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ARC News Issue 48 - February 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

I am pleased to say that the 2002/03 ARC Handbook has now been printed and distributed to all Club Secretaries. Competitive Clubs will have been supplied with sufficient copies for all full members, I suggest that you contact your Club Secretary to obtain your copy.

NATIONAL RALLY UPDATE

Cornwall & Devon Land Rover Club apologize to those of you who feel that they have been inconvenienced by the request to complete a further application form for this year's event. This has proved to be a necessity for the organizing Club to establish a reliable audit trail and to ensure the continuity and trace ability of all entries for the 2002 event. Just a reminder to all of those members who are competing at this year's National Rally please ensure when completing your event entry form that the correct ARC vehicle Class is inserted - if in doubt contact your Club Scrutineer who will be able to assist you. The time and date for the Concours Event has been finalized as Sunday 2nd June 2002. This event is being coordinated by the Land Rover Series One Club and entries must be made prior to 11.00.a.m. on the day to the Series One Club Stand. Details of the Bike Trial have not been finalized yet - watch this space!

FOOT & MOUTH UPDATE

Having received confirmation from the Motor Sports Association, the ARC Council are pleased to announce that with immediate effect Foot and Mouth Disease no longer affects UK Motorsport and that every form of motorsport may now be permitted without restrictions. Once again I congratulate you all on the voluntary restraint shown by yourselves that has helped to overcome the battle against this dreadful disease.

Our next General Meeting will be the A.G.M. at Land Rover, Lode Lane on Saturday 16th March 2002 commencing at 10.30 a.m.

Nominations are invited to fill the following positions within the ARC Council:

Non Competitive Clubs Coordinator Car Clubs Liaison Officer Minutes Secretary

If you are interested in any of the above positions please contact our Secretary Caroline Flanders at the Registered Office for a nomination form as soon as possible.

Denis Bourne A.R.C. Chairman

LAND ROVER ANNOUNCES NEW RANGE ROVER LINE UP AND PRICES - 15 January 2002

In the UK both petrol and diesel versions of the new Range Rover will be sold in three models - the SE, HSE and Vogue, all available with either the Td6 six-cylinder diesel or V8 petrol engine. Prices start at 42,995 for the Range Rover Td6 SE - the same price as for the outgoing entry-level model - rising to 59,995 for the flagship Range Rover V8 Vogue. The new Range Rover will be available through the Land Rover UK dealer network from 15 March 2002.

Priced at 42,995 for the Td6 diesel and 49,995 for the V8 petrol, the SE model features leather seats with electric adjustment, leather covered steering wheel, automatic air conditioning, cruise control and a six-speaker in-car entertainment system with single CD facility. Safety features include eight airbags including head airbags for the rear seat passengers and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

HSE models are priced at 45,995 for the Td6 and 52,995 for the V8 and feature heated leather seats with adjustment memory that also automatically adjusts the steering column and electro-chromatic exterior mirrors. Facia wood trim in either cherry or walnut is offered in addition to the standard 'Foundry' finish. An upgraded in-car entertainment system with 11 speakers and a glovebox-mounted CD autochanger is fitted. Convenience features include rain sensing windscreen wipers, park distance control and Bi Xenon headlamps.

The top-of-the-range Vogue models are priced at 51,995 for the Td6 and 59,995 for the V8. The Vogue specification features Oxford leather 'Comfort' front seats, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. At the heart of the 12-speaker in-car entertainment system with Digital Sound Processing (DSP) is a widescreen monitor with TV and satellite navigation system. The monitor also controls the functions of the in-car entertainment system and provides driver information including fuel consumption and range. Convenience and comfort features include an electric sun roof, ski bag fitted to the centre rear seat and dual blade sun visors.

Commenting on the announcement, Mike Wright, managing director of Land Rover UK, said: 'We are very pleased to be announcing that prices for the new Range Rover, an all-new vehicle, will be at the same starting price as the model it replaces. The Range Rover has always been a very successful vehicle in the luxury car sector and with the new model Land Rover is offering an unmatched breadth of capability at a very competitive price. The model range is designed to offer customers a wide variety of choice, equipment and colours enabling new Range Rover owners to specify a vehicle precisely tailored to their own requirements and tastes.'

The new Range Rover is the most advanced 4x4 vehicle in the world. Designed to provide an unrivalled level of on-road performance and off-road ability, the new Range Rover has an all-new monocoque body, independent front and rear suspension with interconnected air springs and a variety of electronic control systems - including the award-winning Hill Descent Control (HDC) to enhance safety off-road. Power units are the 210 kW (282 bhp) 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine and the 130 kW (174 bhp) 3.0-litre Td6 diesel. The transmission system comprises a five-speed automatic gearbox with Steptronic gearshift operating in both high and low range and a two-speed transfer box with Torsen centre differential.

New Range Rover will be available in a choice of 12 exterior colours and seven interior colourways.

FROM CHRIS SAVIDGE - YOUR NON-COMPETITIVE CLUBS' CO-ORDINATOR

Once again, I have to "scale down" the amount of work I do for A.R.C, and - inevitably - my involvement in the running of events such as the HERITAGE MOTOR CENTRE RUN/LAND ROVER MARQUE DAY, THE A.R.C. INTERNATIONAL RALLY, and THE ALL ROVER WEEKEND. The reason for this is my increasing health problems - as I write this, (early February), I am awaiting the call to go into hospital yet again for more surgery.

There is, therefore, now an urgent need to find someone to takeover the role that I have undertaken for the last 5 years within A.R.C. Whilst Heritage Motor Centre Run and the International Rally are "covered" for this year, a new non-competitive clubs' co-ordinator needs to be "in post" by this summer if the A.R.C.'s ALL_ROVER WEEKEND (August Bank Holiday Weekend, at the Town and Country Festival, Stoneleigh near Coventry is to go ahead this year!

Such a person can only come from within the Clubs that are the A.R.C., so it is now, with renewed urgency that I ask all A.R.C. members to spread the word and to try to find a willing volunteer to take over my position within A.R.C. It would be a great shame to loose the momentum that we have gained, albeit slowly, over the last 5 years!

There is also a vacancy, (of some long-standing) on the A.R.C. Council for a Car Club's Liaison Officer. Would all relevant clubs please come up with a volunteer for the post, There has been a suggestion for a "run" similar to the Heritage Motor Centre Run but for ROVER cars, and indeed MG-ROVER would be happy for such a "Run" to begin from Longbridge. However a Car Clubs' Liaison Officer is essential before such an event can even be contemplated.

Chris Savidge (Snr)

GREEN LANE DAYS 2002

The dates for LARA green lane days in 2002 are the weekends of 23rd /24th March and 26th/27th October. Participation in clearance and maintenance projects on any of these days by club volunteers is encouraged as it can benefit all users and is good for public relations. It is of course essential to obtain the agreement of the local Highway Authority before starting any work - contact details in your local telephone directory. LARA would appreciate receiving brief reports of all voluntary work carried out so as to gauge the extent of involvement across the UK. Snail mail to PO BOX20, Market Drayton, TF20 1WR or e-mail Error! Bookmark not defined.

Tony Kempster A.R.C. Countryside Access Officer

UPDATE ON A.R.C. NATIONAL RALLY 2002

Entry forms are now with Club Secretaries or via Web site: Error! Bookmark not defined. which is now fully functional. REMEMBER there are over 1000 A.R.C. log booked vehicles and with the CCV Trial at 240 entries and the Comp Safari limited to 120 entries you'd better be quick if you don't want to miss out!!!

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 re-book.

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

STAFFORDSHIRE AND SHROPSHIRE LAND ROVER CLUB LTD. Following their AGM there has been a Committee "reshuffle" and all clubs are asked to amend their records

Chairman Mr Adrian Longstaff
Vice Chair Mr Zam Alexander
Secretary Mr Allan Dawson allandawson@compuserve.com 01538 387384
Treasurer Mr Leigh Drake-Chapman
Competition Secretary Mr Stephen Bayliss (01782 627101)

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.

EASTER MINI NATIONALS ESSEX LRC, EAST NORTHANTS LROC & SUFFOLK LROC 29th March - 1st APRIL 2002

Essex Land Rover Club, East Northants Land Rover Owners Club and Suffolk Land Rover Owners Club are co-promoting a mini nationals type event this Easter. This is the 1st Anglia Interclub weekend. Features a TYRO trial, RTV trial, CCV trial. Mini Comp, Safari, Winch Challenge and Team Recovery events. Event is located at Wild Tracks Off-road Centre at Chippenham, Newmarket, Cambridgeshire, (grid ref 154/ 686686). On site catering plus pressure washers at small cost. Supplementary Regs and Entry forms can be downloaded from ESSEX LAND ROVER CLUB website Error! Bookmark not defined. or contact Karl Reilly at 9 Goose Cottages Chelmsford Road, Essex SS11 8TB tel 01268 762684 for more information.

EASTER LANCS AND CHESHIRE ROC TRENTHAM GARDENS STAFFORDSHIRE 29th March to 1st APRIL 2002

This famous Easter interclub offers a TYRO Friday afternoon, RTV and Team Recovery on Saturday, CCV Trial on Sunday with a night Comp followed by Day Comp and prize-giving on Easter Monday. Forms have been sent to club secretaries or contact the bookings sec who is Colin Barrance on 01257 792802

OTHER EVENTS OF INTEREST TO A.R.C. MEMBERS

APRIL 6th OLD SODBURY

Newbury Showground. Entry is from 11am for buyers with a 4 entry fee. Sellers pitches need to be booked via 01454 323109.

APRIL 6th/7th DUNSFOLD SPARES WEEKEND (PARTICULARLY SERIES 1 & SERIES VEHICLES!)

Philip and crew at Dunsfold Land Rover have declared war on mounting stocks of series and military parts, with some real bargains on used spares. For Series 1 and Series vehicle enthusiasts this sale is not to be missed! There will also be significant stocks of spares on sale for 90/110 and Defenders plus Range Rover and Discovery body parts. Minimum of 10% discount on all stock. Sale starts Saturday 9am to 4pm and 9am to 3.30pm Sunday. DLR is at Alfold Road in Dunsfold Surrey. Call 01483 200567 for further details.

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.

VALANCE BY-WAYS SUMMER SHOW, CHARLWOOD, NR GATWICK 22/23rd JUNE 2002

Southern Counties Historic Vehicle Preservation Trust is once again hosting this event, which attracted over 120 Land Rovers last year. Static Vintage and Classic Aircraft, Cars, Commercials and Buses, Tractors, Motor cycles, Stationary Engines. Models, Organs, Military, Custom Vehicles, Steam and Model steam, Land Rovers, Autojumble, Trade, Crafts and Motor Clubs. Booking forms form Stephen Eastman at 16 Monarch Close, Bewbush, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 8JH

WELLINGTON TO LAND ROVER DAY HERITAGE MOTOR CENTRE GAYDON 30th JUNE 2002

To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Gaydon's aviation and automotive history a new event is planned and the assistance of the automotive preservation movement is sought. During 1942, the land adjoining the Heritage Motor Centre and now known as the proving ground was used by the Royal Air Force. Opened initially as a Satellite for No.12 Operational Training Unit, Gaydon became a night bomber-training unit in 92 Group flying Vickers Wellingtons. De-commissioned in 1975 RAF Gaydon was acquired by the Leyland Group and is now wholly owned by Land Rover. Hence the title of the event - "Wellington to Land Rover Day". The assistance of Land Rover clubs in mounting a stand on the day is sought.

HMC is trying to: Identify people who served at RAF Gaydon Attract owners of "period" vehicles to the event Trawl for artefacts, vehicles, people, memorabilia Pre-war cars and vehicles of all types will be of interest especially if in RAF livery. All vehicles, which can display a wartime appearance with headlamp shrouds and white lining around the wings and running boards enthusiastically, received. Post war cars up to 1978 are equally important, as either Service vehicles of "personal transport" Military Model Aircraft enthusiasts, Military (aviation) Art Collectors and General War Time ephemera collectors are also asked to contact Gaydon to display collections.

Forms available to book from HMC telephone 01926 641188 John McCartney - Car Clubs Co-ordinator.

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

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

See LRE Magazine for details.

SCRITINEERING AND OFF ROAD COMMITTEE NEWS UPDATE

A plastic bag over the battery will catch any leaks should be vehicle become inverted. Most plastic bags are acid resistant and this method really does work. In fact, the MSA have advised on the suitability of this cheap and adaptable method. "Sealed-for-life" batteries should still be covered in case they split. Any cover on a battery should not be sealed, but open at the bottom in the same manner as a fuel tank cover to prevent build-up of gases. Batteries under large covers or under seats still need to be looked at to check for security. Fluid reservoirs (brake / clutch) that are inside the cab with the occupants must either have a "proper" cover or use a similar protection method. This is also to apply to any vehicles that are manufactured this way. Supermarket bags are fine for this but do check that they do not have safety perforations.

(b) Log Book Scrutineers who leave the ARC may not continue with their duties and must return all tags, documents, folders etc to Dennis Wright.

(c) Drivers abandoning an event without announcing the fact. Premature departure from an event must be reported to the CoC by the competitor or someone delegated by him/her. Unannounced departure is a serious etiquette contravention and shows lack of consideration for the organisers and fellow competitors. Disqualification would be in order on these occasions. If a score needs to be recorded for a championship or similar, then 10 penalty points per section in a trial, or maximums for a comp safari should apply. There is provision for a fine in these circumstances and competitors may need to be reminded of this.

(d) Drilled radius arms This matter was discussed at length in 1996 / 7 and "The outcome was a decision that any radius arms that have been welded to, drilled or cut into, deliberately notched or bent up / down / sideways will not be allowed in ARC events." This was not publicised further at the time but we are publicising it now as the decision is still sound.

Steve Kirby. Chairman, Scrutineering & Off Road Committee.

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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