Found some spyshots of the new discovery, at first site of the single photo it looks more to me like the Land Rover Explorer or the Ford Discovery
Compare this to pictures of the new Ford Bronco and do we detect a common chassis (As per Fords approach to Jaguar and Aston Martin).
The roof-line is flat and the photo looks more like a cross between the Honda Element and an explorer but Land Rover fingerprints have remained on the front end for now
Mitsubishi Motors, Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret won the awesome Telefónica Dakar Rally today and in doing so have clinched a record-breaking fourth consecutive win for the Japanese manufacturer and its ninth overall victory since first entering the event in 1983.
Peterhansel also becomes only the second person in history, after Hubert Auriol, to win the event on both two and four wheels, the Frenchman having also won the rally six times on a motorbike.
"On the liaison section this morning I couldn’t help but think about last year", said a delighted Peterhansel, who lost a potential victory in the penultimate stage of the 2003 event. "It has been a long time to wait one year for this victory. There were many times when it was easy to make a mistake. I spoke with Jean-Paul when we crossed the finish line of the special today and thanked him for a great job. I am happy for him. It’s his first Dakar win".
For the first win with the bike I had to wait four years. For the first win with the car it took me six", added Peterhansel, who now features in the record books alongside former Mitsubishi driver Hubert Auriol as one of only two winners in two different categories. "It is a completely different feeling. Hiroshi drove a perfect race as well, but it was my turn this time!"
Mitsubishi Pajero / Montero Evolution team-mates Hiroshi Masuoka and Gilles Picard claimed an emphatic one-two for Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports, making it the eighth year Mitsubishi Motors has filled at least the top two winning positions on the Dakar Rally (1985, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2001,2002, 2003 and 2004). Masuoka, the winner in 2002 and 2003, finished 49 minutes and 24 seconds adrift of his team-mate.
"I am very pleased for Stéphane and for Mitsubishi", said Masuoka. "I drove a good race. It was not easy. Mauritania was difficult. Next year I will push for my third win".
Co-driver Gilles Picard was delighted with his second position. "I am happy to be here", he said. "It has been a great team performance. I just wish sometimes that the media would not just highlight the role of the co-driver when we make a small mistake. I know that we are here to be in the shadow of the driver, but it is never easy to finish the Dakar".
Andrea Mayer and double Dakar Rally-winning co-driver Andreas Schulz have fulfilled their support role superbly, the German pair arriving in Dakar this afternoon in a fine fifth position in the team’s official Pajero / Montero.
"It is a different feeling to finish this race as a member of an official team", said Mayer. "On a bike you are alone. When I crossed the finish line today I knew it had been a great team effort. Andreas has been fantastic. I know he is used to challenging for the win, but he has been crucial to my result. I know I still have things to learn, but Andy, the mechanics and all the team have supported me to Dakar and I thank them with this fifth place".
The final 106 kilometers lay in wait for the crews today, the day kicking off with a 60 road liaison to the start of the last 27 kilometer stage which started at Dakar’s lake and finished on the beach. While many will have cruised to the finish, listening out for the slightest mechanical noises that could have caused a last-minute panic, others still had positions to defend and honors to uphold.
The final liaison section then took the contenders, all of whom must be classified as victors for reaching Dakar, to the podium and prize-giving at the Méridien Hotel.
Commenting on the team’s victorious result, MMSP’s Head of Motorsport Sven Quandt said: "It is a great victory and the whole team worked very hard for it. I am happy that we made it one, two and five. I think it was fair for Stéphane to win this time. He deserves to be very happy and proud of himself today. Andrea had a very good result, perhaps better than we expected. She drove in a very professional manner. It was one of the toughest Dakars that I have seen, which is good for Mitsubishi because we have shown that we can win the hardest of all the rallies".
"My feeling is strange", added MMSP’s Team Director Dominique Serieys. "Everybody in the team has done a good job. We could not win this rally if the tip of the iceberg was not functioning, and the mechanics and drivers of the trucks can be proud of themselves. It may have looked easy from the outside, but we had our fair share of problems to overcome".
"This is a great win for Mitsubishi, but it is also a human win - a great day for Stéphane", added Serieys. "It was the same when Hiroshi lost in 2001 and he won the following year. It has been a long 12 months for Stéphane. I feel really emotional as well for Jean-Paul and Andrea. She drove a great rally. She was always smiling and never complaining".
Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports’ performance on this year’s Telefónica Dakar Rally has been virtually text book, but for the retirement of former World Rally Champion "Miki" Biasion at the end of the sixth leg. Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret may have only won two of the competitive stages, but the French pair was never outside the top two in the leaderboard during the entire event, demonstrating that consistency and reliability is the key to success.
They claimed the overall lead in the third leg, only briefly relinquishing it to team-mates Masuoka and Picard during the sixth and seventh. As a consequence, they have topped the leaderboard constantly since January 8, and powered into Dakar this afternoon with a 49 minute and 24 second advantage.
Defending double Dakar Rally winner Hiroshi Masuoka and co-driver Gilles Picard have been equally impressive in the second Mitsubishi Pajero / Montero Evolution. They set four fastest times in the 14 competitive stages and had moved into second position by the fifth leg.
Having briefly taken over leadership from Peterhansel for two days, the Japanese/French pair then slipped to third in the eighth leg, but recovered second and maintained Mitsubishi’s one-two formation from January 9. They ultimately finished more than two hours ahead of third-placed Jean-Louis Schlesser in the Schlesser Buggy.
Andrea Mayer and co-driver Andreas Schulz, who navigated Jutta Kleinschmidt to victory with Mitsubishi in 2001 and Hiroshi Masuoka to his maiden win in 2002, have provided outstanding support to their Pajero / Montero Evolution team-mates.
The young German woman, who finished as the leading female driver in this year’s event, eased herself into the pace in her first Dakar outing as part of the factory line-up.
She ultimately climbed from 15th overall to sixth by leg seven and then moved into fifth position by the fourteenth day. She and Schulz, driving a Pajero / Montero, maintained fifth to the finish ramp, despite their first priority being to support Peterhansel and Masuoka.
February 5, 2004 - Chicago, IL - IntelliChoice awarded the Lexus RX 330 "Best Value of the Year" for an SUV over $30,000 yesterday during the Chicago Auto Show. In addition, Lexus received more IntelliChoice awards than any other luxury nameplate with the LS 430, ES 330 and RX 330 each winning the coveted "Best Value" award for respective segments.
IntelliChoice Best Overall Value of the Year awards recognize cars, trucks and SUVs that will cost significantly less to own than would be expected of vehicles at their purchase prices.
"We are honored to be recognized by IntelliChoice with these awards. Lexus' top priority has always been to provide an exceptional customer experience for the duration of vehicle ownership, said Denny Clements, Lexus group vice president and general manager. "A full lineup of quality products and a sensational dealer organization enable us to keep that goal at the forefront."
The Lexus RX 330 was recognized with two awards, "Best Overall Value for an SUV" and "Best Value for an Intermediate SUV over $31,000." The all-new 2004 RX 330 introduces an elegant and sleek new design, as well as significant enhancements to luxury content, and performance and advanced safety features. Powered by a 3.3-liter V6 engine, the RX 330 offers one of the quietest and smoothest rides of any luxury SUV. It also provides a host of high technology, safety and comfort features, including the available air suspension that is more commonly seen in the high-end SUV segment. In addition, the RX 330 is available with the innovative Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS), which helps illuminate a turn or curve as the driver steers into it, as well as a rear back-up camera, which enhances visibility when reversing.
"The cars, trucks and SUVs awarded with this distinction have proven their value and will cost less to own than their competitors," said David Wurster, Publisher of PRIMEDIA'S IntelliChoice. "It's not the purchase price that matters when trying to find the best values. It's how much the vehicle will cost you during the time you own it."
The Lexus LS 430 flagship sedan, restyled for 2004, received the IntelliChoice "Best Value in the Luxury Class." Under the restyled sheetmetal, Lexus introduced a new six-speed automatic transmission, additional safety features, suspension refinements, advanced technology and more luxury amenities. The LS 430 is powered by a 4.3-liter double overhead-cam V8 engine that is
paired with a new six-speed sequential shift automatic transmission and has a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 5.9 seconds.
The Lexus ES 330, IntelliChoice's "Best Value in the Near Luxury Class," added a larger and more powerful 3.3-liter V6 engine in 2004. In addition, the ES 330 features larger side impact airbags (SRS), an improved optional satellite navigation system and an available premium Mark Levinson® sound system. The larger-displacement engine endows the ES 330 with better performance and the increased torque in particular providing the kind of response the customer can feel and appreciate in everyday driving situations.
Founded in 1986, PRIMEDIA's IntelliChoice is the first and leading company that develops and distributes consumer automobile ownership data, ratings of vehicles based on their consumer value, leasing cost data and Certified Pre-Owned Program analysis. IntelliChoice's value calculation accounts for the price of a vehicle and the accumulated costs of depreciation, maintenance, repairs, fuel, fees, financing and insurance. The value measurement analyzes data compiled on more than 1,000 car, truck and SUV models and projects what these costs will be for the upcoming five-year ownership cycle.
IRVINE, CA, Feb. 25, 2004 - Land Rover North America announces changes in the Land Rover Marketing department. Pete Wendy is appointed Relationship Marketing Manager and Natalie Bow is appointed Advertising and Media Manager, both reporting to Andrew Polsinelli, General Manager of Marketing Communications for Land Rover North America.
In his new position, Mr. Wendy will be responsible for all direct marketing efforts including the management of all things related to the Land Rover ownership experience. He returns to the Land Rover Marketing department after holding the position of Retailer Affairs Manager for Aston Martin Jaguar Land Rover North America where he was responsible for product placement in film and TV. Previous to this position he was the Manager of Shows, Events and Exhibits for Land Rover North America. Mr. Wendy holds a bachelor's degree in communications and advertising from Boston University. He replaces Natalie Bow who has been appointed Advertising and Media Manager for Land Rover North America.
In her new role, Ms. Bow will be responsible for brand advertising, media plans and developing integrated launch campaigns for new Land Rover vehicles. Ms. Bow has been with Land Rover since November 2000. Before joining Land Rover, she held positions at Ogilvy and Mather in New York and Nissan North America in Torrance, CA. She holds a bachelor's degree of business administration in marketing from the University of Texas - Austin. Ms. Bow replaces Lindel Smith who was appointed Franchise Development Manager, Aston Martin Jaguar Land Rover North America
Irvine, Calif. (2/24) - For the second consecutive year, Range Rover was named one of Automobile Magazine's "All Stars". The honor was presented today to Mike O'Driscoll, president, Aston Martin Jaguar Land Rover North America by Automobile Editor-In-Chief, Jean Jennings, at ceremonies held at the North American headquarters in Irvine, California.
In their article, Automobile speaks highly of Range Rover stating, "The current Range Rover has a perfect interior, a perfect drivetrain and a perfect all-wheel-drive system. Somehow, Range Rover exceeds its own hard-nosed perfection with warmth, desirability and charisma enough to justify the price."
"This award recognizes the significance of Range Rover in the automotive industry," said O'Driscoll. "The vehicle that created the luxury SUV category remains without peer for luxury and breadth of capability."
The award-winning Range Rover went on sale in June of 2002 and sales have remained strong since launch. In 2003, Range Rover enjoyed its best year ever, finishing with sales of 12,086 units.
For 2004, the HSE content remains unchanged, but the Westminster limited edition model is added with even more luxurious features.
THE PROPOSED London rally on March 20 against the Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) controversial plans to turn RUPPs (roads used as public paths) into restriced byways from which motorised vehicles would be banned, is postponed.
See the April issue of Land Rover Owner International for details of how you can still make your voice heard about this draconian measure. On sale from March 5
Chrysler Announced the latest Jeep Wrangler
Chrysler have announced the latest incarnation of their veteran Jeep® Wrangler to be known as the 2004½. The Wrangler Unlimited adds 13 inches to the luggage area and provides two extra inches of needed leg room. "We hear time and time again that owners don’t want us to change a thing on their Jeep vehicles. But there is also a smaller group of Jeep owners who told us they would love a Jeep Wrangler, but needed more space for their lifestyle," said Jeff Bell, Vice President – Chrysler/Jeep Marketing, Chrysler Group. "We set out to create a longer wheelbase Wrangler that could give those customers what they really wanted, while maintaining the true fun and freedom of the original Jeep Wrangler."
The Unlimited also has an extra 1½ tonne towing capacity over the standard car’s 2 tonne limit. The 2004.5 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited features as standard equipment the 4.0-liter PowerTech I-6 mated to the 42RLE four-speed automatic transmission. The 4.0-liter engine is rated at 190 horsepower (142 kW) at 4,600 rpm and 235 lb.-ft. (319 Nm) of torque at 3,200 rpm. Also standard on the Wrangler Unlimited are a Dana 30 front axle, a rear heavy-duty Dana 44 axle, 30-inch tall R15 Goodyear Wrangler GSA tires, 15-inch Ravine aluminum wheels, high-pressure gas-charged shock absorbers with a 3.73 axle ratio, fog lamps and tow hooks.
By: Jennifer Shatwell | Ford Communications Network
On display at the North American International Auto Show, the Ford Bronco concept is as rugged and authentic as the original but with a showcase of advanced technology inside.
DETROIT – The Bronco is back.
Unveiled this year at the North American International Auto Show, a concept version of Ford's pioneering 1960s sport utility vehicle retains the original Bronco's authentic, no-nonsense design and adds a turbocharged diesel engine for added kick.
While other sport utilities become more civilized, the Bronco concept bucks this trend in a simple two-seat design that features the same rugged good looks as its predecessor. It is instantly recognizable in shape. Reminiscent of the original Bronco are its boxy, upright roofline, short wheelbase, signature round headlamps and the Bronco name integrated into a modern three bar grille.
"True to its heritage, the Bronco concept is a tough, genuine SUV that's all about function," says J Mays, Ford Motor Company group vice president of design. "It's like a claw hammer in a box full of department store, battery-operated, plastic, power tools."
Subtle exterior details include exposed door hinges, cowl vents, flared wheel wells and unique
loop-shaped door handles, which are integrated into the door panels and open with a gentle tug. Those classic round headlamps up front are updated in the Bronco concept for use of both light-emitting diodes and halogen light sources to cast a wider ray of light for better peripheral vision in off-road situations.
For a more open-air ride, the Bronco concept's roof is made up of two separate sections, the rear portion of which can be removed. Roll bar accents can then be attached for a look that recalls a Baja racer or the customized "Baja Broncos" Ford offered in the 1970s.
A monotone color scheme features warm metallic gray finish coupled with brushed aluminum accents and flows seamlessly from the Bronco concept's exterior body panels to its exposed interior
surfaces. Both seats are trimmed in orange brown suede, like a workman's glove, and are accented with similarly colored inserts and a four-line stitching pattern, like the kind found on a rugged old tool belt.
"The Bronco concept is like your favorite pair of worn in, faded jeans – classic, familiar, comfortable and always in style," says Mays.
While the Bronco concept conjures memories of blue oval past, inside it is a showcase of advanced modern technology. Its power comes from a 2.0-liter, 16-valve intercooled turbo-diesel engine tucked under the hood. First introduced on the Ford Mondeo in Europe, this engine features common-rail fuel injection technology for greater injection precision, performance and torque, without sacrificing fuel economy. The Duratorq TDCi, as its known, delivers 128 horsepower and a peak torque of 244 foot-pounds. Using Ford's overboost function generates an even higher torque of 258 foot-pounds for a limited time under full throttle.
Adding to the Bronco concept's power is a nitrous oxide "boost," similar to the power enhancement function of traditional hot rods. At the press of a button, a blast of nitrous oxide is injected into the engine. During combustion, the gas is broken down into nitrogen and oxygen, allowing more fuel to burn.
What does all that mean? An extra temporary boost of up to 50 horsepower and a three-second improvement in quarter-mile times, with about 10-15 mph more top speed.
A revolutionary new six-speed PowerShift transmission is paired with the Duratorq diesel and achieves 5 percent better fuel economy than a conventional six-speed automatic transmission. While a traditional manual or automatic transmission changes gears by opening and closing a single clutch, the PowerShift operates by shifting power from one clutch to another for better efficiency and more seamless shifting. It can be placed into manual mode at anytime and operated by a pair of shift paddles on the steering wheel.
Rounding out the Bronco concept's technology showcase is an IntelligentTM four-wheel-drive system – a fully computer-controlled clutch that engages the rear wheels as driving conditions dictate. Under normal conditions, the Bronco gallops on its front wheels. Using sensors at each wheel and at the accelerator, the Intelligent system's computer calculates dozens of times per second to determine precisely how much torque should be sent to the rear wheels to minimize and help prevent wheel slippage.
The new Intelligent system replaces Ford's current Control Trac IITM system for more positive traction and vehicle handling, improved fuel economy and smoother operation. It will first be seen in production on the 2005 Ford Escape.
The original Bronco was an immediate success when it launched in August 1965, leading the emerging recreational four-wheel-drive market with sales of 18,200 units in its first full year of production. Although only a concept, this year's Bronco concept demonstrates how Ford may further complement its extensive SUV lineup.
Get more news from the 2004 North American International Auto Show on ford.com
The Land Rover Women's Panel is becoming increasingly active, completing two in-depth product appraisals so far this year, a clear sign of the importance of female influence on future Land Rover designs.
The panel, comprised of Land Rover employees from across the company, has a formally recognised role in the future development of Land Rover's four strong vehicle line-up and is intended to reflect the broad spectrum of the company's female buyer.
Panel members scrutinize all areas of the vehicle's interior and exterior to ensure it meets the practical demands of women. Areas as diverse as switchgear functionality, on and off road handling and all round vision have been explored since the group's inception in May 2001. In particular, women offered valuable input on improving the positioning of items under the bonnet. Regularly used fluid reservoirs were placed near the front corner of the engine bay, avoiding the need for people to lean against a dirty vehicle to reach them. Evaluation by the Women's Panel also lead to dipstick routes and angles being modified to improve access, while labelling and colour coding was introduced to identify service items to be used by the customer.
Sharon Thomas, Manager, Product Development Operations, said: "Piloting vehicles with the Women's Panel helps us gain a broader insight into our buyer profile, ensuring the needs of female customers are catered for at every stage. Developing vehicles that are appealing to both women and men helps Land Rover maintain a competitive edge."
RAC statistics show that women buyers take up a 39% share of the new car market with 44% of the used car market occupied by the female customer. The Women's Panel initiative underlines Land Rover's commitment to appeal to women buyers as much as men.
Land Rover leads the UK 4x4 market, having sold in excess of 47,000 vehicles in 2003, a record for the company in its domestic market.
As i am sure you guys & gals are aware, this wonderful (!!!!) government of ours is soon to debate MP John Manns Early Day Motion (EDM) 380:
"That this House welcomes the Government's proposal to close the legal loophole whereby historical evidence of use by horse and cart, or dedication as a carriageway prior to the invention of the internal combustion engine, can give rise to a claim for a byway open to all traffic which, if successful, allows for use by modern recreational motor vehicles of green lanes and other unsurfaced routes in the countryside; notes existing byways open to all traffic will still be subject to inappropriate and unsustainable use by recreational motor vehicles; is concerned that our most precious countryside in the national parks and areas of outstanding beauty and our national trails such as the Ridgeway continue to suffer appalling damage; and urges the Government to take action forthwith to protect these areas by reclassifying existing unsurfaced byways open to all traffic as restricted byways and issuing better guidance on enforcement to enable the relevant authorities to take swift and effective action where recreational vehicles are being driven illegally."
There is currently research being carried out by the Countryside Agency via consultants Faber Maunsell, to establish to what extent the BOAT network is being 'destroyed' by over-use. Until this research is completed, all the MPs can go on is their own personal observations, and the propaganda of the Antis. We are appalled at the way in which the advice from those who use BOATs, and from the Governing Bodies is being ignored. We therefore have set up an e-petition to hand into Parliament demanding that proper consideration be given to advice from all sides of the debate.
As part of the campaign against such crass stupidity, can i ask you to visit
and electronically log your dissatisfaction. This is not the only, nor best, way of logging your disatisfaction but i suspect we'll need all the help we can in keeping our Green Lanes! Thank you.
At the close of stage 12 of the 2004 Dakar Rally, five of the eight Land Rover based Bowler Wildcat vehicles remain in the running, proving that these vehicles are based on one of the best 4x4s by far – the Land Rover Defender.
Leading the charge in what is rapidly becoming one of the toughest competitions in the Rally's history is Belgian driver Jackie Loomans, who protected his 14th place throughout stage 12 (out of 144 starters and 71 remaining), putting the Wildcat delegation several places ahead of many of the factory works teams from Japan and Germany.
Commenting on his progress up the field, Loomans said: "We don't look to the others, we don't look at the standings – we just do our own thing. We have only suffered a puncture so far, and if our luck continues in this way for the remaining five stages this can be an excellent Dakar for us."
Stage 12 also saw the Belgian awarded the 'Total Fair Play' trophy, for donating his spare tyre to a fellow competitor who was only two places behind the Wildcat at the time.
The Bowler Wildcat is a purpose built race vehicle designed to compete in top level off-road racing events using standard-build Land Rover components from the Defender and Discovery models. It is designed and built by a small Derbyshire company, Bowler Off-Road, which is supported by Land Rover.
For the second year in a row, the Lexus GX 470 luxury utility vehicle was named "Four Wheeler of the Year" by the editors of Four Wheeler Magazine. The competing GX 470 was equipped with the new Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) that recently made its debut on the 2004 model.
Delivered annually since 1974, the "Four Wheeler of the Year" award has become a prestigious honor that is prized by manufacturers. The GX overcame six other four-wheel-drive vehicles for the title. "Winning the title two years running is unprecedented," said Denny Clements, Lexus Group Vice President and General Manager. "The new KDSS system allowed the GX to compete again and it clearly underscores the contribution it makes to on and off-road dynamics."
The GX 470 won the 2003 award on the strength of its "surprising ability and balance," according to Four Wheeler magazine. This year, the GX "consistently performed well in all categories of our testing," said Four Wheeler technical editor Craig Perronne. "It was also the best on the trail and this helped it to gather the most points to make it our choice for Four Wheeler of the Year."
Proven in the World Rally Championship, the innovative KDSS is a global first for production vehicles. The system offers significant benefits in ride, handling and traction that can be felt in a wide variety of driving conditions - on and off-road - by employing a simple hydraulic control system acting on both front and rear stabilizer bars.
KDSS varies the degree of roll stiffness provided by each of the stabilizer bars in response to changing road conditions and driver inputs, but rather than increasing roll stiffness, the system reduces it as conditions require. With its variable roll stiffness, a KDSS-equipped GX 470 is able to use much larger stabilizer bars that help reduce maximum body roll angle by nearly 50 percent, significantly improving handling response.
Large stabilizer bars would normally mean a stiff ride over single-wheel bumps, but with KDSS, the energy is distributed between front and rear so that ride comfort is not disturbed. In some cases it's actually better. Larger stabilizer bars also mean that shock absorber damping force can be better optimized to improve ride comfort, without sacrificing handling.
The front and rear stabilizer bars, which have nearly double the standard torsional stiffness, are supported by their own inter-connecting hydraulic cylinders. In normal cornering, the bars work conventionally to resist body roll motion and there is no fluid flow between the cylinders. But when unequal wheel loading occurs in certain conditions, fluid can move between the front and rear cylinders, helping to equalize loading.
The constantly changing and variable terrain that's typical of most off-road situations highlights the benefits of KDSS. Stiff stabilizer bars can limit off-road performance because the inside wheels tend to lift and lose traction when outside wheels encounter bumps. But with KDSS, the hydraulic cylinders allow the wheels on each axle to move with a larger degree of side-to-side independence, minimizing any tendency for wheel lift. The increased suspension articulation freedom helps maximize traction, even in the most challenging off-road driving situations.
KDSS works in concert with Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), which continuously changes shock absorber damping in response to road conditions and driver input. Combining these suspension technologies helps provide superior ride and handling and maximum traction both on and off-road. This new option is now available on 2004 GX 470 models now at a cost of $1,750.
The GX 470 continues to provide high levels of luxury and convenience, along with award-winning performance in a very competitive segment.
The Secretary of State’s Independent Inspector finds in favour of a cluster of ancient highways being put on to the definitive map properly for the first time
The Northumbria Group of the Trail Riders Fellowship welcomes the Inspector’s decision after the second public inquiry in September 2003. This decision confirms the correctness of the TRF’s research and presentation, in the face of considerable opposition by the big landowners represented by counsel and professional land agents.
The Trail Riders Fellowship local members have been riding these ancient highways, carefully and considerately, for approaching thirty years now. Following a tried-and-tested code of conduct, and according the greatest consideration to horse riders and other highway users, trail riders really contribute to keeping these old routes open by making a usable track through the heather, and clearing obstructions.
Northumbria TRF members regularly provide a marshalling service at long-distance horse riding events, and are active participants in researching and protecting our ancient highways for everyone to enjoy. The hard work of the TRF’s skilled researchers has really paid off, and will benefit riders and mountain bikers to a great degree.
Northumbria TRF looks forward to working with Northumberland County Council to create an appropriate and responsive management system for these byways and all others in the county. The Trail Riders’ Fellowship is a partner in the radical and very effective Hierarchy of Trail Routes project in the Lake District, and will look to import the lessons of that initiative to the lanes of Northumberland.
For more information on the Northumberland TRF, contact Roger Peters on: 01670 712397; e-mail: RWRJBMPeters@aol.com
For more information on the Hierarchy of Trail Routes initiative, contact Geoff Wilson on 01768.898584; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For the TRF’s code of conduct and other information see: www.trf.org.uk
Issued 20 January 2004.