be open to all types of Land Rover
(there will also be a non-Land Rover class in each
trial) that conform to the relevant RTV/CCV regs.
We'll run a couple of showroom vehicle sections
subject to demand. We*re also hoping to run a fun
trial to an approximation of some European trials
rules subject to demand etc for RTV-spec motors.
The competitive events are open to members of any
MSA registered clubs and for those new to it all
there will be day membership of Pennine LRC available.
There will be a batch of trophies and prizes up for
grabs including one or two not usually associated
with trials. Newcomers, spectators and campers will
be welcome. An LRW magazine photographer will record
the action for the magazine too.
As well as Sunday's event being an open CCV trial
it will also form the second round of the second
annual Northern CCV Challenge, a CCV trials
championship co-promoted by a number of northern
clubs and run to MSA 'Blue Book' regs.
Camping and caravanning on Friday, Saturday and
Sunday nights is available. The cost of camping and
the public off road route will be kept to a minimum
and the trials entries will be at Pennine's usual
The last three Spring Bashes have been great and
we're hoping this one will be even better! For more
information, contact Pennine LRC, PO Box 24,
Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, HD7 5YR. Telephone; 0208
774 0976 (office hours). See you there! Booking forms
via 0208 774 0976
A.R.C. MEMBER CLUB
Staffs & Shrops May Day Extravaganza - 4th to
7th May 2001 S&S are holding their May Day
Interclub at Whitchurch this year, after a very
successful event there last year. There will be the
usual RTV, CCV and Comp Safari plus a TYRO on Sunday
evening for the "Shiny Vehicles" amongst us
(those aged 14+ can enter). Good camping is available
with a family orientated weekend planned - a social
tent (bring your own beer) with a disco on Saturday
and skittles on Sunday and a bike trial and bouncy
castle for the kids.
The site is just off the A525 Whitchurch Wrexham
Road about 2 miles west of Whitchurch - map ref 117-518-406.
Pre-booking forms and supp. regs. available from
Allan Dawson on 01538 387348 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
CALENDAR -SUBJECT TO FOOT AND MOUTH!
5th/6th Y Rali Bryn Cymru - Hillrally in South
Wales 6th - Land Rover Marque Day/Heritage Motor
Centre Run 11th- 13th Land Rover World Show - West
Wycombe, Bucks 020 8774 0974/0790 18th -20th Land
Rover Owners Show - Stoneleigh Park Warwickshire Nr
Coventry - Hotline - 01733 467102 25th -29th May A.R.C.
INTERNATIONAL 2001 Newnham Park Plymouth C&D LRC
JUNE 2001 GKN
Driveline Scottish Hillrally Perth 01224 588900
JULY 2001 20th-22nd
Billing 2001 Land Rover Enthusiast Show Billing
Aquadrome Northampton 01379 890056
SEPTEMBER 2001 9th/10th
September Langley Farm - Yorkshire ROC - details to
OCTOBER 2001 October
5th/6th/7th The Hillrally
IMPORTANT - 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.email@example.com
ARC Secretary: Caroline Flanders, 124 Crescent
Drive, Petts Wood, Orpington, Kent. BR5 1BE.
Telephone: 01689 878105 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 incorporating THE
HERITAGE MOTOR CENTRE RUN THE HERITAGE MOTOR CENTRE,
GAYDON 6th MAY 2001 BOOKING FORM BLOCK CAPITALS
1. The Fourth Heritage Motor Centre Run--Solihull to
Gaydon--Sunday 6th. May. Land Rover Model &
Year of manufacture ....................... Reg. No.
........................................ 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. Vehicle type
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
night......... £.......... No. of children ( 5yrs to
16 yrs) @ £3 each per night........ £..........
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.