Issue 18 - February 1998
ARC Press & Publicity
We continue to get complaints about duplication on one hand, and a lack of two copies for two separate members at one address on the other, so Andrew Neaves explains some of the technicalities:-
I would add to that, two comments:-
Dates for ARC meetings for 1998 will be as follows:-
Club officer changes
Please note that following their AGM the new officers for Staffs. & Shrops L.R.C. are:-
SOLIHULL HERITAGE RUN
Sunday April 26th.
Entries for the run are coming in steadily, my postman hasn't resigned yet, so keep them coming, don't forget the closing date of February 14th.
The Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon will be running a special Land Rover celebration and Rover Marque Day on the 26th, open from 10.00 am till 6.00 pm, with lots of attractions in the grounds and in the museum. Vehicles participating in the Run will be on display during their lunch stop, and all Land Rovers attending Gaydon during the day will be able to go on show in the arenas. If Clubs would like to set up a club display for the day, talk to Jane Roche on 01926 641188.
For those of you following the progress of the cavalcade throughout the day, there will be food available at the start at the NEC west car park, also at Gaydon, in the coffee shop and in the grounds (pig roast and beer tent), and at the tea stop at Baddesley Clinton, located slightly west of the B4100 road between Haseley and Chadwick End.
This latter stop is a superb medieval moated house dating back to the 13th century, and now operated by the National Trust. Entry prices are:-
50th ANNIVERSARY INTERNATIONAL RALLY - EASTNOR
Whilst the Solihull Heritage Run and the International Rally at Eastnor are going to be prestigious celebration events, surely one of the most impressive sights of 1998 will be the assembly of several hundred Series I's at Shugborough.
Two thoughts spring to mind:-
We have all seen the impressive (or depressing?) sight of hundreds of new cars 'stored' on docksides and airfields awaiting customers, but can you imagine several hundred 45 - 50 year old Landies lined up at a stately home? - it's mind boggling! - will it ever happen again?
In ARC News 17 I stated that the late John Parker's collection of models would be on display, this is not correct, they now reside at Dunsfold. The display at Shugborough will be that of Mike Hardiman and others - sorry!
Day visitors will park in the Shugborough Hall general car park (parking fee approx. 2) and then admission to the rally site is free.
For more information contact Peter Hughes, 332 Priory Road, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands B90 1BQ Tel. 0121 430 4712.
THE ALL-ROVER WEEKEND 1998
from Chris Savidge, Non-Competitive Clubs Co-Ordinator
Arrangements are in hand to hold this year's "All-Rover Weekend" within the Motoring Festival section of the Town & Country Festival, to be held on 29th - 31st August at the National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire. The prime reason for doing this, as opposed to the usual event at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, was to meet the need which has been identified by the ARC Non-Competitive Clubs Sub-committee, for there to be more at the event to interest "the rest of the family".
With so much else happening in the 50th year of The Land Rover, it would not be possible to arrange our own, independent event which would satisfy this identified need. The idea of "attaching" our All-Rover Weekend to an existing, suitable, event began to look attractive! We investigated several such events, even visiting some, and the Town & Country Festival came out well in the lead.
The Town & Country Festival is actually made up of four 'Festivals': Motoring - Live Entertainment - Leisure and Shopping - The Countryside. The venue, at the Royal Agricultural Society of England's headquarters, is superbly laid out with permanent infrastructure. Camping and caravanning are available (by pre-booking) adjacent to the showground - toilets and showers available, and I need to know approximate numbers in order to reserve adjacent sections of the camping and caravanning areas for our members. Price for those exhibiting vehicles is £20 per unit for the weekend (max 4 nights), and this fee also includes 2 adult entry tickets to all three days of the Show. Additional adult (over 15 years) and children's (5-15 years, under 5's are free) tickets can be bought in advance for the three days of the show at discounted rates. Caravanning for those not exhibiting vehicles is £35, and advance entry tickets available at discount. Day visitors may also purchase 'advance' tickets.
If you are interested in attending this event, either camping or caravanning, please get in touch with Bonny or Chris Savidge (Snr) on 0115 926 7716 as soon as possible, before 15th May 1998.
1998 CLUB EVENTS
VEHICLE THEFT..........PARTS FOR SALE
At regular intervals we read about members vehicles being stolen, and appeals in club newsletters for observations for such vehicles. Recent cases in the Peak & Dukeries and Red Rose areas prompted P. & D. newsletter editor Dave Banner to write the following article in "Trialling Times".
Dave is an expert on the subject of vehicle related crime (on the right side of the law!), and I am grateful to him and to P&D LRC for their permission to reproduce the article here.
Is It Nicked? .........Do You Care?
Once again one of our members has fallen victim to vehicle theft. He is the fourth member of our club, to my knowledge, to have had their motors stolen in the last few years.
There is also a letter from a Red Rose member whose 90" has suffered a similar fate. These stolen motors have ranged from Discovery to Series Two to a purpose built lightweight special. None of these vehicles has ever been recovered. This just goes to show that all vehicles are at risk so don't think it's not going to happen to you!.
Why do these vehicles get stolen?
Criminal A decides to make a nice little earner. He obtains the identity of a Land Rover, either by getting the log book and VIN plates from an unscrupulous car breaker, by getting a copy of a log book from the DVLA, or most crudely by getting some number plates made up copying a vehicle of the same make and colour. He then sends out his feelers and steals or gets a third party to steal your vehicle, which he then "rings" and gives it another identity, the Meccano-type construction making it very easy. After all, to most people a Land Rover is a Land Rover, they can't distinguish between the various models and specifications. This vehicle is then quickly sold on to an unsuspecting punter. Thousands of pounds are made this way.
Criminal B also wants to make some easy money, so again has your motor stolen. He then sells it to an unscrupulous car breaker (who may even have instructed B to steal a specific model) or breaks it up himself and sells off the bits in small ads etc. When you think how much a Tdi engine or 4-speed auto gearbox can fetch, this crime is well worth committing.
The people that steal your car will probably have a list of certain models to steal and will travel distances to steal the right car. Where better place to look for a Land Rover than at a club event? Conveniently advertised in national magazines such as LRO, LRW and IOR. Prospective thieves can then follow the owners home after maybe having a good look round the vehicle to check its spec, and then steal it at their leisure. They will also just drive around looking out for the right motor to steal. Easy isn't it?
Of course there are no victims, are there? All these vehicles are insured so nobody loses out. This is a popular misconception. Tell anyone who has suffered that it's a victimless crime and I'm sure you'll get a choice answer.
What can you do to prevent yourself becoming involved in these thefts?
Last year I wrote an article in the Trialling Times entitled "Is it Nicked?" and it's probably worth noting some of the points raised when buying a car or parts.
Remember that every Land Rover is a target and take reasonable steps to protect it. A good quality alarm/immobiliser will protect the car whilst outside your own home at least, as you will react to the sound of it even if nobody else does! Also a good quality mechanical locking device should be fitted. The best sort are the ones made out of steel that completely encase the steering wheel or the foot pedals. Also of note are those that fit inside the transmission tunnel safe from attack and lock the car in gear. For the older motor you may just want to disconnect a few wires or simply chain it up! If you park on an open driveway, consider a removable steel barrier post on the drive to prevent thefts. Also think about these to protect your caravans and trailers.
We create the market for these thefts by wanting to upgrade our motors with newer engines, gearboxes, trim, and to build our coil-sprung specials. I wonder just how many of those specials out there are unknowingly or uncaringly put together with stolen bits? I know one local builder of such vehicles who now refuses to use second hand parts due to the vast number of stolen ones on the market.
When you buy second hand parts take time to ask a few questions
Preferably get your parts from a reputable dealer who can offer you assurance where they have come from and a receipt. Many people are caught with stolen parts on their motors at routine Police/Ministry checks and end up being the subject of protracted police enquiries during which time the vehicle is impounded!
In law the rights of the original owner remain paramount and if you get caught out with stolen parts you may lose the lot to their original owner with no compensation. If, however, you know who you purchased them from you can at least have some recourse from them.
It's easy for me to take the moral high ground. I know we all like a bargain and to get our parts at the right price, myself included. But next time you're buying second hand bits take a few moments to remember the hard work that members may have put into making their motors with new parts, and think "Do I want to be parts of these thefts?" If you honestly care and put your hand on your heart and say you are happy with everything after asking a few questions then go ahead. If you've any doubts then walk away, inform the Police of your suspicions and don't create a market for stolen parts.
By being more cautious in your approach to buying spare parts you can help turn the tide on the thieves. Or are you prepared to turn a blind eye when the price is right?
Remember: NO MARKET = NO THEFT .... THINK ON
Disclaimer, March 1998