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Issue 5 - May 1996

Geof Miller, ARC Press & Publicity
Brandlehow, Wolverton, Stratford-on-Avon CV37 0HF
Tel: (+44) 1789 73 1669

  1. Fly the Flag

    If you are putting on an Inter-Club or Show type event, how about waving the ARC flag! June & Jack Green, the ARC's show coordinators, have some ARC flags available for loan for such events. Give them a call and they will organise the loan. Give them plenty of notice, and please note you need your own flagpole! Contact:-

    June & Jack Green, Ovingdon, The Terrace, Shotley Bridge, Consett, Co. Durham DH8 0EZ Tel: 01207 590871

  2. Stolen Land Rover

    A LWB Station Wagon 6 cylinder was stolen recently from the Salford area. Registration SAB 555 F, it has navy blue bodywork with a Light Blue roof. It was originally Land Rover Marine Blue and Limestone respectively and it shows through in places.

    The vehicle is not roadworthy as it has a chassis fracture at OSR spring hanger and rear cross member badly corroded. It has Series II grille mounted headlamps, and DIY mounted headlanps (not Series III lamps) in the wings.

    If you see something matching this description contact the police, and R.G. Towersey, 8 Scarsdale Street, Salford M6 6AB Tel: 0161 737 6646

  3. Please note my error in ARC News 4 - the September General Meeting of the ARC is Sat Sept 14th not 15th


  • In ARC News 4 I mentioned Chamberlain's Seat Covers, and their interest in our 'club life'. You can now get a discount of 10% off their products in exchange for recommendations of helpful, knowledgable, Land Rover based businesses in your area, who might be suitable as trade outlets for Chamberlain's products. The discount offer is available to all ARC members.
  • Adrian Flux and Co. of Kings Lynn are offering 15% off normal insurance premiums for 4 x 4 vehicles, to ARC club members. Contact them on 01553 775775.
  • Steve Wells of Lincolnshire Land Rover Club has put pen to paper, describing how they organise 'fun days', based on the ARC/RAC 'Promotional Event' permit, which can earn the club several hundred pounds profit, spread the gospel of club life, and get some of the newer vehicles and their owners into using low range and the diff lock once in a while.

    Since it is a longer article than I would normally cover in ARC News, I've passed it on to Ted Ivory for inclusion, in total, in Runes - watch out for it. In the meantime if you're too eager to wait for Runes, give Steve a ring on 0147 239 8019.

  • Peak & Dukeries have an interesting article in Trialling Times April/May 1996 by editor Dave Banner. The article deals with stolen vehicles, 'ringing' and 'cheap' spares, but I think perhaps the last paragraph says it all....

    "Remember, buyer beware. Don't get caught out with a bargain that could cost you dear.

    At the end of the day it is innocent punters who create a market for stolen vehicles and parts. Maybe by being a little more cautious in your approach to buying you can turn the tide on the thieves. Or are you prepared to turn a blind eye when the price is right? No market = no theft! Think on."


  • On Sunday 2nd June the MOD Police are holding an 'open day' at Wethersfield, north west of Braintree Essex, on what used to be an old USAAF airbase. The whole event is in aid of charity, and entry is £1.50 per adult and 50p per child. Attractions include a Red Arrows flypast, Dog Display Team, helicopter abseil demonstration, hot air balloon, fairground, Fire & Rescue display, helicopter rides, classic cars, police vehicles and military vehicles, a Harley Davidson motorcycle display and the Range Rover Register running rides on an offroad course. Some events such as the fairground, helicopter rides, and off road rides incur a separate charge, but again, charities benefit.

    For more details ring Charlie Thorn on 01634 230691 or Les Booth on 01634 280759.

  • Sunday 16th June 1996 sees the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon celebrating the centenary of the motor car with a family day extravaganza. There will be, amongst other things,
    • a nostalgic parade of transport through the ages with actors dressed in period costume
    • the Rover Precision Driving display team (if you haven't seen this - you must - parking at Tesco will never be the same again!)
    • the latest British World Land Speed Record challengers
    • Laurel & Hardy's 1924 stunt car in action
    • Radio controlled cars racing circuit
    • the Fantasmagorical 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'
    • Birds of Prey display
    • Trade and Craft village

    plus the usual gorgeous museum cars, museum shop, café/restaurant, and fast food outlets. Open 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Normal entry prices will apply - £5.50 per adult, ?.50 senior citizen / unemployed, £3.50 children, or a family ticket for 2 adults and up to 3 children for £15.00

    If you want more detail talk to Kate Watson on 01926 641188.

  • Also at Gaydon, on Saturday 22nd June, you can "get the FIVA" - see the cars competing in the international historic FIVA car rally, one of the most exotic international cavalcades of historic cars ever assembled in the UK, and they are all being driven. These are not just trailered, dust sheeted 'statics', but genuine on the road historic vehicles such as 1926 Austin Daimler, 1934 Bugatti 57 Ventoux and 1928 Hispano Suiza H6; in all 75 marques from 20 nations, including 80" Land Rover HUE 166 and Velar YVB 153H.

    The day's programme is:-

    • Concours for the participating cars from 10.00 to 11.030
    • Aerobatic display by the Rover Stunt Plane
    • Tethered hot air balloon flights
    • a Monaco Grand Prix racing simulator
    • Off road buggies
    • Land Rover 4 x 4 Experience rides on the Gaydon circuit
    • Usual museum attractions, and standard admission fees from 10 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
  • Haynes Motor Museum have two classic car events coming up, the first on Sunday July 28th, being the West Country Concours. Entry is £10 per vehicle which also allows two people into the museum free, and discounted entry for other guests.
  • On Sunday September 15th the "Falling Leaves Classic Tour" takes place. The start will be at Thruxton, with check points at Salisbury, Bournemouth, Bovington Tank Museum and finish for tea at the Haynes Museum.

    For further details of either event contact Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 7LH, or tel: 01963 440804.

(up, back to issue 4, on to issue 6)

Disclaimer, May 1996


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