ARC News Issue 23 - November 1998
Miller, ARC Press & Publicity
Brandlehow, Wolverton, Stratford-on-Avon CV37
Tel: (+44) 1789 73 1669
John Bradbury has resigned as ARC Secretary due to
pressure of domestic work. He took on the job in
March 1996 and kept the flag flying despite much
family trauma during 1997. The Council, and I'm sure
all the Clubs, thank John for his sterling efforts
during this period, and wish him all the best for the
Caroline Flanders, fresh from her success at the
Major's Trial, has agreed to be co-opted into the
A new 'office' address and telephone number are
being set up, but in the meantime please contact the
ARC via the Registered Office address.
International Rally Video
All the current stocks have been sold, but if you
still want a copy please get your order in A.S.A.P.
Please note the change of address for your order and
to whom you must write the cheque.
The price is £14.95 per video and post is £1.50
for up to two for UK post. Overseas postage is £2
per video Sterling only please. Discounts are
available on ten or more. This is a limited offer
only until 1st February 1999. Cheques must be made
payable to Association of Rover Clubs Ltd. Please
send your order to: ARC Video, 8 East House Drive,
Hurley, Atherstone, Warwickshire CV9 2HB. Please
allow 28 days for delivery.
Incidentally, there is an error in the commentary
on the video, where it is said that the money raised
at the auction of items, kindly donated by the
traders, went to the Eastnor Church Fund. In fact,
this money was added to that already collected by
Margaret Craner (MROC) in support of the local Air
Ambulance, whose services we used on the first day of
the rally. The final sum handed over was a
Rover Video "Anything You Can Do" -
Heritage Motoring Films
Andrew Stavordale still has a few copies of this
BMIHT video available at £11.00 inclusive of post
& packing. It is a 53 minute video, partly b&w,
partly colour, combining four early Land Rover
promotional films made between 1955 and 1958. A nice
bit of Land Rover history. Contact Andrew on 0161 292
0539, but be quick, there's only a few left!
The Scrutineering Committee have issued the
following rule clarifications and comments:-
- A recurring problem we have with the current
rules format is that they show only those
things that you can't do, leaving the door
open to do practically anything else. We
agreed on the following statement:-
are clear anomalies in the rules that allow
things to be done but we re-iterate the
importance of competitors, where there is
doubt on rule interpretations, contacting the
Scrutineering Committee in order to gain a
definitive interpretation. It is important
always to do this in writing for the benefit
of both parties. We draw your attention to
Rule 1 which is there to ensure fair
Note that a set of rules which start with
a defined vehicle specification and then list
the changes that can be made
has been submitted for discussion. These
affect Standard vehicles only, initially.
- A competitor at the 1998 ARC Rally had fitted
dummy coil springs in the original locations
in addition to coil-over-dampers. The dummy
springs were made of plastic tubing slipped
over a thin wire core and painted to look
like metal coil springs. This was a
deliberate deceit and an insult to the hard-working
scrutineers. The Scrutineering Committee has
issued the following statement:-
Scrutineering Committee perceives the use of
plastic tubing over a thin wire core to
produce a component that looks like a coil
spring to be a clear attempt to deceive the
scrutineers at an ARC event. We draw your
attention to rule C.4.1. which requires that
a Rover spring be in position. It is the
interpretation of the Scrutineering Committee
that the spring is there to do the majority
of the work; the coil-over unit merely being
- There is a problem with the definition of
open / closed vehicles and the associated
requirement for the recently mandated top bar
on the roll-cage. A Land Rover with a canvas
roof fitted is a "closed" vehicle
even though it is clearly not a hard-top.
However, the top-bar is intended to be an
anti-intrusion device in the event of a roll-over,
and the strength of a canvas roof cannot be
compared to a proper hard-top in offering
intrusion protection. We decided that in due
course, we would change the wording to refer
to vehicles with or without a hard-top,
rather than "open" or "closed".
- Body-capping strips around the load area on
"series" Land Rovers and Defenders.
Many vehicles have non-original body panels
which terminate in a cut edge on the
periphery of the load-area. There should be a
capping of some sort to present a "safe
edge". So we require the top edge to be
turned over down into the load area, or an
actual capping strip, not necessarily a Rover
original but of similar design. If the
tailgate is removed, then any capping that is
normally part of the tail-gate will be
- The term "Where factory fitted" as
quoted in various places in the rules is
intended to mean that the item was fitted to
that type of vehicle in the course of
manufacture by Land Rover Ltd. or any company
contracted by Land Rover to build / assemble
their vehicles or components.
- Timed Trials. According to RACMSA rule H.16.2.2.
(Page 94 in the 1998 RACMSA Yearbook, or page
223 in the 1998 ARC Handbook) a vehicle may
make any number of attempts at a gate or
section within the time allowed. Consequently,
we agreed to amend ARC rule H.5. thus:-
SHUNTS. Vehicles over 95" wheelbase are
allowed one reverse (shunt) per section which
can be taken at the driver's discretion after
receiving marshal's consent but before
coming to an involuntary halt; unless stated
otherwise in the SRs. This is to enable ARC
clubs to run to RACMSA regulations, which do
not penalise shunts, if desired.
- 18" Wheels on the new design Range Rover.
We agreed to add "and other sizes where
factory fitted" immediately after 16"
- Front radius arms on the new design Range
Rover. These are OK to use if they are
- Freelander Handbrake. Agreed to add "unless
factory fitted." at the end of rule B.4.1.
This is on the basis that we need to keep up
to date on factory products.
- Any Special Class vehicle can be fitted with
any Rover engine but Class 11 alone ends with
the words "Any Rover engine." This
implies that classes 6 to 10 have some
restriction. These words are to be removed.
- Competitive Safaris.
Flag signals for use
when recovering disabled vehicles:-
- Yellow flag held steady is a caution.
Approaching vehicles should be seen
to back off and slow down. Drivers
disregarding the yellow flag may be
- Red flag means stop.
Course marker arrows:-
- Colours should be orange on the face
and white on the reverse so a driver
who gets disorientated can establish
the direction of the course.
- Turbo-diesel engines. The RACMSA rule (Page
70 in the 1998 RARACMSA Yearbook, or page 215
in the 1998 ARC Handbook) states:-
If forced induction is used, the coefficient
will be 1.7:1 unless stated otherwise in
Specific Technical Regulations or SRs.
The coefficient refers to capacity and
means that a 2« litre turbo diesel engine
equates to a 4¬ litre normally aspirated one.
If ARC event organisers require the 1.7:1
rule NOT to apply, then this will need to be
stated in the event SRs.
- Chassis profiles. The key area of the chassis
is above and betbetween the axles. There are
so many variations to chassis ends (particularly
when a RR chassis is shortened and fitted to
a SWB look-alike, for example) that the
chassis profile ahead of and behind the axles
could be disregarded. We wish to issue the
The use of a non-OEM
chassis is permitted on condition that the
profile above and between the axles remains
as per the original design.
In view of the time-scale involved, any
proposed changes to the wording of the rules
will not appear in the 1999 Handbook. However,
they may be taken as clarifications for the
If you have any questions or queries on
Scrutineering or vehicle competition
regulations, contact the Committee's Hon.
Secretary Steve Kirby, they would much rather
discuss things in committee than in the
Scrutineering Tent - be safe not sorry! Steve
Kirby can be contacted at 244 Staines Road,
Twickenham, Middlesex TW2 5AR
- 1998 Solihull Heritage Run - "The
Epilogue" from Chris Savidge
little-known part of Land Rover's 50th
Birthday celebrations was concluded recently.
This was the combined planting, at Castle
Bromwich Hall Gardens, of a large number of
plants, shrubs and trees to enable the
recovery of an area of land to add to the
Gardens. Also, way back in the spring, 150
trees were also planted at Baddesley Clinton
- the National Trust property which formed
the "afternoon tea" stop on the
Heritage Run. These trees were planted to
grow into a new 'heronry' to replace the
present one which is approaching the end of
its useful (to herons!) life.
At both locations, Land Rover have had
special commemorative plaques displayed (in
the coffee shop/ restaurant areas)
acknowledging that the planting was done by
Land Rover on behalf of the drivers taking
part in the Heritage Run. Do call in and have
a look at these plaques if you are in the
area, but you will have to wait, in the case
of Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens, as they are
now closed to the public until Easter. Castle
Bromwich Hall Gardens are situated N.E. of
Birmingham, 1 mile south of J.5 of the M6.
Baddesley Clinton is a medieval moated manor
house "with hidden secrets", and is
situated less than a mile west of the A4141
Warwick to Birmingham road, near Chadwick End,
and is still open from 4th Nov to 13th Dec on
Wednesday to Sunday afternoons only.
- All Rover Week-End at the Town & Country
Festival, Stoneleigh - a report from
organiser Chris Savidge:-
Almost 60 ARC
members and their families attended this
event, 75% of these stayed on the adjacent (well
almost!) camp-site and the remaining 25%
visited for either one, two or even three
days (now that's what I call commitment!) The
ARC display and hospitality unit was put to
good use - information, both to members and
the public generally, along with tea/coffee
and the contents of "Bonny's Cake-Box",
were freely dispensed throughout the three
days of the Show by a team consisting of
Bonny and myself (101 FCC&R/ARC), Sue and
Ian Foster (LWLRC), June and Jack Green (ARC
Shows & Displays), and Andrew Stavordale
Twice daily displays, one of Rover Cars
and a second of Land Rover products spanning
the 50 years of production, were mounted in
the Motoring Avenue. A letter received from
the Motoring Festival Organiser recently
stated: "I know that Tony Webb (arena
commentator) was very impressed with your
presentations (of vehicles) and also the fact
that you were spot-on time on all 3 days".
Many letters of thanks have also been
received from families attending - several
specifically requesting that we return to the
"T & C" again next year. This
request, and the invitation from the "T
& C" organisers for ARC to return
again next year, were put to the 12th Sept
ARC quarterly meeting, and a decision taken
to apply for a stand again for 1999. Written
confirmation has now been received that we
can indeed have the same large stand at the
event - August Bank Holiday weekend,
including the Monday, 1999 - mark your
diaries and calendars now (if you have got
them yet!) I have already received one
As a variation next year, I would like
to display some Land Rovers actually working,
on the stand, driving accessories from early
Series One's, for example. The organisers
have also 'taken on board' my comments
regarding improvements and those 'little
niggles' from this year's event and have
promised to address these before next year's
The Range Rover Register ran their 'courtesy
rides' using both off-road tracks at the
Royal Showground and raised, through
donations, the magnificent sum of £950 for
"Hearing Dogs for the Deaf" - their
current nominated charity. Our thanks not
only to those RRR members concerned, but also
to both Alan Baldwin, for use of the RASE
track, and Roger Crathorne, for use of Land
Rover's track. We hope to run this again in
- All Rover Week-End - a report from Series I
Club member Nick Chinery
I've never yet
missed an All Rover Weekend since they
started at Gaydon. I must admit to liking the
uncluttered calmness of the Gaydon site and
was a little sceptical of the move to the
Stoneleigh show ground and being part of the
`Town & Country Festival'. It is however
less distance to travel, and I was able to
commute for all three days. This was
definitely a consideration - what with the
National, and Shugborough events my cheque
book was starting to grumble every time I
took it out! After the `Town & Country'
it now refuses point blank to co-operate any
further and stays hidden in the depths of my
I'd never been to Stoneleigh and did
not know what to expect. I knew that it would
be a long day, and arrived in good time to
find the ARC stand before the 09:00 deadline.
It was just as well as the signs were a bit
vague, and we had a tour of half the site.
Having got to our spot and been directed by
Chris Savidge we enjoyed a few minutes of
peace whilst absorbing the surroundings, and
reminded the children that lunchtime was
still at least three hours away. Then it was
time to explore the show. There was certainly
a lot to see, and take part in for everyone.
We all enjoyed the steam train ride, and the
traction engines. Then there were the horse
events, the dog events, the ferrets, the
falconry, the sheep shearing, the stunt team,
the..... I could go on for ages! There was
just so much it was hard to take it all in.
We got back to the 107 for a slightly
early lunch after walking what seemed like
the length & breadth of England, and
remembered to save just enough for tea. Then
there were about 2 hours more wandering
before we were needed in the arena. It is a
shame that in our 50th year we were not
selected for the main arena which drew in the
large crowds, but we got good commentary from
Chris, and some of us were interviewed. As
Chris mentioned, Land Rover owners can talk
for ages about their vehicles and time was
too short to say much as the next display was
scheduled. After parking up again I was not
allowed to do further walking about before we
had been round the Off-Road course, courtesy
of the RRR. It was a superb ride which left
me feeling that Gaydon could do a lot more
with theirs. Now the children were satisfied
with that, we looked round some of the side
stalls, deliberately avoiding making any
purchases until nearer the allowed departure
time of 19:00. We arrived home, weary but
satisfied, a little after 20:00. I think the
children would have been more satisfied if
the helicopter rides hadn't been so expensive.
Sunday morning was difficult. The legs
had a certain reluctance to get up and start
the day. In fact there was nearly a mutiny.
This time I had twice the number of children
in tow so the sights had to be seen again,
together with even more. Once again they
thoroughly enjoyed the day, and we had all
requested more grub in the snaffle bags so we
could make a decent tea at the appropriate
time (as notified by our stomachs as much as
by the clock). Even so Bonny's coffee and
extras were accepted with gratitude. There
was another display of the vehicles in the
side arena, at the same time as Saturday, and
again on Monday at the same time. This made
it very easy to plan where to go and what to
Monday passed in a similar fashion to
Saturday & Sunday, but with another child
added to the number, we had to see it all
again - but with no complaints, and much
interest from all. We all enjoyed the hot air
balloons, and, in fact the whole show. I'm
not one for crowds, and this was the most
difficult part of the weekend which is
expected in such a large show. Despite the
numbers there I managed to meet a girl I'd
taught 3 or 4 years ago.
To sum up, the family all had a great
time and I'm certain they will want to go
again should the ARC be there, and if we can
afford it. My thanks to Chris and Bonny for
doing a great job. Lets have a lot more
vehicles there with maybe some non static
display of Land Rovers at work. If the
traction engines can do it, why can't we?
- Series II Club 40th Anniversary
much Land Rover 50th anniversary celebration
going on, the Series II 40th birthday rather
missed the spotlight, but nevertheless a good
gathering was enjoyed in conjunction with the
YROC Langley Farm event.
Fifty-nine Series IIs lined up for the
photo opportunity in the sunshine, to round
off a weekend of off-roading, partying,
barbecuing and raffling, and to cap it all,
the proceeds of the weekend (to the tune of
£423.64) were donated to the Marie Curie
Cancer Care charity.
- The Major's Memorial Trial 1998
weeks before the Trial date, panic was
setting in, due to lack of entries, but as
the entry closing date approached, things
took off, to such a degree that a record
entry of 35 teams was achieved. Of these,
eleven were 'standard', three 'ladies' teams,
and the rest 'specials'.
The 'Rose Bowl' was won by Southern, with
Ron Baker/ Keith Leonard/ Martin Leonard, the
'Standard Shield' was won by Yorkshire with
Dave Walker/ John Frith/ Norman Whiteley, and
the 'Ladies Shield' was won by the 101 FCC&R
with Caroline Flanders/ Susan Flanders/
Debbie Aldridge. The trophies were presented
by Mrs. Hervey-Bathurst.
Chris Myatt expresses his gratitude to all
who helped, and to Solihull Land Rover
dealership Evans-Halshaw for their support,
and has now handed over the reins for next
year's event to Simon Haycock - and the event
will be on again next year at Eastnor.
- 1998 Hillrally
David Mitchell, Rally
Director, and Chris Tomley, Clerk of the
Course, for the 1998 Hillrally have asked me
to pass on to all Club members who assisted
with this year's rally, their sincere thanks
for your support. Chris' letter is reproduced
I write to thank all Stage Commanders,
Doctors & Rescue (both Rally and Military),
Recovery, Radio Crews and Marshals, from both
the Rally and 4x4 Clubs, who braved the
elements last weekend to keep the Hillrally
on course. Without their dedication and
perseverance the event would not be possible.
Many were out every morning, well before
light, to check and re-arrow stages, and were
still there into the evening until their
stages were completed.
At the Prize Presentation the award
winners also expressed their thanks to the
Marshals, most of whom were not able to
attend the presentation.
The Rally Director's Trophy for the
most outstanding marshalling contribution to
the event went to Roger Whitehouse of the
Quinton Motor Club. He ran SS 4 on Friday in
very wet, cold and nasty weather. Then
returned in the rain and cold, before first
light, on Saturday for the second run and set
up the Stage only to find that it had to be
cancelled. He then set up his Sunday Service
area and was in location at 06.00 to make
sure all service units were parked safely. He
then ran four time controls and four 'out'
simultaneously getting off stage nearly 12
This is only one of the many instances
of dedication demonstrated over the weekend.
It is impossible to mention all by name. To
everyone who helped, in whatever way, I
extend the grateful thanks of the Organising
Committee and myself.
Please come again next year, we shall
be very pleased to see you. The dates are 8/9/10
Yours sincerely, Chris Tomley, Clerk of
...... and please note that this is not
"THE WELSH HILLRALLY", it is "THE
HILLRALLY supported by Goodyear".
- Tour of Lincs Hillrally April 10th/11th 1999
Louth Lincs Motor Club have run a Tour of
Lincs Rally for the past 27 years, and this
year (their centenary year) they have joined
forces with Lincs Land Rover Club to make it
a 'Hillrally'. Entry fee will be £200 and £20
for a management car, and HQ will be based at
Market Rasen racecourse. The entry is
restricted to 75 vehicles and a £50 deposit
is required. Contact Steve Wells on 01472
398019 or 0976 510433
Land Rover Marque Day, Heritage Motor
Centre, Gaydon May 2nd 1999
Following the success of last year's
Solihull Heritage Run, Heritage Motor Centre
have decided to hold a Land Rover Marque Day
each year as near as possible to April 30th (Land
Rover's birth date) . Put this date in your
diary, more details on format, activities etc
in next ARC News.
- 1999 International Rally, May 28th/31st 1999
Yorkshire Rover Owners Club
happened so many times in the past,
difficulties have arisen with the landowner
of the prospective rally site, therefore Tong
will not now be the venue for next year's
Yorkshire Rover Owners Club have other 'irons
in the fire', an announcement will be made as
soon as they have a signature on an agreement.
- A meeting of the Non-Competitive Sub-Committee
has been held to discuss the structure of the
Land Rover Concours at the National Rally,
and any other Concours that may be held, for
example, at the All Rover Weekend. A 'two-tier'
Concours is likely, to cater not only for
"Concours" standard (in its true
meaning) vehicles, but also for "working
vehicles". Discussions are proceeding
regarding the actual judging criteria for
both types. It is likely that the vehicle
classes will broadly follow the ARC's non-competitive
clubs make-up for "Concours"
standard classes and one overall class for
"working vehicles". ARC Council has
agreed, in principle, to a revised trophy
structure, catering for all classes
- Suffolk-based RSR member Patrick Hemphill has
informed me that the Colne Valley Classic and
Vintage Club (C.V.C.V.C) have invited any
Rover Club members interested in Classic
vehicles to join them at the White Hart,
Great Yeldham, Essex, on their social
evenings on the second Thursday of the month,
Some of you will have noticed that Tony Kempster
has changed his title to a more user friendly "Countryside
Access Officer" - it's self-explanatory isn't it?
At the September EGM, I referred to a new LARA
publication which all clubs should have a copy of.
Entitled 'Best Practice Guide Notes for event
organisers and planning professionals', it is
essential reading for all club officials.
The Guide Notes show people involved with motor
sport and recreation two vital things - by
participating positively within the development
processes, the future use of land can be safeguarded
rather than threatened. Also, that choosing to ignore
the planning processes is no longer a viable option.
The Guide Notes have a cover price of £25 but ARC
clubs and other groups within LARA can obtain a copy
for £10 post paid, which includes update sheets
which will be published from time to time.
approach goes national!
LARA's 1998 annual workshop was on 'Countryside
Consensus' - approaching management measures through
discussion and agreement, rather than the guerrilla
warfare more usually encountered. Taking the success
of the 'Lake District Hierarchy of Trail Routes'
initiative as a jumping-off point, the workshop set
about looking at the characteristics of the consensus
approach, and how it might be employed within a
legalistic framework. This was all about site-based
motor sport, as much as green lane access.
The workshop was built around discussion
techniques pioneered by the Environment Council, a
national charity that does a lot of work in
developing consensus approaches to solving
environmental issues. Rather than the conventional 'we
talk - you listen', everyone present spent much of
the day writing out flip-chart sheets of phrases, and
criss-crossing the room attaching 'Post-It' note
comments to other groups' work.
Speakers (each limited to a mind-saving 15 minutes!)
included Bob Cartwright (Lake District National Park
Authority), Mick Presland (English Sports Council),
Audrey Wedderburn (Countryside Commission), Steve
Jenkinson (IPROW) and Schia Mitchell (Environment
As usual, LARA will be publishing the papers
issuing from the workshop - this time in the format
of insert pages for the 'Motoring and the Planning
Process GuideNotes'. Anyone who already has a
GuideNotes file will automatically receive the
consensus papers when these are published. If you
would like to receive the consensus papers, please
order a GuideNotes file from:- LARA, P.O.Box 20,
Market Drayton, TF9 1WR, enclosing a £10 cheque
payable to 'LARA'. Alternatively I will have some
GuideNotes at the December EGM.
Just a thought: As LARA's officers cleared up at
the end of the day, the proceedings were adjudged a
success for and by everyone present. 'But', observed
one participant, 'the real problem lies with those
authorities that were invited to come along, but
declined to do so. How do we reach THEM?'
Mutual Vehicle Insurance
We now have a 'news link' set up with NFU Mutual,
and have received the following report on their
"Awareness Campaign" carried out over
Some 40% of ARC members questioned in a special
survey are aware of the special insurance scheme
available for ARC members from the NFU Mutual, the
country's leading rural insurer.
The interviews were conducted among 400 people
present at the Eastnor Castle rally earlier this year
to mark the 50th anniversary of the production of
A sizeable number of respondents were aware
that the NFU Mutual offers insurances other than
motor or 4x4 but the company wants to make more
people aware of its services.
NFU Mutual turned out to be the most popular
insurer for motor policies and for 4x4 compared with
other insurance companies.
The majority with a NFUM policy had contacted
the company direct but a further 20% took out a
policy as a result of mailing from the ARC.
In another telephone survey, some 58% regarded
the process of obtaining a policy as excellent while
36% said it was good. Professionalism was rated at 9.1
out of ten. 100% of those making a claim were
satisfied with the outcome.
Compared with other companies the overall
service of the NFUM was rated as being much better
than average by 39% and better than average by 61%.
Cost, value for money, level of cover and
company reputation were key decision makers.
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