Last updated 14th June 2021
Charles Darby and the ALRC Council wish to announce that the dates for the 2022 National Rally have now been confirmed.
The Competitions will be running from Thursday 2nd June until Sunday 5th June, and the follow-on rally will be BEFORE the event starts...so maybe 'follow-on rally' is not the right wording! This switch-about is due to the change in bank holidays over that weekend for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
Fancy a Family Holiday in half-term week?
We did think that having the 'follow-on' rally before the event could be a good thing...it is half term for many during that week and so you and your family could enjoy a seaside holiday before getting all muddy...!
Please note! Bookings won't open until the permits are received in November. Click here for more info.
Check out the Calendar page for details of up and coming events - things are opening up, so don't miss out!
Anglian Land Rover Club has just announced a weekend event at Whaddon over the end of May Bank Holiday weekend, (click here to view/download a pdf with the event details) and Lincolnshire Land Rover Club has recently sent in their calendar of events so they can be added into the ALRC calendar page.
Keep checking the calendar page for event details - and if you have any event details you would like to add, please send them in!
Motorsport UK is pleased to announce that organised Permitted motorsport can resume in England with effect from 29 March, subject to local restrictions and in accordance with its own Restart Guidance.
This confirmation follows the announcement on 22 February by Prime Minister Boris Johnson that the third lockdown imposed on 4 January will be lifted, and formally organised outdoor sports â€“ for adults and under 18s can also restart but should be compliant with guidance issued by national governing bodies.
As the applicable governing body for the sport, Motorsport UK will now begin granting Permits for all disciplines, and applications are invited in the usual way.
Motorsport UK will resume the sport in accordance with its Restart protocols, which have guided the safe resumption of motorsport through the lifting of the two previous lockdowns. Updated guidance relevant to the latest restart will be available on MotorsportUK.org in due course.
Motorsport UK guidance in relation to Exemptions and Elite Sport still applies.
The governing body acknowledges the target of late spring for allowing spectators on a limited basis and will follow those developments in order to keep its stakeholders informed.
Motorsport activities in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and the Channel Islands are subject to prevailing government guidance in those devolved territories and we look forward to announcing updates relevant to those nations in due course. The Isle of Man is not subject to a lockdown at this time.
Motorsport UK CEO, Hugh Chambers, commented: "We are extremely grateful to government for providing the opportunity for motorsport to resume in England from 29 March. This will be very welcome news for our community, which extends from professional drivers and teams, through to the grass roots of the sport with tens of thousands of enthusiasts. Collectively they fuel an industry employing 41,000 people and generating over £10 billion for the economy, so this is a vital step in securing the UK's future as leaders in motorsport around the world.
Hopefully it won't be too much longer before we can announce similarly positive news from the other home nations. Clearly strict protocols still apply, as our sport needs to play its part in supporting the NHS and wider frontline community in keeping infection rates under control, and our Restart Guidance has enabled us to accomplish that objective on two previous occasions. I would like to thank the Motorsport UK community for their support during lockdown, and for their spirit and fortitude in keeping the sport together for when this announcement came. We now look forward to getting motorsport up and running at the end of March".
After consultation with Event Director Charles Darby, the ALRC Council wish to announce the cancellation of the 2021 ALRC National Rally.
We, like all of you, are very disappointed that this decision has had to be made but know that you will all agree that it would be both foolhardy and irresponsible for the event to run, in light of the ongoing situation throughout the country. We were hoping that things would improve and that restrictions would be lifted early this year however, with the new variants of COVID-19 appearing all over the country, we do not feel that any events should run that involve bringing together people from the different area tiers. Obviously we cannot predict where we will be by the end of May but feel it is prudent to make this decision now, especially as it is still not possible to start work on preparing the site for use, which will take several weeks if not months.
The landowner is still very keen for us to hold our event there in 2022 when it can be a full blown celebration! On a positive note, it has been proposed to try to include a Time Trial competition at the 2022 event, as these are proving to be very popular with both competitors and spectators alike.
Dates for the 2022 event will be confirmed later this year.
For any of you that already hold bookings, Debby Darby will be in touch to confirm if you would like to hold these over until the next event or wish to have a refund.
I am sorry to be the bearer of this news but do hope that you understand the Council’s reasoning for making this decision. I look forward to hopefully being able to see some of you at events later this year.
We are aware that some clubs have also decided to either waive or reduce membership fees for their members.
Due to the countrywide situation and clubs not being able to hold events which help to generate income, the ALRC Council decided at their meeting on 10th October 2020 not to charge member clubs subscription fees for 2021. This was announced at the ALRC AGM held on 14th November 2020 via Zoom.
The January 2021 issue of the Motorsport UK’s Revolution magazine features an article about trials, with the Cross-Country Trials piece from our very own Andrew Flanders (click here). The article begins...
“Motor vehicle trials is one of the oldest and most accessible forms of motorsport there is, as Ben Barry explains in our guide to the various events taking place all over the UK. Trials is unique in motorsport in judging its winner based on inches travelled off-road, rather than tenths saved on track. The challenge encourages seasoned competitors to return year after year, but it is also easy to get involved, thanks to the comparatively low costs, and because club training days and pool vehicles are often laid on to bring in new members."
Click here to view the January issue - the article starts on P49.
It with great sadness that we pass on the news of the death on the 24th November 2020 of Tony Sinclair, after a long battle with illness.
Tony became an ALRC Log Book Scrutineer in 2009 and joined the Scrutineering and Off Road Committee in 2013. His knowledge of all things about Land Rovers was always appreciated at the meetings and his love for our motorsport was evident for all to see.
He was always ready to help anyone who asked him for advice, with a friendly smile and cup of tea! Nothing was too much trouble and I know he will be missed by all his many friends in the Land Rover clubs. Tony had been a member of Staffs & Shrops LRC and also Leics & Rutland LRC, where he had been a member of the committee for a while.
The photo shows Tony (on the left) presenting the trophy which he donated to Leics & Rutland LRC for the Timed Trial, to Steve Limb - who was the first winner.
Our thoughts are with Julie, Andrew, Paula, Kelly and family at this sad time.
Motorsport UK has consulted on the implications for motorsport in England with the Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in respect of the plan to enter a four-week national lockdown on Thursday 5th November.
The governing body confirms that following DCMS guidance it must suspend all non-elite motorsport until 2nd December. Selected elite events officially recognised by the DCMS, which include the British Touring Car Championship, will be permitted to continue.
Motorsport activities in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands are subject to prevailing government guidance in those devolved territories. At this time, motorsport as organised sport continues in Scotland, in accordance with Motorsport UK’s comprehensive restart guidance introduced on 4th July. Motorsport is currently suspended in Northern Ireland and Wales, as mandated by the respective devolved governments.
In respect of permits issued for non-elite events in England between 5th November and 2nd December, Motorsport UK confirms that those permits are now withdrawn. Organisers will need to reapply if they plan to hold the event at a later date.
Motorsport UK will continue to monitor the prevailing advice from the UK Government and that of the devolved nations and ensure the motorsport community is updated.
Motorsport UK would like to thank the entire motorsport community for their resilience and hard work throughout the summer months to keep motorsport running and operating safely. During the coming weeks we will be working hard to ensure that as soon as government guidance allows, motorsport can safely resume once again.
This year has been a very different one for all of us, with many events cancelled but some clubs are now slowly beginning to restart their activities, albeit having to implement many more practices to keep everyone safe from catching Covid 19. This obviously varies from club to club depending on any specific government advice in their particular area.
A successful ALRC Council meeting was held as a Zoom meeting last weekend and I know that many clubs have used this form of communication, or similar, for their committee meetings these last few months.
It is planned to trial this year’s delayed ALRC AGM as a Zoom meeting, taking place at 10.00am on the 14th November 2020 so that outstanding business can be conducted.
An S&ORC meeting will then take place at 1.00pm on the same day. This will give those wishing to attend both meetings the chance to have a break between them.
Log-in details will be sent by me to Club Secretaries, ALRC Council, S&ORC and log book scrutineers by the 13th November 2020. The information can then be passed on to others in your club interested in joining the meeting.
Kind regards, Simone Birch - ALRC Secretary
This is YOUR opportunity to take part and make a difference. Being on Council will enable you to bring new ideas and take part in ongoing decisions affecting our sport, allowing the ALRC to continue to move forward and support our member clubs in the hobby that we all enjoy.
There are several key positions vacant at the moment and we would greatly welcome new faces / fresh blood on the Council.
The positions are: Treasurer, Membership Officer (these two work well as a combined role or can be separate), Non-Competitive Clubs Officer, Shows and Displays Officer (these two have also been combined in the past) and next year will be the last year for Janet New to act as the National Rally Liaison Officer.
It’s great to see off-road competition events taking place again, now that restrictions have been lifted somewhat. Two recent trials that I am aware of were held by CCROC and Lincs LRC, but I’m sure there are quite a few more than that!
Richard and I went along to a Comp Safari last weekend, held in the Evesham area and very ably organised by Staffs & Shrops. Although it was an open event and not restricted to ALRC, we caught up with lots of ALRC members there for whom this was their first outing of the year. The event was held under an MSUK permit and all MSUK Covid-19 regulations were strictly adhered to to - which did nothing to detract from the enjoyment of the competition. Ann and Dannii Cooper did an excellent job with the organisation, including all the paperwork required in order for the event to run smoothly. The course had been laid out by Steve Blakeman who was CofC, helped by Jeff and Michael Bazeley; it was 3.4 miles long, with a lot of woodland sections that I was reliably informed made it seem as if you were driving an RAC Rally stage!
It was good to see an MSUK official at the event too, taking an interest in our sport. I believe that MSUK are visiting all of their permitted events as a matter of course for the time being - and their input is very welcome.
Evening folks , as most people would have guessed - unfortunately, this year's Baskerville challenge is not going ahead.
I’m sure you'll all understand as the COVID virus is still around and, as a club, we feel it would not be the right to run the weekend. The people who have booked will be getting an email and a full refund.
Stay safe and the Wye and Welsh LRC look forward to seeing you all in 2021.
Many thanks, Mr Chairman (Sir!)
The MROC Committee recently held a meeting to discuss the 2020 Majors Memorial Trial and have taken the decision to not hold this year's event.
Many discussions have been held over the past few months and we feel that in the current climate, holding the event would pose too great a risk to all involved. I'm sure you will all understand this decision.
We look forward to seeing you back at Eastor for The Majors Memorial Trail 2021 - until then stay safe.
Liz Welch - Club Chair
Now that the government have lifted some of the COVID 19 restrictions and allowed camp sites to reopen from 4th July it follows that ALRC camping and caravanning permits can start to be used again from that date.
All competitive clubs must now have a COVID 19 Officer to be able to run events - as outlined by Motorsport UK.
The onus will be on the individual club to carry out a risk assessment of their camping site and implement the necessary procedures to keep all safe which may include providing hand sanitiser at water taps and regular cleaning of certain areas. The advice of the clubs COVID 19 officer on how to proceed with regards to running the camping area should be sought.
I am not sure how easy it is to keep porta-loos clean in a muddy field (we can't rely on sunshine), depending on the number using them, so own facilities should be used as much as possible.
The social distancing rules should be observed - this is to keep everyone safe.
Please remember that units should be spaced at least 6 metres between rows and leave a three metre space between units.
Clubs will need to keep everyone's full details in the unfortunate event of an infection being reported so that attending members can be traced.
As you are all aware information does change regarding COVID 19 all the time and there may be restrictions put in place in one area and not others depending on announcements from the government. These must be followed by any clubs in that specific area.
It will be lovely to meet up with friends again and take part safely in the hobby we all enjoy - something we can do, if we all play our part and adhere to any procedures put in place by our clubs.
Remember this is being done to keep everyone as safe as possible and to stop anyone from contracting COVID 19.
Kind regards, Simone Birch - ALRC Secretary
Further to the announcement by MSUK that they will once again be issuing permits, the ALRC would like to state the following:
For any clubs applying for MSUK permits, the guidance issued by MSUK regarding Covid-19 and the running of events is to be followed, as per the MSUK website.
The ALRC will not be offering any additional or alternative guidance as events will be running under MSUK permits and therefore their guidance must be adhered to.
I hope that this answers any questions that event organisers may have.
Richard Smith, ALRC Chairman.
I am writing this instead of being in the sunshine at Bilsington Priory enjoying the 2020 ALRC National Rally. I know which alternative I would choose but I’m sure 2021 will be a great event and it will be lovely to meet up with friends again!
Given the current government advice regarding social distancing and group gatherings it has been decided to postpone the ALRC AGM from the proposed revised date of the 4th July to 14th November 2020.
There are several key members on the Council and from some clubs that would not be able to attend the meeting due to medical advice, thus making some discussions difficult to undertake.
The main topic for discussion will be the CCMSA updated information on being able to issue permits to our member clubs for competitive events. A lot of work has already been put into researching various options and hopefully once businesses reopen then this information can be finalised and presented at the meeting.
Motorsport was able to restart in 2001 after the Foot and Mouth disease forced cancellations so hopefully later this year some events will be able to be held once it is safe to do so. I’m sure there are some much tidier garages around the country due to this enforced lockdown!
Please look after yourselves and if you have any questions then please get in touch and I will try and find the answer for you.
Kind regards, Simone Birch - ALRC Secretary
Whilst the news that Motorsport UK is looking to restart motorsport in the UK from 1st July is fantastic news, SROC does not feel that the restrictions will have been lifted enough to allow our 2-Day CCV Team Trial to run.
Events may start in July, but these will be with restrictions; neither passengers nor spectators will be allowed, no vehicle sharing and events laid out to avoid risk to name but a few. With the 2-Day being one of the premier events on the ALRC calendar, we do not feel what is a team event can run and do it's challenging nature justice. Added to this it is unlikely overnight stays will be allowed by then and there is also the morality of encouraging people to travel around the country whilst we are all still dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.
We have therefore decided to postpone this year’s event until next year, 7th & 8th August 2021 when we will return to Knowle Farm for two days of great trialling. Please keep an eye on our website in the new year for the SR's and entry, or email the Event Director at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be sent a copy when they are published.
Although this will be disappointing to those of you that have tried the event and know how good it is, we hope you will agree that it is the responsible decision.
Thanks, Mark - Secretary for and on behalf of the Southern Rover Owners Club Ltd.
We would like to acknowledge, and share our appreciation of the support that has been shown to the organising team of the 2020 National which should have been held at Bilsington Priory at the end of May.
In the current climate, it was inevitable that the event would have to be cancelled and we thank all of you for your patience while you were waiting for the announcement that this would be the case.
Support from our venue host, sponsors and suppliers
We have been overwhelmed by the response and understanding shown to us by our venue hosts, Bilsington Priory Estate, our sponsors, including Barretts of Canterbury, Hobbs Parker, Medway Fabrications, AHL Engineering, Tomcat, Britpart and Spaldings, as well as the infrastructure suppliers, Four Jays (toilets, showers and marquee) who have all agreed to remain in place for next year’s event. The generosity shown to the Association by these organisations has meant that we have incurred very few financial losses and are in a good position to go ahead next year.
We would also like to thank all the members of the ALRC – we have received so many messages of support and understanding from members, including one from a Cornwall and Devon member who congratulated us on joining the elite but thankfully small, group of people who have had a National Rally cancelled.
If you have any questions, please contact us.
Charles Darby – Event Director
In light of the ever fast-moving advice being given by the Government, camping and caravanning permits should be suspended until at least 30th June in line with competitive events.
Please note that this may be subject to change due to updates in Government guidelines. We will do our best to keep you updated.
Unfortunately we are now delivering the news that you will all have been expecting but, like us, hoping would not be necessary. The ALRC National Rally 2020 is cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Many of you will have had other events cancelled that you were looking forward to and this will just be an added blow, however we are happy to be able to confirm that Bilsington Priory Estate have already agreed to carry our booking over to next year; we are therefore delighted to announce that the 2021 National Rally will be held on 26th May to 5th June 2021 at the venue you were looking forward to using this year. These dates include the Follow-On Rally.
This morning, all Members who have made a booking will have received an email from the Bookings Officer with details of this decision and what your options are, regarding either keeping your booking in place for next year, or requesting a refund. Please read the letter carefully and advise us of which option you wish to take. You can find a copy of the letter by clicking here.
We are sorry it has come to this, but the action is necessary as I am sure you will agree. We are extremely disappointed to have to cancel but really there was no other option. Even if permits are valid, with the over 70s confined to barracks, some of our members would have been excluded.
On a good note though, we are a little surprised and very happy to find we have so much support from the suppliers and supporters of the National Rally 2020; people whose businesses are under pressure and could have charged us a cancellation fee, but now but have instead chosen to be on board for next year. Our grateful thanks go to all of them.
Charles Darby (Event Director) and the ALRC Council
Due to the spread of coronavirus in the UK it has been decided to cancel this Saturday's ALRC AGM and S&ORC meeting due to take place at The Ibis Hotel, Crick as a sensible health precaution.
I am very sorry for the late notice but this meeting will now be moved to 4th July 2020 as it is not possible to reschedule earlier due to other events and commitments already planned.
Advance bookings for the ALRC National Rally have been encouraging and we do not expect this event to be cancelled so please continue booking for that event.
I would be grateful if you could pass on this message to your members as a matter of some urgency.
Simone Birch, Secretary
The new decade of the 21st century just started and the German Land Rover Club (DLRC) is preparing its birthday party celebrating 45 years of its existence. We would like to take that opportunity to refresh our contacts outside of our club.
We are interested in a regular exchange of information as well as to welcome many of you at our events and moreover. Enclosed you can find some a short overview of events of this year:
• Historic Land Rover meeting in D-36280 Oberaula on Easter April 10-13, 2020
• Rover Day and 45year celebration of the Deutschen Land Rover Clubs (DLRC) in D-18442 Steinhagen (N 54° 12'54.0" O 13° 01'12.9") on Pentecost May 28 - June 1, 2020.
• DRLC Autumn Meeting in D-58300 Wetter October 23-25, 2020.
We will appreciate very much your reply or any suggestions. Thank you very much in advance. Link to website
Land Rover vehicles have been becoming substantially wider since the P38, Freelander 2 and the Discovery 3, all of which have brought huge increases in refinement but unfortunately, at the same time, have made the vehicles less suitable for green lane driving in upland England and Wales. This is because the vehicles have gained extra width; according to Land Rover Owner magazine, by up to an additional 44cm over the width of 90s and 110s.
The problem lies with the many narrow gateways dating from the early 1800's that are found whilst green lane driving, often with stone gate-posts and protruding hinges. There is a national standard that is used on Traffic Regulation Order signs of a 2 metre width for narrow roads and bridges, which is also applied to narrow third lanes in motorway works, however according to LRO, the P38 is 223cm and the Discovery 3 and 4 are 219cm wide. These vehicles are becoming popular for green lane driving and will become more so, as respective £values compared with Defenders fall.
Roger Wright, Countryside Access Officer.
Following attending a Motorsport UK Seminar where the following was discussed with some of the organisers, please see below an email received from Bernard Stevens, Competition Secretary for the British Army Motorsports Association. The events may be of interest to some of you who may wish to attend.
British Army Motorsports Association, Saxon Express
Saturday 21 March 2020, to be held at Bovington Training Area, Dorset
We have long had ALRC on the list of invited clubs in our event ASR We have a good attendance from local clubs but would always welcome more. We do appreciate that our ‘navigation specific’ events are not everyone's cup of tea and a lot of folk in ALRC do either trials or comp Safari. We had a stand at the ALRC Championship at Belvoir castle a few years ago.
I attach herewith the ASR for Saxon Express 2020, which will take place at Bovington on 21 Mar 20. Dorset LROC are helping with the event by running some RTV sections and we have had, in the past, a competing crew from them. You should be aware that all our events are Clubman so we look forward to seeing some of your members in the future.
Click here to download the Additional Supplementary Regulations
Click here to download an Entry Form
Other events for 2020:
1. 20/21 Jun, TBC at Bramley training area
2. 26/27 Sep, Autumn Leaves, night navigation rally in the Salisbury Plain area.
3. 24/25 Oct, Mudmaster multi phase/multi venue in southern Scotland.
4. 27/28/29 Nov TBC, Roadmaster. Military crews only but there could be an opportunity for civilians to marshal.
I hope all this helps and that we get some entries from you.
Bernard Stevens, Competition Secretary for the British Army Motorsports Association
Following the publication of the Motorsport UK 2020 Yearbook there has been an updated Chart 7 in Section H Licences – Minimum Age Criteria for Drivers, Navigators and Passengers added to their website which shows which drivers / passengers require a Motorsport UK RS licence. (Click here to view a copy of the changes).
Licences for under 18 year olds need to be applied for using a paper form and not done online. This can be done at an event so it may be useful to have copies of the application forms at your events.
The following information has now been confirmed by Ian Davis, Motorsport UK.
Cross Country Passengers in Trials.
The simplest way to explain the 2020 requirements is to group Trials as follows;
P44.2.2. Passengers under the age of 18 will not be considered as Competitors for the purpose of licensing or Club membership and will not be required to sign on. They will however be required to produce at signing-on a letter of consent from a parent or guardian which must be retained by the Organisers.
The change here from 2019 is solely to the age. The previous regulation stated the 16 and as part of the wider review this was brought into line with the age of 18 being the generally accepted cut of in other similar regulations. For example those of a Cross Country Promotional Event have the same provision but this has stated the age of 18 since its inception.
All other Permitted Cross Country Events, Trials, Safaris etc.
For all other events the following applies;
P24.2. Drivers and passengers must produce a valid Club Membership Card and Competition Licence as detailed in Section H.
In simplest terms, those passengers in events other than a Tyro Trial or Promotional Event require a Competition Licence which in the majority of cases will be an RS Clubman.
Fancy an adventure in the wilds of South Africa? In a Series or a Defender? Well look no further than LR Classic!
These guys run authentic classic African Safaris; a scenic road trip adventure through rural wild Africa (Safari aka adventure / expeditions) , mostly a Big5 area or area of specific interest in Southern Africa. Driving on dirt roads, off-road, 4x4 tracks, from mountain passes to grassy plains and through riverbeds, traversing areas, roads, tracks and camping often not accessible by general public, you will experience the most amazing scenery. Accommodation varies from camping at campsites with full to limited ablutions and basic facilities, wild camping (no facilities, no fencing (Big5 area), lodging, hotels, luxury accommodation, etc. Most of the trips are fully catered. Click here to find out more.
Just to keep you all in the loop - various options and packages are still being explored and talks with appropriate organisations are ongoing regarding the issuing of permits and insurance cover for our events.
Some excellent work is well underway to separate the ALRC specific elements of the Green Book from what are the general technical and event management requirements. The aim is to create what is currently dubbed "The CCMSA Yellow Book". While this will contain all the other elements required for the management and running of events, it is intended as a detailed extension to the Health & Safely Guide For Off Road Events. Non-ALRC clubs using the services of the CCMSA would be free to adopt this “Yellow" book or produce their own event management guides to support the HSG.
The details will be presented to the ALRC Council at the next Council meeting, with the final proposal being presented to the ALRC Clubs at the AGM.
The family-friendly National Rally at Bilsington this year will be featuring the additional events of a Treasure Hunt (no spades or metal detectors required!) and a prestigious Dog Show.
The Dog Show will feature various classes - so far these are to be: • Loveliest Lady • Most Fabulous Fella • Best Puppy (under 12 months) • Gorgeous Golden Oldie (Over 7 Yrs) • Any variety Open (Not Already entered in Class 3 or 4) • Best Rescue Dog • Best Child Handler under 12 ...and • Best Outfit / Fancy Dress.
There also may be some agility bits set these up near the ring for the weekend; some little jumps and tunnel etc, that can be used for kids and their dogs....or the adults to release their inner kids!
It is intended for signing up to be carried out over the event weekend however should you be interested in helping out with signing on or helping to judge, please contact us.
More details will be available in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled!
We were informed at the end of the meeting that there had been IT problems during the first couple of days of the system being avaialable. If you did apply on-line early and haven’t had your licence, we were advised that you will be receiving a PDF copy that can be used until you licence arrives.
ALRC – Motorsport UK Meeting: - Andrew Neaves
On the 12th December Richard Smith and I met with Hugh Chambers (CEO), John Ryan (Technical Director), Ian Davis and Simon Fowler at the Motorsport UK building in Slough.
The following are the key elements of the meeting. The questions are as we presented them, the rest is what I managed to scribble down.
Following the usual introductions, Richard stated that from our EGM we were mandated by the clubs to seek the best possible solution for our members which as well as considering alternatives we were directed to meet with Motorsport UK to:
1 - Seek answers to questions raised by the members to assure themselves of the true direction of Motorsport UK
2 – Given our representation, for Motorsport UK to reconsider their current action given the feeling from our grassroots members.
Before discussing the individual questions Hugh gave us a view on the position of Motorsport UK and the reasoning behind the changes made. He also asked what issues we were facing. We said while in general terms overall membership was not necessarily in decline however competition entries were down for most clubs.
I have hopefully summarised the Motorsport UK position as stated by Hugh but generally the detail can be found on the Motorsport UK web site in the various documents they have published. See links below.
(Note – it was clear at this point that item 2 on our agenda was a non-starter)
We then moved on to the questions. I did point out that these were either the consensus of questions raised at our EGM or shortly after when a meeting date was known and preceded publications now available on the Motorsport UK web site.
Your publicity states that your decisions have been made following consultation with members at the grassroots of the sport.
However with consideration given to:
1. The RACMSA's previous fully consultative consideration to introduce blanket direct licences and its subsequent retraction.
2. The changes made to the articles of association at the RACMSA March 2019 EGM clearly moving the ultimate authority from any of the committees.
3. Your pre appointment work as a consultant to RACMSA
As no-one in the 4WD off road sport is admitting any knowledge of this consultation including the Motorsport UK’s own off-road subcommittee, you will appreciate the members feeling of 'they didn't like it last time so we will just tell them this time'! This apparent action also makes members sceptical of your ultimate ability to consider the real requirements of the grassroots entrant.
Can you please therefore tell us who was consulted and when?
A: Hugh repeated some of the reasoning in his preamble but when pressed it was stated it would not have been possible to poll every club therefore it was the regional associations that were consulted. Only clubs highly active in their regional associations would therefore have been aware.
While change was indicated in the 2018 financial returns, the previous policy of a separate permit and insurance fee gave the member a feeling that the separate elements were of individual value and they could appreciate the cost of the administration activity and the value of the insurance. Combining them gives the feeling you are hiding admin increases under the guise of reported insurance increases.
The reasoning why have you combined them is not clear; can you state the advantages to the member for doing so?
A: Essentially a business decision. There are many facets to the provision of the service derived from the permit and insurance charges. When buying any other product or service it’s not normal for the element behind the price to be separately listed.
The Road Traffic Act regulation provides that you can set a fee for the provision of an exemption under the act.
Have you increased that fee for 2020?
A: There is no actual fee for the authorisation, it is provided free as part of the service although you can't obtain one separately.
The next two questions are related, but separately asked as I don't want to lose the context for the owners.
While you have introduced the RS clubman license at no current charge you have significantly increased the existing license portfolio charges. Assuming the permit fee increase is truly insurance related and not covering the previous years reported reduction in licence numbers.
How are you supporting the administration cost of these "free" licences?
A: The costs are part of the whole business model and are not supported from reserves.
Motorsport UK’s stated aims are, through publicity to bring more people into grassroots sport. Any publicity comes at a cost.
Clearly once you have the blanket licence process in place you have a clear visualisation of the true individual membership base, making it easy to quantify a future cost for the license.
Can you confirm there is no plan to introduce a license fee for the RS clubman licence in the next five years?
A: Hugh was quite passionate that his personal view and the current policy was that the entry path to grassroots levels should be simple and in terms of a licence then free. Emphasis being on the pay as you play scenario.
The Motorsport UK publicity surrounding the permit fee increase goes to great length to state an increase of liability cover to one hundred million pounds. More than a significant proportion of the members have no feeling for what £100m actually means, let alone the benefits of the increase from £67m especially to the individual.
In grassroots terms what does the individual actually gain from this?
A: It was still unclear how such levels would be relevant to the individual but at the business level it was perhaps more understandable.
The publicity material for the introduction of the RS clubman licence expounds the virtue and value of membership benefits. None of the purchasing benefits appear to be unique to Motorsport UK and are available to any club and its membership through other means.
Which of the published benefits were actually negotiated for and are truly only available through Motorsport UK?
A: It is recognised these benefits are not unique but form a value pack should they not be already available to the individual through their own club or other source.
The RACMSA is just one of the eleven approved bodies for the provision of exemption under the Road Traffic Act. The changes made to the Articles of Association and the content of the financial report bring a feeling to the grassroots member that there is now a profit making engine in the place of a true governing body.
What legal right does Motorsport UK have to represent itself as the only authority providing the governance of four wheel motor sport in the UK?
A: It is recognised the only legal element is the ability to issue authorisation for events as required by section 13a of the road traffic act and there are other authorising bodies that can do the same. Motorsport UK does have status with the FIA.
What we both took from the meeting was that given the changes made to the company articles in March, the structure and appointment changes the Company is now very much a commercial one. Its primary income source being the entrants. Nothing wrong with this but the products it is selling and the service packages around them must be of value to the customer at the level they are being used.
3.12.19 A review of the discussion of the ALRC Motorsport UK Process Review, which formed part of the EGM in November, are now available by clicking here. The discussion centred around the recent changes to permit fees and licence requirements made by Motorsport UK and the possible ways to move forward by the ALRC. More information will be available for discussion at the AGM and this will be circulated before the meeting.
The next meetings are to be held on the 14th March 2020 at the The Ibis Hotel, Dirft East, Parklands, Crick, Rugby, NN6 7EX starting at 10.00 (AGM) and 13.00 (SORC).
The minutes of the recent EGM and the SORC meeting minutes are also available; in the November Letter For Meetings are details of two changes to the ALRC Supplementary Competition Regulations which take immediate effect.
These have been sent direct to all ALRC member club secretaries and delegates, the ALRC Council, Scrutineering & Off Road Committee and Log Book Scrutineers. I would be grateful if you could distribute this information to any other relevant members of your clubs.
16.11.19 Today's ALRC EGM was exceptionally well attended and, given the recent announcement from MsUK, it was decided to undertake a review of the Provision, Process and Oversight of Off Road Events including Competition licences, Event insurance, Road Traffic Act section 13a Authorisation and the supporting regulations.
This took place before the EGM as it was considered to be of prime importance.
After due consideration by the 62 people who attended, it was decided that our first option would be to discuss the recent changes with MsUK, however to date they have not responded to emails, but the council will continue in its efforts to have a discussion with them - preferably face to face. A second option that will be explored is the ALRC would look at permitting our own events, as we have a wholly owned subsidiary company in place (CCMSA) and the ALRC is one of the 11 UK authorising bodies that can issue permits. The reason that the CCMSA do not issue permits for our competitive events currently is because we have never put the appropriate insurances in place. This will now be looked at by a specialist in the field of motorsport events who is very keen to be involved with us.
It was suggested that we simply look to using another regulatory body, however issuing our own permits means that we as an association have control over our own future. The other Authorising bodies are however quite unique in their own disciplines (eg: Steam Rallies, Motorbike events and professional drivers etc)
As and when more information is available, it will be sent out to all ALRC clubs for consideration. In the meantime, clubs will need to continue to apply for permits via the MSUK. It is intended that further details will be available to clubs by the end of January to allow clubs to make any required decision by the 2020 AGM which will be held in March.
The National Rally for 2020 will unfortunately not be featuring a Team Recovery event as part of the weekend's competitions.
The land being used in 2020 is part of a country estate used primarily for equestrian purposes and it is important that significant and lasting damage is avoided. With this in mind, it has not been possible to find an area of suitable ground to run a Team Recovery and the organising team has taken the decision that it will not be possible to offer this event at this particular venue.
The team has considered the possibility of offering a Timed Trial, but the time made available by the omission of a Team Recovery was considered to be insufficient to offer a Timed Trial. However, it is recognised that this is an event which is gaining in popularity and may be considered instead of a competitive safari at a future event if the land is less suitable for a comp.
Bookings for the 2020 National Rally have been suspended due to changes notified today from Motorsport UK. These changes include a DOUBLING of competition fees per vehicle, and also their new requirement for ALL DRIVERS AND NAVIGATORS to apply for and hold a valid Motorsport UK license, which they say is free to apply for, but for how long?
All ALRC member clubs will have been notified by Motorsport UK of these changes on 4th November. Click here to see the content of the letter received from Motorsport UK.
Please be assured that the ALRC Council are looking at the various options available to us all regarding this recent announcement and will hopefully have some answers for you by the EGM on 16th November.
A lot of constructive suggestions have been made so far on our FaceBook pages which we are reading with interest and taking on board. Please bear in mind that everyone in the ALRC are volunteers and we are working towards a cost effective, easy to administer solution - if there is one!
Simone Birch has sent out a request to all clubs for details on permit and competitor numbers for the last 12 months. Receiving this information is vital, enabling the calculation of costs for the options we are looking at, so the sooner you can get the info to Simone, the better.
Come along to the meeting on 16th November to find out what we know so far. It starts at 10am, at The Ibis Hotel, Dirft East, Parklands, Crick, Rugby NN6 7EX. All ALRC members are very welcome.
Richard Smith, ALRC Chairman.
Please click here to view the revised proposal regarding recovery points that will be further discussed at the S&ORC on the 16th November 2019.
I would be grateful if this could be circulated to all club members, some of which may wish to attend the meeting to be involved with the discussion. General and scrutineering meetings are open to any club member that wishes to attend.
Comments from Al Reaney:
I have tried to make it more clear where possible but I have chosen to leave much of it the same. I have underlined in red all the parts I have added to this version.
I understand the concerns raised at the last meeting and hopefully the new wording clears up some of the confusion. Ultimately I have tried to make the ruling fit the vehicles that turn up in an attempt to make it easier for people to comply and also to give scrutineers more confidence to allow certain set-ups without sticking their neck out!
Any questions please contact Al Reaney.
Following the last S&ORC meeting please see the proposal for discussion below relating to coil-over dampers which will be followed up at the S&ORC meeting on the 16th November.
Further information on the recovery points proposal will be available shortly and this will be circulated when it is received by Simone Birch.
Please note: this proposal is only for discussion at the Scrutineering & Off Road Committee meeting, NOT a done deal!
Proposed new rule.
C.6.3. Dampers are free including Coil-over dampers and Air-shocks. If coil-over dampers or air shocks are fitted the factory coil springs and the associated brackets may be removed. The new coil-over mounting points must be adequate to transmit the suspension loads into the chassis.
A coil-over damper or Air-shock is an automobile suspension device which in the case of a Coil-over consist of a damper with a coil spring encircling it and in the case of an Air-shock a damper with a large piston rod, typically 1 1/4" and a Nitrogen gas charge that is the spring. Air shocks are fitted to a few of the current CCV motors albeit with a very light spring in the normal coil spring position to comply with the current regulations. A MacPherson strut is a type of coil over first fitted to a Land Rover in 1997 and fitted to many current models.
There are a few advantages in using coil-over and air shocks which are: with air shocks the ride height can be adjusted with nitrogen pressure, so adjusting ride height is very easy and with coil over's the ride height can be adjusted by turning a threaded spring seat on the shock body.
On my current car the ride height is ok, however to change ride height I have to change the springs which affects spring frequency and free length so complete new spring specs need to be calculated. The other option is to move the spring seat on the chassis which is a lot of work. Also on my car I have had to have duel rate springs made so that I have the correct ride height the desired frequency at ride height and a free length that retains the spring on it's seat at full droop. This is the same for everybody building a competition vehicle if they want to reduce pitching.
With coil-overs there are a wide range of springs available of the shelf so getting the correct springs is relatively easy compared to having several sets of springs custom made.
C.6.2. states that "damper mounts are free" so suitable Coil-over or Air-shock mount can be fabricated under the current rule.
As for loadings on the mountings, springs used on CCV and Comp safari motors generally range between 100 lbs in to 175 lbs in with a 12" travel, so at full bump with 175 lbs in springs and 12" travel 2100 lbs would be the load + the damper load which on a high speed wheel movement such as hitting a square edged bump at speed is hard to calculate with any accuracy, most shock absorber dynamometers only go up to about 40 inches per second and shock speeds in off-road racing can easily exceed this figure. However working on a figure of 15g seems to be a reasonable figure with a built in safety factor. Given that BS 1387 tube has a yield strength of 195N/mm2 a suitable mounting bracket is relatively easy to fabricate.
Many Comp Safari cars outside of the ALRC have been using coil-over shocks for many years without issue and indeed the new Range Rover Velar if spec'd with steel springs has them fitted, also there are Land Rover based Comp Safari cars out there with coil-over shocks fitted so why not adapt the rules and make room for them in the ALRC and let existing ALRC competitors that want to use coil-over or Air-shocks use them.
BME is an independent Jaguar and Land Rover specialist garage with the latest diagnostic computers.
Based in Milton Keynes, Barnwell Motor Engineering can ......
• Fully service your vehicle
• Maintain your Manufacturer's Warranty (we use the same computer as main dealers)
• Carry out pre-MOT inspections and facilitate your vehicle's MOT test
• Service your air conditioning
• Repair any faults your vehicle may have.
They also have a courtesy car and can collect vehicles for servicing locally. Please click here for more information.
The fantastic Cornwall and Devon Land Rover Club held their annual charity RTV event at Newnham Park and raised an amazing £2,450 making their running total raised for St Luke's since 2007 a huge £42,410!
St Luke's Hospice said: "We want to thank them for their continued compassion and generosity over the last 12 years. Heroes like this keep St Luke's providing a high standard of care and support and our community play a huge part in this".
Well done C&D for another fabulous event!
Europe's leading independent Land Rover and Jaguar engine specialist.
NWS provide a fully comprehensive range of Land Rover engine, Range Rover engine and Jaguar engine remanufacturing services. They regularly rebuild, recondition, repair, upgrade, finesse and deep-clean complete engines and all major engine parts and components across all Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) models.
NWS can offer their own crankshaft, bearings, conrods and various other internal components within their extensive inventory of over 20,000 products online. They also offer cylinder head reconditioning through their subsidiary, 'Motorcast' as well as various specialist servicing options. NWS offer a worldwide delivery service. Click here for more information.
On 3rd June 2019 Paul Barton (pictured far left) stood down from his positions in the ALRC Company and ALRC Council after serving the ALRC for twenty years. He started as the ARC News Editor in 1999 and moved into the role of Chairman in 2010.
Our thanks are given for all the support Paul has shown to the ALRC over the years he has served on the Council.
At the ALRC Council meeting held on the 15th June 2019, Richard Smith (pictured left) was elected as Chairman of the ALRC. He will remain as Treasurer for the time being but this is something that may change in the future.
At the same meeting Richard Banks, was co-opted onto the Council as he has now become Chairman of the Scrutineering & Off Road Committee and this role is usually a Council position as well. Mark Whaley, as retiring Chairman of the S&ORC will continue to stay on the Council as a Member without Portfolio. Also as a Member without Portfolio, Stuart Newton was co-opted onto the ALRC Council.
At the Association of Land Rover Clubs AGM held on the 16th March 2019 there were two Rule Change Proposals to the ALRC Supplementary Competition Regulations voted FOR by the member clubs and these were then considered for ratification by the ALRC Council at their meeting on the 15th June 2019.
Clubs are reminded that the Council members are voted into their positions on the basis of their experience and willingness to support the running of the ALRC for the benefit of all its members.
• i. Section E - Road Taxed Vehicle (RTV) Trial-Specific Technical Regulations
E.2.5. For Modified RTV class, up to 35” maximum inflated diameter tyres may be used.
• E.2.6. For Modified RTV class, if the stated tyre width (stamped on the tyre sidewall) is equal or greater than 285(mm) or 11.50(inches) then deep dish rims with greater than a 4”/102mm offset (between the outer flat of the nave plate and the external face of the bead area) are permitted.
These two linked rules were ratified by the ALRC Council for implementation on 1st January 2020.
ii. General Vehicle Regulations
Section C - Modified Class Vehicle Regulations
C.8.3. 100” wheelbase with Defender or Series bodywork is permitted. All other minimum dimensions as per a Series 1, please refer to the Vehicle Sizes Chart. The silhouette as viewed from the side must still resemble the shape of a Land Rover. Bobtailed rear bodywork is not permitted.
This rule was ratified by the ALRC Council for implementation on 1st January 2020.
The following two rules are clarifications only and are not new proposals. Any changes are underlined and in italics.
iii. Regulations Applicable to all Competitive Events
L.4.1. Current membership card of an ALRC member competitive club, and Motorsport UK Competition licence when required, to be shown at signing on.
This rule was ratified by the ALRC Council for immediate implementation.
iv. L.5. INTERCHANGE OF PASSENGERS
L.5.1. A passenger / navigator may accompany only one driver. (Not applicable to Gymkhana & Tyro Events.)
L.5.2. A driver may not act as a passenger / navigator for another driver. (Not applicable to Gymkhana &Tyro Events.) (Implemented 12th June 2010).
This rule was ratified by the ALRC Council for immediate implementation.
The following Additional Supplementary Regulation has been included to the National Rally Comp Safari ASR’s for the 2020 event.
CS20. Brake lights are mandatory and they must be rearward facing and mounted as high as is practicable within the bodywork confines.
If you have any queries about the above then please get in touch with me. I look forward to seeing you at the ALRC EGM to be held on the 6th July 2019 where further rule change proposals will be discussed.
Simone Birch, ALRC Secretary.
I know, I know! What is a Japanese car importer and specialist parts supplier doing advertising on a Land Rover website....? Well it may come as a shock to some of you, but Land Rovers are not the only marque out there that are owned by our members....
Torque GT was founded in 2001 with the objective of sourcing and supplying the finest Japanese Performance cars to enthusiasts. They make quality their priority and operate a golden rule only to supply cars they would be proud to own themselves. Over the years they have built up a reputation for quality among Japanese car aficionados from their headquarters in Devon. So whether you are sourcing a pristine 240Z, a Honda Civic, or even a Toyota 2000 GT, then Torque-GT is the place to start. Click here to go to their page for more information.
This Major's Memorial Trial celebrating 50 years since the first Major's Trial, will be held at Eastnor Deer Park, near Ledbury on the weekend of the 13th, 14th and 15th September 2019. The trial will be run over both the Saturday and Sunday with up to 20 sections.
There will the usual facilities on the camp site: toilets, Marquee and food & Bar. Click here for a booking form and the SR's.
This year’s NWLRC Interclub 2019 will be held once again at Nant Mawr Farm in the picturesque Elwy Valley which is situated approx 6miles south of Abergele on the A548 on the outskirts of Llanfair T.H village.
There will the usual facilities on the camp site: showers, flushing toilets, Marquee and food by (Boundry Bangers) & Bar (The Travelling Tavern). Saturday night entertainment is by Ritchie Elwood (Comedian), Sunday night Entertainment features Vicky Jones (singer) as well as the usual Bingo, Family Quiz etc. Camping is available from 1pm Thursday 22nd to Tuesday 27th August. Throughout the weekend there will be guided scenic drive around the venue with amazing views from the highest point.
It was 25 years ago when Ron Baker came up with the idea of a CCV Team Trial where all the best team members, drivers and passengers work together to get the best possible score. This year, Ron returns to laying out two days of challenging trials sections in deepest Sussex.
Being the 25th Anniversary, we have catering and some fun and games on the Saturday night, so come along and join in with some of the best trialling on the ALRC calendar!
We have received an invitation to all ALRC club members from the German Land Rover Club. Please see below for the translation:
"I cordially greet and invite all Land Rover fans of your club for our Rovertag on June 7th to 10th June 2019 in 73453 AbtsgemOnd, Hammerschmiede 2. Further information and the registration form can be found by clicking here.
Next year at Pentecost 2020 (May 30 to June 01, 2020) the German Land Rover Club celebrates its 45th birthday in Steinhagen on the Offroad Gelande near Stralsund in the beautiful Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. I ask you and your club friends to mark this date.
Click here for a copy of the letter (translation on 2nd page!).
• New Land Rover
• Used Land Rover
• Land Rover Finance
• Sell My Land Rover
• Land Rover Servicing
Dick Lovett Land Rover retailer near Bath is modern and refreshing, located near Bath just off the A350 and A4.
Please click here to go to their page for more information.
This month’s (May) issue of Practical Classics features the CAR-ID protection system on page 15 (Chip on your shoulder).
Members of all the clubs belonging to, or associated with, the ALRC can buy with a 20% discount using the coupon code 'defender99'
Click here to go to our website shop.
Our latest addition that we would like to welcome to Marketplace is a specialist in crossing Chinese borders, processing Customs clearance and obtaining Chinese Temporary Driver's Licences and number plates whilst driving your own vehicle in China.
If you want to drive your vehicle to China (via land border or by shipping), we will help you with crossing of Chinese borders, processing Customs clearance, getting Chinese temporary driver's license and temporary number plates, so that you can explore the classic destinations and rural areas like Tibet, Xinjiang, Sichuan, Yunnan, Guangxi, Qinghai, Gansu and Guizhou. Yes! With your own vehicles!
Alternatively, they can help with Fly & Drive: Fly to China, rent a Chinese car, get Chinese temporary driving license, explore China by self-driving.
The Leicestershire and Rutland Land Rover Club would like to invite all ALRC Clubs to join them for the weekend of 21st to 23rd June 2019 at Stainby, NG33 5QP near Grantham. They are holding a Camping, Timed Trial and a Promotional Event over the weekend.
The Timed Trial will be on Saturday morning and a gentle off-road course (with some deviations for more experienced drivers!) around the site on the Sunday. It costs £20 to enter the Timed Trial and £15 to drive on the off-road course on the Sunday, to camp for the weekend costs £10. Toilets will be on site all weekend and a burger van on Sunday.
You don't need to book in advance for the off-road course or caravanning, although it would help planning if you let them know if you are planning to attend. The Timed Trial has an entry limit of 15; therefore, booking is essential along with a non-refundable payment in advance. Payments can be made by BACS to TSB Bank Plc sort code: 30-95-52 Account no: 20918460 reference your name and TT : i.e. John Jones TT.
For bookings and further information please contact Viv Wing
We would like to thank Britpart, Bearmach, BME (Barnwell Motor Engineering), CCB (Classic Covers Band) and LnB Services for their support as sponsors of this year's National Rally.
After discussion at the ALRC S&ORC meeting held on the 16th March 2019, the ALRC Council ratified the following addition to the ALRC Competition Regulations which takes immediate effect:
Part 1 General Vehicle Regulations
Section B – Standard Class Vehicle Regulations
B.19 RECOVERY POINTS
B.19.3. A pair of Land Rover factory specification D rings are deemed suitable for recovery up to and including RTV trials. (Implemented 16th March 2019).
Lincs LRC are holding their Claxby 3 Day Interclub Event on Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May.
Events include CCVT, RTV/Ladies Trial, Tyro, Bike Trial, and a Soap Box Derby! There is camping available, with onsite toilets, Elsan point and water, plus a BBQ. Scrutineering is at 8 - 9.15am, followed by drivers briefing. Click here to download more information.
The event shall be held over the weekend of 22nd & 23rd of June 2019 at Newnham Park, Plymouth. The trial will run over 2 days and consist of 20 sections, 10 sections on each day. It will be run in accordance with the ALRC Competition Regulations and the Supplementary Regulations attached to the Entry Form. All proceeds are to go to St Luke’s Hospice.
This is a team event for groups of 3 drivers, with no more than 1 vehicle from the ALRC modified classes permitted in any one team. Modified vehicles may not be double driven within the same team. If you wish to enter a non-compliant team please contact the Event Directors. (Emma Pascoe-Parish & Emma White). Prizes will be awarded for the lowest total team score across the weekend, as well as the lowest scoring Ladies and Long Wheelbase teams and the lowest scoring individual.
The Entry Fee for each team is £135.00. Closing Date for Entries is Friday 15th June 2019.
It is expected that interest in this event will be high and you are encouraged to register your Team’s entry as soon as possible. Entries will be limited to only 40 teams.
The Theme this year is ‘Disney’. Click here to download an entry form
A letter has been sent out from Simone Birch regarding the 2019 ALRC AGM, asking for any further nominations for the ALRC Council or S&ORC, and also a statement on club membership information. A summary of what it contains is below:
Association of Land Rover Clubs Annual General Meeting
At this year’s ALRC AGM, which will take place at 10.00am on the 16th March 2019 at The Ibis Hotel Dirft East, Parklands, Crick, Rugby, NN6 7EX the following members of the ALRC Council are due to stand down under the three year rotation:
Frank Champion, Sue Foster, Janet New, Paul Barton, Andrew Flanders.
Frank Champion has decided not to stand again and we thank him for his many years serving on the Council. He remains a member of the S&ORC. All the others are seeking re-election.
The following members of The Scrutineering & Off Road Committee are also due to stand down under the three year rotation system and are all seeking re-election:
Dave Canham, David Jeffrey, Tony Lockwood, Fraser Parish, Simon Saunt.
Further nominations have been received for Matthew Fulwood and Adrian Neaves to become log book scrutineers and join the S&ORC.
Paul Barton, Chairman of the ALRC, has written the following regarding the future of the ALRC National Rally. This letter has been forwarded to all club secretaries and is available to download by clicking here.
Dear Club Secretary,
ALRC National Rally – the Future
I am writing to all member clubs, both competitive and non-competitive, to seek views from clubs about the future of the ALRC National Rally. I believe that It is time to do so because it is becoming increasingly difficult for the ALRC Council to effectively co-ordinate and have a forward plan for future National Rallies. To put this into context, we currently have only one offer, after this year’s event to be hosted by Anglian LRC and Chiltern Vale LRC at Whaddon, which is from MROC for the 75th anniversary of Land Rover in 2023 at Eastnor.
The ALRC Council recognises that due to the economic slowdown and austerity some member clubs have lost members. This hasn’t been an overnight phenomenon or in the wider context of off-road motorsport limited to just the ALRC but has been a gradual process which overall has meant that the total ALRC membership across clubs nationally has reduced. Notwithstanding that reduction, I believe that the ALRC is still the biggest off- road association in the U.K as club returns for 2018 show some 3,369 competitive club members and 6,690 non-competitive club members so total membership in 2018 was 10,239.
With reducing memberships, some clubs are no longer able to realistically independently host a national rally without support from other neighbouring clubs (which is the case for 2019) and/or support from other ALRC club members with specialist skills. At the same time the numbers of members attending the National Rally has also reduced making the task of organising and running the rally somewhat easier.
To try to support clubs wishing to host a National Rally, the ALRC Council has developed a package of support for clubs, (see Appendix “1”) attached, which aims to assist club committees with the natural concerns which exist around finance, contracts, health and safety, permits, timing and other logistics etc.
In recent years the ALRC Council has, in the absence of a host club for the event, hosted the event assisted by several of the smaller clubs for competitive events with larger clubs helping for example with site services and camping. This collaboration has worked well and is likely to be required in future. Can competitive clubs consider if they have any capacity for collaboration with their neighbouring clubs to host a collaborative National Rally or would be prepared to help run an ALRC hosted National Rally? Or indeed would be prepared to take on hosting the event in the future, having previously had experience of doing so?
Another factor is that in recent years the event has been attended almost exclusively by competitive club members with few members from non-competitive clubs attending. Why is this? Is it about what is on Appendix 1
The ALRC will provide the following package to assist in the running of the National Rally:
• Initial loan to assist in setting up the event. This is repayable by the 30th September after the event.
• ALRC perpetual trophies replicas and class trophies provided by the ALRC.
• Competitors wristbands provided by the ALRC.
• Numbers for vehicles and score cards, Sponsors logos can be added to these.
• 3 sets of trial cane tops and section markers. To be retained by the host club after the event.
• 200 motorsport arrows. To be retained by the host club after the event.
• The use of 12 waterproof weatherwriters for score marshals. Marshal vests and lanyards. To be returned after the event.
• Motorsport UK Competition Permits will be applied for by the ALRC in their name and passed to the host club. Any Motorsport UK cashback received at the end of the year will be returned to the host club.
• A standard set of Supplementary Regulations with only alterations as dictated by specific sites.
• An extended caravan / camping permit free of charge.
• Flags and banners for the event.
• A free website that publishes event information from the host(s) club.
The ALRC Council is currently able to potentially offer the following specialist advice: to host clubs if required:
• Event safety plan
• Liaison with local authority may be possible
• Advice on land contracts
• Advice on catering contracts
• Potentially an electronic booking system for the event
• Event timing may be possible
• Radio cover may be possible
• Event first aid may be possible
• Signing on and secretary of the meeting may be possible
• Appointment of Event stewards
• Management of award ceremonies
• Assistance with Event signage:
Please contact Paul Barton with any questions or constructive comments you may have!
At the meeting of the Association of Land Rover Clubs (ALRC) Council held last Saturday, 9th February, the Council ratified the recommendation from the ALRC Scrutineering and Off Road Committee that after the two year trial, Q Class should be limited to Road Taxed Vehicle Trial entrants only.
This recommendation had been made as a result of examining information provided by member clubs on Q class vehicles and discussions at SORC meetings which had highlighted that Q Class should be for RTV trials only, as per the original intention when it was first introduced. This change to take immediate effect from 9th February 2019.
The new ALRC 2019 Handbook (The Green Book) is now available, and runs until the end of 2020. Members can collect a copy from their Club Secretary.
Price £10 (inc. P&P) for non-members, FREE to ALRC Members.
The Handbook is intended to be a convenient reference book for Land Rover enthusiasts whatever their affiliation and interest. The articles contained in this publication have been developed over many years by our members and the “Green Book” is considered to be the Bible of the Association. Please take your time in reading its content and keep it handy for future reference.
In the Handbook you will find articles relating to land use and rights of way, facts for caravaners and campers and much more. For the competitive enthusiast there are the full ALRC Vehicle and Event rules and regulations updated to include 2019 changes, and similarly the latest applicable MSA Regulations from the 2019 “Blue Book”.
The ALRC Handbook comprises general and specific information pages, Vehicle & Competition Regulations and MSA Blue Book extracts.
Monday 13th to Sunday 29th July 2020
The Rally will be held at Evjemoen Military Camp in the county of Agder, Southern Norway, in the same Land Rover spirit as in 2005, with participants from most of Europe and approximately 500 cars.
• Children's and youth games
• Youth activities
• The beautiful nature of the area
• The area's many sights and amusements
• The proximity to all southern Norway's activities and sights
• Pokerrun (whatever that is!!).
An article by Ed Wiseman appeared in The Telegraph on 19th November 2018, after he took part in a TYRO, helped and guided by Andrew Flanders of Anglian LRC.
"Motorsport. It’s easy to forget just how broad a term it is. To many it means the champagne-soaked spectacle of a Formula One weekend, or the gilded swing-badges of Goodwood’s Revival. Expensive, elitist, excessive events which are difficult to even attend, let alone take part in. But for tens of thousands of people, all around Britain, every single weekend, “motorsport” means something much more real.
It’s eight o’clock on Sunday morning and I’m gingerly nosing my borrowed Audi down a farm track in Hertfordshire. Crisp white sunlight cracks through the conifers, the forest floor a mess of golds and browns - about as far removed from Silverstone as it’s possible to get. I’m here to join the Anglian Land Rover Club, and take part in what might be the most accessible and good-natured motorsport in Britain."
November 14th 2018
It is with sadness that we received the news that Tony Kempster died this last weekend. Tony was a valued member of the ALRC, serving on the ARC / ALRC Council for nearly thirty years in the role now known as the Countryside Access Officer. Below is some of the information that Tony gave on his CV when he was a member of the Council but I am sure you will all have your own memories of Tony, who was passionate about this hobby we all enjoy.
The funeral will take place at 11.45 on Friday, 14th December 2018 at Hastings Crematorium, The Ridge, Hastings, TN34 2AE. Family flowers only please.
Any donations will be given to The Dunsfold Collection of Land Rovers in Tony's memory.
Tony’s initial interest in Land Rovers stemmed from the occasional illicit night-time rabbit shooting jaunt on the RAF airfield where he was stationed during his National Service in the early 1960’s. Land Rovers, mostly Series Ones, were used primarily for airfield security patrols and therefore the occasional surreptitious use of one them for this purpose seemed appropriate.
After National Service, Tony bought an old 80” which he subsequently discovered had the annoying habit of jumping out of gear on the overrun. After he could not tolerate this any longer, the decision was taken in 1963 to replace it with a new Land Rover. So, the piggy bank was raided to buy a new 109” pickup which had a leaflet left on the driver's seat about the Land Rover Owners' Club.
In the mid- '60s, Tony recalled being with a large group of Land Rovers on 'safari' using tracks in mid-Wales which was organised by the general secretary of the then Land Rover Owners Club, Tim. That really got him interested in green-laning and he got bitten by the 'LR bug' so badly that over the years he has probably owned about 50 different Land Rovers! Tony joined the Southern Land Rover Owners' Club in the late '60s and entered his first trial in 1969 driving an ex-army 24v FFR Series II 88” and won his first club trial in 1972. The first National Rally he entered was in 1970 hosted by the ROA at Eastnor which consisted of just one competitive event – what we would now call an RTV trial.
On 20th March 1977, Tony lead a group of 35 Southern club members driving Land Rovers and one Range Rover, along the Berkshire Ridgeway from Uffington Castle to Streatley. In April the following year he led a smaller group of Land Rovers on a green road run on part of the Ridgeway and along local byways. There were then no TROs in operation! Tony was Southern Club Secretary from 1977 to '79 followed by two years as evening meetings organiser, then vice-chairman for three years, chairman for five and finally three years as president. Soon after becoming secretary, Chris Gregory and Tony attended the ROA EGM at the NEC at which it was decided that the ROA should be replaced by the ARC and a working party meeting was held the following month to consider details for the change.
In November 1977, Chris and he attended an ROA meeting held at the Manor Hotel in Meriden at which it was agreed that the name change would be on 1st January 1978 and they attended the first AGM of the ARC at Meriden in March 1978. The first ARC meeting at the Land Rover factory in Solihull was on 1st July 1978.
At the 1986 ARC AGM Tony was elected rights of way officer, a title that mutated over the years to become countryside access officer so as to include land access issues for competitive events as well as rights of way issues. This post was held until 2015, a total of 29 years. He held the post of vice-chairman from 1987 until 1995 and was a member of the MSA cross country specialist committee for a total of about ten years. Tony also represented the ALRC on the LARA steering committee since its formation in 1986 until retiring from the ALRC Council in 2015.
October Films are making a brand-new car show for the ‘Dave’ channel. We are restoring 10 rare and unusual cars including a 1987 Range Rover Classic, which our presenters, Jonny Smith, Tom ‘Wookie’ Ford and Tim Glover have been working hard on restoring.
We’ll be auctioning the car on Sunday 2nd December (please not that this has changed from Sunday 18th November) in Stamford, Lincolnshire. There’s no reserve price!
Katie Johnson, October Films
We have recently received a letter from Mr Duncan, in Devon regarding his extensive collection of motoring memorabilia.
Over the last 40 years he has been collecting books, booklets, magazines, brochures, photos, colour slides, prints, calendars, posters, postcards and cigarette cards etc. Mr Duncan is looking for a good home for his collection - some 2000 items - and is open to offers.
He has compiled a 63 page list of the books and booklets which he has offered to photocopy and post out to anyone interested for £5.00. Unfortunately he doesn't have a computer and therefore cannot email a list!
We are delighted that so many of you attending and competing in the 2018 National Rally forgot to sign your membership cards, thereby helping us to raise £100 for Air Ambulance. Thanks to all of you.
Your fines sorry, 'donations' have been gratefully received and will be put to very good use! We split the donation between two Air Ambulance bases as Stainby is on the edge of both areas. We have received a letter from Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance, and a letter and a certificate from Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance. Please click on the links below to view/download.
Russ Brown's feature on the ALRC 2018 National Rally will be out in the shops on June 13th (the July issue).
Russ has given our event a four page feature in Land Rover Owner International magazine, complete with lots of pics. If you are not a subscriber, make sure you go out and get your copy - you never know... you may be in it!
...and so say all of us!
This picture is of Samuel and Dylan (whose parents are Brian Travis, who won the RTV, and Adele Guy) and my children, Oliver and Josh who are the 4th generation of our family to be members of P&D. All are sat on Allen Rowell's trialer.
Both my and my wife's families have been involved in the ARC / ALRC since the 70's so there's no hope for our kids really!
It may sound like your typical Sun newspaper headline - but it's true....
What a fabulous weekend we all had at Stainby. Whilst the rest of the country seemed to be deluged with thunderstorms and the resulting floods, the National Rally enjoyed steaming hot days with a lovely breeze to help keep the temperature bearable. Competitors and spectators alike packed the beer tent every evening for prize giving and fun on the Rodeo Bull afterwards - no doubt there will be some pics circulating shortly (and on this website too!).
Lancaster Land Rover have very kindly covered the cost of a copy of the 70th Anniversary ONE LIFE Magazine for inclusion in each Rally Pack for this year's National Rally.
We hope that you will enjoy reading the magazine - and please visit their website to see what Lancaster have to offer.
The ladies thoroughly enjoyed celebrating the Royal Wedding over the working weekend, whilst the men played with tractors and hammers!
"We couldn't have asked for better weather....and we have put in our order for more sunshine over the Bank Holiday weekend too" said Simone Birch. (According to my weather predicting app, it will be sunny and warm all over the weekend - hooray! Ed.).
Bearmach, a leading UK supplier of Land Rover parts and accessories is offering all ALRC Club Members a 10% discount.
To take advantage of this offer, click here to download the full information. Happy shopping!
Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is due to come in on the 25th May 2018 there is a requirement for the processing activities regarding club members data to be documented in writing.
Future meetings will be combining the EGM and S&ORC on the same day. The EGM will take place in the morning, the S&ORC in the afternoon. Clubs are asked to try and avoid the dates of the general meetings for organising club events if at all possible.
The meetings will now be held at the British Motor Museum
, Banbury Road,
Please check out their website as road works close by are ongoing.
Dates for 2018
Council - 3rd February, 9th June, 6th October. We can only do February at the British Motor Museum, hopefully will move all Council meeting elsewhere.
ALRC AGM - March 17th
EGM/S&ORC - March 17th, July 7th, November 17th.
This guidance sets out to clarify the new fire extinguisher requirements for vehicles competing in MSA-permitted events. These new requirements have been published in
section (K) of the MSA Yearbook, with effect from 1 January 2018.
These regulations only apply where the discipline-specific regulations require a fire extinguisher to be carried on the vehicle as a mandatory piece of equipment.
Is a fire extinguisher mandatory in my discipline?
The fire extinguisher requirements are detailed in the discipline-specific regulations of the MSA Yearbook, and in all cases the regulations give the mandatory minimum
requirement. This has not changed, so if there has not previously been a mandatory requirement for extinguishers in your discipline then the new regulations do not change
this. In disciplines where there is no mandatory requirement it is nonetheless recommended that extinguishers are carried.
What are the changes and when do they apply?
Since 1 January 2018, it has been a requirement for all extinguishers to be serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines or every 24 months, whichever is sooner. From 1 January 2019, new build vehicles in relevant disciplines must comply with (K) Competitors: Safety; Appendix 3. From 1 January 2022, all vehicles in relevant disciplines must comply with (K) Competitors: Safety; Appendix 3.
Which regulations apply to my vehicle?
If your vehicle has competed, or been issued with a Competition Car Log Book/Vehicle Passport, prior to 1 January 2019 then it can continue to comply with the existing regulations in (K)3 until 31 December 2021. Therefore, in existing cars, non-homologated extinguishers can continue to be used until this date, providing that the extinguisher is serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines or every 24 months, whichever is sooner. If your vehicle competes for the first time after 1 January 2019 or is issued with a Vehicle Passport after this date then it must comply with the new regulations in (K) Appendix 3. After 1 January 2022, all vehicles for which there is a mandatory requirement for a fire extinguisher will need to comply with the new regulations in (K) Appendix 3. The individual discipline regulations will define whether the requirement is for a plumbed-in or hand-held system.
For further information, download the leaflet here, or if you have any queries regarding fire extinguishers, please do not hesitate to contact the MSA Technical Department on 01753 765000 or email@example.com.
The ALRC have received thank you letters from Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland and Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance organisations for our donations from the proceeds of the ALRC National Rally 2017. Click here to download
Association of Land Rover Clubs Limited by Guarantee. Registered in England No. 01806788. Registered Office: 11 Kingfisher Business Park, Lakeside, Redditch, Worcestershire B98 8LG.
Site by the ALRC Webmaster