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ARC News Issue 47 - January 2002


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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

CHAIRMAN'S CHAT

At the end of a year that was marred by Foot and Mouth disease, the effects of which have been reflected throughout this country, we can now hopefully close the chapter on these events and look forward to a better year in 2002.

At our recent E.G.M. Ted Ivory reported, on behalf of Cornwall & Devon Land Rover Club, that the arrangements for the 2002 International Rally are going ahead and your Club secretaries will be receiving application forms shortly. Ted advised that those entrants who have already completed an application form for the 2001 event will be asked to complete a revised form for the 2002 event. It is encouraging to see that the disappointments of 2001 have not dampened the enthusiasm of our members and we now have 2 Member clubs who are already planning to host the 2003 and 2004 International Rallies.

In accordance with the process defined by the A.R.C. Future Competition Policy, (accepted by the clubs at the 2000 AGM) the ARC Council has endorsed the " Future Competition Regulations " and agreed that these are to be implemented on January 1st 2003. A copy of these rules will be published in our 2002/2003 handbook. If you require a copy sooner please contact your club secretary.

Our next General Meeting will be the A.G.M. at Lode Lane on Saturday 16th March 2002.

As we go to press, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have confirmed that there are no longer any infected areas and in a statement issued on 10th January 200, The Motor Sports Association confirm that, with immediate effect, FMD no longer affects motor sport. MSA are shortly to issue new advice to every registered club and this will also be available at their website, www.msauk.org

It just remains for me on behalf of the ARC Council and Executive Committee to wish you a very happy New Year.

Denis Bourne A.R.C. Chairman

LAND ROVER NEWS

LAND ROVER TO INVEST 2.5 BILLION ON NEW MODELS

Gaydon, Warwickshire, 10 December, 2001 - Land Rover has announced plans to invest 2.5 billion over the next five years on developing and building new vehicles. At the same time the company has announced its intention to build its next model, a new Land Rover Discovery, due in the middle of this decade, at its Solihull plant. This follows a study of various factory locations in Europe and North America.

'We concluded that Solihull provided the best business case to justify the level of investment and expected returns,' said Land Rover's chairman and chief executive officer Bob Dover. 'It is also a tribute to the dedication and commitment of our Solihull workforce and recognition of the improvements that have been achieved in the last 17 months, since Land Rover became part of Ford Motor Company's Premier Automotive Group.'

Commenting on the 2.5 billion investment plan on new models, Dover said: 'It's a highly competitive business and buyers of prestige brands expect the very best in quality and design. We intend to provide just that.'

LAND ROVER CELEBRATES RECORD SALES IN 2001 - 9 January 2002 Warwick, 9 January 2002 - Land Rover is celebrating record sales in the UK with over 45,000 vehicles sold, 15 per cent up on the previous year.

Total Land Rover sales in the UK for 2001 were 45,033. The best-selling Land Rover was the Freelander with 24,812 vehicles sold, an increase of 19 per cent over 2000. Freelander sales in 2001 were boosted by the introduction of a V6 derivative and a revised diesel engined version. The mid-sized Land Rover Discovery recorded sales of 11,528 vehicles, 17 per cent more than in 2000 with improved sales coming from product refinements introduced during 2001 as well as improved performance against competition. The Range Rover luxury 4x4 sold 3,545 vehicles in 2001, an increase of 3 per cent with improved sales coming from limited editions such as the 'Westminster' launched during the year. An all-new version of the Range Rover will be launched early in 2002. Sales of the Defender utility vehicle were 5,148, an increase of 1 per cent on the previous year. The increase in Defender sales was made despite a downturn in the agricultural sector and was due to improvements to the Defender product range made during 2001 and to increased fleet sales.

Commenting on the results Mike Wright, managing director of Land Rover UK said: '2001 was another record year for Land Rover in the UK which is great news for our customers, dealers and employees. Our success was built on our range of competitive products and the focus on the experiential strength of the Land Rover brand extending into holiday adventures, the driving experience and our unique dealer environment. This result paves the way for further development of the Land Rover brand in the UK with the launch of the new Range Rover in 2002.'

IS YOUR COMPANY CAR A LAND ROVER? ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT REVISIONS TO COMPANY VEHICLE TAXATION EFFECTIVE APRIL 2002?

Land Rover Financial Services has produced two very helpful booklets. "COMPANY VEHICLE TAXATION - WHAT ARE THE CHANGING ISSUES FOR COMPANIES AND COMPANY VEHICLE DRIVERS? and "Company Car Driver - Freedom of choice"? The changes are explained and various alternative-purchasing options reviewed. Both are available from your local Land Rover dealer.

UPDATE ON A.R.C. NATIONAL RALLY 2002 Web site: www.arc2002rally.co.uk

CORNWALL AND DEVON LAND ROVER CLUB have published supplementary regulations and the event calendar for ARC National 2002, at Newnham Park, Plymouth, Friday 31st May to Wednesday 5th June 2002

EVENTS CALENDAR Entries Open 1st January 2002 Entries Close 30th March 2002 Entries confirmed April 2002 Site Opens Thursday May 30th, 2002 Official Rally Opening Friday 31st May, 2002 Winch Recovery Friday 31st May and Sunday 2nd June - max entry 15 RTV Trial Saturday 1st June, 2002 - max entry 240 CCV Trial Sunday 2nd June, 2002 - max entry 240 Competitive Safari Monday 3rd June, 2002 - max entry 120 Site Closes 12.00 hrs - Wednesday 5th June 2002

ALL ENTRANTS will need to book using an A.R.C. Rally 2002 entry form. Even if you booked for 2001 and didn't get a refund you will still need to rebook.

Entries for concours D'Elegance, trailer reversing, gymkhana and scenic drives can all be booked on arrival at the event. Completed entry forms need to be sent to Jo Arthur, Entries Secretary, Torridge Firs, 21 Parkstone Lane, Plympton, Plymouth, Devon, and PL7 2DF

SPECIAL EVENT - LAST P38A / FIRST OF THIRD GENERATION RANGE ROVER SATURDAY - 9th FEBRUARY 2002.

The last P38A (2nd Generation Range Rover) came off the Production line at 3pm on December13th 2002 and the Range Rover Register has been asked to organise a Cavalcade of Range Rovers consisting of the 2nd generation derivatives, to escort both the last p38A and the First of the 3rd generation models, from Land Rover (Lode Lane) to the Heritage Motor Centre - Gaydon, where both models will be on permanent display along with the first and last of the Classic models.

The cavalcade will leave Land Rover at approximately 10:45am, arriving at the Heritage Centre at approx. 11:45am. The Convoy will consist of between 25-30 vehicles and will hopefully cover the range of the Special Derivatives of the P 38a models. If any member has one of these Special Derivatives (Holland and Holland, Bordeaux, Westminster models etc) and has not yet contacted me but would like to participate, please contact me direct a.s.a.p. Telephone number 01676 534756.

All members/ Range Rover owners are invited to view and welcome the arrival of the Cavalcade at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon. They will also be invited to display their vehicles to form part of a grand display covering 32 years of Range Rover models.

This will be the first opportunity for the general public and members to view the New model at close quarters, as the launch vehicles will not be available to see until March 15th at the Dealers.

Throughout the day the Heritage Motor Centre will be showing video coverage of the New model, and it is hoped to arrange for a member of the Design Team to be in attendance to give a presentation of the Technical merits of the New vehicle.

Why not be one of the first to see the New model and participate in this special event and make it a day to remember!

DRIVERS OF RANGE ROVERS, ARE ADMITTED FREE, WITH A SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR PASSENGERS ON PRODUCTION OF THEIR RRR MEMBERSHIP CARD.

All other Museum attractions and activities will be held throughout the day. Local and National Press also 4 X 4 magazines will be in attendance on the day.

Although it is not essential to book for the event (you can just turn up) but it would be helpful if we had some idea of how many people and vehicles will be attending, as this will assist us to organise the various displays. Will you please drop me a line to let me know the following a.s.a.p.with, YOUR NAME....... YEAR OF REGISTRATION OF YOUR VEHICLE........MODEL HOW MANY WILL BE IN YOUR PARTY...... Send to :- Chris Elliott , Briarbank, 62, Kenilworth Road, Balsall Common, Coventry, CV7 7EX

Your support on this event will be greatly appreciated by Land Rover, Heritage Motor Centre and The Range Rover Register Ltd.

SPECIAL NOTE PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE AT LAND ROVER, LODE LANE TO FOLLOW THE CAVALCADE AS THIS WILL CAUSE TRAFFIC PROBLEMS, ONLY CAVALCADE VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED ON SITE.

The Heritage Motor Centre is located off Junction 12 of the M40 Motorway between Warwick and Banbury.

Chris Elliott, Vice President RRR, Factory Liaison Officer.

FORTHCOMING A.R.C. CLUB EVENTS

SOUTHERN ROVER OWNERS CLUB CHARITY COMPETITIVE SAFARI, MEREWORTH WOODS, SEVEN MILE LANE, WROTHAM, NR. MAIDSTONE. KENT - Sunday 24th February 2001

Booking forms for this event are now available from Tony Howland 01622 745461. Event opens to all A.R.C. Clubs, Entry fee is 30.00 Clerk of the Course is Tony Howland and the grid reference is 188 643 554.

OTHER EVENTS

THE LAND ROVER MARQUE DAY incorporating THE HERITAGE RUN, SUNDAY 5th MAY 2002 at the HERITAGE MOTOR CENTRE, GAYDON, WARWICKSHIRE

Booking forms now available either via the ARC web site at www.the-arc.co.uk or from Chris Savidge (Snr.) on 0115 926 7716, or Geoff Miller on 01789 731669 (e-mail png.miller@virgin.net) all telephone calls before 9pm please.

BRITISH INDOOR 4x4 SHOW SUNDAY 10th February 2002

Venue is Donnington Race Park Track (near Derby) and organiser David Round has 50 trade stands booked. Doors open 9.30am and entry 8 per person with under 14s free. Event closes at 5pm Tel 021 520 6315.

THE OUTDOORS SHOW NEC BIRMINGHAM 15th -17th MARCH 2002

Ticket hotline is 08701 214141 fist ever show of its type see www.theoutdoorsshow.co.uk for further information.

LRW SHOW - EASTNOR CASTLE 22/23rd JUNE 2002 - see Magazine for details - remember LRW supports A.R.C. events

LR ENTHUSIAST SHOW JULY 20th- 22nd BILLING AQUADROME NORTHANTS

See Magazine for details.

 

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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