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[ARC Logo] ARC News Issue 38 - November 2000

SUPPORTED BY NFU MUTUAL For contact details call 0845 704 5031




Paul Barton, ARC Newsletter Editor,
26 Summerhill Grange, Summerhill Lane, Lindfield,
Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1RQ


ARC Secretary: Caroline Flanders, tel/fax: 01689 878105


Each edition of ARC NEWS can be found on the ARC website www.the-arc.co.uk If you wish to subscribe to receive a copy by e-mail please log on to arcnews@tesco.net this new service is being organised as from this month by ARC Council member Colin Council.


Here we are almost at the end of the year 2000, it seems along time since we celebrated the entry into the new millennium. The Land Rover scene appears to be going from strength to strength, the number of Clubs devoted to the marque is growing and we now have four national publications solely for the Land Rover owner or enthusiast. I sincerely hope that this growth will continue into the new Millennium and therefore enable more to enjoy our favourite pastime.

Bob Dover (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Land Rover) has been appointed chairman of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust. He replaces Peter Mitchell who has been acting chairman of the Trust since the beginning of the year. I am sure that Bob will be a great asset to the Trust as he is a genuine car enthusiast and his hobbies include driving and restoring classic cars - he owns a 1961 Daimler SP250 and a 1929 Bentley. Our company liaison officer Derek Spooner has recently been in correspondence with Bob Dover to make him aware of our Association. To help get a better understanding Derek enclosed a 2000 yearbook, a brief history of the ARC, a copy of the 50th anniversary National Rally video and a selection of member club magazines.

A recent meeting with the affinity-marketing department of NFU Mutual has resulted in a sponsorship deal, Reciprocal website links have been set up and your club secretaries will be contacted with further details. Thanks to those clubs that are including ARC News in their own club newsletters. With this support and the publication on our own website we can continue to get up to the minute information to the majority of the membership.

Finally on behalf of the ARC Council and Executive Committee I wish you a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Denis Bourne A.R.C. Chairman


The agenda for this forthcoming meeting is available from your club secretary.

Alan Kind, The Land Access and Recreation Association's (LARA) planning officer will be the guest speaker at the E.G.M. and will be taking questions from the floor on LARA's activities including what they are doing to protect the future of Motor Sport. If you cannot attend the E.G.M. and have a question for Alan Kind, please pass it on to your club representative. This is your chance to lobby Alan on issues affecting A.R.C. Clubs and club members.


Just consider yourselves lucky that I did not put this in the August issue! However, as I disagree with the seemingly earlier and earlier start to the "commercial" preparations for the Festive Season, I have been very restrained and only submitted this for publication in the November/December issue. Now that I have your undivided attention, I will tell you what all this talk of Christmas is all about. Why not buy yourself a little extra present, or, your wives/husbands/partners, why not buy your "other-half" one? I can post out to you, a new type of stainless steel A.R.C. Radiator Badge for the miserly sum of 8.50 including post and packing (U.K.) - 9.00 Europe and 9.20 elsewhere - both these later by air mail. Overseas orders in sterling please by either international Money Order, International Giro Cheque or a cheque drawn on a British Bank.

Orders received here by the following dates will be posted prior to the relevant "Last Posting dates for Christmas"

- for U.K. addresses....18th December 2000 - for European addresses......11th December 2000 - for Rest of World addresses ..... 4th December 2000

I will even send out badges in plain envelopes, provided you ask nicely, so you can surprise your other half on Christmas Morning!

PLEASE ORDER FROM Chris Savidge (Snr) 86,Spring Lane, Lambley, Nottingham, NG4 4PG

A.R.C. INTERNATIONAL RALLY 2001 - 25th - 29th May 2001 hosted by Cornwall and Devon Land Rover Club - Newnham Park, Plymouth Devon.


Winching Competition

Clerk of the Course for this event, sponsored by Superwinch is none other than Matthew Newton, a winching expert of great experience, including the training of Camel trophy teams. In his own words we outline Winching 2001 thus: -

The winch competition used to be seen as an also ran competition being thought of as a boring and uninteresting activity. Then at the 50th anniversary National in 1998, using experience drawn from the Camel trophy @ events the Cornwall and Devon LRC laid on a challenging task which required team work and winching skill. For 2001 an all new task is planned running strictly to the ARC regulations but once again will require both team work and winching skills. It will be a fast paced event and will aim not to favour any particular type of winch. The winching site is located within the boundaries of the main site and handy for the beer tent, as in 1998 the will be live commentary and extensive natural banking will provide a good spectator viewing point. If you have a winch on your Land Rover, which you don't use, then put an entry in and come and have a go, the emphasis is on entertainment for both yourselves and the spectators. So there you go. Only 15 slots available so hurry up!

Club Stands A block of 40 x 40 stands for the ARC non - competitive clubs has been reserved right opposite the main arena. Book with Wendy Arrowsmith A.S.A.P.

Follow on rally Planned next years holiday yet? For only 5 per pitch per night you can stay in the West Country. For a wonderful break contact Jean French to reserve your pitch in lovely Newnham Park. Tuesday - Saturday for only 25............... Beat that! Communications The ARC International 2001 website is www.ARC2001.co.uk Club secretaries/editors please ensure all our info is distributed to all your members via your publications - For all the "internet negative" folk the club magazine / pub meets are often their only way of networking.

A.R.C. 2000 VIDEO

New Frontier Productions have issued the following press release to A.R.C. News:-

"A New Start - Land Rover in the new millennium"

We apologise again for the delay in production of this video, which is due entirely to continuing (new) equipment malfunction. We have written once to everybody who has ordered a copy of the video, explaining the situation.

Presently, we hope to have the finally fixed equipment back by mid-November, and be posting the videos out first week December. If time is critical for anybody, and they would rather have a refund of monies paid, that is not a problem. We thank customers for their forbearance during a set of difficult circumstances beyond our control.

"New Frontier Productions"


By the time this reaches you, many Land Rover enthusiasts out there (and by the term Land Rover enthusiasts I mean all Land Rover, Range Rover, Discovery and Freelander Owners and enthusiasts) will have realised that May 2001 will make excessive demands, not only on your enthusiasm, but also on your spare time (not to mention your wallet too - Ed)

Established events in May already include the Land Rover Marque Day/Heritage Motor Centre Run (Sunday 6th May) The Land Rover World Magazine Show (11th -13th May) and of course the unmissable A.R.C. International Rally (26th-28th May + follow -on camping rally hoisted by Cornwall and Devon Land Rover Owners Club.

Now we are to have yet another fairly big/major Land Rover event - the Land Rover Owner Magazine Show, which used to be at Billing Aquadrome in July, has been moved both in date and venue to the 18th -20th May (only one week after the L.R.W. Show!) and is now to be held at the National Agricultural centre at Stoneleigh Park. This venue will be familiar as the home of the All Rover Weekend and the Town and Country Festival.

I fear that "saturation point" may have been reached here, (an unfortunate term Chris after A.R.C. 2000!) Not least for hard-pressed Club Officers trying to put on club stands at these events. These officers are all volunteers, often with other interests and commitments outside their hobby. There just may not be sufficient spare time to go around in this one month! Chris Savidge (Snr).


Following the recent heavy rainfalls and flooding affecting many parts of the country, LARA is asking all "green-roaders" not to use byways and unsurfaced roads for the time being to avoid surface damage which given the saturated state of the ground could cause severe and lasting damage.

Clearly clubs putting on competitive events will need to consult with landowners as to whether trials and competitive safaris should go ahead.


Hayley's on the telly!

Hayley Brown, CVROC Newsletter editor and winner of the RTV Ladies trophy at the ARC 2000 Nationals, has been showing TV Chefs Greg and Max what a Land Rover can really do as part of a new series 'I Will Survive' for Discovery's Home and Leisure Channel.

Under instructions from the Producer to "scare them silly", Hayley took them around the CVROC trial site at Great Brickhill in Buckinghamshire. Driving 'Vinnie' (her V8 90 Pickup) she showed them how it's done, producing hysterical laughter and shrieks from both the chefs. She then allowed Greg to drive Vinnie under her instruction on a much 'tamer' course.

"I was a little nervous at the start when they were filming the introductory chat," said Hayley afterwards "but then I forgot the camera was there and just got on with it."

The eight-minute slot will appear on the Discovery Home and Leisure Channel on Boxing Day and again, as part of a re-run, on any one of the five Discovery channels over the next two years, estimated total world wide viewing figures are 8 to 9 million.

Throughout the article Hayley took every opportunity to promote safe, responsible off road driving and the benefits of belonging to an ARC club.

Greg and Max's current series 'Cookabout Canada with Greg and Max' can be seen on Discovery Home and Leisure every weekday morning throughout October.

For further information contact Hayley or Russ Brown on 01480 212717 or John at Oval productions on 0973 171721.



Booking forms for this event are now available from Debby Darby, 54 Northwood Road, Tankerton, Whitstable, Kent CT5 2ES. Event open to all A.R.C. Clubs, Entry 20. Clerk of the Course is Tony Howland and the grid reference is 188 643 554.


MAY 2001

5th/6th Y Rali Bryn Cymru - Hillrally 6th - Land Rover Marque Day/Heritage Motor Centre Run 11th- 13th Land Rover World Show 19th -20th Land Rover Owners Show 25th -29th May A.R.C. INTERNATIONAL 2001 Newnham Park Plymouth C&D LRC

JUNE 2001 GKN Driveline Scottish Hillrally

JULY 2001 20th-22nd Billing 2001 Land Rover Enthusiast Show

SEPTEMBER 2001 8th/9th September Langley Farm - Yorkshire ROC - details to follow THE 4th MAJORS MEMORIAL TRIAL- Eastnor Deer Park, Herefordshire - Midland ROC details to follow

Midland Rover Owner's Club are pleased to announce that the 4th Majors Memorial Trial will take place at Eastnor in September 2001. MROC will provide A.R.C. Clubs with entry details and booking forms in due course.

OCTOBER 2001 October 5th/6th/7th The Hillrally


MACMILLIAN 4x4 UK CHALLENGE I would like to bring your attention to a Charity event that I and a few other members of Chiltern Vale ROC will be taking part in next March. It is not an ARC event and will involve vehicles other than Land Rovers but clearly it would be nice to see a Landie come home with the silverware, also it is in aid of a very good cause.

Entry fee is 100 per team of 2 + each team needs to gain a further 400 in sponsorship for the Macmillan Cancer Relief Fund.

If any of you or any of your members would like to put a team forward either contact Peter Rowland on 01886 832320 or visit http://members.aol.com/TelemationLtd/Macmillan/ as soon as possible. There is a maximum entry of 50 teams. Russ Brown

IMPORTANT - Participation at any competitive event or show is at your own risk or that of the organisers. Although the A.R.C. is happy to publicise such events it does not act as an agent for the organisers. Statements or opinions expressed in A.R.C. News are not necessarily those of the A.R.C. Council. You are advised to obtain independent advice on matters involving safety, finance or legislation.

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 e-mail: PaulBarton.home@ukgateway.net ARC Secretary: Caroline Flanders, tel/fax: 01689 878105

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