Welcome to the Lancashire Automobile Club - Established in 1902 the Lancashire Automobile Club (1902) Ltd is the second oldest motor club in the UK dedicated to the interests of motorists in the region. Organising both motoring and social events, the LAC has something for everybody, from car runs (touring assemblies) and static shows to the Annual Dinner Dance and Triennial Sportsmans … Continue reading "Welcome to the Lancashire Automobile Club"
Sad News – John Casey - We have just been told that John Casey passed away on Friday evening. I haven’t got further details as yet. John competed in many LAC sprints and hillclimbs over the years in his immaculate, and quick, Mini Cooper. Always a smile and usually a joke at the ready. Great bloke and a great competitor. Picture … Continue reading "Sad News – John Casey"
Hannu Mikkola a few words from our own Mike Wood - I got to know Hannu quite well more or less when he first came onto the International Rally scene driving on a couple of events or so for Datsun. He was already recognised in his home country of Finland as a up and coming driver and maybe because of my own connection with established Finish … Continue reading "Hannu Mikkola a few words from our own Mike Wood"
Sad News Linda Parkinson - Sad news. We are sad to report the sudden death of Linda Parkinson, just before Christmas. Linda was the wife of Geoff Parkinson, a member of many years, who ran the TVR Racing championship and were regular attendees at Lancashire Automobile Club social events. In HSCC Racing. They were well know to many members, and … Continue reading "Sad News Linda Parkinson"
Manchester to Blackpool 1993 - This is a video taken of the 1993 event. I edited it and gave a commentary (badly) back then but you will see some familiar cars and some familiar faces. Enjoy Manchester to Blackpool 1993
Vintage Car Rally 1963 Pendle Hill - Another video from the motoring past. This time 1963. The film was taken approacing the Nick of Pendle climbing from Sabden. The event started in the Burnley area and finished at Clitheroe Castle taking in Longridge Fell and Jeffery Hill on the way. As I recall Bill Turner and Ted Heath were part of the … Continue reading "Vintage Car Rally 1963 Pendle Hill"
Sad News Tom Blackburn - We are sorry to hear that probably our longest standing member Tom Blackburn has sadly passed away. Tom was a member of the Lancashire Automobile Club in 1953 when Mike Wood joined so it is unlikely we will have any members who have been with the club for longer. He was a regular entrant in … Continue reading "Sad News Tom Blackburn"
Red Rose Ramble - Dear member, Preston & District Vintage Car Club (PDVCC) are hoping to run a scenic tour on the 6th June this year and have extended a kind invitation to LAC members. I appreciate that we remain in uncertain times, but in the event that this ‘damned’ Covid continues to spoil our lives and the event … Continue reading "Red Rose Ramble"
Sad News of LAC Stalwart - We very sad to impart the news to you all that our very good friend, colleague and companion Alwyn J Davis. MSc. died this morning following a short illness. He would have been 93 later this month. Many of you will rember Alwyn as the person in charge of signing on at LAC events including … Continue reading "Sad News of LAC Stalwart"
The 1964 Liege – Another view! - All of our ‘regular’ readers will be well aware of Mike Wood and John Wadsworth’s exploits on the 1964 Liege. I posted this story on a Facebook page and recieved a reply of another contestants, Doctor Beatty Crawford, reccollections of this car breaking event. Our 1964 Spa-Sofia-Liege rally. The Royal Motor Union Club wanted only … Continue reading "The 1964 Liege – Another view!"
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year - We hope you have an enjoyable Christmas and New Year. Here’s to a much improved seasom of motoring in 2021! From all at Lancashire Automobile Club
Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER - A word from our Chairman… What a year! Who would have thought if I had written this message twelve months ago that 2020 could unfold as it has? Of course, there has been sadness, I have lost two close relatives to COVID-19 and many other enthusiasts have been affected in a similar way. But equally many … Continue reading "Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER"
Mike Wood’s 1963 Monte Carlo Rally - With this years world rally championship now wrapped up it’s time to look forward to the first event of 2021 the Monte Carlo Rally. Thought this article by Mike Wood about the 1963 event would add to your interest. 1963 MONTE CARLO RALLY By Mike Wood This is my story of the 1963 Monte Carlo … Continue reading "Mike Wood’s 1963 Monte Carlo Rally"
A Classic Highland Tour - Well the Lancashire Automobile Club regulars have missed out on their dose of Highlands magic this year. So we thought a little video of what you have missed would hit the right note. Prize for anyone who spots a fleeting glimpse of Mike Raven! Please click on link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTAxHICtqj8&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR3qOPSYByrTY2Rrv-XDUFTXtIPOexnGnYqsvb2I_r9vcEk3horQOKn4ors
Americana - Some great pictures of ‘Woodies’ mainly from the States plus a Quiz for you to enjoy: Americana Quiz starts with the pictures of Woodies then goes on to an interesting quiz on American cars. Americana Quiz Americana Answers gives you, strangely, the answrs to the quiz. Americana Answers Many thanks to Mike Hanson for this … Continue reading "Americana"
The 1964 Liege Part 2 - A few weeks back we shared with you part 1 of the story of the Liege Rally in 1964. We promised part 2 as soon as it became available. So here is part 2 which concentrates on the rally from the seat of the only Mini ever to finish this gruelling event – enjoy| Please … Continue reading "The 1964 Liege Part 2"
Rise of the Sidevalves - We have been contacted by Tom Fryars about a great new book on the early days of motorsport which includes some interesting snippets of LAC history. This is a n Edwardian motor sport book that tells a story, a book which is of particular interest to members of the Lancashire Automobile Club and how their … Continue reading "Rise of the Sidevalves"
The Liege Rally - There is a great article in this months Historic Car Register Newsletter (Northants and Bedford area) which we have reproduced with the kind permission of Andrew Bodman. The Liège Rally from Andrew Bodman The Royal Motor Union of Liège used to organise the Marathon de la Route, to give it its official title. It was … Continue reading "The Liege Rally"
Mike Wood and Tony Fall in the 240Z - Those of you who are old enough may remember way back in 1972 our committee member Mike Wood rallying in the mighty Datsun 240Z. This short video features Mike and Tony following their exploits on the 1972 RAC Rally.
Video of the Sir William Lyons Centenary Event - In 2001 Lancashire Automobile Club was approached by Jaguar cars to help with the celebrations of Sir William Lyons birth one hundred years previously. The event was centred on Blackpool, where Sir William was born, and after a week of runs moved yo Coventry and the Browns Lane factory where a glittering evening event took … Continue reading "Video of the Sir William Lyons Centenary Event"
Lakeland 25000 - During the lock-down you may have searched online for motor-related stimulation, and if old Austins are your thing you may have come across a video of the 1939 launch of the Austin 8 in the Lake District. In the video the little Austin, driven by Tommy Wisdom, takes on the challenge of climbing 25,000ft in … Continue reading "Lakeland 25000"