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Last updated 16th October 2019

Revised proposal regarding recovery points

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.

Coil-Over/Air shocks rule change proposal

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.

Simon Saunt.

ALRC- Barnwell Motor Engineering, Milton KeynesMarketplace welcomes Barnwell Motor Engineering

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.

Cornwall & Devon LRC 2019 Charity RTVC&D Event raises funds for St Luke's Hospice, Plymouth

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!



ALRC - NWS Motor Services, JLR engine specialistMarketplace welcomes NWS Motor Services

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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.

Paul Barton Retires as ALRC ChairmanRichard Smith - ALRC ChairmanPaul Barton retires as ALRC Chairman

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.

Ratification of Rule Changes

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.

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.

Torque GT - Japanese car import and Japanese car parts specialist.Welcome to a new member of Marketplace!  Torque GT - Devon

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.

Major's Memorial 50th Anniversary Event 2019Major's Memorial 50th Anniversary event - bookings now open!
Fri 13th to Sunday 16th September 2019

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.

North Wales Land Rover ClubNorth Wales Land Rover Club Interclub 2019
Fri 23rd - Monday 26th of August

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.

A brief look at what’s on, competition-wise:     2 day open CCV trial (Sat-Sun)     • TYRO trial (Sat)
     • RTV Trial (Sun)
     • Open Comp Safari (Mon)
For the Children
:      • Bike Trial     • Field Quiz     • Colouring Competition
Local Points of interest within 30 minutes drive include seaside towns Colwyn Bay, Llandudno & Conwy.  
For the more adventurous there's Surf Snowdonia, Zip Forest, Ski slope and Go- Karting.
  Local beauty spots are Betws y Coed, Brennig & Alwen Reservoir.
More details regarding Booking in and competition entries will follow in due course.  We look forward to welcoming you all.
To find out more about North Wales Land Rover Club and its activities, please click here.

25th Southern Rover Owners Club 2-Day CCV Team Trial25th Southern Rover Owners Club 2-Day CCV Team Trial,
3rd & 4th August 2019, East Sussex

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!

Click here to download the flyer, or here to find the online booking system.

Invitation to event in Germany, 7-10 June

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.

Please send the e-mail address of your chairman and your office: vorsitzender@dlrc.org and geschaeftsstelle@dllrc.org, so that we can inform you in a timely manner. With friendly greetings

Click here for a copy of the letter (translation on 2nd page!).


ALRC - Dick Lovett Land RoverWelcome to a new member of Marketplace!  Dick Lovett - Bath

• 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.

20% off Security Car ID System

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.

ALRC - Adventure & Tour ChinaAdventure & Tour China

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.


Click here to email

Tel: +86 28 8503 0959

LRLRC Timed Trial, Camping and Promotional Weekend

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. 

All bookings for the Timed Trial need to be received by 7th June. Click here to download a Booking Form and click here for the event SR's.  Hopefully, see you at the event.

For bookings and further information please contact Viv Wing

2019 National Rally Sponsors

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. 

Please check them out on the Sponsor's page!  If you would like to become a sponsor, please click here to email the ALRC.

Addition to ALRC Competition Regulations

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.19.3.  A pair of Land Rover factory specification D rings are deemed suitable for recovery up to and including RTV trials. (Implemented 16th March 2019).

Simone Birch.

Claxby 3 Day Interclub...

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.

Cornwall and Devon LRCDevon and Cornwall RTV Charity Event

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

ALRC AGM -Council nominations and membership info

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.

To download a full copy of the letter, click here.

The future of the National Rally...?

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!

Q Class news

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.

ALRC Green Book

NEW ALRC Green Book out now

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.

 An early invitation for your diary from the Norwegian Land Rover Club's National Rally in 2020!

Norwegian Land Rover Club

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.

• Greenlaning       
• Gymkhana
• 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!!). 

Click here to download the information   Click here to go to the NLRC's website

November 2018

The Telegraph TYRO reportTYRO Experience reported in The Telegraph...

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."

To read the complete article, click here!


November 14th 2018

Tony Kempster with Dad Bert circa 1980Tony Kempster 1939 - 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.

November 2018

Lazy Boys Garage on DavePlease join us for Dave’s new TV Car Restoration show!

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


September 2018

Interested in a historic motoring literature collection?

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!

Click here to view/download his letter in full - and if you are interested and would like to contact Mr Duncan, please email the webmaster.

Air Ambulance donations 2018June 2018

National Rally donations to Air Ambulance

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.

Lincs & Notts certificate
Lincs and Notts letter
Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland letter

ALRC National Rally feature in LRO by Russ BrownJune 2018

Look out for the feature in LRO!

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!

The Future....?June 2018

The future...

...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!

Al Reaney

ALRC National Rally 2018May 2018

Phew what a scorcher!

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!).

The results are available by clicking here, and links to the image galleries are here.

Lancaster Land RoverMay 2018

Thanks to Lancaster Land Rover...

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.


ALRC National Rally Royal Wedding Party 2018

May 2018

A right Royal toast!

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 ALRC Member's DiscountApril 2018

BEARMACH offer all ALRC Members 10% discount...

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!

April 2018

NEW Data Protection Privacy Policy requirements

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.

This applies to all of the ALRC member clubs regardless of whether or not they are a company limited by guarantee or not.   The ALRC are happy for its member clubs to use the ALRC Data Protection Privacy Policy as a template for their own use, making any specific amendments to their situation, if they so wish.

Click here to download the ALRC Data Protection Privacy Policy

ALRC Meetings

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,
CV35 0BJ
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.

MSA 2018 Fire Extinguisher Regs - Competitor Guidance.

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 technical@msauk.org.

2017 National Rally Charity Donation

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