Twilight Tour Tuesday 10th September

Twilight Tour – Tuesday September 10th

Following the great success of the ‘Taster’ evening tour in June, don’t miss out on another opportunity to enjoy our splendid countryside and a little ‘light-hearted’ map-reading.

Open to any vehicle that is correctly registered, licensed and has a valid MOT (where applicable) – your cherished car is all you need.

The route is approximately 54 miles in length and navigation is by OS Landranger map 103 which crews will need to supply. The route will be on coloured roads only and the correct route will be determined by whole grid square blackspots (avoid), spot heights, grid square diagrams and features all shown on the OS map.

There is no timing element on the event but code boards (via boards) will be placed at various points to enable entrants to determine that they are on the correct route. In addition, at check points, there will be two questionnaire sheets relating to motorsport (start swatting-up).

The start and finish is Whalley Golf Club, Portfield Road, Sabden, BB7 9DR (map ref 746360).  Signing on will be from 17.00, with the first car setting off at 17.45.

The event is limited to 35 entries on a first-come-first served basis and the entry fee is £20.00 per vehicle (two occupants only) which includes supper. Additional crew members are permitted providing that they pay £8.00 each for supper.

To enter, complete the entry form available from Sandra Williams, sandra.williams21@btinternet.com, and either return it with your remittance, or make payment by BACS.

Twilight Rally_Entry Form Twilight Rally_2019

We look forward to seeing you on the night!

Norman Dewis OBE 1920 – 2019

We are sad to report the death of a man who led a most remarkable motoring life. On one or two occasions Norman visited the LAC and gave fascinating talks on his motoring exploits as Jaguar’s chief development and test engineer.

Perhaps he was most noted for his development work with Dunlop on the disc brake for motor cars. Although first appearing on the Jaguar C type at Le Mans, it became available for road-going use on the XK150 with disc brakes all-round.

He set a record at Jabbeke in Belgium driving a modified XK120 down the measured mile both ways at a mean average speed of 172.412mph; apparently at the end of one of the runs the front wheels were observed to be 2 inches clear of the road. This record still stands to this day as that section of road is no longer in use. A memorial to this feat stands at the site, even now.

In one talk he mentioned having done in excess of 1 million miles testing at MIRA, all of which was at 100mph plus.

His favourite Jaguar was the fabulous XJ13 which was being developed for Le Mans, but never competed. When testing the car on the high speed bowl at MIRA, the offside back wheel collapsed both barrel rolling and over-ending him on the grass infield. Norman escaped with no more than a few bruises and reported for work the next day as if nothing had happened. Subsequently the car was totally rebuilt and his ambition was to drive the car once more on his 100th birthday at MIRA at more than 100mph. Sadly this now cannot happen, but Norman has had a remarkable life, is known as a great ambassador for the Jaguar marquee and was welcomed in the many countries he visited throughout the world.

Brian Ekin

Coast ot Coast 2019

Coast to Coast Saturday 13th July 2019

We significantly changed the route for 2019. Normally we keep the same lunch halt which has been at Akebar Park for many years. However, whilst we were happy with the venue eventually you run out of roads to use.

So to open up pastures new we went looking for an alternative and found The Inn at South Stainley just north of Harrogate. Venues with the amenities we need are few and far between. They have to be able to cope with around 150 people arriving in around 40 minutes, be able to serve them and enable them to get on their war in 55minutes as well as provide adequate parking and be flexible on time for serving lunch. The Inn ticked all the boxes so we were able to go further south than usual.

The route started from the Midland Hotel in Morecambe at 08.30 and went out to Halton and Caton before taking in the Trough of Bowland and Slaidburn to a coffee and comfort stop at The Anchor in Gargrave.

From there we travelled east through Grassington and Pateley Bridle towards Ripon. Just before Fountains Abbey we turned right to go through Markington and south to The Inn at South Stainley. The first car arrived about 11.20.

After a good buffet the cars left going east to Aldwark Bridge and then through Castle Howards grounds and into the Yorkshire Moors passing through Cropton and the fords from the opening shots of All Creatures Great and Small. The next Control was at Scripps Garage in Goathland a popular stop on previous events.

We took advantage of some newly surface roads to make our way to the finish at Dunsley Hall via Grosmont and Sandsend (to complete the coast to coast adventure. The first car reaching Dunsley Hall at around 3.20pm.

We were greeted at Dunsley Hall by the Mayor of Scarborough and parked on their front lawn for an informal Concours d’Elegance. Whilst the judging took place the entrants enjoyed a buffet and had a good natter about the days motoring.

The Mayor chose the Ford Mustang as the car she wished she could take home and our acting president, Andrew Ogden, stepped in to select the President’s Choice after being banned from choosing a certain red Alfa Romeo! The President’s choice went to the 1953 Mercedes.

 

After saying goodbyes to those who chose to return home or who had booked accommodation elsewhere those staying at Dunsley Hall had an enjoyable evening before returning home on the Sunday.

Many thanks to all the organisers and Marshals who made the day possible and of course all the entrants who brought their fine motor cars for us to enjoy.

Chris Lee

Manchester to Blackpool 2019

57th Manchester to Blackpool Run Sunday 9th June 2019
 The Lancashire Automobile Club must live a charmed life at present (here’s hoping it continues on July 13th!) for after our escape from storm Hannah on the St Georges Day Run we got the only dry day for weeks (and weeks) for our Manchester to Blackpool.
As usual the organisers had found some ‘new’ roads for the entrants to enjoy and had a new coffee stop lined up (at the very last minute following the sudden closure of The Duke of Wellington). More on this later!
The start was from Worsley Old Hall who opened early to serve coffee and refreshments. The entry included 16 pre war cars amongst the 54 entrants. As usual we had two intertwining routes with a Direct Route (avoiding steep inclines and somewhat shorter) and a Scenic Route (more challenging to car and driver with a somewhat longer mileage and higher expected average speed).
Both routes ran out from Worsley and up onto the A6 before going through Lostock to the Bolton Ring Road. Here the routes split with the Scenic going up to Belmont and across to Chapeltown before joining the Direct route which had followed the ring road before going towards Ramsbotham.
After meeting up the routes ran past Helmshore Mill and onto the Grane Road to the coffee halt and Control. Unfortunately the manager was expecting us at 09.00 (we don’t know why as we had said 10.00!) and was not happy. He then stopped serving coffees as he said he had to prepare for the lunch opening. These things can happen when you are on the last minute organising things but it does mean we are looking for a new venue next year. Many thanks to the marshal crew who kept things moving with the minimum of fuss.
After the Coffee halt the routes again split with the Direct Route following the Blackburn Ring Road and then up to Mellor. In the meantime the Scenic Route ran out to Sabden and over the Nick o’Pendle to travel through Great Harwood and rejoin the Direct Route at Mellor.
The two routes then went through Cuerdale and Lostock Hall to our traditional control at Bowker BMW and MINI, Preston Dock. They were then on the home run travelling south of the Dock and out to Freckleton on their way to a Control at Wrea Green. From there it was onto Lytham and Blackpool for a finish at Stanley Park where the finishers were greeted by the Mayor of Blackpool. The first cars arrived just after 13.30 in time to be judged for the Concours.
The weather was fantastic for the presentation and the following received Concours Awards:

Group 2                 Trevor and Jean Jackson – Car 9 Austin 7 Super Sports



Group 3                 Peter and Barbara Batty – Car 31 MGB Roadster

Group 4                 Andrew and Lindsay Ponsillo – Car 44 TVR Griffith 500
 
Overall Concours Award Ken Hadley Memorial Trophy

Nigel and Emma Hughes – Car 7 Singer Super 9 Sports

Judges Choice
Geoff Yates and Micheal Williamson – Car 19 Austin A40

Farina


Blackpool Corporation Trophy (Mayors Choice)
Ian and Sue Thompson – Car 8 Aston Martin Le Mans Tourer
As always many thanks to all involved.
PS on the way home the heavens opened -yes we were that lucky!

St Georges Day Run 2019

    St Georges Day Run 28th April 2019

The lead up to the event was somewhat stressful for the organisers. Anthony Taylor and his ‘team’. Storm Hannah was doing her worst with widespread flooding and downed trees being reported from most of the country. On the Friday, if weather reports were to be belived, serious consideration should be given to cancellation. The forecast for Saturday was for heavy rain and winds but it hinted things could improve on the Sunday and so it was to prove.
The entrants gathered at Blackburn Northern Sports to enjoy a bacon butty before the first car left at 10.00. The route went through Mellor and then south west after Osbaldeston. As we travelled away from Samlesburt we got into new territory for the event. The route took entrants throgh Hoghton out to Croston and as far as Martin Mere Wildfowl Trust befor turning east to go through Burscough and Parbold Hill to a new coffee halt at Heskin Hall at Heskin just outside Wrightington.

I say coffee halt but many entrants decided to stay longer enjoying a meal or simply exploring the hall and the handicrafts sale which was going on at the time. The team of Marshals kept things well organised, mant thanks to Glyn, Ronn, Nigel, Tony and the rest of the team. And many thanks to Heskin Hall for allowing us to use their premises.
From Heskin Hall the route went through Leyland and north of Chorley to enter the Rivington area with fantsic views of the reservoirs and out as far as Southport. From there it was over to Belmont and on to the Grane Road before looping back to Haslingden and north to Burnley. The home leg was over to Fence and round Pendle hill to complete a memorable journey back to Blackburn Northern Sports where Carolyn and Eileen were waiting having cleaned up from the mornings butties to lay on an impressive buffett.

First cars were back around 3.30 with the others coming home over the next hour or so.

As a footnote the effects of Hannah were to be seen all along the route with flooded fields and downed branches but fortunatley our route was unimpeaded and most of the day was in bright sunshine.

Many thanks to all involved in particular the organisers, marshals and the many entrants who made the day with some fantastic automobiles.

2019 Wales Rally GB

Wales Rally GB 2019

With a Ceremonial Start in Liverpool plus a visit to Oulton Park on the Thursday the provisional route for the 2019 World Rally GB is looking good!

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Following a final pre-event Shakedown held this year for the first time in Gwydir Forest, Snowdonia, on Thursday morning, all the competing teams will make their way to Liverpool for a high-profile Ceremonial Start on the Waterfront. The 2019 competitive action then blasts off at the popular Oulton Park circuit close to Chester on an exclusively designed special stage incorporating sections of the picturesque race track. It is the first time the well-known Cheshire motor sports venue has hosted the World Rally Championship since 1993 and, with good transport links, permanent infrastructure and great spectating facilities, Oulton Park’s re-appearance is sure to be welcomed by the large numbers living in the surrounding regions. It provides those based in major cities such as Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield – all within a 90-minute drive – a rare and not-to-be-missed opportunity to witness the extraordinary excitement served up by the World Rally Championship.

Following the dramatic Thursday evening curtain-raiser, the crews will head back to Llandudno in readiness for the forest stages that follow.

Friday, 4 October 2019

Taking advantage of the rally’s vibrant new base in Llandudno, Friday’s schedule is based in the forests of the Snowdonia National Park in north Wales. The day’s schedule features nine speed tests set either side of a lunchtime return to the busy Service Park located right in the heart of the historic resort town.

The day opens in the shadows of Mount Snowdon with classic stages in Conwy County’s forests of Elsi and Penmachno close to Betws-y-Coed and then heads further south towards Welshpool for timed tests in the revered Dyfnant and Aberhinant forests. All four stages are repeated in the afternoon with the second run through Aberhirnant taking place well after sunset in total darkness – always a crowd-pleaser.

Adding to the spectator experience, Friday afternoon’s programme also includes a revisit to the stage at Slate Mountain now with a new, upgraded surface laid since the venue was first used last October. Located at The Slate Caverns near Blaenau Ffestiniog, the destination is well-known to adrenalin-seekers for its mind-boggling underground adventures as well as being home to Zip World Titan, Europe’s first four-person zip line.

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Billed again as ‘Super Saturday’, the rally’s longest and most demanding day features three epic special stages, all set in the mountains to the east of Aberystwyth with excellent spectating for the large numbers of weekend visitors, plus the new street stage on the seafront at Colwyn Bay.

Dyfi, Myherin and Hafren are true classics that always push crews to their limits and provide fans with some outstanding viewing opportunities. As last year, Hafren has been extended to incorporate the Sweet Lamb rally complex – always a fans’ favourite with its jumps and water splash.

All three stages are tackled twice with the second run through Myherin being screened live for television audiences right around the world. A lunchtime regroup on the busy streets of central Newtown punctuates the action.

Following the frenetic action in the forests of mid Wales, the WRC returns to the Service Park and overnight halt back in Llandudno via an all-new Saturday evening spectator stage on the recently-refurbished promenade in Colwyn Bay. Sited adjacent to the A55 and the North Wales Coast Line railway, the latest addition provides both rally fans and families in North Wales and north west of England – with a fantastic opportunity to experience the WRC in captivity away from its more natural habitat in the great outdoors. With donuts, hairpins and chicanes, they will not be disappointed.

Sunday, 6 October 2019

After Saturday’s arduous exploits in mid Wales, Sunday sees the WRC action return to north Wales with two tough forest stages close to the Llyn Brenig Reservoir, an adventure playground set high up in the heart of the Denbigh Moors. Both Alwen and Brenig tests are repeats of 2017 when the event was famously won by local hero Elfyn Evans. Both stages are run twice either side of a timed section around the iconic Great Orme peninsula and short mid-morning service halt back in Llandudno. The second visit to Brenig is the event’s concluding Wolf Power Stage, offering surviving crews the chance to score bonus championship points in front of a live global television audience.

After a brief TV podium for the overall winners at the Brenig Visitor Centre, official prize-giving for all those completing the 2019 Wales Rally GB will take place at the Ceremonial Finish on Llandudno Promenade, four full days after the intrepid crews originally set out from Liverpool.

2019 WALES RALLY GB DRAFT ROUTE

Thursday 3 October:
Shakedown: Gwydir
Ceremonial Start: Liverpool
SS1: Oulton Park
Overnight: Llandudno

Friday 4 October:
SS2: Elsi 1
SS3: Penmachno 1
SS4: Dyfnant 1
SS5: Aberhirnant 1
Service: Llandudno
SS6: Elsi 2
SS7: Penmachno 2
SS8: Slate Mountain
SS9: Dyfnant 2
SS10: Aberhirnant 2
Service and overnight: Llandudno

Saturday 6 October:
SS11: Dyfi 1
SS12: Myherin 1
SS13: Sweet Lamb Hafren 1
Regroup: Newtown
SS14: Myherin 2
SS15: Sweet Lamb Hafren 2
SS16: Dyfi 2
SS17: Colwyn Bay
Service and overnight: Llandudno

Sunday 6 October:
SS18: Alwen 1
SS19: Brenig 1
SS20: Great Orme
SS21: Alwen 2
SS22: Brenig 2 (Wolf Power Stage)
Ceremonial Finish: The Promenade, Llandudno

2019 Classic Challenge

Our popular ‘Classic Challenge’ is open to all Lancashire Automobile Club members and allows them to score points at Lancashire Automobile Club road, concours and social events plus our static show at the Royal Lancashire Show. As a bonus this year points will be available for those who attend the 2020 AGM. Challenge Scorecards need to be submitted by the 20th January and the bonus points will be added for those attending the AGM before the final results are calculated.

“Silverware/Awards” will be presented at the annual Bash at Mitton Hall on Friday 28th February 2020 along with other club Awards. Contact Carolyn Taylor 01254 385413 for tickets.

Full Challenge Regulations and Scorecard are available via this link Classic Challenge 2019

Legend Fires North West Stages 2019

The  Legend Fires North West Stages Rally returned last Friday/Saturday 22/23rd March after a years break.

The event was the first ever closed road special stages event in the north of England and was something special. With a quality entry of 120 cars, 50 stage miles and 12 stages on some fantastic roads it was a thoroughly enjoyable day of rallying.

As usual the Lancashire Automobile Club has played an important part in the safe running of the event with not only our regular marshals out on the event but also in the events organisation. The LAC team was at Staynall covering two sectors and by all accounts had a busy but never the less enjoyable day.

The event comprised of both spectator and non spectator stages around the Fylde and Lancaster. The ceremonial start was on the Friday evening in Garstang where cars were on show before taking their place on the starting ramp.

The event itself was centred on Myerscough College where the Saturday start, major servicing and finish were held. Spectator stages were at Staynall (Stalmine) and Nick Nook (Scorton). Each stage was used three times throughout the day so there was plenty of opportunities to see all the cars and possibly move to the other spectator stage.

 

 

2019 Diner Dance “Oh what a night!”

The 2019 bash got under way with glasses of fizz and the souds of our live band the Bartenders.

The food was excellent, the music fantastic and the company great. What more can you ask for?

Carolyn Taylor and Eileen Dyson had made the room look something special and Mitton Hall had pulled out all the stops to make us welcome.

Of course we had to have the Prize Presentation but we minimised the duration of the proceedings whilst applauding the efforts of members throughout the year.

Noteworthy winners included:

Tony Lund and Margaret Polley won the Wood Trophy for their exploits on the LAC road events.

John Hartley recieved the Attwater Trophy for his services to the Club. He has organized the Fellsman Rally for the last 25 years so perhaps that is sufficient!

The winner of the Classic Challenge, The RW Clarke Memorial Award wass Geoff Awde who either entered or officiated on almost every LAC event.

Present by Jaguar Cars Plc the Jaguar Trophy is presented you Jag drivers who have achived something special this year the award went to Steve and Deborah who entered all our events in their resplendent Jaguar E Type. What a fine entrant, stopping to do Fire Duties when a fellow entrant’s car burst into flames. Not only did they help a fellow entrant, saved the LAC a headache but also saving some insurers a huge sum of money for the acres of dry, wheat that almost went up in flames!

The Presidents Award went to Carolyn and Eileen for their unstinting efforts on the ‘social side’ throughout the year.

Finally the top award, the Peter Collins Trophy, had already been presented to Brian Redman for a lifetime in motorsport at the triannual Sportsman’s Lunch and as he lives in Florida….

All in all a great evening roll of 2020!

 

 

 

2019 AGM – Report

This years AGM was well attended and featured some lively discussions concening the future of the Club.

The Treasurers report was well recieved and in a nutshell the Club’s finances are healthy with no need to raise Membership fees. Indeed the meeting voted in favour of increasing the Members discount for entry to the Club’s road Runs in 2020.

The Hon Secs report was essentially a resume of the Club’s year and a edited version is set out below.

Lancashire Automobile Club

Hon Secretaries Report 2019

At this year’s Annual General Meeting Mike Raven presented the following report on the Club’s activities in 2018.

The St Georges Day Run on the 29th April started at Blackburn Northern Sports Centre and followed a route which the Pendle Witches were forced to travelled, from Pendle hill, through the Trough of Bowland to Lancaster Castle. The return to Blackburn was via a route first used by the LAC in 1904, and recreated by Chris Lee.

For the Fellsman in May, a big thank you to John Hartley for 25 years of Fellsmans! Last year’s event started and finished at Stirk House near Gisburn, and wound its way up to lunch at the Heversham Hotel, before returning to Gisburn. The event was a little down on numbers, but enjoyed by all who entered.

The Manchester to Blackpool run in June attracted 70 entries. It included lots of new roads, starting at Worsley Old Hall with two intertwining routes via Haslingden and over to Pendle on its way to Fulwood Baracks for lunch. Then it was through to Blackpool via Bowker BMW at Preston docks and finishing at Stanley Park.

The Coast to Coast in July again saw a full entry of 70 cars starting from the Midland Hotel in Morecambe and finishing at Dunsley Hall, Sandsend. Many new roads were used and enjoyed in the glorious sunshine. A lunchtime drama was averted by the quick thinking of Steve Smith, in his ‘fire engine red’ E-Type, who used his fire extinguisher to save one of the cars that had caught fire!

The Highland 3 Day got off to an eventful start with the 27 entrants heading north following in the path of storm ‘Ally’. On arrival at Hetland Hall Nr Dumfries, the hotel had no power, water or gas! With a bit of work we found hotel rooms for 46 people in three hotels spread around the county; the weather improved and we covered some splendid countryside. The route took us up to Elgin and across to Loch Carron before finishing at the Dunkeld House Hotel, with only a few more detours round fallen trees, bridge repairs and road closures. This was the first 3 day that ran a Gymkhana, collecting points at Forrestburn sprint and hill climb, the Grampian transport museum, the Cairngorm Ski Centre carpark and three navigation sections on route, again my thanks to all involved in making the 2018 the 25 Highland 3 day a great success.

The London to Sydney 50th anniversary talk by Mike Wood gave a fascinating insight into taking part in an international event. Our thanks to Mike Wood and all the people who supported him.

The Sportsman Dinner in November with the return of Brian Redman was a sell-out event with an splendid meal at the Stirk house Hotel and an excellent talk by Brian. Our thanks to Brian for coming all that way from his home in the US, to everyone involved with the organisation of such a prestigious event and for all the people that supported the occasion. H&H auctions provided vital sponsorship for the event and donations were made to worthy charities.

The Christmas Bash at Edisford Bridge Hotel was yet again a splendid informal get-together.  We enjoyed a good meal, good company and a challenging quiz which tested just how much we know about Lancashire.

At this point I would like to express the Club’s thanks to all those who worked hard to stage these events and our event sponsors, Blue Butts Chequered Flag, Bowker BMW and MINI as well as Hagerty Classic Car Insurance.

Post Script:

The Dinner Dance held in February 2019 was well attended with over 80 guests enjoying a splendid dinner at Mitton Hall. The prize-giving and raffle was followed by a live band, ‘The Bartenders’ (featuring our very own Owen Drew) who very successfully tempted members and guests onto the dance floor.

Following this report John Hartley gave a brief update on the position with the new company. In essence we are well on track to registering the new company which will give greater financial protection to officials and members into the future with an elected Board of Directors and an organising Committee (appointed by the Directors) looking after the Club’s affairs.

All that remained was the election of Committee Members and Officials which was included the election of Mike Raven as President and the elevation of Martin Wylie to Hon Sec.

All that was then needed was the customery