At a meeting of the Association of Rover Clubs in late 1984, a group of Land Rover Club members discussed the idea of forming the Range Rover Register. The original aim of the club was to trace and register the ownership of pre-production Range Rovers (known as VELAR’s) and the vehicles involved in the press launch in June 1970.
Bill King, who became the club’s first President, was given the task of collecting the subscriptions and setting the wheels in motion for the formation of the club, which was established in 1985.
William (Bill) Thomas King
16-06-1921 to 24-08-2023
Since then the club has evolved to encompass all aspects of this magnificent vehicle. We are recognised by Land Rover as the club catering for the Range Rover owner and enthusiast. We welcome owners of early models from “Classics” to current models. You don’t even need to be an owner, just an enthusiast for the marque.
A Club for all the family
The Range Rover Register is committed to family involvement in club activities. Membership entitles one additional 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.
History of the marque
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.
In addition to attending the major 4×4 shows, the club also attends classic car and country shows throughout the UK. These give members the opportunity to display their vehicles on our club stand, where 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.
The grass roots activities of the club are organised by local Area Representatives who arrange 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.
In 2019 we shall be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Second Generation (P38) Range Rover and 2020 is the 50th anninversary of the Range Rover marque.
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 Courtesy Rides 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 the Air Ambulance Charity and Prostate Cancer UK.
Classic and Concours
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.
Camping and Caravanning
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.
The Club Shop provides a range of Club clothing embroidered with the Club logo. We also stock other items, such as grill badges, key ring fobs etc.
The Register has arranged a number of discounts with various suppliers. In particular discounts on 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.Join Now