|Paul Barton, ARC
26 Summerhill Grange, Summerhill Lane,
Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1RQ
In the 1960's, a grouping of the
first clubs led to the formation of the Rover Owners
Association (ROA) which was succeeded in 1976 by
today's Association of Rover Clubs (ARC). The passion
for the product "Rover" is, I am sure, as
strong today as it has ever been during those years
even though much change has taken place.
In 2000, the Association of Rover
Clubs is stronger than ever before and has the
fortitude and resilience to boldly and positively
move forwards into the 21st Century. Change will
inevitably take place within our clubs, ARC and in
the world's attitude towards the motor vehicle. The
most recent example being the loss of leaded petrol.
It is well known that Rover is now
parented by BMW, a highly respected brand in
automobile engineering. The indications are that ARC's
recognition in Munich and relationships with BMW are
very positive and we look forward to this new era of
Association/Company relations with enthusiasm.
Hants and Berks Rover Owners Club on
southern England are hosting the first ARC
International Rally of the new century. The event is
firmly on-stream and we look forward to welcoming
friends old and new from home and overseas. Although
now overcome, again difficulties have arisen in
securing a site with all the necessary facilities for
this prestigious event. I fear this problem will
become more apparent in the coming years and here the
onus on ARC to use its strengths and powers lobbying
the appropriate bodies to protect the activities and
well being of our clubs.
On the subject of change, after a
period of eight years I shall be standing down from
the ARC Chairmanship at the next AGM in March 2000.
My eight-year period in office has been exciting and
progressive. I believe that during that time with the
help and support of the many many determined and
enthusiastic supporters of ARC it has been successful
in its endeavours. It is now time for new blood to
continue with the good work. To each of our member
clubs and their members both overseas and here in the
homeland of Rover, I take this opportunity of wishing
you all the very best of Rovering in the 21st Century.
Peter Oakden - Chairman
on ARC 2000 International Rally - Hants & Berks
Rover Owners Club
Event planning is progressing very
well. Another booking form will be included next
month if you haven't yet booked. Competitive event
entry lists are filling up. Latest information is
being captured and published on the event web site:
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In 1998, as part of the Land Rover 50th
Anniversary celebrations, the inaugural Solihull
Heritage Run was held. The title implied the
intention of the organisers - Land Rover - that the
event would become an annual one.
Early in 1999, with tentative
enquiries to Land Rover having "fallen on deaf
ears", it looked unlikely that the event would
continue. However, late in February 1999, Heritage
Motor Centre decided that they would take on the
event, with help from ARC. Thus the 1999 Heritage
Motor Centre Run took place. Organisation time was
very short, but the event took place alongside
Heritage Motor Centre's Land Rover Marque Day at the
beginning of May.
In 2000, however, due to the 30th
Anniversary of the launch of Range Rover falling on
Saturday 17th June, the Land Rover Marque Day and
Heritage Motor Centre Run have been moved to Sunday
18th June and will run jointly with the celebrations
for "Range Rover - 30" and the Range Rover
Register's birthday event on Saturday 17th June. This
year's event is planned to be very similar to last
year's (without the tour of the Proving Ground). At
present, it is envisaged that the Run will start
later (probably 1000 hrs) thus addressing one of the
major criticisms from participants of last year's
event. Camping on the meadow at the Heritage Motor
Centre is also planned, where Range Rover Register
will be holding their birthday rally.
Further details, including costs,
will be set out in ARC News when these are confirmed
by HMC. It is worth mentioning here that last year's
entry fee of £5 per vehicle was greatly subsidised
by HMC and did not cover costs, so an increase is
envisaged to a sum that will cover costs, but it is
anticipated that this increased entry fee will hold
for several years unless the format of the run
changes in response to the comments of participants.
Rover Weekend 2000
It has been confirmed that this will
take place, as in the previous two years, as part of
the increasingly popular "Town and Country
Festival" at the Royal Showground, Stoneleigh,
Warwickshire, on 26th, 27th and 28th August 2000. It
is early yet to say just what the ARC stand will
feature this year, but suffice to say that, in
addition to their ever popular "charity off-road
rides", the Range Rover Register are planning
At the time of writing, I do not have
the pricing structure from the organisers, but this
will be published in ARC News when available.
Chris Savidge Snr.
Rover Birthday Celebrations
The Range Rover celebrates thirty
years since it's launch on June 17th 1970. To
commemorate this achievement the Range Rover Register
is organising a day of celebration events at Gaydon
Heritage Centre on Saturday June 17th 2000.
The proposed programme features
* A display of Range Rovers
including as many derivatives as possible.
* Mini cavalcades running from
HMC and returning after a tour of the local area.
* A talk and films by Mark Clarke,
* Centre piece in the main arena
will be a staged road traffic accident,
demonstrating the role of the Range Rover with
the emergency services, and contributing to the
support of our adopted charity, which is the Air
* The club stand will also be
present and we have organised a raffle to
compliment the events.
* We also plan to have an Air
Ambulance on display.
It is hoped that there will also
be some dealership involvement, and possibly a
hot air balloon.
* On the evening of Saturday June
17th, we have organised a dinner to be held at a
nearby hotel (J15 M40) and welcome any ARC
members who may wish to attend. We have also
negotiated a room rate for anyone wishing to stay
at the hotel for the RRR/LR Marque Day weekend or
just the Saturday evening.
* Special rates have been
arranged for camping at Gaydon and it is hoped
that there will be reduced entrance fees to HMC.
Further details of camping, dinner,
prices etc. Please contact CHRIS ELLIOTT 01676 534
756 or by email to email@example.com
SECRETARY FOR YORKSHIRE ROVER OWNERS CLUB
Paul Davies has recently been elected
to the post of Secretary of Yorkshire Rover Owners
Club. He can be contacted on 0113 270 8262. Would all
clubs please amend their records accordingly.
VERY LAST FIFTY ( Forty, thirty, twenty, going, going.....)
Well very nearly almost. We still
have a few copies of the very special video produced
by Rover, showing the History of Land Rover from
conception and testing on that farm in Anglesey to
the present day. Get your orders in now (this is a
great Christmas present idea) to Andrew Neaves, 8
East House Drive, Atherstone, Warwickshire, CV9 2HB.
The cost is £14.95 including p&p for the U.K.
and £15.95 for overseas. Cheques payable to "Association
of Rover Clubs Ltd" please.
ARC RADIATOR BADGES
New supplies of ARC radiator badges
have been secured and are now available from ARC Non
Competitive Clubs Co-ordinator, Chris Savidge. The
badges are in stainless steel with polished stainless
steel lettering over a maroon background to the ARC
Viking Ship design. Fixing holes are provided. Priced
at £7.50 plus £1 for post and packing you can
obtain yours by sending a cheque made payable to
"Association of Rover Clubs Ltd" for £8.50
Chris Savidge, Wicketwood House, 86,
Spring Lane, Lambley, Nottingham. NG4 4PG
Club Shop co-ordinators should
contact Chris for details about "bulk"
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.
EVENTS - THE POLAR EXPRESS EVENT - MARCH 2000
The e mail address given last month
should have read http://www.mikromarketing.no/express
ROAD MOTORPORT - PROPOSED NEW PUBLICATION
Many competitors will be aware (frustrated?)
by the lack of sustained coverage on the part of the
three current monthly "Land Rover"
Magazines of off road motor sport. Things are about
to change with the proposed launch of a new
fortnightly newspaper format If you agree that this
is what the sport needs - a dedicated journal
covering, trails, safaris, French Tout Terrain,
desert raids, jungle events, fixture lists, event
reports, technical articles etc then the next move is
yours. It will only be viable if competitors and
those with an interest in off road motor sport sign
up for it. Commit yourself to £5.00 for four issues
posted directly to you each fortnight. Give your
support by sending a cheque to Off Road Motor Sport
dated 1.3.2000 to P.O. Box 57712, Hinckley, LE10 2YZ.
No cheques cashed until the presses
are rolling. The respected team involved in setting
up the new publication includes Diana Andrews (Commentator
and Sports writer). Send your cheque together with a
note of the address you would like Off Road Motor
Sport to be delivered to as soon as possible. Go on -
Give them the green light!
Note - 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
club's 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.
Participation at any competitive event or show is at
your own risk. Although the ARC is happy to publicise
such events it does not act as an agent for the
organisers. Statements or opinions expressed in ARC
News are not necessarily those of the ARC Council.
You are advised to obtain independent advice on
matters involving safety, finance or legislation.