Manx Classic 2020

The Manx Motor Racing Club has sent us an invite to their annual Manx Classic on April 30th till May 2nd 2020.

This event includes 3 Hillclimbs in 3 days with courses at:

The Sloc (1.06mls)    –   Creg Willey’s (1.39mls)    –   Lhergy Frissell (1.48mls)

These are 3 of the longest hillclimb venues in the Uk and being the Isle of Man all are on closed public roads.

Event regulations were not yet available at the time of writing but you can register yout interest in this unique event by emailing entries@manxmotorracing.com

The Manx Motor Racing Club will then forward event regulations and entry details to you once they are available.

Take a look at http://www.manxmotorracing.com/

 

Manx Classic 2020

Alfas to Ireland – a busman’s holiday?

Sometimes it is interesting to see what LAC members have been up to on events not organised by the club.

Recently Chris and Jan Lee went over to Ireland to join the Alfa Romeo Owners Club on thier annual pilgrimmage to the Emerald Isle.

As you know Jan and I help organise several Classic car runs a year for the Lancashire Automobile Club. So the thought of going on an event organised by someone else always appeals as we can relax and enjoy the event with someone else doing all the hard work!

The Alfa’s to Ireland events have been on or list as a must do event ever since we got our first Alfa. Unfortunately work commitments and my duties on the World Rally GB (which often clashed with the run) have effectively prevented going on the run until this year.

The World Rally GB was early and no other commitments were in the diary so we duly entered this most enjoyable event.

For us the event started on the Wednesday with a drive to Holyhead. On arriving at our hotel we found several other Alfas already in the car park. We were worried about how we would be received by the ‘regulars’ but they were most welcoming and friendly.

The early morning boat to Dublin was only half full so we had a pleasurable crossing and then a pleasant run up the east coast to our accommodation at The Cottages in Laytown. The

Cottages are a group of thatched cottages inside a walled garden with some dating back over 300 years. Ours was very comfortable and well appointed.

In our room we found a bag with all sorts of information on the local area prepared by the organiser Nick Clancy. Later that evening we were joined by fellow Alfa owners Chas and Viv who had come over on the later boat and were sharing our Cottage.

The Friday and Saturday were ‘at leisure’ so we took the opportunity to explore the Boyne Valley on the Friday and Drogheda on the Saturday. The Boyne Valley is well worth a visit with great scenery, castles and Neolithic sites all there to explore. The village of Kells is well worth a visit with some fantastic Celtic crosses and an old abbey which the famous book of Kells is named after.  That evening we ate at the Lime Kiln which is a gastropub just outside Laytown and had a first class meal.

OLY

Drogheda in the rain is not great but we went by bus and toured the shops – which went down very well with Jan! That evening we prepared our own meal and had a restful night in before the run on the Sunday.

Sunday dawned dry and bright which was perfect for the run. For the run itself we were joined by several local Irish Alfas and after the usual group photo we were handed our Route Books. These followed the usual Tulip diagram format and had distances in both miles and kilometres to cater for both British and Irish entrants (nice touch). In essence the Route Book took us to locations where we could park the car and get out to look for clues and ‘treasure’.

Jan and I don’t normally do Treasure Hunts but the way the event was organised meant you could simply follow the route book as if it was a Touring Assembly. We chose the latter but collected a few clues at each stop to prove we had indeed followed the route.

We had one wrong slot in the day caused by a truck parking in front of a road sign – not bad. The route took us south along the coast towards Dublin with clues at villages such as Balidrigan and Skerries together with stately homes (Ardgillan Castle was astonishing). The route then went inland collecting clues as it looped northward to the Battle of the Boyne site just west of Drogheda.

The hard bit was then navigating through Drogheda for the final clues at Millmount Museum and back to the finish at The Village in Bettystown. A wonderful route well-chosen with a mixture of roads. The clues themselves gave some fascinating insights into the history of the area.

OLY

In all we recorded 53 miles and took just under 4 hours to complete the run.

It was then back to Laytown to prepare for the Gala Dinner. This was held at the Village and we enjoyed an excellent meal in good company. Prizes for the Treasure Hunt were then awarded and imagine our surprise when we received the last of many awards with a score of 25.5 points (the overall winners got well over 40).

That left us with free time on the Monday to enjoy the area around Laytown and Bettystown on foot. Laytown beach is used for horse races by the way and is long and flat ideal for a pleasant stroll with views from the Mountains of Morne in the north to the Skerries in the south.

All that was left on the Tuesday was to say our goodbyes and return home. We had plenty of time before the boat sailed so meandered our way to Dublin again taking in the sights and visiting Malahide Castle and Gardens on the way to the port.

The trip back was as pleasant as the trip out and we spent the journey talking to fellow Alfa owners about the weekends event.

All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable event and one we hope to repeat in the future.

 

Chris and Jan Lee

Highland 3 Day 2019 Report by Keith and Linda Lewin.

The seed was sown after the 2018 LAC Coast to Coast run. We had taken part in our Triumph TR4, our son Mark with his wife Katy in their Morris Minor 1000 (nicknamed Cherry) and our Grandson Kyle with his Dad Paul as navigator in his Morris Minor 1000. Mark and Kyle said they wanted to do the Highland 3 Day and I got roped in. Unfortunately, due to work commitments, Kyle wasn’t able to enter and Katy had to be home with the children. We roped in my brother, Michael, as navigator for Mark and Linda would navigate for me assuming she could stay awake! For backup, I would follow Mark and we fitted CB radios.

Team’s Lewin                        Team Livesey and Brown on top of the world

Linda and I were already in Scotland having been to the Bo’ness Revival and Hillclimb and then on to a TR Register Highland Tour so we arranged to meet at the Rosslea Hall Hotel. Fortunately, the weather had changed for the better as it had been a miserable couple of weeks weather wise.

Day 1

Saw us leave the Rosslea Hall Hotel in thick mist, equipped with our tulip diagram Route Book, an alternative route for later in the day and a diagram of the Glen Coe Auto Test. At this point, it is probably important to say it is advisable if you or your navigator can have a quick read through these documents to save, in my case, embarrassment later. We soon left the main road, joining the Glen Fruin road where, as we descended to the main A82, the sun started to burn through and we had glorious sunny weather for the rest of the day. At the top of the Rest and Be Thankful Pass, we took the single-track road heading for Loch Goilhead followed by Inveraray, Glen Orchy, Rannoch Moor and the head of Glen Coe. The Glencoe Mountain Resort was the venue for lunch and the first part of the “Gymkhana”.

The rest and be thankful    Glen Coe test         Malaig Ferry

The test consisted of two runs through a course of cones, the object being to achieve the same time on both runs. Having watched a couple of cars do their first run, Linda remarked that “they didn’t go very fast, we can beat them”. Never having had the green light before, the blood rushed, I missed a cone and then found out what the rules were. Ah well, there would be another chance on the final day.

Balmacara Hotel

 

After lunch we took the Corran Ferry before passing along the shores of Loch Sunart through the ancient oak forest on single track roads heading for the 3pm ferry at Mallaig. At this stage, we realised time was tight if we were going to make it and a particularly slow driver who antagonised even the locals didn’t help. Once clear, Mark unleashed all 48 horses (well, some may have escaped over the years) under the hood of Cherry and we managed to catch the ferry over to Skye by the skin of our teeth with Stuart and Linda Mason who had been following us. Some drivers were already on board and some had to catch the later 4pm ferry.

Glen Elg Kyle Rhea Ferry                 Dinner at the Balmacara Hotel

From the Isle of Skye, we elected to take the alternative route over the last remaining manually operated turntable ferry in Scotland. The main route was over the Skye Bridge. The Glenelg ferry runs from Kyle Rhea to Glenelg and generally takes six cars. Loading was tricky as, being the last car to load, my exhaust locked onto the quay and didn’t want to board. The crew’s experience showed and by getting the two cars in front to reverse and then coordinating a simultaneous move forward, we were on. Final destination of the day was at the Balmacara Hotel where we arrived soon after. A Navigation Exercise was available which many completed but we opted for a much-needed drink in the bar. With, hindsight, we should have done it.

Loch Carron                                                              Bealach na Ba

 

Inner sound of Harris

 

 

 

 

Day 2

Was another glorious sunny day with not a cloud in the beautiful blue sky. Again, the day’s route book was handed out after breakfast along with an alternative route taking in the Applecross Loop over the classic Bealach na Ba pass (Pass of the Cattle). In addition, there was a navigation test for the morning and afternoon sections. These would be the first we had ever done but, being fairly competent with maps, we were confident we wouldn’t make total idiots of ourselves. As with the Glenelg Ferry, we were determined to do the Applecross alternative and were confident that both cars were up to it. The reasoning was if we’ve come this far, we’re going to see the highlights. And what highlights they were. The climb up the pass was exhilarating with hairpin after hairpin up to the summit at 2000 feet. Both cars performed admirably with Cherry leading the way showing you don’t need big powerful cars to take part. As Mark said, back in the sixties, these were the everyday cars making the climb. The views over to the isles of Raasay and Rona, set in beautiful dark blue to shimmering emerald seas were magnificent. I accept that we had the perfect day but, on a day like that, I challenge anyone to find better, more majestic and magnificent scenery anywhere on earth.

Navigation test

Just before the lunch stop at the Loch Ness Hotel, we undertook our very first Navigation Exercise. Fortunately, Mark and Michael studied the map before leaving the Balmacara hotel in the morning and all we had to do was take the correct turns on the road and spot the relevant marker boards to prove we had gone the right way. Great fun with added confusion and self-doubt when cars were passed going the opposite way.

An excellent buffet lunch was served at the hotel following which we set off for the run to the afternoon Navigation Exercise and Nethybridge. It turned out, Linda and I were still looking for marker boards several miles after the exercise had finished and the route re-joined. If only Linda could manage to stay awake!

Netheybridge Hotel

Day 3

Overcast and a little gloomy, we checked the cars and were surprised to see two Trabants in the car park. Their rally boards stating “Bugger Bognor. 50th Anniversary Road Run Sussex to Cape Wrath”. All credit to them!

Soon after the start, there was a scheduled round of the gymkhana arranged and a chance to redeem myself. Unfortunately, there were two Motorhomes parked up on the car park and it appeared they were still asleep. It was deemed prudent, to save the good name of the Club, to abandon the test rather than wake them up to the screeching of tyres and revving engines. The morning route took us through Dalwhinnie and over the Drumochter Summit on the A9. On the way to the lunch stop, we passed somewhere in the region of 30 – 40 Maserati cars travelling in the opposite direction, their number plates showing they were from all over Europe.

After another excellent lunch in Kenmore we left and were soon into another Navigation Exercise. By now, the rain was continuous staying with us as we passed through Crianlarich and along the shores of Loch Lomond till we were arriving back at the Rosslea Hall Hotel where it had virtually stopped.

Overall, the cars performed perfectly, only needing a little oil top up. The scenery was breath-taking, the roads challenging and remarkably well surfaced in the main ranging from single track roads to fast A roads. The hotels and meals were first class and welcoming. The weather was fantastic up to the last day so yes, the sun does shine in Scotland and when it does, you are in for a real treat. The company was warm and friendly and the organisation was outstanding. It is difficult to express our thanks to Mike Raven and his team adequately. It is obviously a well organised team that he has and it must take an enormous amount of time to organise. Thanks again to everyone involved.

Would we do it again?

Definitely. Hopefully next time with three generations in two Morris Minor 1000s and a TR4.

Regrets?

Only the one.

Mike is taking a well-earned rest in 2020 after 21 years organising the tour. Hopefully, he will return fully reenergised in 2021 and we will definitely put our names down.

Thanks again for a great weekend.

Keith and Linda Lewin.

History of Oulton Park – PDVCC Invite 12th November

One for all of you who have been to Oulton Park and have interest in it’s history.
Preston and District Vintage Car Club are holding a meeting on 12th November where VSCC member, John Buckley, will be giving a talk entitled “Beyond Deer Leap and Knicker Brook – The History of Oulton Park” on Tuesday.
Take a look at to see an original film of the circuit in August 1953
https://youtu.be/_Ghri1Wrhf0
The venue is at the Samlesbury Mercure Hotel on the A59 (formerly The Five Barred Gate) at 7.00 for 7.30pm. Tickets are £10.00 each and include a light supper before the talk.
LAC members are cordially invited. Tickets are available from Tom Taylor (01772 316598) or Richard Prest (01254 812955).
If you, or anyone you know, are interested in attending you can either make contact directly with the above or let Andrew Ogden know and he will arrange the tickets. (highleabarn@yahoo.co.uk)

LAC | Christmas Get Together – The Edisford Bridge Hotel – Thursday 12th December 2019

Dear Member,

Christmas Get Together

As the end of the year approaches the Lancashire Automobile Club will once again be hosting its Christmas get together at The Edisford Bridge Hotel on Thursday 12th December 2019 where in a traditional setting you’ll be able to enjoy a two-course meal in the company of friends and colleagues.

As places are limited it’s advised that an early booking be made by returning the attached form (below), together with remittance, to Eileen Dyson.

The club thanks you for your continued support and looks forward to seeing you on the night.

Kind Regards,

Lancashire Automobile Club

LAC 2019 Christmas Get Togther Form

Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs Conference 12th October 2019

Adrian Dean reviews Katya (Kate) Sullivan’s Presentation

‘TOWARDS A VALUES-BASED AUTOMOTIVE HERITAGE APPROACH’

Katya presented her views on broadening the appeal of historic vehicle ownership to a wider section of the community with the emphasis of greater involvement of families and young people. She takes a radical look at the various car sub-cultures and quotes examples of how these have developed in America and Scandinavia.

Katya discusses perceptions that young people don’t care about cars and that nations are increasingly planning to regulate internal combustion engines into oblivion. She adds that automotive preservation cultures are flourishing around the world. They may not be engaging with automotive heritage in the ‘right way’- that is as envisaged by self-appointed cultural stewards, heritage groups, museums, and other institutionalised preservation organisations.

In her presentation, Katya claims it’s not about the car but what it means to us. The car means different things to different people at different times and is influenced by culture, socioeconomic groups, age etc.

Katya compares examples of car meets in America and Scandinavia:
Vintage Chevrolet Club of America
Founded 1961, the focus is on points judging. Driving activity is only of secondary importance. There are 7,500 members but there has been a decline of approximately 1,000 in the last 5 years.
AMCAR (Norway)
Founded in 1975 for the enjoyment of American cars. The primary focus is on improving the automotive environment. There are social and driving activities with some points judging. With17,000 members, AMCAR engages in lobbying activity.
In July 2015 at Lillestrøm, there were more than 5,000 people in attendance including a significant presence of women, children and families
There were more than 3,000 cars, driving activities and thousands of cruise spectators but no judging, no hierarchy and few trailers.
Power Big Meet (Sweden)
The largest American car show in the world is held at Västerås, Sweden. It has been held each July since 1978 and attracts more than 20,000 cars. There are two sections; upscale, family-friendly classic car show and a chaotic, anything-goes raggare show. (Raggare- Scandinavian sub-culture based on American greasers, hot rods, 50s music).
Power Big Meet is attended largely by millennials and GenZ and with a significant female participation. (Millennials-those who reached young adulthood in the early 21st century. GenZ – the demographic cohort immediately after millennials)
This event celebrates artistic decay and excess

What are the implications of Katya’s analysis?
As Katya has pointed out, different nationalities and different sociocultural groups interact with automotive history in different ways.
Should we engage these different groups and incorporate a more inclusive approach? If that is our aim, we should look at core patterns.
Katya identifies the following systems of interest:
• Static – museum piece
• Dynamic – daily driver
• Nostalgic – familiar
• Exotic – unusual
• Preservation – restoration
• Use – transformation

Our expectations must be flexible. Develop policy based on sociocultural preferences. Be willing to explore new paths. Listen to and engage with participants.

Challenges
Katya claims that FIVA and the Charter of Turin specifically discourage a key mode of participant engagement – that of transformation and questions whether there are other systems of interest that we are neglecting or de-legitimising?

In future, how do we balance respect for authenticity, historical preservation and sensitivity to participant preferences and values?
Participants construct their own values and meanings for objects based on their cultures and life stories.

• The best intentions of academics and professionals may not align with the values of participants.
• Automotive heritage appreciation and engagement is a heterogeneous, dynamic sphere.

Discussion
It was interesting to hear Katya’s description of the historic vehicle events in America and Scandinavia. The considerable interest in American cars of the 50s and 60s in Scandinavia may surprise those of us who are familiar with the UK historic vehicle scene. Also, it was significant that there has been a decline of 1,000 in the 7,500 membership of Vintage Chevrolet Club of America over the last five years where driving activity is seen as of secondary importance. Could it be that interest in parking your classic car in a field full of other classic cars is declining in America?

One of Katya’s suggestions that many enthusiasts will agree with is increasing the attractiveness of historic vehicles to a wider range of social groups by reaching out to them wherever they are. Currently under-represented in the UK are young people and women. Another issue mentioned by Katya is the importance of historic vehicles being seen on the highway by the public. The ‘Drive it Day’ promoted by the FBHVC addresses this and has gained prominence in recent years.

More historic vehicle events should be aimed at families and one such local event that is always a sell-out is the Lymm Historic Transport Day held in June, which attracts 8,000 visitors each year. This embodies many features that are advocated by Katya including a parade into the centre of Lymm by classic cars and a family friendly classic car show. There are also historic barges on the canal, model railways, traction engines, commercial vehicles, children’s activities, music and even a fly-past by historic WW2 fighter planes. This model goes a long way to broadening the public’s interest in historic vehicles and is a way to generate the interest of youngsters and their families.

Katya may have an uphill struggle convincing FIVA to increase the scope of the Charter of Turin to include the transformation of historic vehicles. There is a debate about converting historic vehicles to electric power but both FIVA and FBHVC do not accept that such conversions qualify as historic vehicles.

Adrian Dean

An Evening with Fuzz Townshend Wednesday 20th November Whalley Golf Club

An evening with Fuzz Townshend, Master Mechanic from Channel 4’s Car SOS
The Lancashire Automobile Club is delighted to announce its latest motor sport supper evening which will feature Fuzz Townshend, the master mechanic from ChanneI 4’s Car SOS.
As is customary, the event will take place in the familiar and comfortable surroundings of Whalley Golf Club on Wednesday 20th November 2019.
Tickets are priced at £10 each, and includes a light supper of lasagne, and can be secured by completing the attached application form.
As with previous events, tickets are likely to sell quickly so secure yours today and don’t miss out on what promises to be another enjoyable and informative evening.

The LAC thanks you for your continued support and looks forward to seeing you on the night.

The Lancashire Automobile Club
Fuzz Townshend_Ticket Form

Twilight Tour 10th September 2019

It was into the early evening on the 10th September that 28 motors departed Whalley Golf Club.

The aptly named event was organised by Lancashire Automobile Club members Alan Ridehalgh and Andy Stanworth to provide a little plotting and navigational exercise around a 54 mile route. This followed on from a recent ‘Taster’ event, keeping the format relatively simple to encourage those less experienced at these events to have a go.

Flagged off at one minute intervals, the entrants made their way to the first control, just off the A6068 Padiham bypass, where ‘Porkys’ mobile cafe is to be found – surprisingly not open for business at 6.30pm! Here we were briefly held whilst a 10-question challenge was thrust through the navigator’s window. Only 60 seconds allowed for this motorsport-based brain teaser, I can barely read that fast, let alone think!

What was effectively a transit section took us to Haggate above Brierfield before heading for Trawden via Catlow Bottoms, where the ford provided a great location for Dean Williams to photograph the cars through the water splash.  Arriving at Laneshawbridge, we headed east to the Yorkshire border before turning north to go via Lothersdale and Broughton, all the time keeping alert to spot the code boards, essential to confirm our passage along the correct route. But just to maintain the pressure, additional observational demands were made in the form of clues to be noted.  My navigator who shall be obeyed (my wife Sue) expressed displeasure at my inability to slow sufficiently to pick up the name of the Vicar of ‘wherever’ displayed on the ‘wherever’ church notice board!  Spotting these clues became more of a challenge as the gloom set in.

The route took us west on the A59 passing East and West Marton, but care was needed to identify the tiny grass triangle separating two acute right turns – yes there was a code board on the correct leg!  Now heading for Hellifield, but not quite getting there, sharp left down to Halton Bridge and more dastardly clues to pick up.  Headlights now on to illuminate very narrow lanes and the odd wayward critter, we followed a less than direct route to Bolton-by-Bowland, and just for good measure – pub names now to be noted (not visited).

Via Sawley, and briefly on and off the A59 to go through Chatburn and Downham to complete a loop through Worston and back onto the A59.  Nearly there we think. Up and over the ‘Nick’ (of Pendle) to be flagged into the final control off the road on the descent to Sabden. What’s this – another sheet of 10 questions?  Brains were scrambled and responses pathetic – let’s get back to the Golf Club and find the bar!

Supper was served and exploits/excuses exchanged. What a great night – well organised and executed and entertainment for all.

Andrew Ogden

PS If you want to see more photos from the event Dean Williams was out at the ford on the night.

He got most of the entrants as they passed through. Take a look at https://www.flickr.com/photos/143707145@N03/albums/72157710829606756

Brian Redman safe after going ‘missing’ onthe Bahamas in the recent hurricane

Many of you will know Brian from his motor racing exploits at Le Mans and in Can Am Racing and Formula 5000 racing on both sides of the pond.
He is a Honorary Member of the Lancashire Automobile Club and was recently made a member of the Motorsport Hall of Fame.
You may have heard reports that he was missing following the recent hurricane which badly affected the Bahamas.
We are pleased to report that Brian and his wife have been rescued after what must have been a very frightening ordeal.
 
The full report can be seen via this link: