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ARC News Issue 42 - May 2001


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

home@ukgateway.net

ARC Secretary: Caroline Flanders, tel/fax: 01689 878105

Each edition of ARC NEWS can be found on the ARC website www.the-arc.co.uk If you wish to subscribe to receive a copy by e-mail please log on to arcnews@tesco.net

CHAIRMANS CHAT.

According to current statistics the Foot & Mouth outbreak has reached its peak and the number of new cases reduces daily, if this trend continues we will hopefully be able to resume our sporting activities later in the year. A decision was reached at the AGM in March by the Club delegates present to withdraw the issue of camping permits as a precaution against the spread of FMD. The FMD position was reviewed at the A.R.C. Council meeting held on 12th May 2001 further information is provided below. Club Secretaries will be receiving information about the requirements for camping /caravan permits under separate cover.

Despite previous appeals the ARC are still looking for a TREASURER. The Association are currently operating without anybody in this position. With a membership within the associated clubs of 12000 members I am sure that there are suitable candidates out there, please think about it then give me a call on 01689-839458 to discuss what is involved.

I congratulate the clubs on their web sites, they are certainly a window to the activities of the relevant clubs concerned. Several of these sites are a credit to those members that have been involved in their construction.

Future dates for ARC general meetings are as follows:

16th June 2001 15th September 2001 8th December 2001 16th March 2002 (AGM)

All club delegates are welcome to these meetings, to be held in the Presentation Suite at Land Rover, Lode Lane Solihull, but please be advised that you have to bring your own refreshments.

Denis Bourne A.R.C. Chairman

LAND ROVER NEWS

LAND ROVER WINS TWO QUEEN'S ENTERPRISE AWARDS - 21 April 2001 Gaydon, Warwickshire, 21 April, 2001 -- Land Rover has been granted two Queen's Awards for Enterprise - for International Trade and for Innovation.

The Queen's Award is an accolade granted to companies by royal permission and is conferred on the Queen's birthday. Receipt of the awards will allow Land Rover to use the emblem for the next five years.

Land Rover's heritage goes back to the launch of its first vehicle in 1948. Land Rover is the world's only company producing exclusively full-time 4x4 off-road vehicles and employs more than 11,000 people in the Midlands. Land Rovers are manufactured in Solihull and the company's corporate headquarters, engineering and design facilities, are at Gaydon in Warwickshire.

The Queen's Award for Enterprise for International Trade rewards the company's continuous expansion across the globe. Land Rover, which was purchased by Ford Motor Company in July 2000, exports around 77% of production to more than 140 markets worldwide. In the last five years, exports have more than doubled, to 2.48 billion.

The Queen's Award for Enterprise for Innovation recognises the revolutionary Hill Descent Control on the Land Rover Freelander and Discovery. This system automatically slows vehicles on steep off-road descents improving safety and control. Hill Descent Control continues Land Rover's long history of technical innovation in 4x4 vehicle design.

Bob Dover, chairman and chief executive officer of Land Rover, said: 'I am delighted to receive the news that Land Rover has been granted the Queen's Award for Enterprise for both International Trade and for Innovation. I can think of no greater way of recognising the efforts of everyone at Land Rover, in leading the world in 4x4 technology.'

Land Rover's production was more than 170,000 units last year and levels are set to increase significantly over the next five years. Key growth markets for the future include Japan and North America, where the new Freelander V6 is launched later this year. Since the acquisition by Ford Motor Company, Land Rover has invested heavily in the Solihull site, with 130 million earmarked by the end of this year.

A.R.C. COUNCIL 12th MAY 2001

Foot and Mouth Disease - Competitive events and Caravan permits

A.R.C. Council has carefully reviewed the Association's position on Foot and Mouth Disease and in the light of the continuing reduction in the number of cases, revised government advice, changes in the Motor Sport Association's stance and the position of other similar bodies on camping and caravanning has decided to issue the following advice to member clubs:

Competitive Events

Although the MSA has decided to implement a cautious resumption of some motor sport events the A.R.C. Council continues to strongly recommend that Member Clubs consider very carefully whether or not to recommence competitive activity. Member Clubs and their members should continue to avoid any green laning activity anywhere in the country.

The Government has classified the entire country into three types of designated area these being either, "Infected areas" (IA), "At Risk Areas" (ARA) and "Potentially at Risk Area" (PRA).

Earlier this month, the MSA announced that it will grant a permit for an off road event in a PRA if the event is organized on a non-agricultural site (such as a quarry or woodland). This includes trials (CCV, RTV and TYRO), Winch/Team Recoveries, promotional events, off-road gymkhanas, point-to-point events and Competitive Safaris. Any requirements from MAFF or the Landowner must be adhered to. Clubs seeking a permit should ensure events are closed to club to prevent potential transmission as the MSA's position on permits is based on events taking place at a single venue where there are no livestock present.

Any club members living in infected areas should carefully consider whether or not to attend events. The government has issued advice to persons living in such areas, especially those working with livestock, about disinfection measures to be undertaken before they leave their home premises and on their return This advice can be found on the MAFF website at www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/diseases/fmd/leaflets/factsht4.pdf No doubt club committees with infected areas within their membership area will wish to take the potential risks of transmission into account when considering whether or not to resume competitive events.

Caravan Permits

Advice has been received from ACCEO (Association of Camping and Caravanning Exempted Organisations) as to the circumstances in which member organisations should grant permits for camping/caravanning activities. Essentially Clubs wishing to obtain a permit will need to complete a risk assessment based on a simple questionnaire. This seeks information about the land type, proximity of FMD infected areas, presence of footpaths, permission of land owner, views of MAFF and the conduct of the event itself include the control of dogs and the disposal of waste food etc.

The A.R.C. Council has concluded that a resumption of camping and caravan rallies can take place, if there appears to be a minimal risk in so doing. It is suggested each Club rally should be individually assessed at Committee level. Your Club secretary will be provided with a model questionnaire to assist in making these risk assessments.

A.R.C. Vehicle Regulations- Rule Change Proposals 2001

A.R.C. Council also carefully considered the proposed rule changes voted upon at the AGM on 17th March. With the exception of four of the proposed rule changes, which could not be ratified due to potential misinterpretation, all other changes were ratified. The four proposed rule changes which will be referred back to their originators for suggested amendment and possible resubmission for next year were proposals for Competitive Safari vehicle classes (4) and (5) and proposals relating to a change to the rule on welding and steering (14) and seat belt mounting (17b).

LAND ROVER SERIES ONE CLUB

The Land Rover Series One Club Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Webb as its new Secretary, taking over from David Bowyer.

After 21 years, David is reluctantly standing down from this role due to the demands of his increasingly successful business. David has been instrumental in taking the Club to where it is today - the largest single Land Rover marque club in the world - and he will continue to be an integral part of the Club, supporting and promoting it with his usual enthusiasm.

Tim who runs a farm has been a Club Member for a number of years and regularly attends shows and events in his 1958 88-inch Series One fitted with a milking machine to the vehicle's rear PTO! He is relishing the challenge ahead and will be working closely with David in the months ahead. Tim can be contacted at:

Overmeade, Arches Farm, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 0EJ. Tel/fax 01666 823449 or e-mail lrsoc@archesfarm.co.uk

FROM MIDLAND ROC

OBITUARY

Mr Tom Wadley of Deer Park Cottage Eastnor Sadly passed away peacefully on Monday 2nd April 2001. We send his wife Nancy and family our sincere sympathy at this time of their sad loss. To all who knew Tom, Eastnor will never seem the same again, Tom was a Life Member of the Midland Rover Owners Club and a Countryman in every way, in his love of the countryside and its wildlife. A true gentleman. Tom always had time for everyone, always a friendly way, always generous in word and deed. Like many others our association with him was a privilege, and always memorable, and such memories live forever.

Mike & Judy Boyle

EAST NORTH HANTS LAND ROVER CLUB

Following correspondence between A.R.C. and ENLRC about competitive matters and adherence to A.R.C. Rules, ENLRC has reaffirmed its intention to comply with both the vehicle regulations and General rules of the ARC.

THE LAND ROVER MARQUE DAY - THE HERITAGE MOTOR CENTRE RUN - THE BRITISH MOTOR INDUSTRY HERITAGE MOTOR CENTRE, GAYDON, 6th MAY 2001

A dry bright morning with a cold raw wind saw around 160 Land Rovers assembled at Lode Lane for the 6th Heritage run. Chris Savidge (Snr) and Geoff Miller had once again masterminded the event including securing, at the last minute, with foot and mouth disease being held at bay, permission for the run to follow its traditional route to Gaydon. The run was supported and headed by Bob Dover, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Land Rover driving HUE 166, the first production 80 inch Land Rover, and many enthusiasts will no doubt of been heartened and impressed by his support and attendance. He was later to be seen quietly walking around club stands and displays at the Heritage Centre and his enthusiasm for Land Rover and its heritage is very welcome.

As always, Chris and Geoff had both the support of Land Rover and of Gaydon for this unique event and with competitions on hold throughout the country, there was a good attendance this year with car parks all full and every inch of available parking on the inner approach road taken up with Land Rovers of every type and condition. Amongst the special Land Rovers on display were some of the rarities from Gaydon including the first and last production Discovery Series 1 models. Two of the 50/50 Land Rovers were in attendance, Goldilocks the impressive gold 110 defender and Baby Bear one of the three Freelander cars to undertake the 50/50 challenge. Backing up the vehicles were some of the team from Land Rover who thought up the event and undertook it. The 50/50 or 50 countries in 50 days was an event to publicise Land Rover's 50th anniversary.

A.R.C. had a stand ably manned by our Chairman Denis Bourne and family. Many A.R.C. Clubs had stands/displays and very many A.R.C. members were in attendance and no doubt provided an inspiration to the many non - A.R.C. club members who attended.

On behalf of everyone who took part in this event our thanks are due to Chris and Bonny Savidge and Geoff and Pat Miller for a the run and a brilliant event.

By the way, make a note now, the date for next year is already confirmed as Sunday 5th May 2002!.

Paul Barton

THE ALL_ROVER WEEKEND 25th-27th AUGUST 2001 AT THE "TOWN AND COUNTRY FESTIVAL" STONELEIGH PARK, WARWICKSHIRE

The first and most important information about this event is that it is for both ROVER CARS and LAND ROVER products. The "motoring section " of the Town and Country Festival, of which the A.R.C.'s stand is but a part, has over 40 individual classic car club stands. The remainder of the "T&C" has so many different stands and activities that ALL the family members will find something of particular interest to them. Whilst a one-day visit is possible, by far the best course of action is to make a weekend of it - this will allow you enough time to "take-in" all of the event - it really is that big!.

Those exhibiting their ROVER car or LAND ROVER product on the A.R.C. stand can book-in either as a day visitor or to stay on the adjacent camping/caravanning site for the weekend. Forms will be available shortly on the A.R.C. Web site (www.the-arc.co.uk) or from Chris Savidge (Snr) on 0115 926 7716. Prices and conditions will be on the booking forms. Booking form at the end of this Newsletter. Please note the uncertain position on dogs due to foot and mouth.

Further details of the Town and Country Festival and a list of local hotel and B7B information will be available on the R.A.S.E. website at www.rase.org.uk - the list is also available by telephoning the Visitor Services Office at Stoneleigh on 02476 858 296.

FORTHCOMING A.R.C. CLUB EVENTS

BALA 2001 24th to 27th AUGUST at Llandderfel, Bala, North Wales - Site Courtesy of Landcraft

The North Wales Land Rover Club has confirmed that it is optimistic that it will be able to run its popular interclub weekend at August Bank Holiday. Planning for the event started long before the current foot and mouth outbreak began but as things progressed the situation has become far more serious. The Club is liasing with all the relevant authorities and the local community and will not hesitate to cancel the event if that is what is advised. In order to assist with event planning and to enable an accurate risk assessment to be prepared, the Club would welcome prospective entrants and attendees contacting the Club.

Subject to foot and mouth requirements, on offer will be Scenic Drives, a TYRO trial, a CCV Trial, an RTV Trial, adventure drive, bike trial and a dog show. The Clubs Information line will be used to announce any change in the status of this event - 07977 128989.

Please help the Club to gauge the level of entries by telephoning Event Co-ordinator Alan Brown on 01248 352645 or Event Secretary Suzy McLachlan 01244 547436 (sensible hours only please)

NON-A.R.C. NON-COMPETITIVE EVENTS

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 eastmans@uk.packardbell.org or 16 Monarch Close, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 8JH Tel 01293 517621 (ansaphone)

FUTURE EVENTS CALENDAR - SUBJECT TO FOOT AND MOUTH - Please do check with organisers before setting out

JUNE 2001

3 4x4 Boot Sale, Capel near Dorking, Surrey

23-24 Vallance Byways Summer Show. Charlwood, Nr Gatwick JULY 2001

20-22 Land Rover Enthusiast Show, Billing Aquadrome, Northants. Book your camping through LRE Magazine. Various discounts available for magazine subscribers.

AUGUST 2001

11-12 Land Rover World Show, West Wycombe.

24-27 BALA 2001 - The North Wales Land Rover Club - Bala North Wales - see item above for details

SEPTEMBER 2001

8 -10 THE DUNSFOLD COLLECTION OPEN WEEKEND, Dunsfold, Surrey. Don't miss this! Your chance to see many very rare, prototype and special Land Rovers all gathered together for this weekend in one place and on view with regular guided tours of the vehicle line up with Brian Bashall. There will be many rare vehicles from 1948 to date with possible some "special guest surprises". For 2001, Philip Bashall hopes to have special demonstrations, demonstration rides in selected Collection vehicles, there will also be specialist dealers with stalls and vehicle sales etc. More details next month.

8-10 THE 4th MAJORS MEMORIAL TRIAL, Eastnor Estate, Herefordshire. Midland ROC will send clubs invitations in due course.

30 LONDON to BRIGHTON LAND ROVER RUN - Organised by South London and Surrey Land Rover Club - booking details to follow.

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.home@ukgateway.net

ARC Secretary: Caroline Flanders, 124 Crescent Drive, Petts Wood, Orpington, Kent. BR5 1BE. Telephone: 01689 878105 e-mail: arcsec@ledburn253.freeserve.co.uk.

Association of Rover Clubs Ltd. Limited by Guarantee Registered in England No. 1806788 Registered Office, 124 Crescent Drive, Petts Wood, Orpington, Kent, BR5 1BE

PLEASE SEE PAGE BELOW FOR STONELEIGH ALL ROVER BOOKING FORM

IMPORTANT 1. Please decide your intended participation in the event then fill in 'IN CAPITALS' the appropriate booking form below. 2. The concessionary rate for caravan/camping pitches is only available to members exhibiting Land Rover Product or Rover car on the ARC display (or those using their vehicle for RRR courtesy rides on the off-road course). 3. Foot & Mouth restrictions may result in the banning of dogs from Stoneleigh. The decision will be made six weeks before the event

A.R.C. ALL ROVER WEEKEND RALLY 2001 AT THE TOWN & COUNTRY FESTIVAL, STONELEIGH PARK, WARWICKSHIRE 25 - 26 - 27 AUGUST 2001 DAY VISITOR BOOKING

Name.................................................................................................... Telephone No...........................
Address..................................................................................................................................................
Club Mem No ...................Vehicle to be displayed:Year............................... Reg No............................
Days vehicle will be displayed: Sat 25 / Sun 26 / Mon 27 (Delete as appropriate)
I require: A vehicle display pass FOC
*Additional ADULT 1-day Show entry tickets @ 8.......................
*Additional CHILD 1-day Show entry tickets @ 3 (Child: = 5 to 15 yr. Under 5 yr. Free) ....................
*Additional ADULT 3-day Show entry tickets @ 22 .................
Additional CHILD 3-day Show entry tickets @ 7......................................
SENIOR CITIZEN (60+) 1-day Show entry tickets @ 5................................
*Additional SENIOR CITIZEN (60+) 3-day Show entry tickets @ 13.........................
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:- ARC, ? 19 Yew Tree Lane, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 2PA TO ARRIVE BEFORE Friday 20th July 2001 & enclose a stamped self addressed large envelope.

" A.R.C. ALL ROVER WEEKEND RALLY 2001 AT THE TOWN & COUNTRY FESTIVAL, STONELEIGH PARK, WARWICKSHIRE 25 - 26 - 27 AUGUST 2001 CARAVAN/CAMPING BOOKING

Name...................................................................................................... Telephone No. ....................
Address ................................................................................................................................................
Club Mem No...................... Vehicle to be displayed Year ......................Reg No ................................
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 the body length of your caravan or camper vehicle in excess of 20ft (6.1m)? ......................
Is your caravan door on the nearside or offside of the 'van'?.........................
I require: Evening access passes for the evening entertainment FOC
Caravan or camping pitches @ 20 (See note 2 above).............................
#Additional ADULT 3-day Show entry tickets @ 22 .........................
#Additional SENIOR CITIZEN (60+) 3-day Show entry tickets @ 13 ......................
#Additional CHILD 3-day Show entry tickets @ 7 (Child: = 5 to 15 yr. Under 5 yr. Free) ....................
I enclose a cheque (Payable to 'R.A.S.E.') for:- Total ..............................
# Remember, Two adult 3-day show tickets come FREE if you pay for a caravan or camping pitch and display/use your vehicle within the ARC's display/demonstration area on the Showground.

Please return this form to:- ARC, c/o19 Yew Tree Lane, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 2PA TO ARRIVE BEFORE Friday 20th July 2001 & enclose a stamped self addressed large envelope.

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