A Land Rover Discovery has towed a 121-tonne road train

Sep 21, 2017

Flip all seven seats down on the new Discovery and you have a leviathan 2,406 litres of luggage space. If that’s not quite enough though, Land Rover has a solution. It sent an unmodified Disco into the Australian Outback where it successfully towed a 328-foot long road train weighing a whopping 121 tonnes. That’s some extra storage capacity.

Land Rover promises this Disco was completely unmodified, too. And fitted with the same 254bhp 3.0-litre turbo diesel you’d use on the morning school run alongside the standard eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive system.

The Discovery Td6 in question has 443lb ft of torque, but only a claimed towing capacity of 3,500kg in day-to-day life. Yet it managed to take on 35 times that during the impressive feat, towing a total of seven trailers and a 13-tonne tractor unit.

Even the tow bar was generic factory-fitted kit. From a stopped position, the machine managed to drag the train nearly 10 miles and up to a speed of 27mph – faster than you’d ever find yourself on the North Circular of a morning.

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Chairmans Words September 2017

Sep 20, 2017

Hi every one,
September not such a good month for the RTV at Ince, the event was great, but my navigator let me down he really must try harder, if it wasn’t the fact I’m related to him I’d let him go, still getting a teenager out of bed at 07:30 on a Sunday morning is good going.

The next club night will be the AGM, it would be nice to see more club members there and give the committee some help we still have places available, secretary, internal and external social, club shop, junior chair.

We always need help clerks of course, marshals, and help to set up on Saturdays, before a trial. Your club needs you, and you, and you.

Kind regards, Alastair.

JLR Commit to electric vehicles by 2020

Sep 8, 2017

Jaguar Land Rover has become the latest large carmaker to say it will stop launching new models solely powered by internal combustion engines, two months after Volvo pledged to do so.

The UK-based manufacturer promised that all new models from 2020 will be fully electric or hybrid, a year later than Volvo’s target, but a big step beyond its unveiling last November of a single electric concept car.

Read the full story here…

ALRC EGM Minutes & Changes 29/11/16

Dec 1, 2016

Following the recent ALRC EGM a number of interesting points have been issued, as well as some planned changes for the “green book” and minutes of the meeting.


All the individual released documents can be downloaded in PDF format by clicking the links below.


Click here to download alrc-egm-minutes-november-2016


Click here to download letter-to-all-clubs-ratification-of-rule-changes-november-2016


Click here to download q-class-trial


Click here to download sorc-minutes-november-2016-draft-final

Dear All

For ease of distribution to your club members please find attached a copy of the minutes from the ALRC EGM and S&ORC meetings held on the 12th November 2016.

These minutes are sent direct to all ALRC member club secretaries and delegates, the ALRC Council, Scrutineering & Off Road Committee and Log Book Scrutineers and I would be grateful if you could distribute this information to the members of your clubs.

Also attached is a document entitled “Q Class Trial” that will appear in the next edition of the ALRC Handbook due out early in 2017.   In the meantime can this please be circulated to all members so they are aware of the background to the Q class Vehicle Trial and shows how this class should be operated at events.

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and that 2017 is a good one for all club members.

Kind regards



Drew Bowler 15/11/16

Nov 15, 2016

As huge fans of the work and history of Drew Bowler, the Red Rose Land Rover Club offer their sincerest condolences.  The official statement following his unexpected passing reads as below.

It is with much sadness that we share the news that Bowler founder and off-road motorsport pioneer, Drew Bowler, passed away suddenly on Monday November 14, 2016.

This has come as a huge shock to the whole Bowler team, for whom Drew was an inspiration. Our thoughts are with all of Drew’s family and friends, particularly his wife Diane and children Sam, Grace and Frances, at this difficult time.

Drew did more than anyone to bring rally raid to the UK, and through the succession of innovative and race winning cars he developed, he took Bowler to the highest levels of international motorsport including the Dakar Rally, where the Bowler cars and team spirit shone brightly.

A pioneer, engineer and racer, Drew will be greatly missed by all who knew him, but the thriving Belper-based company that proudly bears his name will live on and continue his vision.


Drew Bowler

Deregulation Bill Petition

Mar 26, 2014

Amendments to the current Deregulation Bill in parliament could prevent ALL motorised access to ALL unmetalled roads in the UK!


It is important for club members to express their own views on the value of UURs and BOATs for accessing the countryside.


A copy of the suggested text from LARA which has been modified it a little, the statement from LARA which should be included in your letter and a copy of the ALRC Drivers Countryside Code of Conduct are available below.


It is personal choice as to modify the Suggested Text and whether to include the  ALRC Drivers Countryside Code of Conduct


MPs Template

LARA Factsheet

Drivers Countryside Code





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