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ARC News Issue 44 - August 2001


SUPPORTED BY NFU MUTUAL For contact details call 0845 704 5031

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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

LAND ROVER NEWS

Land Rover has launched a limited edition Defender to coincide with the release of the action-adventure film Tomb Raider. Whilst lacking the V8 power of the film version some 250 TD5 powered Defender Tomb Raider LEs will be produced either as Defender 90 Station Wagon or 110 Double Cab models with every example produced in Bonatti grey. This special model went on sale in Dealerships on 6th July.

A new limited edition of Range Rover, the Range Rover Bordeaux is now available through the Land Rover Dealer network. There will be 200 produced in Alveston Red paintwork with colour detailed 18-inch Pro-Sport alloys. There will be 100 4.0 litre petrol automatics and 100 2.5 litre diesel automatics. On the road price is 38,995

"WILL" GOES TO PINEWOOD

It all began with a phone call from Mike Gould in the LAND ROVER Press Office, shortly after the Heritage Motor Centre Run. Mike had received a request from Carlton T.V. to provide a classic Land Rover for some filming at Pinewood Studios, and passed on the request to me. I spoke with the researcher who was asking for the Land Rover, to get some idea of what was required. They wanted either a late Series One or early Series Two and my rusty geography told me that Pinewood Studios was somewhere in Buckinghamshire.

One phone call to Brian and Catriona Crelling, (Bucks-Herts- North Hants Area Organisers for Series Two Club and it was arranged they would take their Series Two 88" "Rag-Top" named "Will" to Pinewood for filming. The name incidentally, so I am told, came about because whenever they go to start they wonder "will it or won't it?"

They spent more than half a day at Pinewood with presenter Mike Rutherford, filming both inside the Studios and outside on an off-road track They also had a the opportunity to have a good look at Land Rover's latest special edition, the "Tomb Raider Defender", which also features in the film. The finished production will appear in Carlton Television's "Pulling Power" series of programmes, which examines the great British marques, such as Land Rover, Mini, M.G. etc. Also in the Land Rover programme will be scenes filmed at Gaydon, on Land Rover Marque Day and also at the Dunsfold Collection.

On behalf of A.R.C. I would like to thank both the Series Two Club and particularly Brain and Catriona for taking on the task at only a few days' notice.

Chris Savidge (Snr) Non-Competitive Clubs Co-ordinator

FORTHCOMING A.R.C. CLUB EVENTS

Just in case you hadn't heard the Wye and Welsh Land Rover Club have had to announce the cancellation of the Baskerville Challenge 2001 (August Bank Holiday weekend) due to Foot and Mouth Disease and Midland Rover Owners Club have cancelled the Majors Memorial Trial to have been held at Eastnor on 8th/9th September also due to FMD restrictions.

YES IT'S ON 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)

PEAK AND DUKERIES LAND ROVER CLUB - ECKINGTON 2001

P&D LAND ROVER CLUB are hopeful of being able to run their well known and well supported Bank Holiday event at ECKINGTON RTV Trail CCV Trail and Day and Night Competitive Safaris, subject of course to the position with foot and mouth disease. The site for camping overlooks the Peak District National Park. As we go to press P&D are very hopeful and for more information and an update either phone Dave Banner, Competition Sec for P&D on 01773 785980 (sensible hours only please) or www.pandlrc.fsnet.co.uk

CHANGE OF DATE! CHANGE OF DATE! CHANGE OF DATE! SOMERSET & WILTS MENDIP CHALLENGE 2001 - 13th/14th October 2001

Somerset & Wilts ROC cordially invite all A.R.C. affiliated clubs to join us at West Harptree, located in the Mendip Hills, Nr, Cheddar, Somerset for a Road Taxed Vehicle Trial on Saturday 13th October and a Cross Country Vehicle Trail on 14th October. Scrutineering from 12.00 pm to 5.00 pm on Friday. Trials limited to 100 vehicles. Camping available from Friday 12th October @5 per unit per night. Booking forms from John Donovan, Competition secretary, 7 Campion Close, Thornbury, Bristol, BS12 1UF.

NON-COMPETITIVE CLUB NEWS

DISCOVERY OWNERS CLUB

Are pleased to announce an Any Make Off-Road Driving Day on Saturday 29th September to be held at Dalton Barracks/Abingdon Airfield on Oxfordshire sponsored by the Rotary Club of Abingdon Trust Fund. Novices welcome Non-damaging course Experienced off-road drivers available to help Several 4x4 dealerships on site with demonstrators Opportunity to drive around the Army Driver Training Course in your own vehicle Entry 10

AUGUST 2001

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

24-27 ECKINGTON 2001 - Peak and Dukeries Land Rover Club

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

SEPTEMBER 2001

8 - 9 THE DUNSFOLD COLLECTION OPEN WEEKEND, Alfold Road, Dunsfold, Surrey. Don't miss this! Saturday 8th September from 10.00am on. Sunday 9th September from 10.00am to 4.00 pm. 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. There will be many rare vehicles from 1948 to date with possibly some "special guest surprises". This is THE opportunity to see the Collection's 60+ vehicles in one place DLR will offer a limited parts sale over the weekend. Second-hand parts available from auto-jumble stalls. Guided tours and talks about Collection vehicles. Courtesy off-road rides in Collection vehicles around a dedicated course. Display of current Land Rover products. Prizes awarded for various vehicle classes. Various trade stands including David Mitchell's Land-craft shop. Recovery demonstrations by the REME display team Various other demonstrations throughout the weekend subject to weather conditions. Food available throughout the weekend. Bar facilities for those allowed to drink!

In addition there will be a quiz night and BBQ on the Saturday evening. Pre-booking for the BBQ essential. Limited camping facilities available. Call for details.

Admission by programme only on sale from the Dunsfold Collection at the Gate.

Admission 3 per person, children under 10 and friends with current membership cards free.

Dunsfold Collection +44 (0) 1483 200567, or www.dunsfold.com or dlr@dunsfold.com

22/23rd LONDON to BRIGHTON LAND ROVER RUN - Organised by South London and Surrey Land Rover Club - booking details to follow.

29th DISCOVERY OWNERS CLUB - ANY MAKE OFF-ROAD DRIVING DAY - Dalton Barracks/Abingdon Airfield Oxfordshire- Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Abingdon Trust Fund Access via southern entrance near A34 Marcham Interchange (Barrow Road, Shippon).

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

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