Miller, ARC Press & Publicity
Brandlehow, Wolverton, Stratford-on-Avon CV37
Tel: (+44) 1789 73 1669
After seemingly thousands of hours of sorting,
planning, cajoling, re-planning, etc, 'D' day came
around and there we were at West Car Park in the
pouring rain, two soaked Savidges and two soaked
Millers, trying to sort out 100 vehicles from our
papier mâché attendance lists, and 50 factory
vehicles for which there was no attendance list.
The lead vehicle, HUE 166 from Heritage Motor
Centre, was dispatched on time at 10.00 am, followed
by 150 others, more or less in order, only a handful
of drivers weren't available when required.
From all accounts the factory presentation and the
Mayor's presentation went off as planned and soon
everyone was parked up at Gaydon.
Our arrival at Gaydon, about 20 minutes before the
first of the cavalcade, revealed a sight for sore
eyes, Land Rovers lined up three abreast making their
way along the entry road.
Despite having to plan for unknown numbers, Fred
Coultas and his staff demonstrated how good planning
and slick control could manage a superb day's events.
Records were broken, in that this proved to be the
biggest ever Land Rover attendance at the Centre,
with over 600 vehicles and more than 3300 visitors
recorded on the day.
Lunch was provided in four zones, 'silver service'
for VIPs, buffet service for vehicle crews, cafeteria
service for day visitors, and fast food in the arena
Whilst some enjoyed action and vehicle viewing in
the arenas, others attended the 'Forum' in the
lecture theatre, where Dr.Hasselkus spoke of Land
Rover's past achievements and future plans, Gerry
McGovern gave us a presentation on Freelander, and
yours truly hosted an any-questions session, with
special guests Spen King, Tom Barton, Bill Morris,
Tony Poole, Norman Busby, Steve Haywood and Gerry
McGovern in the hot seats.
The run back to the NEC was via Baddesley Clinton
for tea and bikkies and a photo opportunity, and then
to Meriden, the centre of England.
The firework display and the band at the NEC,
overlooking Pendigo Lake, was a finale I'm sure we'll
never forget. The firework display was absolutely
fantastic, many a comment was heard "that's a
Freelander just gone up in smoke"!
Marie Curie Cancer Foundation benefited from the
sale of the birthday cake at £1 per slice, which was
served by the Mayor & Mayoress of Solihull.
Some of us with a Company background did comment
that this was the first time we had attended such a
display laid on by a Land Rover manager (Graham
Cheary) to celebrate his own retirement - how did he
get away with it?!
Chris Savidge & I would like to express our
sincere thanks on behalf of the ARC to the Company
and to Graham Cheary for inviting us to their party,
and to the staff at the Heritage Motor Centre, to the
staff at Baddesley Clinton, and to the Council and
people of Solihull, for their part in this memorable
event. From the comments heard and letters received
since the event, I think everyone enjoyed their day.
Chris and I would also like to thank all those ARC
club members who went to so much trouble to support
us, particularly those who responded to our late
appeals to fill an empty slot. The display of superb
vehicles was a credit to the Land Rover club movement,
and indeed to the classic car movement. And to those
who came from afar, like Mark and Cathy Nelson in
their 110" NAS Defender from Naples!, Wolfgang
Achler from Germany with his Dormobile, and the
several South African families in their Defenders, we
can only admire their enthusiasm and dedication,
thanks for coming, it was good to have you with us.
But the biggest thank you of all must go to the
dozens of marshals organised by Graham Cheary, who
were on duty at every road junction and every event
location, who managed to wave and smile all day, and
a long day it was, as every vehicle passed.
Plans are in hand to circulate photographs to all
participants in the event, but if others who attended
would like photographs as mementoes, let Chris
Savidge know, and details will be sent to you when
they are available.
|July 31st/Aug 2nd
||Association of North American
Rover Clubs hold their 50th Anniversary Rally
at Greek Peak near Cortland, New York State,
with UK-style RTV Trial, Off Road Trail ride,
Technical Sessions etc.
Contact via e-mail
or see their web site.
||North Wales LRC hold their
BALA 98 inter-club weekend, with scenic
drives, RTV Trial, CCV Trial, Comp Safari,
Team Recovery and Winch Recovery.
Dave Cuthbert 01492 534417 or Sue Bennett
||ARC All Rover Rally at the Town
& Country Festival, Stoneleigh.
details are as set out in ARC News 19. If you
wish to attend this rally either for the full
weekend or on a one day basis, please
complete the booking
form or contact Chris Savidge on 0115 926
7716 as soon as possible.
The organisers run a concours within the
Motoring Festival section of the show, but
this has not previously had a 4x4 class.
Chris has persuaded the organisers to add a 4x4
class, covering all makes of 4x4 on show, but
ARC have to provide the judges, so Chris
needs volunteers to act as concours judges.
To enter this concours you need to get an
entry form -
- from John Curtis, Range Rover
tel: 01494 565496
- from Paul Williams, Rover Sports
tel: 01952 419781
and return them to the organisers by July
50th Anniversary Merchandise
Custom Marketing Services Ltd, who are handling
the Anniversary merchandise on behalf of ARC, have
had some problems getting up to speed with the mail
order supplies and have given us this statement:-
Custom Marketing have weathered the initial
storm receiving orders for the new merchandise and
apologise to anyone who experienced a significant
delay to delivery. We are never the less pleased that
we achieved an almost 100% record in delivery within
28 days. While we stock packs (PK) and mugs (SM) and
(MM), the clothing can only be progressed to
individual order. Since it is only practical to
process these on a batch basis there is bound to be
some delay but we would expect to achieve 28 days.
For members outside the UK we have additional
problems with postage costs which are beyond our
control and, having discussed this with ARC Council
members, propose the following. Custom Marketing will
despatch the merchandise as ordered and place a
request for additional payment in the package. It is
hoped that members will post this additional charge
by return. This way you will at least be able to see
what you have bought. We would remind you that the
present range of anniversary merchandise will
terminate at the end of 1998.
50th Anniversary Grand Raffle
Included with this ARC News you should find a book
of raffle tickets. It is hoped to have 50 prizes
available, the 'big' prize being, of course, the ex
Camel Trophy Discovery. Tickets are £1 each, but
while you are writing your cheque, you might as well
have five - or even fifty! Proceeds will go to the
Eastnor Church maintenance fund, dedicated to the
memory of Major Ben Hervey-Bathurst.
You will have seen the adverts in the 4 x 4 press
about the video "Land Rovers Across America"
produced by British Car Films at £18.99 + £1.90 p&p.
This is a 90 minute video covering the enthusiasm
in America for all things Land Rover from early
Series I to current vehicles, and with club activity,
specialist dealers and enthusiastic owners, and
includes archive film from the original Rover North
As a special 50th Anniversary Offer, the video is
available to all ARC Club members at an all-in price
of £14.99 - a discount of £5.90 - provided you
order by July 31st.
This is a superb video tape and well worth £14.99.
Send your order to:
British Car Films (ARC Offer), P.O.Box 13862,
London N4 3WB
with your cheque or international money order (in
sterling only) for £14.99, or payment can be made by
VISA or Mastercard.
You must state which ARC club you belong
If you require North American NTSC format, you
must state this with your order. Included with the
tape is an entry form for a chance to win a free
holiday in the USA.
If your Series I (or very early Series II 88")
or your Rover car has an 'Inlet Over Exhaust' engine
that is getting tired, you might like to know of a
Series I Club member in the business of re-vitalising
such units. Camshafts and followers are available on
an exchange basis, cams are re-profiled and tuftrided
and followers have the slipper face replaced by a pad
of chrome-moly steel. Pistons, rings, bearings and
gaskets are also available.
Cox & Turner Engineering are based in Yeovil -
contact John Cox by phone or fax on 01425 652627
It's fairly old news now, but then the "law
of sod" does strange things occasionally, East
Northants LRC member Richard Walker lost his pride
and joy to the low-life brigade on March 20th. It was
a Series 3 Lightweight MBD 282K, chassis no. 95100366A,
Engine No. 2713162G 2¼ litre petrol. Full internal
ARC roll cage, oversize wheels & tyres, straight
bodywork and chassis (rear cross-member repaired with
two square beam sections). NATO Green, over sand
colours with commando markings. Red NATO tow hooks
front and rear. Olive coloured hood with side windows.
If you see anything resembling this, please
contact Richard on 01280 815545 or mobile 0411 589224.
Jim Campbell is stepping down as Caravan Secretary
as from the next AGM, March 1999. This is an
important ARC Council post, and if we don't get a
volunteer, we can't go caravanning next year. If you
would like some explanation of what is involved,
contact Jim on 01670 352456.
I, too, am stepping down at the next AGM.Having
set up 'ARC News' onto a reasonably firm footing, I
think I should now hand over to a younger computer
literate boffin who will do a much better job than me.
I regard the situation as more of a "communications"
job than 'Press & PR', but then it's what you
make it, to a large extent.
If you feel like having a go at either of these
posts, contact John Bradbury or Peter Oakden.