Navigational School

Ever wanted to know more about the ‘black arts’ surrounding rally navigation; well now’s your chance to learn a bit more!

John Hartley, the brains behind our Fellsman event, has organised a navigators school on Sunday 25th February at Blackburn Northern Sports on Pleckgate Road, Blackburn BB1 8QA (next to Pleckgate School) running from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Those of you who enter our classic runs face simple tulip and instructions but events like the Fellsman are true navigational events and John’s navigational school will give you a chance to understand and enjoy this type of event.

Please contact John on 01282 691062 or email jeanjohnhartley@tiscali.co.uk for further details

Important news from the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs

18 December 2017

For immediate release

Department for Transport (DfT) Guidance on Substantial Change of Historic Vehicles.

  1.  The Guidance sets out the definition of a Vehicle of Historic Interest (VHI), vehicles which will, from May 2018, be entitled to be exempt from taking a vehicle (MoT) test.
  2. The Guidance reflects the outcome of intensive discussions between the DfT and the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC). FBHVC wishes to express its appreciation of the open and collaborative manner in which the DfT approached these discussions.
  3. In the discussions FBHVC was careful to take account of all possible members of the historic vehicle family.
  4. The Guidance supersedes all previous potential criteria released for discussion by DfT.
  5. The Guidance makes clear that it does not in any way affect DVLA’s registration criteria and processes which remain unchanged.
  6. The Government included motorcycles in the Motor Vehicles (Tests) (Amendment) Regulations 2017. As the Guidance implements the Regulations, DfT could not accept FBHVC’s representations, based upon the requirements of the EU Directive, regarding historic motorcycles, so they are included in the Guidance.
  7. Following STRONG representations by FBHVC, a vehicle may generally be a VHI if relevant changes were undertaken more than 30 years previously. This will be a rolling 30 years and replaces the fixed 1988 date previously proposed by DfT.
  8. Major points of note are:
    1. The process is one of self-declaration.
    2. Owners will only be required to declare their vehicle to be a VHI if they wish to be exempted from an annual MOT Test.
    3. All vehicles will still be able to be tested if their owners wish
    4. The criteria are generic and permit changes made, less than 30 years prior to the declaration, which improve efficiency, safety, preservation or environmental performance.
    5. Those vehicles registered on a Q plate, as kits or built up classics are not entitled to be declared as VHIs until forty years after they were registered.
    6. For motorcycles only the criteria of Q plates, kits and built up classics prevent declaration as a VHI.
  9. The Guidance refers to “a marque or historic vehicle experts”. A list will be published on the website of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs by 30th April 2018. Vehicle owners wishing to confirm if they may declare their vehicle as a VHI, may choose to contact the appropriate nominee from this list
  10. FBHVC will be explaining the Guidance in full in its first Newsletter of 2018 and as soon as possible on its website at fbhvc.co.uk.
  11. Text of the Guidance is at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/668274/vehicles-of-historical-interest-substantial-change-guidance.pdf

ENDS

2018 Season Opener Dinner Dance

LAC Dinner Dance and Prize Presentation Friday 23 rd February 2018
This year we are returning to Mitton Hall for our annual season curtain raiser. Full details and tickets are available from Carolyn Taylor, info@autotuneuk.com (please put LAC Dinner Dance in the Subject line) or tel 01254 385413.

 

William Henry Bowker MBE JP – 1935-2017

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.

55th Manchester to Blackpool

Starting again from Worsley Old Hall, this well supported event attracted cars of all shapes and sizes, and all ages as well, from modern classics to veteran and vintage, great to see them all out on the road.
After signing on, run by Peter Stansfield, Sandra Williams and Eileen Dyson, the cars were off to the start under the control of Ken Wilkinson, Ben Addison and Peter Stansfield.
The first section was from Worsley to The Duke of Wellington, on the Grane Road near Haslingeden, which has proved to be a handy ‘watering hole’ en route on many of our events, where Paul Ratcliffe and Gareth Davies were on hand to sign the route cards. The following section took the cars through some tried and tested roads and lanes, including Pendle Hill and Stonyhurst College,
before reaching the lunch halt at the wonderful Fulwood Barracks, where hot pot with red cabbage and onions awaited the hungry throng. The marshals here were Dennis Walton, Ian Ormond, Les Fragle, Shiela Russell, Tony Gornall.
Then it was onwards through the outskirts of Preston to the next control at Bowkers BMW and MINI dealership near Preston Docks with marshals Paul Hiles and Moira Leighton and after the cards were signed it was off again via a circuitous route to Wrea Green for more card signing at thislovely village control where Glyn Hughes has manned the control for many years.
With Blackpool now in sight it was off again with all roads, providing you were on the right one, leading to The Italian Gardens in Stanley Park where a cream tea awaited and concours awards were presented by the Mayor of Blackpool Councillor Ian Coleman assisted by Club President John Hartley, and the following were the recipients:-
Group 1 – no entries,
Group 2 – Ian & Sue Thompson 1935 Aston Martin,
Group 3 – Jamie & Karen Clarke 1969 Mercedes Benz Ponton,
Group 4 – Nigel & Gloria Bentley 1989 Porsche Carrera,
Overall Concours and winner of the Ken Hadley memorial trophy Phil & Gill Sykes 1971 Jaguar e-type,
Judges choice Hassan Isajii & Alex Haworth 1955 Porsche Speedster,
Blackpool Corporation Trophy and Mayors choice Jim & Jamie Clarke 1928 Bentley.
The final control was supervised
by Martin Wylie, Ben Addison and Mike Chadwick.

St Georges Day 2017 Report

Blessed with stunning Spring weather, this years event started again from it’s new home of Blackburn Northern Sports Club. With nearly eighty entrants with vehicles as diverse as a Mini Moke, to a Bentley Brooklands.
The organisers had prepared a wonderful route with interesting and different roads, and with some outstanding views of the countryside that we are so fortunate to live in.
At the starting venue there were bacon sandwiches and coffee , with the first car away at 10.00 am sharp, and minute intervals thereafter. The route passed through Mellor, Hurst Green, Stonyhurst College,Whalley, Wiswell, Pendleton before passing
over Pendle Hill and on into the witch country of Fence and Roughlee then on again through Blacko, Thursden Valley, Cornholme leading on to the lunch halt/comfort break at The Duke of Wellington on the Grane Road.
After the break it was off again via Edgworth, Belmont, Rivington, Wheelton, Brindle, Samlesbury Bottoms, back over Mellor to the finish at the Sports Club, for a cracking buffet and a good old chat with chums old and new.
A big thanks to the ladies in the kitchen, who prepared all the food, and of course to the organisers and marshals who got the event together, not forgetting our sponsors to whom we are most grateful, Hagerty Classic Car Insurance, Blue Butts Chequered Flag, and Bowker BMW and MINI. And The Cardboard Box Comany,
A collection was held at the finish with donations being made to the Billy Monger Trust, for the young man who lost his legs in a dreadful accident at Donington Park, the wonderful sum of £150 was raised, thank you so much to all of you who donated.

Special Club Announcement

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 Manchester to Blackpool added

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 Taylor took some great photos which are very professional and he is raising money for Cancer Research UK.
His site is White Dog Photography www.whitedogphotography.co.uk simply click on this link then select 2017 motorsport galleries to see all the pictures (by the way if you look on 2016 motorsport galleries there are pictures from our 2016 events).
To get the pictures simply follow the directions at the bottom of the first web page. Brian doesn’t personally charge but asks that you donate an amount you feel appropriate to Cancer Research UK. You don’t just get your pictures you are helping the fight against Cancer.
Please give generously for a very worthy cause.
You then contact Brian direct with the picture numbers you require and he gives you a link to the files at full resolution.

LAC Member Brian Redman Inaugurated into Hall of Fame

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.

2017 Annual General Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

that the 115th Annual General Meeting of

The Lancashire Automobile Club

will be held at Whalley Golf Club, Portfield Lane, Whalley, Lancashire, on Tuesday 7th February 2017 at 20:00 hours prompt for the following purpose(s):

To transact the business detailed in the agenda of the said Annual General Meeting (not attached).

All resolutions, of which notice has been given, will be decided on a poll by show of hands, the majority to decide in favour.

Any additional matters which members wish to raise must be supplied to me by e-mail (detailed below) 7 days in advance of the meeting.   

If you have any relevant matters please contact Mike Raven HonSec@lancsautoclub.com