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Future meetings are to combine the EGM and S&ORC on the same day. EGM – am, S&ORC – pm.

Clubs are asked to try and avoid the dates of the general meetings for club events if at all possible.

Dates for 2017:
Council - February 4th, June 10th, October 7th. (07/10/2017 now at Ibis Hotel, Crick, Rugby)

ALRC AGM - March 18th

EGM/S&ORC - March 18th, July 8th, November 18th.

***Please Note***
EGM & S&ORC meetings 8th July

There is also an Antiques fair on which will be taking up the car parking outside the conference entrance. Please park outside the museum entrance in the main carpark and walk to the entrance for the conference centre around the side of the building.  We should be in Lecture Room 1.  You will be able to access the museum and cafeteria via stickers available at the meeting.

The meetings will now be held at:-

British Motor Museum
Banbury Road,
CV35 0BJ
Please check out their website as road works close by are ongoing - https://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk/plan-your-visit/getting-here

Dates for 2018:
- 3rd February, 9th June, 6th October. Can only do February at British Motor Museum, hopefully will move all Council meeting elsewhere.

ALRC AGM - March 17th

EGM/S&ORC - March 17th, July 7th, November 17th.

Updated 7th July 2017

2017 National Rally Charity Donation - Thank You letters

The ALRC have received thank you letters from Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland and Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance organizations for our donations from the proceeds of the ALRC National Rally 2017.

Funeral Update - Zam Alexander (Anthony)  18th August 1947 – 1st March 2016

To all the friends of Zammy his funeral will be held on 22/03/2016 at 1.30.in Bretby Crematorium Caernarfon Chapel, Greary Lane, Bretby, DE15 0QE.

There will then be a service in St George & St Mary's Church, Church Gresley, DE11 9NR with refreshments in the church hall after.
Everyone is welcome to both venues flowers are family only with donations going to Cancer Research, If anyone would like to say a few words in church you are welcome to.
Simone Birch is also willing to read out any words if you feel unable to yourself. Black need not be worn.

Sue Bennett-Dobbs.


Obituary Zam Alexander (Anthony)  18th August 1947 – 1st March 2016

It is with great sadness that the death of Zam Alexander has been announced.

Zam has been actively involved with Land Rovers since 1971 and was a stalwart at both club and national level, always willing to help at any event he attended.

In 2003 it was decided by the then ARC Council to award a trophy in memory of its patron Tom Barton who was regarded as “Mr Land Rover”. This trophy is given annually to the person or persons who have contributed towards the well-being of the Association of Land Rover Clubs for the benefit of the members.

Zam had been nominated in 2007 by his club, Staffs & Shrops LRC but he was also known by many in other clubs for all his help at events. This is what the citation said about Zam when he was presented with the trophy by Denis Bourne, ALRC Chairman.

Zam joined the Staffordshire and Shropshire Land Rover Club in 1972 along with his friends Bob Whetton and Charlie (can't remember his surname). He went on to join the committee just two years later in 1974.
In the same year, 1974, he traveled to the South of France in his Series 1 80" on a shoestring - much to the amusement of his friends in Staffs & Shrops LRC.
Zam had been on the committee in some form from 1974 to the present day including some of the following posts:-

Competition Secretary    1984-85
Vice Chairman               1985-87
Chairman                       1988-95
Vice Chairman again       2001-05
ALRC Representative      for ever it seems!!

Zam had been the Steward at more meetings than can ever be remembered including National Rallies and Interclubs. He was always there in the background doing anything from setting out (including kids bike trials) to digging the elson pit even, but he never made a song and dance about it and never sought recognition for all he that he did. Nobody has a bad word to say about Zam and it is for this and all the above reasons that I and the rest of the committee of S&S think that he is the ideal choice for putting forward for the Tom Barton Trophy.
He was a very nice chap all round and this what the ALRC is all about.
David George. Vice Chairman

Zam's Land Rover Career

9.7.71            Bought first Land Rover jointly with myself (86" hard top 999 2RF). Zam couldn't even drive at this time.
17.11.71        Passed his driving test.
1972             Our first ever Land Rover meeting - the National at Liphook.
Later 1972     Started driving the jointly owned 86".
1973              Bought second 86" Land Rover (JTP 73) between us and fitted a roll cage to it (they were not mandatory at that time, but it was on the horizon) and double entered it for several years. This situation carried on at least until the 1988 National at Trentham where Zammy helped to set out the trial along with Colin Parkes and Mick Dobbs.
1974             Zammy joined the committee of Staffs & Shrops and has given unbroken service until the present day. He helped push through the club's conversion to Limited status (still a very new idea at the time).
His committee posts over the years have included:-Equipment Officer, Competition Secretary, Vice Chairman, Chairman, ARC/ALRC Representative and somewhere along the way met and married the treasurers daughter - can't fault his style can you!
Bob Whetton. Equiprment Officer/Rover Rescue Rep 

Having been a member of Staffs & Shrops myself for 15 years or more all I can say is that Zam was always there to help, but being quite a quiet bloke he never sought praise or commendation from others, he just got along with it with no fuss. On the committee he was always there to advise us younger members on current ALRC matters and issues that have arisen in the past. We all thought he was a very worthwhile candidate for this trophy.
Ann Cooper. Club Secretary

We know he will be missed by all his many friends in the Land Rover club scene and our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

Funeral details will be posted once they have been made available.

Message received from Midland ROC. I would be grateful if you c

ould pass this information onto your club members.

After very careful consideration over the last couple of months, it has been decided that the MROC will NOT be putting on the Major's Memorial Trial in September 2015.

As a club, we are fully committed to putting on this year's ALRC National Rally at Eastnor over the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May.  As those of you who may have been involved in organising this big event within your clubs will understand, it takes much time and energy, and the competition land used needs time to recover. We feel that running the Major's event a few short months later would be an overuse of the competition grounds that we are fortunate enough to have access to. We also feel that our club members will, by then, need a break from all the organising and laying out!

We hope that you will all understand our reasons behind cancelling this year's Major's Memorial Trial, but we would very much like to welcome you all back in 2016 to both Easter at Eastnor which will be an open event, and then the Major's, which will be held on the weekend of 16th-18th September 2016.

MROC Committee

Posted 7th March 2015

ALRC Club Briefing letters will now be posted on a new Briefing page

Posted 27th February 2015

Public Appointment Vacancies
These Vacancies within Defra are currently advertised via
http://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk where full details can be found if you are interested?

Secretary of State appointed member
Body: Chilterns Conservation Board
Department: Defra
Closing Date: 23/10/2014

Secretary of State appointed (national) member
Body: Cotswolds Conservation Board
Department: Defra
Closing Date: 23/10/2014 

Secretary of State appointed ?national? member
Body: Lake District National Park Authority
Department: Defra
Closing Date: 23/10/2014 

Secretary of State appointed ?national? member
Body: Peak District National Park Authority
Department: Defra
Closing Date: 23/10/2014

Posted 29th September 2014

Safety Recall - Calor Gas

Please be aware that Calor have annouced an immediate recall of 6KG CalorLite cylinders.


Calor Gas Ltd has issued a product recall
Calor Gas Ltd has issued a product recall with immediate effect on all 6kg CalorLite® cylinders manufactured between 2008-2011 inclusive. All such cylinders must be returned to a local CalorLite® stockist immediately.
...read more.

Posted 24th September 2014

Dear Sir,

I have started a petition, http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/68377 , the wording of which is self explanatory, regarding the proposals to restrict and tax diesel cars by 2020. I hope that you can give this some publicity in your club forum &/or magazines, as many of your members will be affected. We need 100,000 signatures by next March to trigger a Parliamentary debate, so any help you can offer will be very much appreciated.

Please be aware that the prime targets are London and pre 2006 diesels, but it is clear that all pre 2006 vehicles, both petrol and diesel, will be affected, and other towns and cities are champing at the bit to make a few extra bob.

The point of the petition is not to argue the virtues of either petrol or diesel, but to highlight the unfairness of this sort of retrospective indirect taxation, which has an adverse affect on the less well off. It is also a pointless exercise, as most 2006 vehicles will be 14 years old by 2020 and will have been scrapped; according to Honest John at the Telegraph, the average life of a new small car is now 7 years, by which time the residual value is so low that repairs become unviable.

A lot of motorists feel they are often ripped off by Government and that they are not represented by a single body that can lobby on their behalf, unlike Historic vehicle owners who have the very successful FBHVC. Until such time as we have proper support, I am afraid it is up to us and this is my meagre effort.

Colin Gray.
Rover 75 CDTi owner.

NFU Mutual latest Free Prize Draw has been won by Belinda Neale from Essex.

An M&S gift card for £25 will do nicely!

Posted 27th March 2014

Obituary Dave Bygrave       16.01 .1933 – 03.01.2013

It is with great sadness that I write to tell you of the death of Dave Bygrave,

He would be remembered for his last National Rally CCV, where he laid out at least one tricky (many described as Tight) section, this was Cannock in 1992, at the South Poplars off road area, He was the driving force behind the very successful 1978 National Rally, at Heath & Reach, Leighton Buzzard, while he was the Chairman of Anglian ROC.
He managed to obtain various trial sites for Anglian through his contacts within the Farming community, including running land rover events for the young farmers club in Hertfordshire, On a personal note Dave’s best National Result was in 1974 when he received the HQ ROA Pirelli Inter challenge Cup for the Club nominated driver with the lowest total score in the CCV.

Dave organised various green lane trips around the country, including some very overgrown & unused for many years in Mid Wales, which my brother Maurice & I were lucky enough to be invited, This was around 1980, shortly after this, certain 4x4 magazines heavily publicised some of these, leading to most being ruined & TRO’s being permanently placed on them,

Dave had a successful time on Road Racing Bikes, before land rovers, and helped run the Buntingford & District A10 Vintage & Steam Rallies, at which some of us took part in his arena showpiece – How high up a slippery Boat transporter trailer can a land rover climb? (While the trailer was being craned up at a jaunty angle by an old Coles crane), I don’t think Elf & Safety were about then.

After Dave left the Anglian ROC Committee, he went on to form the Essex Land Rover club around 1982; again I was lucky enough to be invited to join his new club and take part in the Trials & Social events that stretched from near Dave’s house in Hertfordshire to the Stroud Family’s country house  in Suffolk,

Our condolences go to his family at this sad time

Kind regards
Andrew Flanders
Vice Chairman the Association of Land Rover Clubs

Posted 24th March 2014

 "LARA strongly recommends that all ‘green lane’ enthusiasts respect the fact that we are experiencing abnormally wet weather and refrain from driving on un-metalled roads until they have had a chance to dry out.
Continued use at this time is not sustainable and could easily bring a swift end to your recreation"

Posted 20th February 2014

ALRC National Rally 2014 Booking System Opens
The on-line booking system for the 2014 ALRC National Rally was opened for business at 21.00 on 15th December 2013.

Posted 16th December 2013

Warning - False Land Rover Warranty Certificates
Here is a letter from the British Historic Vehicle Clubs regarding counterfeit certificates - keep vigilant!

Posted 11th December 2013

Recent ALRC Rule changes withdrawn
Check out the recent change to advertised rule changes regarding vehicle roof material.

Posted 27th November 2013

Secretary of State Appointments to National Parks Authorities & The Broads Authority and Aeras of Outstanding Natural Beauty Conservation Boards
Register your interest for future vacancies via these links. Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - National Park Authorities
(Links removed as appointments are no longer valid - 23/02/2014).

Posted 22nd November 2013.

A NEW National Rally Trophy for Family Orientated Teams Entering Bike Trial, TYRO & RTV or CCV with scoring details here

Posted 20th November 2013.



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