Last updated 4th June 2019
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
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