Obituary Zam Alexander (Anthony)
18th August 1947 – 1st March 2016
with great sadness that the death of Zam Alexander has been
been actively involved with Land Rovers since 1971 and was a
stalwart at both club and national level, always willing to help at
any event he attended.
it was decided by the then ARC Council to award a trophy in memory
of its patron Tom Barton who was regarded as “Mr Land Rover”.
This trophy is given annually to the person or persons who have
contributed towards the well-being of the Association of Land Rover
Clubs for the benefit of the members.
been nominated in 2007 by his club, Staffs & Shrops LRC but he
was also known by many in other clubs for all his help at events.
This is what the citation said about Zam when he was presented with
the trophy by Denis Bourne, ALRC Chairman.
Zam joined the
Staffordshire and Shropshire Land Rover Club in 1972 along with his
friends Bob Whetton and Charlie (can't remember his surname).
He went on to join the committee just two years later in 1974.
In the same year, 1974, he traveled to the South of France in his
Series 1 80" on a shoestring - much to the amusement of his
friends in Staffs & Shrops LRC.
Zam had been on the committee in some form from 1974 to the present
day including some of the following posts:-
Vice Chairman again 2001-05
ALRC Representative for ever it
Zam had been the Steward
at more meetings than can ever be remembered including National
Rallies and Interclubs. He was always there in the background doing
anything from setting out (including kids bike trials) to
digging the elson pit even, but he never made a song and dance about
it and never sought recognition for all he that he did. Nobody has a
bad word to say about Zam and it is for this and all the above
reasons that I and the rest of the committee of S&S think that
he is the ideal choice for putting forward for the Tom Barton
He was a very nice chap all round and this what the ALRC is all
David George. Vice Chairman
Zam's Land Rover Career
Bought first Land Rover jointly with myself (86" hard top 999
2RF). Zam couldn't even drive at this time.
17.11.71 Passed his
Our first ever Land Rover meeting - the National at Liphook.
Later 1972 Started driving the jointly owned
Bought second 86" Land Rover (JTP 73) between us and fitted a
roll cage to it (they were not mandatory at that time, but it was on
the horizon) and double entered it for several years. This situation
carried on at least until the 1988 National at Trentham where Zammy
helped to set out the trial along with Colin Parkes and Mick
Zammy joined the committee of Staffs & Shrops and has given
unbroken service until the present day. He helped push through the
club's conversion to Limited status (still a very new idea at the
His committee posts over the years have included:-Equipment Officer,
Competition Secretary, Vice Chairman, Chairman, ARC/ALRC
Representative and somewhere along the way met and married the
treasurers daughter - can't fault his style can you!
Bob Whetton. Equiprment Officer/Rover Rescue Rep
Having been a member of
Staffs & Shrops myself for 15 years or more all I can say
is that Zam was always there to help, but being quite a quiet bloke
he never sought praise or commendation from others,
he just got along with it with no fuss. On the committee he was
always there to advise us younger members on current ALRC matters
and issues that have arisen in the past. We all thought he was a
very worthwhile candidate for this trophy.
Ann Cooper. Club Secretary
he will be missed by all his many friends in the Land Rover club
scene and our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.
details will be posted once they have been made available.
Message received from Midland
ROC. I would be grateful if you c
ould pass this information onto your club members.
very careful consideration over the last couple of months, it has
been decided that the MROC will NOT be putting on the Major's
Memorial Trial in September 2015.
As a club, we are fully committed to putting on this year's ALRC
National Rally at Eastnor over the Bank Holiday weekend at the end
of May. As those of you who may have been involved in
organising this big event within your clubs will understand, it
takes much time and energy, and the competition land used needs time
to recover. We feel that running the Major's event a few short
months later would be an overuse of the competition grounds that we
are fortunate enough to have access to. We also feel that our club
members will, by then, need a break from all the organising and
We hope that you will all understand our reasons behind cancelling
this year's Major's Memorial Trial, but we would very much like to
welcome you all back in 2016 to both Easter at Eastnor which will be
an open event, and then the Major's, which will be held on the
weekend of 16th-18th September 2016.
Posted 7th March 2015
ALRC Club Briefing
letters will now be posted on a new Briefing
Posted 27th February 2015
Public Appointment Vacancies
These Vacancies within Defra are currently advertised via
where full details can be found if you are interested?
Secretary of State appointed member
Body: Chilterns Conservation Board
Closing Date: 23/10/2014
Secretary of State appointed (national)
Body: Cotswolds Conservation Board
Closing Date: 23/10/2014
Secretary of State appointed ?national?
Body: Lake District National Park Authority
Closing Date: 23/10/2014
Secretary of State appointed ?national?
Body: Peak District National Park Authority
Closing Date: 23/10/2014
Posted 29th September 2014
Safety Recall - Calor Gas
Please be aware that Calor have annouced an immediate recall
of 6KG CalorLite cylinders.
Posted 24th September 2014
I have started a petition,
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/68377 , the wording of which is self explanatory, regarding the proposals to restrict and tax diesel cars by 2020. I hope that you can give this some publicity in your club forum &/or magazines, as many of your members will be affected. We need 100,000 signatures by next March to trigger a Parliamentary debate, so any help you can offer will be very much appreciated.
Please be aware that the prime targets are London and pre 2006 diesels, but it is clear that all pre 2006 vehicles, both petrol and diesel, will be affected, and other towns and cities are champing at the bit to make a few extra bob.
The point of the petition is not to argue the virtues of either petrol or diesel, but to highlight the unfairness of this sort of retrospective indirect taxation, which has an adverse affect on the less well off. It is also a pointless exercise, as most 2006 vehicles will be 14 years old by 2020 and will have been scrapped; according to Honest John at the Telegraph, the average life of a new small car is now 7 years, by which time the residual value is so low that repairs become unviable.
A lot of motorists feel they are often ripped off by Government and that they are not represented by a single body that can lobby on their behalf, unlike Historic vehicle owners who have the very successful FBHVC. Until such time as we have proper support, I am afraid it is up to us and this is my meagre effort.
Rover 75 CDTi owner.
NFU Mutual latest Free Prize Draw has been
won by Belinda Neale from Essex.
An M&S gift card
for £25 will do nicely!
Posted 27th March 2014
Obituary Dave Bygrave 16.01
.1933 – 03.01.2013
It is with great sadness that I write to tell
you of the death of Dave Bygrave,
He would be remembered for his last National
Rally CCV, where he laid out at least one tricky (many described as
Tight) section, this was Cannock in 1992, at the South Poplars off
road area, He was the driving force behind the very successful 1978
National Rally, at Heath & Reach, Leighton Buzzard, while he was the
Chairman of Anglian ROC.
He managed to obtain various trial sites for Anglian through his
contacts within the Farming community, including running land rover
events for the young farmers club in Hertfordshire, On a personal
note Dave’s best National Result was in 1974 when he received the HQ
ROA Pirelli Inter challenge Cup for the Club nominated driver with
the lowest total score in the CCV.
Dave organised various green lane trips around
the country, including some very overgrown & unused for many years
in Mid Wales, which my brother Maurice & I were lucky enough to be
invited, This was around 1980, shortly after this, certain 4x4
magazines heavily publicised some of these, leading to most being
ruined & TRO’s being permanently placed on them,
Dave had a successful time on Road Racing
Bikes, before land rovers, and helped run the Buntingford & District
A10 Vintage & Steam Rallies, at which some of us took part in his
arena showpiece – How high up a slippery Boat transporter trailer
can a land rover climb? (While the trailer was being craned up at a
jaunty angle by an old Coles crane), I don’t think Elf & Safety were
After Dave left the Anglian ROC Committee, he
went on to form the Essex Land Rover club around 1982; again I was
lucky enough to be invited to join his new club and take part in the
Trials & Social events that stretched from near Dave’s house in
Hertfordshire to the Stroud Family’s country house in Suffolk,
Our condolences go to his family at this sad
Vice Chairman the Association of Land Rover Clubs
Posted 24th March 2014
"LARA strongly recommends that all ‘green lane’ enthusiasts
respect the fact that we are experiencing abnormally wet weather and
refrain from driving on un-metalled roads until they have had a
chance to dry out.
Continued use at this time is not sustainable and could easily bring
a swift end to your recreation"
Posted 20th February 2014
Booking System Opens
The on-line booking system for the 2014 ALRC National Rally was
opened for business at 21.00 on 15th December 2013.
Posted 16th December 2013
Warning - False Land Rover Warranty Certificates
Here is a letter from the British Historic Vehicle Clubs regarding
counterfeit certificates - keep vigilant!
Posted 11th December 2013
Recent ALRC Rule changes withdrawn
Check out the recent change to advertised rule changes regarding
vehicle roof material.
Posted 27th November 2013
Secretary of State
Appointments to National Parks Authorities & The Broads Authority
and Aeras of Outstanding Natural Beauty Conservation Boards
Register your interest for future vacancies via these
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty -
National Park Authorities
(Links removed as appointments are no longer valid - 23/02/2014).
Posted 22nd November 2013.
A NEW National Rally Trophy for Family
Entering Bike Trial, TYRO & RTV or CCV with scoring details
Posted 20th November 2013.
Urgent action required – Government’s 14/28 Day
A call to action has been made by the MSA - 4 wheeled motorsport
governing body in the UK:-
MSA issues second call to action over threat to land use by UK
motor sport events
The Motor Sports Association (MSA) is urging the motor sport
community to respond to a second government consultation that also
has the potential to threaten the future of the sport in the UK.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has released
an issues paper regarding the way in which change of use (of land)
is handled within the planning system. This includes a review of the
14/28-day rule (Permitted Development Rights – provision within
planning legislation for temporary change of use) under which
approximately 60 per cent of MSA motor sport takes place.
MSA Chief Executive Colin Hilton said: "It is disappointing that
a government department has queried the 14/28-day rule so soon after
the major consultation that took place in 2002, particularly as
there is little evidence to suggest that motor sport and its place
within communities has changed. Although this is a speculative
paper, if the rules are changed it could have a devastating impact
on the sport, so it is essential that motor sport makes its voice
heard at this stage."
The issues paper can be accessed via the following link:
Feedback should be sent to the Review Team at UCOReview@communities.gsi.gov.ukby
1 September 2011.
The Motor Sports Association (MSA) is the national governing body
for four-wheeled motor sport in the UK, responsible for the
regulation and administration of the sport. The MSA is a member of
the world governing body, the Fédération Internationale de
l’Automobile (FIA) and holds a seat on the World Motor Sport
Council. The MSA represents 33,000 licence holders, 15,000 volunteer
marshals and officials, more than 750 member clubs and issues
permits for 5000 motor sport events every year.
In recent years the MSA has expanded its remit to cover the
development of the sport and currently invests in excess of £1m a
year in the three elements of its Whole Sport Plan. ‘Grow’ targets
an increase in participation levels, ‘Sustain’ invests in the
infrastructure of the sport, its clubs and its people, and ‘Excel’
focuses on training future world champions and educating their
Release MSA11-052: 15 August 2011
Urgent action required – Government’s Forestry
The government’s proposed changes to the ownership and management of
public forests in England pose a very real danger to UK motor sport
– and in particular Stage Rallying.
The Independent Panel established earlier this year to look at the
forestry issue and make recommendations to government contains only
one representative of leisure users – and that is the Ramblers’
Association. Consequently, there is a great danger that the
interests of motor sport will not be considered in the panel’s final
report; the disastrous impact of this would be to risk motor sport
being excluded from both the public forest estate and any of the
forests transferred into private ownership.
The panel is currently consulting with the general public to find
out ‘What the forests mean to you?’ It is essential that as many
people as possible from the motor sport community make their views
known to the panel.
THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ENTRIES IS
SUNDAY 31 JULY 2011.
The panel is asking the following questions:
– What do forests and woods mean to you?
Q2 – What is your vision for the future of England’s forests and
Q3 – What do you feel to be the benefits of forests and woods to:
a) you personally;
b) society as a whole;
c) the natural environment; and
d) the economy?
Q4 – We would like to hear about your suggestions of practical
solutions and good practice which can be replicated more widely.
Q5 – What do you see as the priorities and challenges for policy
about England’s forests and woods?
order to submit feedback to this consultation, simply send an email
detailing your name and answering as many of the questions as you
PLEASE RESPOND BEFORE THE END OF THIS WEEKEND.
is essential that as many people as possible emphasise the
importance to motor sport of continued access to the public forest
estate. If we fail to do this, there is every chance that the
requirements of motor sport will simply not be considered by the
sample response paper can be found on the
MSA website with some key issues highlighted that you might like
to consider when completing your submission. You do not need to
answer all the questions, but please respond in your own words, as
this is significantly more impactful than an obviously orchestrated
Further information about the panel and the consultation process can
be found on the
Many thanks for your assistance in this very important matter.
Motor Sports Association
LHD Landrover 110 V8 STOLEN
Dear Land Rover Friends
need your help, to find my Landrover 110 V8. (Building
from Switzerland and I am Member of Landroverclub
“Landrovers of Switzerland”. On
17 July 2011, I and my wife Susanne started our
vacation trip to Ireland. With
the ferry we are in Hull (uk) arrived and then drive
to Liverpool. We have taken a room in the hotel
Premier Inn. (Liverpool North, Northern Perimeter
Road, Netherton, Merseyside L30 7PT)
The next morning we wanted to take the ferry to
Dublin, but our Land Rover was gone.
On the night of 19th - 20th
July, our car, landrover 110 V8, stolen in the
parking of The Hotel “Premier Inn”, near the Police
Station Copy Lane.
Now we are again at Home in Switzerland.
If you see the Land Rover, or parts from this
vehicle, please send me an email or report it to the
nearest police station, or
directly to the police in Merseyside Telephone No.
Inside of the Land Rover is a complete camping
equipment, any clothes, hand tools
and spare parts, refrigerator, Gps Garmin 76csx,
See you the Pictures from our Landrover.
The Pictures are a little older.
of our Landrover are:
legs in the front
in the front (see
Picture No. 2)
Roof rack with 2 Tents (one left side, one backside)
has only two seats
has an interior
photo no. 3)
The steering wheel
is on the left side
One Spotlights rear on roof
(rights side) (see
photo no. 3)
The Car have a double Battery System (Banner
Battery) and a bigger battery box
Wheel are white,
black as in
Rear, right side is a Additional
Rear, left side is a
Box with stainless steel door
The Landrover have a V8 unleaded petrol
We are happy when we find the Land Rover
Thank you very much for
Lorenz and Susanne Brunschwiler
Public Inquiry notice regarding the TRO
in place at Stonehenge.
LARA have requested details if any club member wishes to be
represented as an objector. Please pass on any details to Tony
Kempster at firstname.lastname@example.org so that he can liaise with LARA
on this matter.
A quick response is needed for this as the closing date for
written statements is the 25th May 2011.
The Association of Land Rover Clubs Ltd
Kath & Harry Jeferry (Peak &
Mid January I went to the Funeral of one of the Elder
Statesmen of our Club and his wife.
First time I have been to a Double coffin funeral -
Kathleen Margaret Jeffery - died
30th December 2010 aged 80 years
Harry Jeffery - died 28th January 2011 aged 86
Kath Jeffery died on New years eve, Harry Jeffery was due to
go into hospital for a routine operation so decided to delay the
funeral until he was fit and well, unfortunately he developed
Pneumonia and died four weeks after.
Harry was quiet a character and would often set out a Trial
without having driven any sections, on one occasion at Middleton
top this had not gone unnoticed by Reg Clarke and when nobody
had cleared part of the section said " this has not been driven"
Harry said where is your motor and promptly drove and cleared
the section in his motor.One of his lesser known talents was
Origami and would often do an impromptu demo.
Kath used to enjoy a quiet game of cards rather than
Harry started the practices of Kids Bike Trials.
I was Vice chairman to Harry and went to meetings at the Factory
in the Special projects department.
Harry was also a past chairman of the old ROA.
He will be sadly missed
It is with sadness that I write to tell you
of the death of Tony Holder on 23rd September 2010.
Tony has been a valued member of the Rover
Owners Association ROA, Association of Rover Clubs ARC &
Association of Land Rover Clubs ALRC for 40+ years.
Tony represented the Rover Sports Register
(RSR) at the inaugural meeting of the Association of Rover Clubs
on 5th November 1977 and went on to hold positions of Car Clubs
Liaison officer and the post of Chairman of the ARC from 1987
until handing over to Peter Oakden in 1991.
Tony printed and distributed the Newsletter
for the Association of Rover Clubs in the 1980's and was a
driving force behind the production of our current Handbook,
being Editor of the first Association hand book. He had an eye
for detail and spent many hours proof reading the copy for this
publication over many years.
Tony was always an active member of the Association adding valid
input to any debate. Although not an off-road competitor himself
he was keen on our Motor Sport and acted as Steward at many
Association of Rover Clubs National Rallies.
Many members will always remember Tony as a
really nice and helpful man and will miss the meetings and the
wonderful conversations with him.
The funeral Service is at Bellingdon,
St John Church
- HP5 2XW on Tuesday the
12 Oct. 2010 at 11.30am followed by committal at Chesham
Would anyone intending to attend the
funeral please contact Derek Spooner on
email@example.com as Joan, his widow, would like some
idea of numbers, and he has agreed to liaise.
The Association of Land Rover Clubs Ltd
Harewood House Game Fair 25/26th
The Association has been invited to put on a
display of Land Rovers at the Harewood House Game Fair, just outside
Leeds in Yorkshire.
You can attend for the day or weekend. I'm
sorry for the short notice. If you or your club are interested
please contact me asap. Thanks.
Non Competitive & Shows coordinator.
With great regret, Southern Rover Owners Club
wish to inform of the death of Jan Greenwood who passed away Monday
15th March 2010.
Jan will be sadly missed by many of their
members, as she and Steve attended numerous SROC events and over the
years attended most Nationals and made many friends all over the
country. Jan also loved to draw and over the years has
sketched trial scenes that Southern made into cards, a very talented
Our condolences go to Steve and family at this
If you require further details then please
contact Melanie at
or on 07766881045.
It is with great sadness that CCROC announce the passing of
Chris Barney on October 1st 2009 after a long battle against cancer.
We will miss him dearly but Chris' passion for the Rover V8 lives on
as some of his "modified" vehicles have been passed on to other
members of CCROC in recent months.
There are no funeral details as yet, contact CCROC direct if
Ho 01242 690550
Mo 07791 623018
Wo 01242 664024
ALRC AGM 14th March 2009
The rule change proposal presented and voted on at
the ALRC AGM on Saturday 14th March has been ratified by the ALRC
Council and therefore applies immediately.
Rule B.7.1 can be viewed on the General Vehicle
Regulations/Section B page.
27.9.1950 – 5.2.2009
With great sadness that Land Rover
Classic Club in Germany announces the untimely departure of one of
our club members.
Roland was one of our founder members and had been a Land Rover
enthusiast for over 30 years.
We will remember him as a friend with whom we could discuss many
themes, not only Land Rover orientated, at the bonfires. He was also
well known for the restoration of Hammond organs.
All of our sympathies go out to
his partner Monika von Stölden.
Roland, we will sadly miss you.
The funeral took place 12.2.2009
17th May 1939 – 5th February 2009
It is with great sadness that Cornwall and Devon Land Rover
Club announce the untimely departure of one of our club members.
Ted was our vice-president and had been a club member for over 20
He will be sadly missed for his enthusiasm, willingness, generosity
and kindness for anything Land Rover orientated.
All of our sympathies go out to his wife and soul mate Sylvia.
funeral will take place on - Friday 20th February 2009 - at Bodmin
Crematorium at 10.30am
Sylvia would then like to invite everyone to
join her at the White Hart, Chilsworthy for refreshments.
Sylvia would like Ted to be escorted by a
convoy of Land Rovers; anybody who would like to be part of this
should meet at Central Motors (Esso garage on A390 PL18 9HP), Saint
Annes Chapel (between Callington and Gunnislake), Cornwall.
Timings will be forwarded when known.
No flowers please. Donations in lieu
should be made to:-
St Luke's Hospice Plymouth, Stamford Road, Turnchapel, Plymouth,
Devon PL9 9XA
Please contact Trish White on 01752 896794 or
for further details.
Midland ROC send the sad news about the sudden
death of Derek Nash.
Derek was a long standing member of the Midland
Rover Owners Club, after walking his dog on the morning of January
the 13th he collapsed and died while talking to his wife Shirley.
Many ALRC members will have known Derek and
Shirley as they were always around either as rally marshals or
helping in one way or another at Midland interclub events. Derek
played a key role at Midland Nationals using his skills a surveyor
and architect to map and layout the camping fields. Even though he
had retired Derek still made site visits in his immaculately
maintained 110 and as a result it was often seen to be winning the
Farvis Boilers Shield at National Concours events.
Our condolences go to Shirley and family at
this sad time.
The ALRC 2009 National Rally will be held at
Manby Motorplex near Louth, Lincolnshire over the Spring Bank
Holiday 21st - 26th May. The event will be organised by the ALRC
Council with many ALRC member clubs offering to run specific events
and assisting with the Camping and site services.
This is seen as an effective alternative to one
member club hosting and running the whole event and will perhaps
encourage smaller clubs to co-operate in future years to co-host and
run a National Rally.
We have just one event looking for a club to
volunteer to run - one of the most important too, The Children's
Bike Trial. This event is crucial to encourage our younger members
in the ways of off-roading and contributes to a great family
atmosphere during the event.
Is YOUR Club able to volunteer to run the Children's Bike Trial?
Preparations are well under way with most
organising officials in place, availability of The Beer Tent,
National Rally Clothing (available
for order), Trader
contacts and event
Get your booking in now and avoid the
disappointment of many in 2008 where event places were booked very
Obituary MELVYN ROSE 1940 - 2007
It is with
great sadness that we have to report the untimely and sudden death
of Melvyn Rose.
Melvyn was born
in February 1940, he grew up in Wiltshire in the Chippenham area
having two sisters.
He started work
at Westinghouse Brake and Signal Company in Chippenham where was a
foundry pattern maker. In 1965 he married Ceri and they had two
children Nicolas and David and three grandchildren.
in Land Rovers started in the 1970's when he joined the South West
Rover Owners Club which later split in 1982 to become the Somerset &
Wiltshire Rover Owners Club and the Cornwall & Devon Rover Owners
became involved with the scrutineering side of things becoming Chief
Scrutineer, a task he performed diligently right up to the day
before his untimely death. Melvyn became known on the National scene
and attended Off Road and Scrutineering meetings along with EGM's
and AGM's for many years, reporting back to his home club at their
meetings. Such was his dedication, he was often asked to assist at
other Clubs when they hosted National Rallies, a task he performed
without a second thought. Melvyn's social life, it's fair to say,
revolved around his home club and the members within the club.
He will be
sadly missed by many, but never forgotten.
funeral of our dear friend Melvyn, Ceri and the family together with
the members of SWLRC would like to extend a huge "thank you" to all
who turned out for the service and the wake afterwards.
Not only did
Melvyn's own club turn out in large numbers but surrounding clubs
were well represented, having travelled great distances to be
present - Thank You, we know Melvyn would have appreciated the
The service was
refreshingly simple yet so poignant no one present could not have
felt moved by it - a fitting farewell to a dedicated fellow
(Courtesy of S&WLRC)
Obituary RICHARD HOWARD - P&DLRC 1965 on
Gentlemen / Women - I regret to advise that one of the early
founding members of the original Peak and Dukeries Landrover
Club, Richard Howard, was tragically killed last Tuesday in a
farm based accident when he was accidentally crushed by a
tractor whilst working alone.
It is the wish of his family to notify as many of his many past
Landrover Club friends as possible since they feel this was one
of Richard's greatest past passions.
It has been suggested by Ian Jeffrey that the Club Membership may
well still contain some of those original early members - hence
my own note to you.
As a past secretary of the Club I have been asked to make a short
presentation after the funeral to commemorate Richard's love of
trialling and reflect on his brilliance in a simple 1948 Series
1 - albeit with no doubt the slight change to the Rover 60
engine. At the time he was certainly always within the Top
10 trial drivers in the UK - and won a serious amount of
The Family wishes to extend an invitation to any member to attend
the funeral and afterwards the wake at 1100, 19 Nov 07 at St
Oswald Church, East Stoke, nr Newark, Nottinghamshire and share
in this particular aspect of a rich life prematurely ended at
the age of 69.
With the help of other past veteran members I am circulating a
letter directly but as so usual in such circumstancestime is
very short so any direct contact would be most welcome if you
think you know relevant past members.
NEWS FROM THE NFU
Contrived Accidents – A Warning to All Drivers!
Any motor accident can be a distressing time,
but how would you feel if it was caused deliberately to fraudulently
obtain compensation? A recent case handled by NFU Mutual
highlights a scam where fraudsters target lone female drivers.
A collision occurred, between a Toyota Carina
driven by the Third Party (TP) and a Peugeot 106 driven by an NFU
Mutual policyholder, at a roundabout off the M62 motorway in West
The accident occurred when, according to the
policyholder, the Toyota applied its brakes whilst entering the
roundabout for no good reason, causing the policyholder to collide
with the rear of the Toyota. The behaviour of the TP and his
passenger was odd, suggesting he had sustained an injury. The
driver expressed surprise when he observed the policyholder’s
daughter in the rear seat of the Peugeot. His first words
after the incident were, “I’m sorry, I didn’t realise you had a
child in the car”.
The TP had their details pre-written out, and
the recovery driver who collected the policyholder after the
incident commented that he had recovered another lady’s car the day
before from the same scene (also a victim of the scam).
We would, therefore, remind all drivers to take
careful note of the circumstances surrounding any accident in which
they are involved. Insurance companies, recommend you carry a
disposable camera to capture the scene and record any damage caused.
Also make a note if:
the vehicle in front was being driven
erratically prior to the accident
the TP already had their insurance details
the TP’s vehicle was driven away from the
scene (the fraudster will often claim recovery costs and that
their vehicle was written off)
There were multiple passengers in the TP
Please contact NFU Mutual, if you would like
more information or a quote for car insurance. For details of
your local agent, call 0800 975 0600* or visit
Most Classic vehicles are
used for fair-weather low-mileage "fun and rally" purposes
rather than everyday transport.
Originally the Road Tax
exemption was supposed to be after the vehicle was 25 years old,
This idea was quietly
scrapped about 10 years ago.
Please click link to
10 Downing Street website:
The petition is closed but you can read the PM's response.
LAND ROVER NEWS
THE LEGEND LIVES ON AT
Solihull, West Midlands, 12 February 2007 – Customer demand for the
Defender, today, saw a substantially revised new model for 2007 roll
off the production line at Solihull. Land Rover employees were
present to celebrate this important milestone which marks the
continued success of the iconic model which began life in 1948. The
new model goes on sale this spring and will feature significant
upgrades to enhance the ownership experience and meet forthcoming
The extension to the long life
of Defender, which has been in production in various models since
1948, will preserve more than 750 jobs at the Solihull factory where
it is produced alongside the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and
Annual production of Defender
has remained consistent at around 25,000 units in recent years, with
much of the demand coming from large contract orders. For example,
the Italian energy distribution company, Ente Nazionale Elettricita,
recently placed an order for over 900 Defenders. Since its
emergence, nearly 60 years ago, the original Land Rover has carved a
heroic path through some of the world's remotest regions and it's
estimated that around two thirds of all Land Rovers are still in
"Defender remains a
significant contributor to the business as well as an enduring
symbol of Land Rover's 4x4 heritage," said Phil Popham, Land Rover's
Managing Director. "Its simple concept hasn't changed fundamentally
over the years, but it remains as relevant as ever.
Defender continues to play a
vital role for emergency services, aid workers and farmers around
the world. As we grow Land Rover we're not forgetting our core
values and our traditional customers."
With a rugged ladder-frame
box-section chassis and aluminium bodywork, the Defender is
incredibly tough. Its practical advantages include its unmatched
combination of off-road supremacy, carrying capacity and towing
The Defender name was
introduced in 1990 but the model is a direct descendant of the
original Land Rover introduced in 1948. Production of Defender and
its predecessors has passed 1.8 million.
Commenting on the introduction
of the model updated for 2007, Paul Cope, Manufacturing Director at
Solihull said; "The introduction of Defender 07 Model Year is
recognition that consumer demand remains very strong for this iconic
model. The 07 Model Year with its new design enhancements, will
ensure that Defender remains a key contributor to the success of the
Solihull manufacturing site. Our manufacturing team is absolutely
dedicated to increasing customer satisfaction by making the 07 Model
Year Defender, the best Defender yet." Get more information on the
LAND ROVER TO INTRODUCE 'COMMERCIAL' DISCOVERY 3
Gaydon, Warwickshire, 9 February 2007 – In response to high customer
demand, Land Rover has announced that it is to launch a commercial
derivative of the award-winning Discovery 3, which will go on sale
on the 19 March 2007.
Since launch in 2004, the
Discovery 3 has demonstrated a class-leading breadth of capability
and accrued awards from all over the world. Now, it has been
engineered with approval from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to gain
N1 Light Commercial 4x4 Vehicle status. Business users will
therefore be able to take advantage of the Benefit in Kind tax and
full VAT reclaim associated with Light Commercial Vehicles.
There will be two derivatives
available: the Discovery 3 Commercial and the Discovery 3 XS
Commercial. Standard features include 2130 litres of loadspace with
a full length phenolic floor, privacy glass, two-piece bulkhead,
four corner air suspension and Terrain Response™.
"Since launch, our dealers
have received a number of requests from customers for a commercial
derivative, many of whom bought standard models and then converted
them independently for their own commercial use", stated John
Edwards, Land Rover UK managing director.
"The launch of the Discovery 3
Commercial means that for the first time, customers are now able to
purchase a Land Rover approved Discovery 3 commercial vehicle, which
benefits from the superior levels of ride, handling, comfort and
equipment offered by the standard Discovery 3. We believe the
Discovery Commercial will further re-define the 4x4 commercial
All Land Rover vehicles
include a CO2 offset for the first 45,000 miles within the
on-the-road price. Administered by Climate Care, an independent CO2
offset provider, the programme ensures that the average amount of
CO2 produced by a Land Rover is offset by investments in a mixed
portfolio of projects, including renewable energy, technology change
and energy efficiency initiatives.
To book a test drive of the
new Discovery 3 Commercial or for more information regarding the
Land Rover range, please visit your local Land Rover dealership or
via the Land
Rover web site.