The Range Rover Register was formed in late 1984 by a group of Land Rover Club members at a meeting of the Association of Rover Clubs. Bill King who is now the club's President, was given the task of collecting the subscriptions and setting the wheels in motion for the formation of the club. The original aim of the club was to trace and register the pre-production Range Rovers (known as VELAR's) and the vehicles involved in the press launch in June 1970.
Since 1985 the club has evolved to encompass all aspects of this magnificent vehicle. We remain the only British club catering solely for the Range Rover owner and enthusiast, and welcome owners of early models through 'Classics' to current models. You don't even need to be an owner, just an enthusiast of the marque.
30 years or 30 days, we are the club for you!
The Range Rover Register is committed to family involvement in club activities. A family member is issued with a membership card at no additional cost. This entitles the family member over the age of 17½ to the rights and privileges of membership, except receiving their own copy of the magazine. Many family members have served on the committee and are encouraged to take an active part in the club.
One of the main aims of the club is to secure materials relating to the history of Range Rover. Our History Officer holds an archive or rare material produced for the vehicle, from both Land Rover and private sources.
Where possible these items are displayed at events and made available to members for reference. As the vehicle continues to be developed, the Range Rover Register is committed to maintaining its archive of information.
The Club Shop provides a stock of Range Rover related items and a comprehensive range of club clothing, fleeces, caps sweatshirts, tee shirts and badges, as well as models, books and stickers.
The Club Shop forms part of the Club's display stand at events. In addition to attending the major 4x4 shows, the club also attends classic car shows and country shows throughout the UK.
The Register has arranged a number of discounts with various suppliers. In particular discounts off insurance premiums to bona fide club members. Many parts suppliers will also offer a discount to our members, and it is often possible to save far more that the annual membership fee in the value of discount obtained.
The Register organises many events for members each year and attends many Shows around the country. These give members the opportunity to display their vehicles on our club stand and the hospitality suite acts as a central point for members. The club stand is also a place to meet with other members and officers of the club. In June 2000, for the 30th Anniversary of the Range Rover and 15th Birthday of the club, we organised a celebration event at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon at which over 600 Range Rover drivers and families attended. Another such event is the Birthday Rally which is held during a weekend close to the launch date of June 17th. The grass roots activities of the club are organised by local Area Representatives who organise regular local social meetings and arrange days out off-roading or scenic driving. The Area Reps are also members of the committee and often hold other office within the club.
The club has many members who enjoy the off-road capability of the Range Rover. Whether your interest is in driving on private sites to hone your off-road skills, or driving the many unsurfaced roads of the British Isles, you will find like minded people to enjoy this pastime with. The club's Rights of Way Officer is able to give advice on the aspects of driving the 'green lanes' of Britain, with particular regard to the various regulations governing this activity. Advice is also made available in locating suitable routes to drive.
The committee of the Range Rover Register selects a charity to support each year. One of the main fund raising activities is to organise courtesy rides on an off-road course for members of the public to be driven around the course by our members, demonstrating the off-road ability of the Range Rover. Members, who receive no remuneration for their contribution, have raised thousands of pounds for the British Heart Foundation, FSIDS, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and more recently supporting the Air Ambulance Charity, having raised over £30,000 in recent years.
The club has many members who are active in the world of classic cars. They work hard to maintain their vehicles in pristine condition and show them in club and national contests. These members are a great source of information for those interested in restoring vehicles and stiff competition for those wishing to show their own vehicles.
The Register tries to include, where possible, camping facilities at most of the events we organise. This may be one of our national events which may attract up to seventy caravans and tents, down to a local weekend camp for just a few. Either way the caravanning permits are arranged by our Camping Officer in accordance with current regulations.
A number of members take an active part in rally marshalling. Some have qualified as recovery units, others operate radio cars and many assist on special stages. The off-road abilities of the Range Rover often mean that our vehicles are used to move personnel and equipment to the more difficult to reach sections of a stage.