Issue 16 - November 1997
Geof Miller, ARC Press & Publicity
Brandlehow, Wolverton, Stratford-on-Avon CV37 0HF
Tel: (+44) 1789 73 1669
It is with deep regret that we have to report the
death of Major Ben Hervey-Bathurst OBE, at his home at
Eastnor on Saturday 18th October.
In 1960 he heard of the Land Rover Engineering
Department's requirement for somewhere 'secret' to test
its new 129" Land Rover, and offered his services
via a mutual friend. From this simple offer of help
blossomed a friendship which spanned 37 years and which
transformed Eastnor Estate into a world-renowned mecca
for Land Rover testing.
As a direct result of this contact, the then Midland
Area of the 'original' Land Rover Owners Club was invited
to camp in the Deer Park, and thus Eastnor also became
one of the prime sites for Land Rover Club activity.
Known universally as "The Major", he was an
enthusiastic and skilled Land Rover user and 'salesman',
but he always liked to keep our feet on the ground by
having a hill that we couldn't climb! Once we did climb
it, he would go away, get out the D8 Caterpillar, and cut
a new one!
He loved to see people enjoying the countryside and to
see Land Rovers doing what they were designed to do, and
was ever the perfect gentleman. We were proud to have him
as a Patron of the ARC.
The world of Land Rovers and indeed the Land Rover
Club scene has lost a true champion. Our sincere
condolences go to his wife Anne, sons James and George,
and all the family.
If you are thinking that it's a long time since the last ARC
News dropped onto your doormat - you're right! - Pat & I have
been off-roading in Colorado again - 2500 miles in a Chevy Blazer,
I'm afraid (and a Chevy Suburban). But we did get to ride in a
couple of US Range Rovers as well, a 1983 carbed 3 speed Auto 4
door, and a 1988 EFI. Various activities since (including jet lag)
have left you news-less I'm afraid, for which I apologise, but
here we go again.........
I re-read an article recently, and I quote some passages from
... two major points would seem to me to need attention.
The first is to streamline the organization of Trials and the
regulations thereof, and the second is to find ways and means of
providing events and services which will cater for those members
of the Club who do not compete in the Trials and Rallies which
the Club promotes at present.
The primary object of the Club is to promote events and
facilities which will be of interest and provide entertainment
for everyone who owns a Land-Rover. Trials, we know, do not do
this and a great deal of thought has been put into developing
other fields of activity and steps have been taken to supply the
basic organization to achieve results. However, there is one
point which stands out above all others; it is that this is your
Club and it is your voices that we want to hear.
Sounds topical doesn't it? Could it emanate from an ARC
meeting, or a Club AGM?
No!- it's Tim Harding's introductory article in the original
Land Rover Owners Club's magazine 'REVIEW', when he took over as
Secretary from John Tracey in September 1960. Nothing changes,
Incidentally, one event which came about as a result of this
article was a "Land Rover Tour of Europe" holiday, with
a mixture of solo Land Rovers and Land Rover/caravan outfits, and
a solitary 3 litre Rover P5.
Non-Competitive Clubs Liaison
Under the heading 'Building for the
Future' in ARC News 12, March '97, we advised you of the
formation of the Non-Competitive Clubs Sub Committee and the
appointment of its Council representative Chris Savidge.
This sub committee is now fully operational under the
Chairmanship of Bill Berry (Chairman of Nottingham LR Club), and
its most recent meeting was held with sunhats and factor 20 in
the sunshine at Billing.
The Committee is actively involved in discussions on the
Heritage Cavalcade April 98, the International Rally 98, and the
All Rover Rally 98.
If you have any ideas to put to this committee, or more to the
point, if you have expertise in, and can organise, any
interesting events, then contact your club rep, listed below,
|Series I Club
||Series II Club
|LR Register (47-51)
||Rover Sports Register
||P6 Rover Owners Club
||LR OEC Ireland
|or direct to
Tel: 0115 972 4836
|Nottinghamshire LR Club
Tel: 0115 926 7716
|101 Forward Control Club & Register
For many years, the accusation has been made that non-competitive
members were neglected, and did not have a voice in
administration processes of the ARC. Things have changed - you
now have a say in what goes on - use it! Chris Savidge would be
very pleased to be able to go to the next Council meeting with a
list of hundreds of volunteers for non-competitive events at next
year's International at Eastnor!
And, of course, there are no demarcation lines, interest from
non-competitive members of competitive clubs will never be turned
- 'The Malachi' - by Lincs LRC 29th/30th November 1997
A 2-day night and day open Comp Safari is being held
at Wickenby, Lincs, over the weekend 29th/30th November.
Fees will be £40 for two days or £20 for one day, pre-booked.
Bookings after Nov 25th will pay fees of £50 and £25
Camping is available (free) but with no water or
facilities. Food will be available all weekend. For
details contact Vince Manterfield, Holly Cottage,
Wickenby, Lincs LN3 5AB Tel: 01673 885115
50th Anniversary Year
- Heritage Run - April 26th 1998
Following a meeting with Graham Cheary of Land Rover,
the following details can be confirmed:-
- Starting point will be the West Car Park of the N.E.C.
and starting time will be 9.00 am
- Cavalcade will be made up of 50 Land Rover vehicles
spanning the 50 years of production, one representing
each year. Following will be 50 'special conversion'
vehicles, such as 6 wheeled; fire tenders; ambulances;
Popemobiles; Royal Review vehicles; military vehicles;
etc. etc. Finally there will be 50 vehicles owned by
"Personalities", from the business, leisure,
entertainment world etc.etc.
- From N.E.C. West Car Park, the route will take in a visit
to the factory (Damson Lane gate) with a photo
opportunity on the 1 in 1 hill (optional).
- Then to the centre of Solihull (Mell Square) to receive a
certificate from the Mayor (Photo)
- Drive to Gaydon Heritage Motor Centre via A4140, A4177, A452
and B4100 (the old A41), via the centre of Warwick -
assume cruise speed of 40 mph.
- Lunch break at Gaydon (photo) leaving at approx 2.30 pm.
- (Possibly) call into Gaydon Test Track - one lap of a
defined test circuit
- Return via Warwick to Meriden (Centre of England) (photo)
- Return to N.E.C. (by approx. 6.00 pm) to designated area
alongside Pendigo Lake for vehicle display, Birthday
Party and Firework Display finale at 8.20 pm.
- Breakfasts will be available at West Car Park upon
arrival, free to drivers of participating vehicles,
discounted price to others.
- Food and refreshments will be available at Gaydon at
- Food and refreshments will be available at the N.E.C.
birthday party, together with a band and other
attractions. All Land Rover employees (associates) are
invited to this party.
- All entrants will receive a prestigious plaque as a
memento of the event.
Chris Savidge, the ARC Council
member representing non-competitive clubs, is now
formulating detailed plans for the clubs' participation
in the event.
Application forms will be issued with the next ARC
News for individuals to complete and submit (together
with a recent photograph) to have their vehicle
considered for both the "50 years" section and
the "special" section. These should be returned
to Chris Savidge, but you should also advise your Club
Secretary of your application (send him/her a photocopy).
Vehicles chosen will be smart (a credit to Land Rover
and to the Club) and each "entry" will have a 'reserve'
in case of last minute problems. Land Rover (Graham
Cheary) is co-ordinating the "personalities"
It is possible that a caravan rally will be organised,
either close to the NEC or close to Gaydon, to cater for
distant visitors wishing to stay for the weekend.
Assistance will also be available for those requiring
hotel or B & B accommodation.
It is also possible, even probable, that this 'Run'
will become an annual event..
Watch this space!
- International Rally, Eastnor, May 21st - 31st 1998
You should all by now have received a booking form for
the rally via the Rover mailing system, don't forget the
10% discount if you book before 31st Dec 1997. Closing
date is 31st March 1998.
The Management Team for the rally is now complete, and
several planning meetings and site meetings have been
The general format outlined some time ago is now being
'filled out', and lots of help with event ideas and
labour is required from all member clubs.
If you have some expertise you can offer or just a
pair of legs to marshal with, please contact a relevant
person listed below:-
||Tel & Fax: 01772 716956
89 Broadwood Drive, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 4TE
||Ian & Sue Foster
||Tel & Fax: 01204 396449
31 Slimbridge Close, Breightmet, Bolton, BL2 5NT
||Tel: 01827 874008
8 East House Drive, Hurley, Atherstone, CV9 2HB
||Tel: 01270 664463
45 Franklyn Avenue, Crewe, CW2 7NE
|Press & Publicity
||Tel: 01472 398019
6 Hall Farm, Binbrook, Lincoln, LN8 6BW
||Tel: 01827 880677
Oak Cottage, Wood Lane, Norton-juxta-Twycross,
Atherstone, CV9 3QB
||Tel: 0115 926 7716
86 Spring Lane, Lambley, Nottingham, NG4 4PG
|Special Event Director
||Tel: 01706 638801
14 Bolton Road, Rochdale, OL11 4PB
||Tel & Fax: 01527 525021
26 Sutton Close, Winyates, Redditch, B98 0JR
||Tel: 0151 728 8683
||Tel 0115 926 7716
86 Spring Lane, Lambley, Nottingham, NG4 4PG
- Series I Club - Shugborough Rally 27th/28th June 1998
Entry forms are now available, and the closing date is
30 Nov 97, so don't delay. The rally is, of course, open
only to members of the Series I Club and the 1947-51
- Land Rover Register 1947-51 -
Anniversary Tour August 1998
Anniversary Tour will reproduce the trek made by five pre-production
80" vehicles in July 1948 in support of the World
Gliding Championships of that year, held in Samaden,
The Tour is to include historic vehicles L11, R12, R16,
L19, L29 and a member from New Zealand, and will set off
on August 9th and return August 22nd.
LARA News from Tony Kempster
We have received the following letter from David Kersey, Motor
Sports Development Officer of LARA:-
Pride in our Heritage
The Fifth Edition of the LARA Heritage Motor Sports
Directory is ready to go to press. Now is the ideal time for all
motor sport clubs to make sure that their facilities are included
in this most worthwhile document. The Directory is not only the
work of LARA's Motor Sport Facilities Unit, and LARA's member
organisations and all their constituent clubs, but it now enjoys
the endorsement of both the Sports Council and the Central
Council for Physical Sport and Recreation.
The Directory includes all nominated facilities used, for
ten years or more, for legitimate motor sports events and helps
paint a picture, therefore, not only of the heritage of our sport
but also its legitimate place in the countryside. Far too often,
in recent years, our sport has been treated as a newcomer in the
countryside and has, as a result, suffered where conservation has
taken precedence over all other considerations. Now, thanks to
the LARA Motor Sports Directory, planners and other legislators
and providers have a source of reference that enables them to
assist clubs as they strive to continue to provide enthusiasts
with suitable facilities.
This year, as the profile of the Directory has been raised,
LARA has increasingly been able to use it as supporting evidence
in relation to facilities affected by planning or environmental
legislation. For example, LARA's Planning Officer, Alan Kind has
recently assisted the clubs using the motorcross circuit at
Thoresway, in Lincolnshire, at the planning appeal to determine
this long-established circuit's future. Alan was pleased to
report that, "The Heritage Motor Sports Directory was
accepted at the Public Enquiry as a useful record that the site
has some long-standing value to motor sport". Alan urges all
clubs to ensure that their facilities are logged with the MFU for
inclusion in the Directory.
This clearly illustrates that clubs should accurately
record all the dates of use for their facilities and that entry
in the Directory is an effective step towards this. This
information may never be needed but, when it is, its absence can
be fatal if planners (or Inspectors) have no documentary evidence
to which they can refer. Clearly, clubs can no longer afford to
keep their facilities secret in the hope that they will avoid the
glare of local authority involvement and the possibility of
subsequent action. Given the nature of modern society, and its
prevailing intolerance, clubs must assist LARA all they can in
its defence of our most cherished facilities. LARA can fire the
bullets but clubs must provide the ammunition.
If you would like a copy of the Fifth Edition of the LARA
Heritage Motor Sport Directory, or you would like to propose a
facility (or facilities) for inclusion, would you please contact
the LARA MFU at its office in the ACU's HQ in Wood Street, Rugby,
CV21 2YX (contacts: David or Geraldine - Tel 01788 541137)
(up, back to issue
15, on to issue 17)
Disclaimer, March 1998