Vehicle Classes & Specifications

The current ALRC Year Book lays down all the vehicle specifications, including roll cage design etc. These notes are based on those specifications and are intended as a guide for new or prospective Club members. If in any doubt consult the Club for advice.

There are General Technical Regulations that are concerned with the general state of the vehicle and allowable modifications. Essentially all vehicle parts shall be of Rover manufacture, and vehicle silhouettes and wheelbases shall match those of Rover produced vehicles.

There are also Event Regulations concerned with specific types of event.

Tyro Trials

No specific ALRC specifications are laid down, however suitable front and rear recovery points are recommended.

Road Taxed Vehicle (RTV) Trials

The vehicle must have an extra throttle return spring acting directly on the throttle butterfly arm or equivalent if diesel or fuel injected. This is to close the throttle in case the linkage to the pedal fails.

Recovery points must be fitted to the front and rear. Towballs etc. bolted to front bumpers must be backed with suitable plates. All fixing bolts (including bumpers if the recovery point is bumper mounted) must be high tensile steel, grade 8.8 or equivalent, or higher.

An adequate tow rope must be carried. “Adequate” means suitable for un-bogging your vehicle; this may mean a snatch recovery. Ropes should be fibre, not wire or chain.

The driver and any passenger must have at least lap type seat belts.

The vehicle must be roadworthy with current tax, MoT and insurance.

The windscreen must be raised, and either a hardtop, truck cab or full canvas must be in place. Door tops must be in place.

Minimum tyre pressure is 22 p.s.i.

CCV Trials,Timed Trials, Competitive Safaris and Team Recovery’s

These events have detailed requirements which are beyond the scope of these notes. All these event require roll cages and seat belts. Consult the current ALRC Year Book for details of vehicle preparation and the latest helmet requirements.


No specific ALRC specifications are laid down, except that the vehicle must be of Rover manufacture, and comply with a Trials class.

Winch Recoverys

No specific ALRC specifications are laid down for the vehicle(s), however the vehicle(s) and all tackle will be inspected for safety before the event.

Vehicle Classes

There are a wide variety of Land Rover vehicle types, e.g. Range Rovers, SWB Land Rovers, 101 Forward Control etc. In order to try and make competitions fair to all, the various types are designated into Classes, so that for instance, a Defender 90 is not competing directly with an 80″. The Classes are split into two major divisions for Trials and Competitive Safaris respectively and within these there are two sub divisions for Standard and Modified vehicles.

All vehicles used for CCV Trials, Competitive Safari, Team Recovery, Timed Trials and Point to Point must have an ALRC Competition Vehicle Log Book. The current list of ARC Log Book Scrutineers is here on the ALRC Website.

For details of vehicle classes please see page 7 here to go to the current ALRC Classes.