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[ARC Logo] ARC News Issue 27 - May 1999




Geof Miller, ARC Press & Publicity
Brandlehow, Wolverton, Stratford-on-Avon CV37 0HF
Tel: (+44) 1789 73 1669



A.R.C. NEWS The Newsletter of the Association of Rover Clubs

Issue No.27 May 1999


ARC NATIONAL 1999 Yorkshire Rover Owners Club have faced considerable difficulties in preparing for this year's ARC National to be held at Coumes Vale, Oughtibridge, near Sheffield, over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend. Members may have seen reference to some of these problems in the editorial of the June edition of "Land Rover Monthly" Magazine.

YROC wish to emphasis that, despite these difficulties, the event is very definitely going ahead and look forward to your attendance and support. They ask members who have internet access to keep an eye on their web site for up to date news about the event and to pass on any news and information to other members of their Club. Web site is - www.landie.demon.co.uk/national

The Organising Committee also wish to remind everyone attending the event that Rally Reception opens at 12.00 noon on Friday 28th May. There will be no access to the site before 12 noon.

Competitors - please remember all your paperwork/logbooks/licences and club membership cards. Campers - please remember to take blocks for your caravan


In response to an article which appeared in the April edition of "Car" Magazine, concerning two of Rover Group's successful new products, Land Rover Freelander and Rover 75, Rover Group have issued a press release, (see Land Rover web site at www.landrover.co.uk/uknews)

Rover Group takes issue with the content of this article, (which was subsequently lifted and run in the National Press - Ed) and we have requested that "Car" publish the following response sent to the Editor of the magazine from Bernard T Carey, Corporate Affairs Director. As "Car" have so far not acknowledged our right of reply we hereby offer the real version of events via the internet.

19 March 1999

Letter for Publication

Dear Sir

In response to your disappointing and misleading article in the last edition of "Car", I felt your readers ought to know several facts. Firstly, the informant was a former employee with an undoubted grudge against the Company. The inaccuracy of his information clearly shows that he was not a senior manager, nor did he work on any major projects. Secondly, the document published, stolen from the Company, was dated January 1998 - a fact you curiously forgot to tell your readers. Thirdly, the information on faults contained in the document related in the main to pre-production cars which had been remedied before volume manufacture began. The information was being passed to Service Managers to be aware of problems that had happened in the past.

It is normal in the industry to issue Service Bulletins alerting managers and dealers to potential issues - even, as in many of the cases highlighted in the article, the fault had only occurred once in on a pre-production vehicles and remedy found.

I will not run through the list but simply say that Freelander warranty performance has exceeded our expectations and customers are delighted it the quality of their cars.

On the issue of body-flexing; in the near 100,,000 cars sold to date, in all the pre-production engineering tests; and in all subsequent experience, we have not recorded one incidence of body-flexing in Freelander to which you refer. Another instance of unreliable information from your "underground car park" contributor. We can prove it. Why not bring your technical team to our engineering centre in Gaydon to see if you can re-create this myth, because we cannot.

With regard to the Rover 75, here your informant shows his true ignorance. The Rover 75 is not based on a 5 Series platform. It does boast the Z axle on the rear- undoubtedly a BMW trademark which gives the car a superb balance and high level of comfort. But that is as close as it gets to a BMW. (surely your experts can tell one platform from another?)

Nor has the KV6 engine had a camshaft issue - it has been proven for three years on Rover 800.

Of course there have been development issues with the project, there always are. Otherwise we could go straight from the drawing board into mass production. But I thought "Car" journalists knew all about how a car is developed. Perhaps not.

A major disappointment to the Company was that "Car" chose not to give us a right of reply. Perhaps you feared an injunction or other redress? That is not our style. We believe in the freedom of the press and your right to print whatever you believe to be in the public interest. I do, however, think you should be wary of using stolen documents and listening to ex-employees without first trying to understand the circumstances.

Thank you for this opportunity to redress some of the damage you have caused to our product and brand image.

Yours faithfully, Bernard T Carey Corporate Affairs Director

Special Offer on Land Rover 50th Anniversary Video

Land Rover Ltd have produced for the ARC a limited edition video covering the conception of the Land Rover to what we have today. It includes the home video showing the first Bren carrier then the jeep (no capital j) on the Wilks estate and beach on Anglesey and many other bits of archive footage. The narration is by Sir Ranulph Fiennes but archive footage flows from a coffee table discussion between a small group of people who were very much involved in the design and evaluation of the Land Rover and Range Rover. We only have a very limited number of copies available. The cost is 13.95 per video and UK post is 1.50 for up to two videos. Overseas postage is 2 per video sterling only please. Cheques must be made payable to Association of Rover Clubs Ltd. Please send your order to Andrew Neaves , 8 East House Drive, Hurley, Atherstone, Warwickshire, CV9 2HB. Please allow 28 days for delivery.

ARC News Distribution

Just a reminder that address updates are only done three times per year. The closing dates for clubs to send information are 1st March, 1st July and 1st November. If you change your address you need to ensure your club has registered your change of address and has then passed that change on in your clubs next update to the ARC. The responsibility for getting any change of address to the ARC rests with your club. Any club which has missed two updates will be removed from the circulation list until a new address update is received. Please be aware that with the exception of duplicates, ( which may arise if you belong to more than one club) all address errors should be directed towards your club. With a circulation list of over 10,000 addresses, the ARC cannot handle address changes. Club member address lists/updates to Andrew Neaves please - address as above in previous item. Thank you.

The Land Rover Series One Club Looks Forward

Do you own a Series One or are you an enthusiast of the vehicles produced in the ten year period up to 1958? Why not join the Series One Club! Membership is open to all Series One owners as well as enthusiasts.

Club Chairman Andrew Stevens writes;

With the 50th Anniversary celebrations and 1998 now behind us, we are left with happy memories but the Land Rover Series One Club now looks forward throughout 1999 into 2000 and beyond.

Having been formed 20 years ago, we are now a very well established Club with a membership of over 2000, drawn from both the UK and overseas.

Our Newsletter, "The Legend", contains a host of information on forthcoming events, reports, photographs and articles by members, as well as technical help and members adverts for both "For Sale" and "Wanted".

We encourage members to provide a varied display of both restored and unrestored vehicles for Club Stands at various events.

We look forward to welcoming new members. Please write to Membership Secretary, 12 Blacklawn, Gillingham, Dorset. SP8 4SD.

Do you own an Early Discovery?

If you are a Discovery owner with a registration G*** WAC then you could be driving a piece Land Rover history. Cars with these registrations were used by the factory for the vehicle launch. Chris Savidge is endeavouring to find as many vehicles as possible for a reunion to celebrate Discovery's tenth birthday. It is hoped to stage the event during the All Rover Weekend at Stoneleigh between 28th and 30th August. If you are a Discovery Owner and would like to take part contact Chris Savidge on 0115 926 7716.

Thank you to Somerset and Wilts ROC

Leicestershire and Rutland Land Rover Club wish to offer thanks to Somerset and Wilts ROC who helped members of their club recently when several members were on a green laning holiday in Wiltshire. Simeone Birch of L&R reports that S&W member Peter Codd marked their maps and after several minor breakdowns, Ken Knight and Terry Edwards came to their rescue. Simeone remarks "its nice to see the "ARC" system can work with fellow clubs helping each other out. So once again a big thank you to all concerned".


MSA Clarify Roll Bar Rules

In a letter dated 25th March, the Motor Sports Association has confirmed that ARC Roll Cage designs missing from the Blue Book are in fact satisfactory. The MSA confirms that Roll Cages to these designs are acceptable for vehicles participating in Competitive Safaris and Hill Rallies. For more information please contact your club scrutineer who should have all the details, (including drawings showing the various designs), to hand.

Tour of Lincs Hillrally

Congratulations to the Lincolnshire Land Rover Club, particularly Clerk of the Course Steve Wells on a successful event.

Cornwall and Devon LRC issued a press release reporting that their members had a successful outing to Market Rasen in Lincolnshire for the Tour of Lincs Hill Rally run in conjunction with the highly successful Tour of Lincs Car Rally. The combined entry of over 180 vehicles made it one of the largest motor sport events in the country.

The event was hosted jointly by Lincolnshire and Louth Motor Club with Lincolnshire Land Rover Club. A unique feature of the event was the simultaneous use of Cadwell Park Racing circuit by both Off Road vehicles and Rally cars for several enthralling spectator stages.

C&D driver Dave Nicolls of Helston with navigator Andy Smallridge of Plymouth were 11th overall and the highest placed Land Rover. Veteran Driver Ted Ivory of Gunnislake, celebrated his imminent 60th Birthday by driving his Land Rover into 2nd place in the Modified production class with navigator Pete Volkner from St. Austell.


Please would Club Competition Secretaries/ Event organisers notify the Editor of Inter-club or Open to ARC Club events. Non-competitive events organised by/for Car Club and other non-competitive members particularly welcome.


After the success of last years event celebrating 50 years of Land Rover, North Wales Land Rover Club will again be holding their popular August Bank Holiday Inter-club weekend at the popular LANDCRAFT site at Llandderfel, Bala, Gwynedd, North Wales.

This event features a scenic drive suitable for all Series, 101 and Forward Control, Defender 90, 110,130, Discovery, Freelander and Range Rover models. On the competitive front there will be a Bike Trial, Winch Recovery, Team Recovery, Gymkhana, Road Taxed Vehicle Trial, Cross Country Vehicle Trial, Competitive safari and a Dog Show. Plus mountains, Lakes , Railways and Food.

In the evenings there will be an opportunity to put the world right in the marquee and to explain why the vehicle did not behave itself. All this within sight of Bala lake, the largest lake in Wales and in the heart of scenic North Wales. Llangollen is not far up the road one way and Snowdon the other. Book by 27 June and get a 10% discount. Booking and entry forms from Sue Bennett, Event Secretary, Camddwr Bach, Llanarmon-yn-Ial, Nr Mold, North Wales, CH7 4QJ.

ARC 2000 - Hants & Berks Rover Owners Club

Event Director Ashley Pocock has confirmed that the Club has secured MOD land at Rushmoor Arena and Long Valley for the ARC 2000 event This is located close to Aldershot on the Hampshire/Surrey border and is easily reached from junction 4 of the M3. Hants and Berks hope to have booking forms available shortly.

This Newsletter is compiled and edited by Paul Barton, ARC Newsletter Editor, for the Association of Rover Clubs Contact Editor at 26 Summerhill Grange, Summerhill Lane, Lindfield, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1RQ Tel. 01444 452120 e-mail : Pbarton@Tandridgedc.gov.uk

ARC Secretary : Caroline Flanders, P.O. Box 363, Berkhamstead, HP4 3FR Tel. 01442 873567


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