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We are delighted to confirm that Quentin Willson, TV presenter and motoring pundit has agreed to come and talk to the Club on Wednesday 29 November. We have already booked Whalley Golf Club with usual pie and peas. Tickets costing £10.00, including pie and peas, are available from Eileen Dyson Eileen.firstname.lastname@example.org
Many of you will know Quentin Willson as an award-winning motoring journalist and presenter of the Classic Car Show. But he also fronted Top Gear for a decade and writes for numerous national publications, while campaigning tirelessly on behalf of Britain’s motorists.
It will be interesting to hear what he has to say on current motoring issues including the current insurance controversy surrounding the EU ruling which may signal the end of our sport.
William Henry Bowker (Bill), who has died aged 81 following a short illness, was the widely respected, former owner of Lancashire transport operator W H Bowker Ltd.
Bill was a great supporter of the Lancashire Automobile Club not only taking part in many of the Club’s classic car events over the years but also being the principle sponsor of the Manchester to Blackpool Classic Car Run supporting the event both financialy and allowing the use of Bowker dealerships for Controls on the events.
It is however for his business interests in the north west that Bill is best known. The business was founded by Bill’s father in 1919, on his return from the First World War.
Based in Blackburn, the business started by making deliveries in East Lancashire and the docks in Liverpool on behalf of the local cotton industry. Following the sudden death of his father in 1955 just after the business had bought itself out nationalisation, Bill took over the running of the business at the age of just 19. He was later joined in the business by his brother Ken, son Bill, his nephews, grandson and his great niece who are now the fourth generation to work in the business.
Bill was actively involved in many local community and charity organisations. He was an active patron of the Ribble Valley Conservative Association for more than 20 years, eventually becoming its Chairman. He also became Chairman of Blackburn Magistrates and received an MBE for services in the administration of justice in Blackburn in the 2006 Queen’s News Years Honours List.
Whilst still very much a family business, with its Company headquarters now in Preston, W H Bowker Ltd, is a major UK and international transport and warehousing provider with nine UK sites. The Company also includes the prestigious Bowker Motor Dealership Group, comprising BMW, Mini, Maserati, Harley Davidson and BMW Motorrad in Blackburn and Preston.
His son, described his father as ‘a wonderful family man’. “He was a wonderful father who put other people before himself, never said no and always tried to help and support others. We are very saddened by his death.”
Bill’s wife Rosemary passed away in 2013. He is survived by his son Bill and daughter Elizabeth.
The Lancashire Automobile Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Brian Redman and Mike Wood as Honorary Club Patrons, in recognition of their achievements and services to motorsport, we are very fortunate to have these two Lancashire ‘Lads’ connected with our club. Mike lives locally, whilst Brian lives in warmer climes in Florida.
Pictures from the finish of the 2017 Manchester to Blackpool Classic Car Run now in the picture gallery.
There are more pictures from alng the route on www.whitedogphotography.co.uk. Pictures taken north of Edgeworth and at Fulwood barracks together with many more from the finish.
Brian Redman started his motor racing career competing at Lancashire Automobile Club events at Woodvale near Southport. He progressed through the racing formula with great success all the way to Formula 5000 (competing in Chevrons) and Formula 1 before conentrating on Sports cars including the fantastic Porsche 917.
Brians greatest success was in the Can Am Series in the States and it is probaly this successwhich ultimatley saw him nominated to the Motor Sport Hall of Fame for the Sports Car Class.
Brian has now been inaugurated into the Motor Sport Hall of Fame (many thanks to all the LAC members who voted for him), please find in our pictures gallery a couple of pictures of the celebratory evening.
The group photograph shows Brian with other recipients including, amongst others, Dave Richards (a previous LAC Motor Sport Luncheon principle guest), Nigel Mansell (1992 F1 World Champion & 1993 Indy Car Champion), and the voice of Motor Sport, the legendary Murray Walker.
What a picture showing a proud moment in the history of the Lancashire Automobile Club.
Similar in format to the Manchester to Blackpool with a Touring Assembly followed by a simple Concours D’Elegance. There is only one common route for all entrants taking in some of the North of Englands finest motoring roads.
Starts from the Midland Hotel in Morecambe and finishes at Dunsley Hall in Sandsend near Whitby. The route changes every year and this years takes in many new roads as it wends its way Coast to Coast. There is a comfort stop in the morning and entrants can pre order meals at the lunch halt. A simple Concours De Elegance will be held at the finish where a buffet is served.
The run is held on a Saturday to enable entrants to stay overnight and enjoy either a pleasant run home or use the event as a springboard for a short break in the Yorkshire Dales. If you wish to stay at Dunsley Hall please contact them direct http://dunsleyhall.com/ tel 01947 893437 the LAC has block booked the hotel so be sure to tell them you are with the event. Rooms are limited so first come first served.
Route is some 170 miles with instructions using both simple ‘tulip diagrams’ and written instructions. All entrants receive a Route Book giving full directions, aRoute Information book giving interesting facts on places along the route and Rally Plate. All entrants taking part in the Concours receive a commemorative medal and awards are given for both the Mayors choice and Presidents award.
If you require more information or Regulations for the above event please contact Sandra Williams – email@example.com