Miller, ARC Press & Publicity
Brandlehow, Wolverton, Stratford-on-Avon CV37
Tel: (+44) 1789 73 1669
UK Clubs membership payments to ARC from ARC
Chairman, Peter Oakden The level of subscription
which member clubs pay to the Association has been
under review by a sub-group of ARC Council. Although
it may appear simple, a method of levying payments
which is fair to all clubs can become very involved.
We have 'Competitive Clubs' (e.g. Midland Rover
Owners Club) and 'Non-Competitive Clubs' (e.g. Rover
Sports Register) where currently the structure is
quite different. We have ceilings which limit the
payments made by large clubs. Further, we have the
fact that to brand a club 'Competitive' is a misnomer
since statistics show that on average only between 15%
and 25% of Competitive Clubs' members are actually
competitors. Thus there are many variables to be
taken into account and many possible solutions have
The working party have formulated three possible
schemes and the Association are holding a forum on
Saturday 14th November to present these proposals to
the member clubs. Each club (39 off) will be invited
to send two delegates to the meeting to receive and
discuss the proposals. The two delegates will be
Chairman, Secretary or Treasurer and it is important
that your club is present. Please lobby your
committee to ensure that your club has a voice on
this important issue.
I'm afraid that life at the editor's desk is a bit
of a rough ride at the moment (about like an unladen
Series II 88 with H.D. suspension!) for various
- ARC News 20 took five weeks from my
depositing the master copy at Lode Lane, to
getting out to your letterbox.
- ARC News 21 took six weeks, meaning that a
large proportion of its content was out of
date by the time your received it
- Phone calls and mail from car club members 'complaining'
of receiving ARC News when they are "not
a member of the club".
- Continuing mail and phone calls from members
and the public about ARC News being delivered
to incorrect addresses.
On items 'a' and 'b', I can only apologise for
glitches beyond my control.
On item 'c' - the Rover Sports Register and the P6
Rover Owners Club are members of ARC and both clubs
now participate in the ARC News circulation system.
The fact that there is no car news in the newsletter
is because I don't receive any input from the clubs
in question. I did receive some info on an RSR event
earlier this year, but unfortunately due to
newsletter timing difficulties, was unable to get it
out in time.
On item 'd' - I have explained previously that I
do not have any influence on the address list used
for ARC News circulation, this is the responsibility
of your club. Each club supplies a disk to Andrew
Neaves from which the master disk is compiled. From
this, the distribution centre print labels and stick
them to envelopes. If you change address, tell your
club, and insist that they send an updated disk to
Andrew. If you get your club magazine at the right
address, but your ARC News is incorrect, it is
obvious that your club has updated its own disk, but
has not updated us.
Reproduced below is a comment from Andrew, which
we hope will help overcome some of the difficulties.
It now takes a considerable time (about twelve
hours) to collate all the club address information,
let alone correct it with all the address error
complaints we receive.
Therefore as from this month we will only do
three address updates per year. The closing dates for
these updates will be: 1st March, 1st July and 1st
Any club that has missed two updates will be
removed from the circulation list until a new update
is received. This gives us the advantage that: a) The
clubs know when the updates are required. b) The time
required will be reduced. c) Out of date information
will be removed.
Please be aware that, with exception of
duplicates, all address errors should be directed
towards your club.
Also quite a large number of you do not show a
post code. If your address label on this ARC news
does not have a post code please let your club know.
Doing this will enable us to offer a faster service
to both the UK and World wide members as currently we
have to check ten thousand envelopes to ensure the UK
and World wide distributions are separated.
Listed below are the clubs now participating in
the system, together with the date of their last
membership update disk to Andrew. Please note that
those marked * are at risk of being excluded from the
system with effect from 1st November 1998
||Apr 97 *
||Aug 97 *
|C & D
||Mar 97 *
|Chelt. & C
||Apr 97 *
||Apr 97 *
|L & C
||Aug 97 *
|Leics & R
|P & D
||Jul 97 *
||Aug 97 *
|Som. & Wilts
||Apr 97 *
|S & S
|Wye & W
Following the issue of the NFU Mutual / ARC
Insurance leaflet last October, we have heard many
reports of good deals and satisfied customers. One or
two comments have been made about agents not knowing
of the scheme, and agents insisting that membership
of 'NFU Countryside' is necessary in order to obtain
At a recent meeting with NFU, I was able to raise
these points, and it was accepted that there have
been a few isolated incidents, but increased internal
marketing should now have put things right. If you do
encounter any difficulties, you can ring the enquiry
number on the original leaflet - 0345 045031 - to get
advice and assistance.
Whilst the original leaflet leaned towards 4 x 4's
and 'rural motorists', ARC car clubs are included in
the scheme, including classic vehicles, limited
mileage schemes, etc. - in fact any insurance problem
can be considered.
Wilford - Cartoonist (retired)
You all know Pete, don't you? Can you imagine him
being rendered speechless? - No? - well think again.
John Bradbury and Harold Lowe, ably assisted by Pete's
wife Jane, cajoled Pete up onto the stage in the
marquee at the International Rally at Eastnor, and
presented him with a superb decanter, as a 'retirement'
present from the ARC, for all the pleasure he has
given us over the years.
Pete's jaw dropped, and for a few seconds (it
seemed like several minutes), he was speechless -
there has to be a first time for everything!
Pete has retired from running his cartoon stand at
shows and events, but will still be putting a smile
on our faces via the media.
Reproduced below is a letter received from Pete
On Sunday evening 24th May at the ARC
International Rally, I was press ganged onto the
stage in the beer tent.
I was presented with a beautiful cut glass
decanter and Jane my wife was given a large
bouquet of flowers.
These were from the ARC, Club members and
Friends wishing us well on our retirement at the
end of the year from doing shows with our cartoon
This was a wonderful gesture and truly
appreciated, even though I didn't think so at the
time. I was completely GOBSMACKED for the first
time in my life.
I would just like to apologise to anyone
who was there, as I felt I had let you all down
by not being able to respond to this great
tribute, and had I known what they had in store
for me you would not have got me anywhere near
the beer tent that night.
Whenever I pour a drink from the decanter I
will always remember all the laughs and good
times spent at the last 28 National Rallies I
have attended, whether competing or cartooning,
and all the friends we have both made.
Many thanks to you all individually, the
Clubs and the ARC, for your support and kindness.
June 27th/28th 1998
The Series I Club worked their socks off to
achieve a weekend to remember, wet on Saturday but
gloriously fine on Sunday, to celebrate the 50th
Anniversary of THEIR vehicle.
At the International Rally at Eastnor a few weeks
earlier, we had seen a wonderful line-up of hundreds
of Land Rover's various models, but the line-up at
Shugborough of hundreds of Series I's really was mind
boggling - it made the hair on the back of your neck
stand to attention!
Congratulations to Chairman Andrew Stevens, Shows
Officer Andrew Cross, Rally Officer Peter Hughes, and
of course all of their committee and helpers, on
achieving such a superb and memorable event.
I think a few comments are worth repeating:-
- From a member of Shugborough Hall staff - We
were thinking of having you back to train
some of our other customers on how to run a
- Someone stopped Sue Combridge during the
weekend to ask - Are you professionals?
- Someone called out the AA to Shugborough Hall
to attend to a green Land Rover!
Comp Safari - Staffs & Shrops LRC 26th-27th
Staffs & Shrops annual 'bash' under RACMSA
Clubman's permit at Abbotts Bromley, Staffs. For more
detail contact Allan Dawson on 01538 387348 - or via
e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshops 2nd/3rd October 1998
Two 'workshops' on Countryside Consensus, on
Friday October 2nd at the National Water Sports
Centre, Holme Pierrepoint, Nottingham, and on
Saturday 3rd October at the Welsh Institute for Sport
in Cardiff. Cost is £50 per person (£30 for LARA-affiliated
clubs) to include meals, refreshments and papers.
Contact Alan Kind on 0191 236086 or talk to Tony
Kempster on 01797 252371.
MALACHI TEAM COMP SAFARI - Lincolnshire LRC - 28th/29th
A team-of-3 Comp Safari at Wickenby Airfield, but
individual entries will be accepted. For details
contact Lincs LRC on 01472 398019, or 0976 510433, or
07970 192779, or 01427 377357.
TO SYDNEY OVERLAND EXPEDITION
On 30th August 1998 two Defender 110s and a
Pegasus Quantum flexwing microlight aircraft set off
from London heading for Singapore without using
ferries, a world first, and then on to Sydney. They
are crewed by 5 guys and 3 girls, with a two man base
team in Hampshire. Their aims are threefold:-
- To complete the first ever overland crossing
from London to Singapore.
- To raise money for the Trinity Hospice based
at Clapham Common in London
- To visit hospitals and medical centres en
route and explain the work and doctrine of
the British hospices.
- They are seeking support from companies,
clubs and individuals. You can become a 'friend'
for £20, whereupon you will receive a 'T'
shirt and monthly newsletters, or just give
them moral support.
For more information contact the base crew, Peter
Cooper or Richard Phillips, at Swarranton House,
Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9TQ, tel: 01962 732759, or
look them up on the
We wish them bon voyage!
There is a new EC directive (94/20EC), the
Mechanical Couplings Directive, which at last applies
safety standards to vehicle towbars. The three main
features of the directive are:-
- The bar must fit only the vehicle
manufacturer's designated fixing points, and
must fit all of these points
- The assembly must pass a fatigue test of 2
million cycles at a new higher loading than
- The towbar must not obscure the vehicle
number plate when not in use.
All vehicles registered on or after 1st August
1998 may only use a type approved towing bracket
fitted with an approval plate or sticker. This plate
will contain various approval data and the approval
number e.g. e11 00.0000
This legislation covers all cars and 4 x 4s with
up to eight seats, it does not apply to light
commercial vehicles or minibuses.
An important point, of course, is that you cannot
fit an "old" towbar from your previous
vehicle to your new, post-August 1998 Defender,
Discovery, Range Rover or Rover car. Obviously Rover
Genuine Parts are fully approved, but beware of cheap
imitations, they are now not only cheap, but may be
Tax Exemption & Hybrid Vehicles
DVLA have recently introduced a tightening of the
procedure for registering re-built vehicles, which
applies particularly to Land Rover vehicles with
their 'meccano' type constructions, and therefore
particular suitability for hybridisation.
If you are planning to build or buy a hybrid with
25 year tax exemption, beware.
Points are allocated to various major sub-assemblies
of the vehicle, and if you wish to retain the 25
years exempt status, you have to 'retain' 8 points or
more of the original vehicle.
So - Case 1 - You have a pre-Jan 73 Land Rover and
you put a newer Range Rover engine and gearbox into
it, you can still use the tax exempt registration of
the Land Rover as you have retained the Chassis 5
points, Suspension 2 points, Axles 2 points and
Steering 2 points - a total of 11 points.
But - Case 2 - You have a pre- Jan 73 Land Rover
and decide to rebuild it onto a coil sprung chassis,
with RR axles and suspension, you only have three
credit points for the LR engine and gearbox, so there
is no way this type of rebuild can retain the Land
Rover's tax exempt registration. To claim tax
exemption on such a vehicle is a criminal offence,
even if you bought the vehicle already converted and
simply go to the Post Office and claim another tax
exempt licence disc.
Obviously the main concern here is that any Land
Rover model originally built on leaf springs, and now
sporting coil springs, combined with a tax exempt
status, needs a thorough check before purchase.
I Club Register of Vehicles
Congratulations again to the Series I Club on
their recently issued "Register of Vehicles"
spanning nearly 5000 vehicles from the 80s of 1948 to
the 88s and 109s of 1958, plus about 50 Brockhouse
trailers (I used to design Brockhouse trailers before
I joined Rover, including, would you believe, a water
bowser to be pulled by a camel!)
This must have cost much midnight oil-burning to
achieve, and I suspect it will require even more hard
labour to keep up to date!