The club has taken delivery of the 2013 ALRC Members Handbook (Green Book), which will be available to pick up at events, or contact the club secretary for a copy.
NEW RULE FOR S&S COMP SAFARI EVENTS FOR 2013
The following has been added to the S&S SR's for Comp Safari for 2013-
"All vehicles must be fitted with window nets or door tops. Those with door tops or wind down windows must demonstrate to the scrutineer that the arms of the driver and passenger cannot be placed outside the confines of the vehicles - if this is not the case door nets must also be fitted."
OLD RULE THAT NEEDS RE-ITERATING TO ALL COMP SAFARI DRIVERS
The following is taken from the S&S SR's for Comp Safari:-
"Competitors must display running numbers that comply with MSA size regulations - 23cm high displayed on a white background on both sides of the vehicle above the waistline. Competitors must also display their number on the front of the vehicle - black numbers, min height 10cm on a white background with a border of no less than 5mm situated above the waistline on the front of the vehicle."
Please see page 150 and J4.1/4.1.1 of the 2013 MSA Blue Book for side number regulations and P49.3.1 for front number regulations.
Taken from a letter from the ALRC dated 18th June 2012:-
RATIFICATION OF RULE CHANGE PROPOSALS
The following two rule change proposals were ratified by the ALRC Council on 16th June 2012 and took effect on 1st January 2013.
Rule B.9.6. Any radius arms that have been welded to, attached or cut into, deliberately notched or bent up/down/sideways are prohibited. Any attachment or modification to the radius arms (unless manufacturers specification) are prohibited. The only addition to this is that brake pipes can be secured by the same method as a breather pipe.
B.15.1 -The hand brake lever may be altered or changed in order to meet the requirement that the hand brake is operable by the driver whilst wearing a seat belt. No other additional linkage to operate the hand brake is allowed.
The following is a new rule and was ratified by the ALRC Council on 16th June 2012 and took effect on 1st January 2013.
C.7.3 "A hand brake must be fitted. The hand brake lever may be altered or changed in order to meet the requirement that the hand brake is operable by the driver whilst wearing a seat belt. No other additional linkage to operate the hand brake is allowed."
As a result of the MSA issuing a rule change to reduce the minimum age for passengers in Cross Country Trials where the vehicle is a road legal production vehicle retaining its original hardtop or truck cab, the ALRC Council at their meeting on the 16th June 2012 agreed the following amendment to the ALRC Supplementary Competition Regulations, and took immediate effect.
Section M - Road Taxed Vehicle (RTV) Trial Competition Regulations.
M.1.1. One passenger / navigator only, over the age of 14 years, allowed per vehicle if it has a manufacturers hard top, a truck cab or a roll bar, or where the vehicle is a road legal, mass produced, production vehicle retaining the original hardtop or truck cab and where the seat belts comply with MSA Yearbook 2012 K2.1.1., the minimum age of the passenger can be 12 years; 16 years for an open vehicle.
The following is a new rule and came in to effect on 1st January 2013.
L.10 CLERK OF COURSE
L.10.1 All Clerks of Course for permitted events must hols a valid full RTA driving licence.
The following wording has been proposed by the ALRC Council to be added to the Articles of Association of the ALRC Ltd to cover the position of President. This is an addition, as the position of President is not currently covered in the Articles of Association. The wording was voted for by the member clubs at the ALRC AGM held on the 17th March 2012. This change was ratified by the ALRC Council on the 16th June 2012 and took immediate effect.
APPOINTMENT OF A PRESIDENT
29a. The Council may from time to time appoint a President to serve the ALRC for a period of three years. The President does not have voting rights at Council meetings and will be bestowed Honorary membership of the ALRC. Serving Presidents are eligible for re-election. Section 35 applies to this position.
Taken from the ALRC Scrutineering & Off Road Committee Minutes of the Meeting from 7th July 2012.
Discussions took place about link lockers not being permissible - the following needs to be bought to our members attention, with the emboldened section from the Green Book being implanted on 7th July 2012.
"A separate hydraulic handbrake is permissible.
The wording "independent" was questioned as to what it referred to.
Ideally, D.1.5. should say ". an independent braking system." (this can be hydraulic or mechanical) and also to state that line-lockers in any form is not permitted".
D.1.5. Vehicles shall be fitted with an independent braking system capable of holding them while parked. It shall be activated by a single operation and shall be external to the engine and gearbox. The use of line lockers in any form is prohibited.
Taken from the ALRC Scrutineering & Off Road Committee Minutes of the Meeting from 17th November 2012.
ROLL CAGE MOUNTS
Discussions had been taking place with the idea being that you should be able to remove or add a roll cage easily by using a fitting that allows this without reducing safety. This could be attached by either a bolted or welded method and applied to either the front or back hoop as a base foot mounting. Refer to page 115 of the 2013 ALRC Members Handbook, item number 8.2.15, and two numbers diagrams for reference.
Attention was bought to an addition ruling to the MSA Blue Book in the Cross Country Secion (please note that this rule has always been in under competitors vehicles covering all motorsport under section J.5.2.6) - but please note this rule applied to all vehicles used in RTV, CCV and Comp Safari.
P56.2.3. Be equipped on all wheels with mudguards which present no sharp edges and cover the complete wheel (flange+rim+tyre) around an arc of 120 degrees. This minimum coverage must:
a) be achieved with a continuous surface of rigid material within which ventilation louvres may be fitted. The tyre must not be visible when viewed from above.
b) extend forward ahead of the axle line.
c) extend downward behind the wheel.
Reason: This Cross Country Specific regulation mirrors J.5.2.6, except for the omission of the requirement to have no more than 50mm of tyre visible above the axle line when viewed from the rear. The committee has not yet identified a standard production 4x4 that meets that requirement.
This was discussed by the ALRC and particular issues were raised:-
That "The tyre must not be visible when viewed from above." Many vehicles have wheel arch extensions / flares that are not wide enough to cover the tyres. This is also a legal requirement on road-going vehicles.
How rigid is "rigid"? Confirmation has been received from Ian Davis, MSA that Defender wheel arch extensions are deemed rigid by the MSA so provided there is at least 120 degrees of cover of the tyre then this complies with the MSA regulation P.56.2.3. Does this just mean Land Rover wheel arches - not thought so - any similar makes will also be acceptable. The tyres should also not be visible from above. This has always been the case. This rigidity will also apply to Discovery wheel arches. It is not deemed to be a problem with vehicles within the ALRC.
I will take this opportunity to re-iterate the MSA rule on mud flaps for Comp Safari vehicles:-
P57.5.2 The fitting of mud flaps, of a flexible material not less than 5mm thick, behind each road wheel extending to a minimum of 4cm each side of the tyre tread and a maximum of 100cm above the ground when the vehicle is stationary, is mandatory.
Lastly, things to bear in mind for the 2014 season can be found in the MSA Blue Book on page 258.
CHIEF SCRUTINEER - SIMON COOPER