Miller, ARC Press & Publicity
Brandlehow, Wolverton, Stratford-on-Avon CV37
Tel: (+44) 1789 73 1669
Caroline Flanders has survived her baptism of fire
- her first EGM, and is still keen to carry on. She
may be contacted at P.O. Box 363, Berkhampstead, HP4
3FR, or tel: 01442 873567.
Did you notice my two deliberate mistakes in ARC News 23? In my intro. to
Steve Kirby's scrutineering notes, I called them
"rule changes and comments", and this
should have read "rule clarifications and
comments" - sorry Steve.
In my 'Events Past' section, I referred to "The
Major's Trial" rather than "The Major's
Memorial Trial". From someone who despairs at
the people who call the ARC International Rally
"The Nationals", this is particularly
unfortunate - my apologies.
ARC Display Material
An appeal from Countryside Access Officer Tony
For many years, the ARC has been able to use
material produced by other LARA groups for
displays at various events attended by our Shows
and Displays Officers, June & Jack Green.
Most of this display material has now become
obsolete and rather tatty and it's been suggested
that we may have someone 'out there' who may be
able to produce up-to-date sketches, cartoons,
photos, info, etc.
The purpose of the displays is to give
information about the ARC and its activities, and
promote the responsible use of the environment
for competition and the recreational use of
vehicular rights of way. All responses please to
Tony Kempster on 01797 252371 or June & Jack
Green on 01207 545448.
EGM's for 1999
Dates for next year's AGM / EGMs will be as
||Saturday 13th March 1999
||Saturday 12th June 1999
Saturday 11th September 1999
Saturday 4th December 1999
at 10.30 a.m. at the Presentation Suite, Lode Lane,
unless advised otherwise.
The ARC now has a hospitality unit trailer, which
is available on loan to any member club for their
events. It is 'garaged' in the Midlands, and has to
be collected and returned by the borrowing club. It
is a heavy unit and therefore is not suitable for
towing behind SWB vehicles, or by members with little
or no towing experience.
For information and bookings, contact June &
Jack Green on 01207 545448. All Bank Holidays for
1999 are already booked!
Land Rover Series II Club
The Club has a new Secretary and a new address
with immediate effect:-
Laurence Mitchell, The Series Two Club, P.O.Box
251, Barnsley S70 5YN
Frank Myatt, who has been Secretary since about
1066!, stays on the Committee, and will still
represent the Club at external functions (such as ARC,
Land Rover, and FBHVC), but has decided to hand over
the reins to a younger pair of hands.
The Land Rover club scene owes you a great debt
Frank, hope you now enjoy a slightly more leisurely
Conference Saturday 14th November 1998
For many years now, the Council has discussed
various ways in which the Clubs should finance the
With a wide array of different Club sizes and
interests - cars, non-competitive Land Rover Clubs,
competitive Land Rover Clubs - small geographically 'local'
clubs, large national/international single marque
clubs - it is inevitable that accusations were made
that some clubs were 'penalised' and others were 'getting
a soft option'.
Changes were made a couple of years ago, which
improved the situation, but these changes were always
regarded as an 'interim move'. Earlier this year, the
Council set up a 'working party', comprised of Denis
Bourne (ARC Vice Chairman), Andrew Stavordale (ARC
Treasurer), and Norman Whitely (ARC Council Member),
to re-assess the whole situation, and come forward
with new proposals.
The Council called a Conference of all Clubs to
attend a presentation at the Heritage Motor Centre at
Gaydon on Saturday 14th November. Chairmen, and
Secretary or Treasurer, of all 37 UK clubs were
invited, and on the day 26 clubs were represented.
Andrew Stavordale, spokesman for the working group,
presented three alternative systems of club
subscription, Option 1 being similar to the system
currently operating, based purely on a club's
competitive or non-competitive status. Options 2
& 3 looked at distributing the main running costs
of ARC (General Administration, Countryside Access,
and the Year Book) more fairly against Club status,
for instance levying car clubs only for 'general
admin' costs, and not for 'Countryside Access' or 'Year
Book', since such clubs did not benefit from either
of these activities.
All clubs now have a full dossier of these
proposals and are asked to vote on which option they
would prefer, by February next year. Your Club
Committees will obviously be discussing these
proposals during the next two months, so if you are
interested in how your Club and ARC are spending your
money, talk to your Committee - get involved, the
more opinions that are presented, the better the
outcome will be.
A note from Derek Spooner
The last 3 months have been very quiet, I think
the 50th celebrations have used up everyone's energy!
I have had a number of phone conversations with
individuals, one or two wanting information on
planning European or world tours. I personally have
little knowledge of this, but have, I hope, been able
to point them in the right direction. Would anyone
who has information or has undertaken such tours, and
would be interested in sharing the knowledge, please
contact me, so that I can pass the names on when
individuals ring. Individuals I have spoken with have
all been complimentary about the various 50th events,
such as our International and the Series One
I have been on an interesting tour to Switzerland
with the 47-51 Register. Very few problems with the
vehicles, mainly the 'Prince of Darkness' syndrome
and a fuel pump. We ended up towing our Swiss Guide's
109 when he broke his Salisbury rear halfshaft and
his Free-Wheel Hubs kept jumping out. We climbed up
to over 8000 feet, vehicles seemed to cope better
than I did.
Derek can be contacted at Bank Cottage, Abbotts
Morton, Worcester WR7 4NA, tel: 01386 792767.
UK to Australia Overland Trip
Simon Judson and three colleagues are planning
just such a trip as mentioned in Derek's note above.
He is looking for advice on vehicle, finance, support,
route planning, etc.
If you can help, please get in touch - 50 Helmsley
Road, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne NE2 1DL, Tel: 0191 232 1049,
or contact Derek Spooner.
Heritage Run 1999 - Sunday May 2nd 1999
Plans are in hand for a Land Rover Birthday event
at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, on Sunday May 2nd
(not May 1st as quoted in ARC News no. 23 - another
This will take the form of a 'Marque Day' with
club display areas, trade stands, indoor and outdoor
activities, etc. It is hoped to incorporate a 'cavalcade'
or 'run', but this will depend upon discussions yet
to be held with Land Rover.
If Clubs wish to book a display area, or
individuals are interested in entering a cavalcade,
contact Chris Savidge on 0115 926 7716.
International Rover Austria Meeting - Salzburg 13th/15th
Rover Club Austria are celebrating their 10th
anniversary next year with a 3 day programme based on
Salzburg, staying 2 nights in a 4-star hotel, with an
80 mile 'tour' and a Gala Dinner and Cabaret. The
event is open to Rover Cars and Land Rovers. For more
information, contact: Viktor Swoboda, P.O.Box 58, A-5411
Oberalm, Salzburg, Austria
Tel: 0043 6245 84275 Fax 0043 6245 842754
ARC International Rally May 28th/31st 1999 Yorkshire
Rover Owners Club
At the time of writing, YROC have a new site lined
up, but not yet 'signed up'. More news soon.
Euro Trial 99 31st July/1st August 1999
The Off Road European Championship Trial for 1999
will be held at Ravijoki, Virolahti, Finland.
Competition rules, programme, booking forms,
accomodation details, will be available by the end of
If you would like details, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
you can also get details from internet web site http://4wd.sofcom.com/Places/Finland/Finland.html.
There are details of the Ravijoki area in South East
Finland, approx 18 kms from the Russian border, on
the web site http://www.virolahti.fi/kartat/vlahti.htm.
All Rover Weekend Stoneleigh August 28th/30th 1999
Following the success of this year's event, Chris
Savidge is "open for business" for next
year's event. If you would like to attend either as a
club group or as an individual, please let Chris know.
He would like to pursue a theme next year, of the
versatility of Land Rover, including some equipment
demonstrations like welders, fire equipment, etc.,
and associated posters and advertising literature. If
you can help, get in touch.
Camping / caravanning arrangements will operate as
ARC News editor wanted urgently to take over the
communications link between ARC and the Clubs and
various outside organisations. If you would enjoy
being at the centre of the Land Rover Club universe,
this is for you, there are contacts all over the
world - never a dull moment!
If you want more info, give me a call, or let
Caroline Flanders know of your interest, in
preparation for the ARC AGM in March.