IMPORTANT – New ALRC Tags and Proposed “Q Class”

There are a few items of interest to S&S members that have been sent through from the ALRC recently – these include a rule change regarding recovery points that is coming in with immediate effect, an additional yellow tag to be added to all ALRC tagged vehicles asap, and a forthcoming proposal for an additional “Q Class” to incorporate modified vehicles to be added from 2017 if voted through at the next ALRC meeting in November.

Please take the time to read the following, as it is important information:-

ADDITION TO THE ALRC SUPPLEMENTARY COMPETITION REGULATIONS

After a discussion at the ALRC S&ORC meeting held on the 9th July 2016 the ALRC Council ratified the following addition (in bold) to the ALRC Competition Regulations which takes immediate effect.

Section B – Standard Class Vehicle Regulations

B.19   RECOVERY POINTS
B.9.1  Adequate front and rear recovery attachments must be provided for recovery purposes in all events. Bumpers, tie-down rings, lifting rings or Range Rover / Discovery “tow fittings” are not adequate. Factory specification (or better) trailer hitches are acceptable. If a tow-ball is fitted, welding alone is insufficient – high tensile nuts and bolts must be used for attachment. If the recovery point is attached to a bumper, the bumper must be attached to the chassis with high tensile nuts and bolts. A clevis and pin fitting or pair of Land Rover chassis-shackles (not spring shackles) are recommended. Factory specification recovery points, when installed and used as vehicle handbook, to the following generations of vehicle are deemed suitable for recovery up to and including RTV Trials:

  • Range Rover P38A and subsequent generations
  • Discovery 3 and subsequent generations
  • Freelander, all generations

Towing balls, jaws and pintles used for recovery must be rated as a minimum to the capacity of the vehicle being recovered.  E.g. a 3.5Te towing ball fitted to a Freelander is compliant: a 2.25Te combined ball and jaw hitch fitted to a Defender is not compliant. (Clarification 4th July 2015).

All recovery points must have a minimum of a 3mm thick, mild steel spreader plate behind it’s mounting, regardless of its type or location. (Clarification 9th July 2016)

TAGS ON VEHICLES REQUIRING COMPETITION LOG BOOKS

Following on from previous discussions at the S&ORC meeting on 19th March 2016 the decision was ratified by the ALRC Council to issue a second tag for log booked vehicles. The existing blue / red tag will act as the vehicle identification number and always remain on the vehicle.  The new YELLOW tag will be the one to be removed should the roll cage become damaged and need replacing in any part.

Log book scrutineers who attended the meetings on the 9th July 2106 have been issued with the new tags to start attaching to vehicles immediately. It will benefit members to have the yellow tags fitted  prior to them competing in an event.

It would be helpful if the information below could be communicated to all your members so that they are aware of the new tagging system.

YELLOW TAGS INFORMATION

  • Tags are AS WELL AS not instead of Red / Blue Tags. Tag does NOT signify retest or other Qualification.
  • It is in the drivers interest to present their motor for the New Tag as it preserves its history as the Red / Blue will always remain with the vehicle once a Yellow tag is fitted.
  • Motors involved in damage to the roll cage will have the Red/Blue tag removed IF – NEW YELLOW tag Not Present.
  • Retests at five year intervals are still required.
  • New tags are F.O.C. initially, replacements after removal due to cage damage incur Fee. Damage to roll rage will involve the removal of the YELLOW tag and the Log Book written upon.
  • Number of new tag MUST be recorded on Log Book and Returns Sheet at time of fitting by Log Book Scrutineer.
  • Any removed tags are to be returned to Log Book Secretary along with Log Book after damage to cage.

S&S NB – Please note that Andy Dennis, an ALRC Log Book Scrutineer from BLRC, is going to be on site at the forthcoming Enduro Comp Safari at Stone (24th and 25th September) and has offered to tag any ALRC motors that are there (including any new tags, or tag renewals that need doing). This is an ideal opportunity to get this done locally, but it would be good to let him know how many to expect, so please get in touch so we can let him know you intend to come to site.

ALRC RULE CHANGE PROPOSAL

After a discussion at the ALRC S&ORC meeting held on the 9th July 2016 the ALRC Council ratified that the following Rule Change Proposal (shown in BOLD) could proceed to the clubs for voting on at the EGM on 12th November 2016.

ALRC SUPPLEMENTARY COMPETITION REGULATIONS
Part 3 Competition Regulations Section L

L.1.1 Trials
Class Q. A vehicle manufactured from Land Rover parts in accordance with MSA Regulations. Vehicles must retain Land Rover axles, engines and drivetrain. Vehicles must retain the appearance of a Land Rover.

L.1.3 Competitive Safari
Class Q. A vehicle manufactured from Land Rover parts in accordance with MSA Regulations. Vehicles must retain Land Rover axles, engines and drivetrain. Vehicles must retain the appearance of a Land Rover.

S&S NB – We as a committee plan to vote in favour of this proposal, as see it as a good move toward ALRC rules becoming more progressive, but the ALRC have noted that the rule if passed may be reviewed after two years (ie. has the new rule increased memberships and entries). We feel that if they do vote in this new class they have to run with it, as people may spend £X amount building motors that are not up to regulation in the near future. Therefore it is our intention to attend the next meeting to express our views if possible.