Group 3 Peter and Barbara Batty – Car 31 MGB Roadster
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:
Ceremonial Start: Liverpool
SS1: Oulton Park
Friday 4 October:
SS2: Elsi 1
SS3: Penmachno 1
SS4: Dyfnant 1
SS5: Aberhirnant 1
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
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
Fancy an evening tour of the Ribble Valley?
If so, sign-up for the LAC’s summer evening tour which is to take place on Tuesday 18th June 2019.
You will find links to the entry form for a taster rally that the club will be running on the evening of Tuesday 18th June 2019 at the end of this article. This is a new, and we think exciting event format for you to enjoy.
Starting and finishing at Whalley Golf Club, the first car will set off on this 55 mile tour at 18:15hrs.
The event is limited to 30 entries and will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis so if you want to enjoy a pleasant evening tour in the beautiful Ribble Valley complete the entry form attached and return to the Entries Secretary, Sandra Williams, no later than Friday 14th June.
The event is open to any vehicle that is correctly registered, licenced and has a valid MOT (where applicable) – your cherished car is all you’ll need.
The route is approximately 55 miles in length and navigation is by O/S map 103 which crews will need to supply as trip readings and tulip diagrams will not be issued. The route will be on coloured roads (no white roads) and the correct route will be determined by the information contained within the route instruction book; this will be the shortest route following the junction diagrams, spot heights, property locations, etc.,
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 roads.
The start and finish is Whalley Golf Club, Portifield Road, Sabden, BB7 9DR (map ref 746 360) with the first car setting off at 18:15hrs. The latest time to arrive back at the finish is 21:00hrs.
The event is limited to 30 cars on a first-come-first-served basis and the entry fee is £16.00 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 attached and either return with your remittance or make payment electronically by BACS.
We look forward to seeing you on the night!
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
Our friends at Preston & District MG Enthusiasts Club have been in touch and asked if we could pass on their invite to Lancashire Automobile Club members to their Lancashire Lanes Run.
The event will be on Sunday 30th June starting from Barton Grange Hotel on the A6 just north of Preston. They offer a choice of routes (48 or 76 miles) through some of Lancashires lesser known lanes. The event returns to Barton Grange for a drink in the grounds followed by an optional two course meal.
Entry fee is £20.00 per car (2 occupants) which includes Tea/coffee with biscuits Rally Plaque and Tulip style route book. Additional passengers £2.85 to cover cost of tea/coffee.
All Marques are welcome so you don’t have to be in an MG – they even let Jan’s FIAT Spider join in last year!
See link below for details
or contact Neil McLeod on 07921 089680 www.prestonmg.co.uk
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.
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!
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.
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
Lancashire Automobile Club Members have been invited to take part in the Annual Classic Cars and Motorcycles Show on Lytham Green on Sunday 23rd June.
The show commences at 09.00 and lasts till 16.00. Entry is £10.00 for pre resitered entrants and £15.00 on the day.
The event is to raise funds for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. If you need further details please contact Edward Cook email firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry form can be accessed via this link.