LANDROVING IN KZN

January 2006

LAND ROVER NEWS.

Ford buys Rover name
Ford has secured the rights to the Rover name from BMW. The name was used under licence by MG Rover, but was not sold to the Chinese along with the designs of the Rover 25 and 75. Ford claims its aim was to protect the Land Rover brand; it did not want to see 4x4s out in the marketplace badged as Rovers. Some sources suggest that Ford will now use the Rover name on a crossover vehicle that could be marketed as a sub-brand of Land Rover.

Aston Martin may go, probably not Land Rover
Ford has announced that it is exploring strategic options for Aston Martin, with particular emphasis on a potential sale of all or a portion of the company. This move apparently takes the heat off the twin brands of Jaguar and Land Rover, which had earlier been tipped for sale as a pair to help Ford restore its ailing finances. 

According to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bill Ford, "The objective of any sale would be to position Aston Martin within a structure and resource base sufficient to allow it to reach its full potential, while enabling Ford to efficiently raise capital for its other brands."   He added, "Regarding our other Premier Automotive Group brands, we've made no decisions, as our review of strategic alternatives continues. However, we continue to be encouraged by Jaguar's progress and by the strength and consumer appeal of the Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo product line-ups."

High-tech demonstrator on the way
Land Rover is working on a demonstration vehicle using the engine stop-start technology that was showcased on the Land_e concept at the 2007 Geneva Show.
Details will be made public in the next few months. We can reveal that the host vehicle is a Discovery 3, but that this was chosen for convenience rather than because the technology will appear first in the Discovery
.

Land Rover Defender.  Back in North America in 2007!

It appears the rumours are true: The legendary Land Rover Defender will be re-introduced to the North American market in late 2007 (as a 2008 model). How different will it be? For starters, it will have the requisite air bags - a major cause for it being pulled back in 1997. It will have to be easier to assemble - the previous style was largely built by hand. And it will have a newer, more modern body design on a steel frame. More good news: Short-wheelbase, long-wheelbase, and soft-top versions are in the works, although it is still unclear how many of these versions might be bound for North America. The downside? No V-8's are projected. Gasoline engines will come from Ford: a direct-injection four with variable timing, a 3.0-liter Duratec V-6, and for the U.S. only, a 3.8-liter V-6. Peugeot will supply a 2.7-liter turbo diesel V-6 for Europe (though the in-the-know Rover enthusiast crowd in the States has already started the grumbling about no Tdi diesel )

Defender’s from Russia

It has been rumoured that Defender production may be moved to Russia. This comes after speculation that both Land Rover and Volvo vehicles might be produced in a Russian city. The obvious choice for such a move is the Defender because it is largely hand built meaning that cheaper labour means cheaper manufacturing costs. 


DID YOU KNOW.  Land Rovers do not have recovery points as standard equipment? Which means that you probably do not have adequate recovery points. In 2007 the LROC KZN is going to enforce the rule that on certain trails only Land Rovers with recovery points will be able to do the trail. The 1st trail to be run under this new rule will be the Tembe Elephant Park Trail.   Look at your vehicle and do something about it NOW.

Getting stuck and not having the correct recovery points can end up damaging your vehicle, the recovery vehicle and  injuring people trying to help you.


Future Events for your Diary

When What, where More Info. Grade
18 – 20 Jan 2007 Duzi Canoe Looking for a break from the office, then give Henry a call and be part of the Duzi. The LROC provides marshalling on the Duzi. Call Henry for more info. 1 - 3
24 February 2007

LROC KZN 18th AGM

 

ESTON FARMERS CLUB

Its almost AGM time again. If you are interested in getting involved in the running of the LROC, please give George a call. New blood on the committee is always good for club. More info below.

Format of the AGM will be as per last year.

A camp over weekend with a Gates Event on the Saturday, followed by the AGM, a talk on the TEMBE Elephant Park and a braai. Sunday will be a trail drive. More info below.

1 - 3
March Day Trip Venue and date to follow to follow. 1 - 3
27 April – 1 May Tembe Elephant Park A long week end camping trip to Tembe. Booking will be essential. More info below and contact Gary NOW to reserve a place.  
20 May Cars in the Park PMB Its cars in the park time again. Wanted all Land Rovers OLD and NEW to display. Contact George for more info. 1
26 May National 4x4 Challenge This is the event of the year to come along and support as a spectator. Classes include 2 wheel drive buggies, standard vehicles and the 3 classes of modified 4x4. High Stakes at Cato Ridge is the venue. Full catering available. Give George a call if more info is required. 1

TRAIL GRADING All our events from now on will have a Trail Grading according to the 5 grades below.

1.       Complete novice soft dirt road trail, no low range required. Suitable for all Land Rovers including the Freelander.

2.       Limited low range required but suitable for the novice driver. Suitable for all Land Rovers with certain trails not suitable for the Freelander.

3.       Low range and limited off road knowledge required. Suitable for all Land Rovers except the Freelander.

4.       A low range technical trail suitable for the experienced. The inexperienced will be able to do the trail, as assistance will be available from the more experienced members. Suitable for all Land Rovers except the Freelander.

5.       Extremely technical, suitable for the experienced only with the possibility of vehicle damage. Only suitable for "Series" Land Rovers and maybe a few others.


It’s AGM time again and now is the time to have your say in the running of the LROC KZN. The date is 24 February 2007; the place is the Eston Farmers Club. Please all make an effort to attend. Contact a committee member for more info.


TEMBE ELEPHANT PARK    27 April – 1 May 2007

The Lodge in Tembe Elephant Park is a Private Concession. There is no Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife accommodation in the park. BUT the LROC KZN is in the process of setting up a trip with the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Honorary Officers. The trip will be a fundraising event organised by the Honorary Officers where ALL proceeds go back into the park,

This is a special once off trip as camping is not available in the park. Take note of point 5 below, we will be able to explore the complete park and with a few days to do it makes this trip even more exciting.

Give Gary a call if interested in the Tembe Trip.

Costing per person for the long weekend will be R455.00.

 A few points to note:

  1. You will be required to sign an Indemnity form upon arrival,
  2. Tembe Elephant Park is a Big 5 Park,
  3. The terrain is sand forest ( SOFT BEACH TYPE OF SAND. ),
  4. Tembe is extremely hot and carrying water is essential,
  5. We have special permission to use the entire park (not just the bottom third which is all the general public are allowed access to),
  6. The nearest petrol station is approx 65kms away,
  7. Very little cell phone signal in the park,
  8. We will be camping in the Parks Ranger camp, which has ablutions and a communal kitchen with a freezer and gas stove. A maid will be available to clean up.
  9. As getting stuck in the soft sand is a possibility the LROC will insist that each vehicle will be required to have a recovery point on the front and rear. Plus each vehicle to carry a recovery strap and 2 shackles that fit the recovery points. A 4m tow strap that costs under R100.00 is NOT a recovery strap.

There will be a presentation given at the LROC AGM in February by the Honorary Offices on the TEMBE ELEPHANT PARK.

This is an Africa that tourists seldom see, where an abundance of game and rare species live in an environment The name speaks of untamed Africa - where nature still holds sway and life beats to the ancient rhythms of a timeless continent. This is the Africa of Tembe Elephant Park, where the real Africa of the wild begins.

The largest elephant park in South Africa, along with rhino, buffalo, leopard, hippo and antelope species in a 190 sq.mi. park on the Mozambique border.

The park is situated in the sand forests of Maputaland, on the KwaZulu-Natal, South African boundary with Mozambique. Tembe is known and appreciated by only a select few visitors. Restricted access to the park means that few people have the opportunity to experience the majesty of Tembe's elephant population of 130 and the park's profuse diversity of flora and fauna.

The magnificent elephants, more than 140 in number - from massive full-grown adults to juveniles - are Tembe`s main attraction and make for spectacular viewing. The larger adults are physically the biggest in South Africa and signs of their presence are everywhere, clearly evident through the broken branches and foliage left behind from their voracious foraging.

Tembe`s mosaic of sand forest, woodland, grassland, and swampland, comprises an ideal habitat for highly-visible elephant spotting, enabling them to be observed at close-quarters from game-drive vehicles or from the discreetly-located hides which overlook their watering holes.

At 300 square kilometres in extent (190 square miles),Tembe is the third largest game reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, home not only to the unique elephant population but also to a profusion of wildlife - including the Big Five.

Black and white rhino, buffalo, leopard, hippo, serval, eland, zebra, giraffe, hyena, jackal, wildebeest, nyala, kudu, water buck, reed buck, red duiker, warthog, and other small mammals thrive in abundance.

Tembe is also home to the rare and elusive suni antelope, one of the smallest and shyest species of buck in southern Africa, and the patient game-viewer is often rewarded with a sighting.

Tembe is a bird-watcher`s paradise, with more than 340 species recorded in the park - including the rare Rudd`s apalis, the rufous-bellied night heron, the Natal nightjar and the Woodward`s batis. unchanged by time.


CURRENT LROC KZN COMMITTEE
 

PORTFOLIO

HELD BY

Standing down

Years in portfolio

Years on Committee

Available for re-election

Available Portfolio’s

Chairman

George Goswell

YES

4

7

NO

YES

Vice Chairman

Henry Cochrane

YES

1

4

NO

N/A

Secretary

Dave King

YES

4

4 +

NO

YES

Treasurer

Selwyn Ambler

YES

2

2

YES

NO

Membership

Henry Cochrane

YES

1

4

NO

YES

Web Page

Mike Lauterbach

YES

2

2

YES

NO

Regalia / Quartermaster

Jimmy Oates

YES

2

3

YES

NO

Newsletter

George Goswell

YES

5 +

7

YES

YES

Events – Trips

Gary van Schoor

YES

1

2

YES

NO

Events – Promotional   PRO

Rob de Robillard

YES

1

8

NO

YES

Events - Technical

Mike Cullen

NO

1

1

N/A

NO

Member  

Don Erwin

YES

2

3

NO

YES

Member

Cheryldene van Schoor

NO

1

1

N/A

NO

As the year draws to an end, its time to look at the LROC KZN committee for 2007.

Above is the current committee and the portfolio’s that will be vacant. Henry, Rob, Dave and Don are not available for re-election. As per the Constitution of the LROC KZN a committee member stands for a period of 2 years and must then stand down. The member is then entitled to make themselves available for re-election. Selwyn, Jimmy, Gary and Mike Lauterbach have served 2 years and are available for re-election. They are proposed to retain their portfolios for 2007.

To be eligible for election, a nominee must have been a member of the LROC KZN for a period of not less than 1 year preceding nomination and have paid his/her membership fees up to date. Please contact George Goswell if you wish to stand for a portfolio or wish to nominate a member. Please clear the nomination with the member first.


18th Annual General Meeting

 

Date                 : 24 February 2006

Time                : 15h30 for 16h00

Venue              : Eston Farmers Club -   Eston

The AGM weekend will take the form of a camp over weekend. For the non campers Eston is close to PMB or Durban to attend as a day event. The plan for the weekend is as follows :

·         Camping is available from Friday afternoon, 23 Feb .

·         Saturday 24 Feb :        09h00 1st Gates Event for 2007 in the quarry above the Club.

·         Saturday 24 Feb :       15h30 for 16h00. The 18th AGM of the LROC KZN in the Eston Farmers Club House.

·         Saturday after the AGM a LROC sponsored braai for the members who have booked with George Goswell on the lawn in front of the club house. Booking cut off date for the braai is Friday 16 February 2007.

·         Sunday 25 Feb :  09h30. A scenic valley trails drive from the Eston Club through the surrounding valleys. A byo braai for lunch along the trail. Trail grade 1 – 3.

 NOTE :

·     The Eston Farmers Club has offered the LROC the use of the facilities for free providing that we support the Club. The Club has a full bar and kitchen and all meals can be arranged at a very reasonable cost. Please do not bring along your braai’s to braai on the Clubs premises.

 ·         The Clubs sports field ablutions will be available for the campers.

 ·          Camping is free for those who support the Eston Farmers Club.

·          It’s your Club and now is the time to complain or contribute to the success of the LROC KZN.

·         BE AT THE AGM OR ELSE.


 

Chairman’s Report

To the 18th Annual General meeting

Of the

Land Rover Owners Club SA -  Kwazulu Natal.

 

Its four years since I was pushed into the role of Chairman of the LROC KZN. I have to admit that I have enjoyed every second of it. It’s been a lot of work at times, but never a dull moment. The LROC has grown over the years due to the effort of the committee and the support of the members.

The type of person who owns a Land Rover has changed over the years from the Series fanatic to the adventurer looking for a vehicle that offers a lifestyle. The LROC has tried to satisfy all the “Land Rover Owner’s”.

51 Land Rovers at Broadleaze, between 30 & 40 vehicles at each of the 4 Gate’s Events with 20 odd vehicles competing and Land Rover took the Land Rover / Toyota trophy. What a year we have had with a special thanks to the committee and all the members who have shared in the LROC experience in 2006.

“ What is a Land Rover worth”? For me, so many memories, my Land Rover is worth way more than the sum of the parts.

 Summary of the LROC 2006 calendar year. 

Camping Trip. GPS weekend with Mike Lauterbach, Wartberg area.

Day Event. 2nd Gates Event, Eston.

Day Event.  Cars in the Park Toti.

Camping trip. Eagles View, Wartberg.

Day Event. 3rd Land Rover vs Toyota Challenge, High Stakes, Cato Ridge.

Camping Trip. 10-Day trip along the Transkei Coast.

The total number of members as at end of December 2006 stands at 148. We lost a few members during the year and gained a few. The net result is that we end the year with 17 members more than we started with.

Regalia is available through Jimmy Oates and is reasonable well supported. There are still too many members at LROC events without the Club Regalia. The regalia is passed on to the members at cost.

The LROC KZN Web Page continues to be one of the best 4x4 sites on the web and an advert for the LROC. Many people have made contact with the LROC through the Web Page. Mike Lauterbach has done a superb job and has made himself available to continue with the Web Page portfolio.

Newsletters went out as planned at the beginning of each month. It was “never late” because it’s done in the Editors spare time. A few members “missed a few” copies due to address changes and not informing Henry of the change. Eric McMillan came to the party with 5 articles, Don Erwin 3 and a few others with 1 article. Betty Gordon can always be relied on to supply an article in great detail on their adventures. Thanks to all who contributed.   

The clubs finances are stable and no increase in subs is planned for 2007. The financial report by Selwyn Ambler will highlight the past year.

A few members have reached the end of their term on the committee and have elected to stand down. Rob de Robillard, Henry Cochrane, Don Erwin and Dave King will be missed on the committee. Thanks for all you have contributed to the successful running of the LROC KZN, for without your effort many members would not have used their Land Rovers for what they were built for. Thanks again.

George Goswell
Chairman LROC SA – KZN
February 2007


 

How to Identify A Classic Range Rover

By Benjamin Smith
 

Range Rover Classic (1970-1995): Range Rovers say so in the leading edge of the bonnet. The bonnet is boxy in nature, takes up the whole area from side to side, and extends down some 6 or so inches down the sides of the front fenders. At the base of the bonnet near the windshield is what appears to be a fresh air intake. Unlike the Discovery and Series Land Rovers, the spare is normally carried inside. The headlights are round. Range Rovers built after 1 October 1979 have a VIN number that begins "SALLH" or "SALH"

The "new" Range Rover (mk2)(1995 onwards ): The VIN number begins either "SALLP" or "SALP".

 

Identifying Characteristics
 

Front Grill:

Shocks:

Dash area:

Seat belts:

Front Bumpers:

Gearbox:

Door locks and door handles:

"Range Rover" lettering (bonnet and tailgate:

Side mirrors:

Steering wheel:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Hour recovery at the back of Botha’s Hill. Full story next month.


FOR SALE 
1999 Defender Hardtop, white. 4 almost new Conti tracs plus two good tyres 196.000km; engine redone at 70.000km Aircon Tracker  Spare-wheel bracket, Towbar  Price: R90.000 ono    Ron Claassens   Tel/fax: 0317675544   Cell: 0824454010 1987 110 V8 PUP. Galvanised chassis and firewall. Very clean cond. R45000.00    LT 95 4 speed gearbox ex Range Rover classic  R4500.00   Series 111 bonnet  R400.00      Series 111 rear door   R500.00     Series 111S Salisbury rear diff  R2000.00   Series 111S Rover front diff   R1000.00    Series 111S  R6 starter motor  any offers.    Contact Paul Chantler  0837447072
Vehicles for sale - all running and licensed.  
1.  V8 Range Rover Chassis Pick up Body 88inch as used at last gates         R38 000
2.  Series three short wheel based 2.25 petrol     @ R10 000,00
3.  Series 3 R6 PU 4100 chev motor, ground up rebuild spent 36 K offers on R25 000,00. 

            Mike Cullen  0824473699  or 031 - 7673557

Series III SWB 1976, galvanized chassis, fire wall, door tops, door frames etc. 2CT engine with Ashcroft transfer box gear conversion, excellent condition. R39 000. Contact Richard Cullen 0834155421.
Range rover  galvanised long range fuel tank R500   phone Don 0847544196  

 

 
WANTED
Looking for a grille and bonnet off an R6, (Series111S).  Barry Baum    Cell 083 250 3388    A/H 031 466 5358 Office 031 205 8422 4 doors for a 1991 Defender 110 V8. Bare shells only if possible. Please contact Kevin at 072 608 4335 or e-mail hadedahouse@absamail.co.za
LOOKING FOR THE FOLLOWING SERIES 1  86/88” SPARES

Front bumper

Front and rear diff

Windscreen mount wiper motor

Tailgate

Headlamps

Front seats

Contact George Goswell  0836581324