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ARC News Issue 46 - November 2001

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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

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At last, we have had a whole month without a new case of foot and mouth disease and perhaps we can now start to believe that an end to restrictions is in sight. A.R.C. Council will be reviewing the FMD position at the next Council Meeting in November.

The next Extraordinary General Meeting of the Association of Rover Clubs will be held on Saturday 8th December 2001 at the Presentation Suite, Lode Lane, Solihull.

Denis Bourne
A.R.C. Chairman.


Gaydon, Warwickshire, Tuesday 16th October, 2001: Land Rover, in conjunction with Royal & Sun Alliance has announced the launch of a brand new Land Rover Motor Insurance scheme, which is set to benefit Land Rover owners across the UK. Designed to suit Freelander, Discovery, Defender and Range Rover owners, Land Rover Motor Insurance, which is underwritten and administered by Royal & Sun Alliance, includes a number of special features. These include "off-road" cover at no extra cost, windscreen and other glass breakage with no excess, 275 personal effects cover and trailer liability cover included as standard*. Furthermore, all damage repairs will be carried out by approved Land Rover repairers using genuine Land Rover parts. If required, a courtesy car with a minimum of a 1600cc engine will be provided for the duration of the repairs.
In addition, customers who buy a new Land Rover which is registered before 31 December 2001 will receive 14 days complimentary comprehensive insurance cover.
Robert Brady, Brand Director, Land Rover Financial Services comments:
"Land Rover Motor Insurance has been developed to support all current and future Land Rover drivers. It is not only highly competitive in terms of cost but is the most innovative motor insurance product available in the 4x4 sector today. Early indications show that our customers welcome this exciting new product."
Land Rover Motor Insurance will recognise the No Claims Bonus history of previous company car drivers, and will provide customers with a dedicated Land Rover claims team, available 24 hours a day. A number of flexible payment options will also be available including credit card, cheque or a monthly direct debit plan.
For further information on this exclusive motor insurance package, or for a quotation guaranteed for 90 days, contact any Land Rover dealer or call free on 0800 072 4450.
* Applicable whilst the trailer is attached to a Land Rover vehicle.


Something shiny for Christmas sir? 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 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". 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


Saturday dawned clear, warm, and bright, and at 6:30 am I was later getting up than I wanted to be. After some rushing about I managed to set off at 7:15 and (as much as you can in a Series I) pushed the vehicle quite hard. Some hard cornering or braking was met by a little green light and a clattering from the engine, but I got to the showground without mishap. Once there I hoisted the Union Jack on the LR's flagpole (having made sure it was the right way up), and received instructions from Chris Savidge on what he wanted me to do. A short while later the vehicles started to roll up - both cars and Land Rovers, and the ARC 'marshals' organised them into a display. As usual with these events the RRR was out in force. They always put on a good show and this year was no exception. As in previous years they had organised the charity rides on the off-road course there so many were in use showing the public that a Range Rover is not just a status symbol!

There were several different LR's from the Midland ROC, and the Discovery OC made a good show as well. Some other Series LR's, lightweights, 101's and Camel Trophy vehicles completed the LR line-up. Ironically, a Series II from Tallyllyn was there - it's driver with the Tallyllyn display in the Model Engineering section of the show, while many Series 1's were having a good time at Tallyllyn! The last of the Land Rover collection was filled with a fine collection of radio controlled models, which were displayed in action as well as statically throughout the weekend. On the car side was a superb early P5, which stayed for all three days supported by a range of P2's covering both hard and open-top versions. All were in a lovely condition. A tidy but unrestored black Rover 10 which had recently been bought arrived with a delighted couple who were amazed that the car had brought them a hundred miles without a problem. Much of their day was spent comparing their pride & joy with the other vehicles, discussing how to make repairs, and talking about what was missing on the vehicle. Their enthusiasm and excitement was infectious. It was a shame they couldn't stay for the whole weekend.

The ARC stand was ably "manned" at all times with the willing helpers taking turns to go off to see other displays at the show, with those on 'duty' welcoming many enquirers and giving out advice on who to contact for membership as well as answering a wide variety of other questions.

Sunday is usually the busiest day. The LR's found their own spots, but the cars were out in force, soon outnumbering the "Series" Land Rovers. Every type from P1 to P6 were represented except for the P3, and to complete the set was a Marauder which proved to have less ground clearance that a Series I LR! Some of us LR types got quite concerned about being outnumbered, but decided that if we included the coil sprung types and Lightweights (but not discos etc) we still had numbers on our side!!! One member persuaded the St. John's Ambulance crew to put their 110 on the stand for a while just to make sure!

The Rover Sports Register put up their club stand and as usual there were a lot of conversations catching up on the latest bits done to the cars, and looking at differences. As a LR chap I spent much of the day with the car owners gaining some knowledge of the vehicles, how to tell the difference between them, and some of the changes that came in during the production of the vehicles - I just hope I don't forget too much before I next see them. It was quite a revelation to find that so many of the owners lived within a 20-mile radius of me.

The cars certainly generated as much interest as the LR's, with the Marauder taking the lions share of the interest. We were entertained all weekend by the owner of the early P5 with tales of some of his antics with his vehicles - including towing a Scammel with the P5!

It was a lazy kind of day which ended quietly and goodbyes were said, along with many, many a "See you next year if not before."

The All Rover Weekend has become a fixed calendar event with many ARC members, and that doesn't surprise me at all. If you're only in the ARC for competitive eventing then perhaps it wouldn't suit you (though I'd be surprised). If you're in the ARC because you are enthusiastic about the Rover Company vehicles then it is an ideal show. As well as the company of other ARC members there is the rest of the Town & Country show with everything from traditional crafts and sports to Formula One engineering. You can learn about some of the country pastimes through watching demonstrations; the Pony Club are eventing for the whole of the three days. The steam people let you see how their machines were used in past times, baling hay and cutting wood for example. There is a large military presence there - both the Army and the collectors of vehicles and memorabilia! There are the pets, and working animal sections; the fairground; the miniature railway; helicopter rides; arena displays; hundreds of stalls selling a huge variety of things; the model engineering and hi-tech engineering sections; many other vehicle clubs...The list goes on, or it would If I could remember everything!

The RRR spent all three days running the off-road course, taking people around and then asking for a donation to the Air Ambulance Service. Over the three days they raised 3,710, and the ARC extends thanks to the drivers who give of their time and vehicles for this cause. Their dedication to the cause goes as far as even refusing some money to cover their fuel costs, and on top of this the person at the show who is in charge of the off-road course said how pleased he was with the responsible way in which the RRR were doing their driving. Because of his or her refusal of any reimbursement, the RRR organised a raffle, giving each off-road driver a ticket. The A.R.C. 's thanks go to Alan Baldwin of Southam Tyres who donated a set of tyres to the raffle, in recognition of the work done by the chaps from the RRR.

Their are many others who should be thanked, whose names have disappeared from my mind in the numbers of people met during the three days, so I'll only mention two by name. These are Chris and Bonny Savidge. Bonny spent much of her time assisting visitors to tea, coffee, biscuits and cake (mostly home made too). Chris organised the event and without him it would not be the good time that it is. Despite having had some recent operations he was looking fit and insisted in making his presence known throughout the ARC area and clubs present. It was hard to get him to take the necessary rest which he needs to help recover from the latest of the operations.

Whatever your interest, the All Rover Weekend event is a must for any member who can make it. You do not have to be tied to your vehicle for the whole time (or even any of it) if you don't want to be - the rest of the Town & Country Festival sees to that. There is something for everyone, no matter what sized kid you are, and while you may get tired, you won't be bored. And remember, it is an event for all ARC members, both cars and Land Rovers (oh, and their owners & families!), so let's meet you there next year.

Nick Chinery (ARC Press, Publicity & Sponsorship, & Webmaster)



Booking forms for this event are now available from Tony Howland 01622 745461. Event opens to all A.R.C. Clubs, Entry 20. Clerk of the Course is Tony Howland and the grid reference is 188 643 554.


Eligibility Scrutineer.
An Eligibility Scrutineer should be appointed at open or inter-club events. He / she could be called in to help when there is a specific problem. He / she will assist in the adjudication on the issue. Safety issues come first - eligibility issues can come after the event. Organisers of large events will need to nominate an ARC Eligibility Scrutineer. The competitors should be advised on the SRs or at sign-on that this official is available.
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Chassis alterations.
On a Standard Class vehicle, the chassis SECTION must not be cut away; i.e. the rectangular cross-section of the chassis must be retained throughout its length above and between the axles. A "cut-and-shut" chassis is still permitted but again, the rectangular chassis section must be continuous throughout its length. The PROFILE above and between the axles must also remain as per the original design.
Consequently, the Scrutineering & Off Road Committee have agreed upon the following definition pending a change to the rules:-
"The use of a Land Rover design chassis is permitted on condition that the profile and rectangular cross-section above and between the axles remains as per the original design. Rules A.12.5 and C.6. still apply"
This replaces the previously published clarification in ARC News 23 in November 98.
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Handbrakes:- The Handbrake must be independent.
MSA regulation:- "H.36.13.2. Comply with all Statutory Regulations as to Construction and Use and lighting of vehicles (especially regarding brakes, lighting, tyres, warning devices, rear view mirror, silencer, speedometer, wings and windscreen) unless the SRs specify otherwise."
Road Vehicles Construction & Use Regulations clearly require the handbrake to be independent. It may be hydraulically operated by a separate master cylinder with a line-lock, but must not share system components with the footbrake system.
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Drilled radius arms
This matter was discussed at length in 1996 / 7 and the outcome was a decision that any radius arms that have been welded to, drilled or cut into, deliberately notched or bent up / down / sideways will not be allowed in ARC events. This was not publicised further at the time but we are publicising it now as a safety issue.
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Recommendations for Petrol Injection fuel system installations.
1) Standard Class Vehicles:-
90, 110, Range Rover. Discovery. All vehicles must use original fit fuelling systems, or better.
2) Special Class Vehicles:-
Any flexible hoses used must be steel-braided fuel lines to BSAU/108 and quality hose finishers to connect tank, fuel pump, filters and fuel rail. Fuel pump, filters, ECU etc are free.
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Drivers' briefings.
Blue Book See:-
E.5.1.3. Competitors must attend any meeting or briefing where this is required by the SRs....
C 5.4.10. Impose a fine of not more than 100 on any competitor who fails to attend, or who reports late at, a scheduled drivers' briefing, or on any driver who has not raced at the circuit before, and who fails to report for a pre-practice briefing [J 4.2.1.].
So drivers must attend a scheduled meeting. If it isn't scheduled, then drivers cannot be penalised for not attending!
Should drivers sign on when they attend the meeting? This is at the discretion of the club. If they choose to do so, then this should be mentioned in the SRs.
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Guidelines For Retirements
This is in the Blue Book:-
H.2.7.2. To be classified as a finisher, a competitor must have attempted at least three quarters of the total number of Observed Sections and arrive at the finish within 20 minutes of the preceding vehicle.
The MSA Regs for Comp Safaris, Time Trials, etc all refer back to this so we have a clear ready-made definition. So to qualify as a finisher, you must complete 75% of the runs. In a comp, 3 out of 4 runs started need to be attempted. If there are 12 sections in a trial, you need to attempt 9 of them.
The definition of how much effort constitutes an "attempt" will be a matter of judgement by the organisers!
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Log Book second sheet update.
The spaces in the Log Book are for failures on log-bookable items only, i.e. anything that takes the vehicle outside the log-booking specifications. These spaces are not to be used for general wear-and-tear items. If these spaces are filled up with failures on log-bookable items, then the vehicle must have had a very hard life and should be investigated to see what's going on! It's highly probable that the vehicle will need a full re-check if it gets this far! If this is a the case, then a new Log Book must be applied for.
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Exhaust wraps.
MSA Safety Committee currently looking at this. The ARC has issued a clarification banning the used of fabric exhaust wrap heat-proofing on the grounds that the oil-soaked material can act as a wick in the event of a fire. However, the MSA feel it's a safety item to have, as it keeps the engine bay temperatures down. If you have this material fitted you should keep it clean and oil-free and read the manufacturer's conditions. If a sealing spray is required then to do it under their recommendations.
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Any road-legal vehicles must also comply with the Road Vehicles Construction and Use Regulations, of course. The current status within the ARC is :-
Standard Class vehicles.
The Handbrake must be independent iaw Road Vehicles Construction and Use Regulations.
Special class vehicles;
Road legal - The Handbrake must comply with the Statutory Road Vehicles Construction and Use Regulations, i.e. it must be independent. It must be a mechanical system, not a hydraulic one.
Not Road legal - The braking system is free and so a system using an auxiliary master cylinder or a line-lock in the footbrake system is OK.
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Scrutineering issues from the 2000 ARC Rally: -
Security of rear mounted tanks and batteries. These are often bolted to the floor of the load area but on more than one vehicle, the floor was cut away around the roll-cage feet severely weakening it and reducing its ability to carry the tank and battery if the vehicle were to be inverted. Scrutineers should watch out for this and reject vehicles if they feel that the level of security is inadequate.

Sharp edges. There were numerous vehicles with unacceptable amounts of cut and jagged edges on bodywork. Finger-size holes are lethal but many vehicles did not have them covered. Don't the owners get their clothes snagged on their own cars? This really isn't safe for marshals and other helpers to have to handle such hazardous metalwork. The rules are quite clear about sharp edges. Scrutineers should watch out for sharp edges and holes and reject vehicles if they feel that the level of protection is inadequate. Drivers are advised to equip themselves with Gaffer tape or Tank tape to cover sharp edges that occur as a result of damage during an event.
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Steve Kirby - Chairman ARC Scrutineering Committee.


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, 124 Crescent Drive, Petts Wood, Orpington, Kent. BR5 1BE. Telephone: 01689 878105 e-mail: arcsec@ledburn253.freeserve.co.uk.

Association of Rover Clubs Ltd. Limited by Guarantee Registered in England No. 1806788 Registered Office, 124 Crescent Drive, Petts Wood, Orpington, Kent, BR5 1BE

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