Drag Racing at Woodvale 1965

I know I have mentioned this before but Lancashire Automobile Club ran Drag race meetings at Woodvale in the mid 60’s.

This is a fantastic full colour film of the 1965 event. As a 15 year old I am somewhere in the crowb and loving every minute of it!


British and European Grand Prix May 13th 1950 – Film

It came as quite a shock to realise that May 13th celebrated something rather special in the motorsport world.
This video is rare BBC Newsreel footage of the British and European Grand Prix on 13 May 1950, designated as the first ever F1 World Championship race.
The race took place at Silverstone in the presence of King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, and was dominated by the Alfa Romeo cars.
Please click on link below

Ples for a copy of ‘A Record of Motor Racing’

I have had a plea from Mike Allen, author of the books on the Gold Cup and Tony Sugden, asking is there anyone in LAC who has copies of the “A Record of Motor Racing” at Oulton Park and Aintree, Lots of volumes by John Lawson and Graham Heath he needs them to research Natalie Goodwin and Ashley Smithy. Apparently they are as rare as hens teeth but he reckons someone in LAC might have them.

If you have access to a copy please contact me chrislee1275@aol.com


Latest Update from Motorsport UK

Getting motorsport back on track

Thursday 07 May 2020

Motorsport UK, like other sports governing bodies, has been planning how it will be possible to restart our sport in the not too distant future – whilst working within the prevailing government guidelines. As official government communications begin to indicate a gradual release of the lockdown, we need to plan how to best resume our activities as quickly as we can.

Currently motorsport is suspended throughout the UK until 30th June 2020 in order to protect the NHS and save lives. This is in line with practically every sport in the country.

This planning is being undertaken in consultation with a wide selection of stakeholders including the specialist committees of each sport discipline. The organisation is actively modelling how each of the sport’s eleven different competition categories could potentially begin to restart motorsport when it is safe and practical to do so.

Motorsport UK CEO, Hugh Chambers commented, “I thank all of the motorsport community for supporting the need to suspend our activities; we appreciate just how difficult this has been for many individuals and organisations. Our goal is to get the sport running again as fast as practically possible. We are working with the government (DCMS) and have led the development of a detailed plan that can be used by clubs, officials, venues and competitors to manage events safely and successfully.

“We are fortunate that our sport takes place in large outdoor environments, so that with practical measures in place, much of motorsport should be able to resume. We will all need to modify the way we have worked in the past and accept these changes in a collaborative and constructive way. I am sure that the ingenuity and passion of the motorsport community will allow us to navigate the essential requirements to keep everyone safe, but at the same time allow our sport to get going again.”

3 rooftop test tracks that will blow your mind

Nigel Bentley has sent us this interesting article published by Hagerty Insurance. It is an interesting insight into motoring history is many ways but majors on the test tracks used by manufacturers to test run their cars.

Obviously with land confined within the sites of ever expanding factories the only way was up!

Click on link below to read the article.

These 3 rooftop test tracks will blow your mind

Border Rievers Run Postponed

We are sorry to say we have had to bow to the inevitable and postpone the Border Rievers event scheduled for September.
With the current situation we cannot even get up there to reccee the route or to confirm the accommodation and lunch halts etc.
As you can appreciate much work has already gone into planning the event and the Club wishes to thank Peter Ward for all his hard work.
Please note this is a postponement not a cancellation and we will run the event until the same time next year.

FBHVC Drive It Day

Did you get your vintage, classic or cherished cars out for the public to see on Drive it Day?
If so the FBHVC would like to hear from you.
24 April 2020 For immediate release
Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs reminds clubs to share their #DriveitDayMemories this weekend.
Sunday 26 April 2020 would, under normal circumstances, have seen thousands of historic vehicles take to the roads across the UK to celebrate the season opening FBHVC National Drive It Day.
However, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, activities that involve taking a historic vehicle out on the road specifically for the purposes of Drive it Day, have had to be abandoned. All enthusiasts are now urged to stay at home on 26 April 2020 and not partake in any non-essential travel for Drive it Day. Instead, the FBHVC invite you to get involved in a nationwide social media campaign to spread positivity around the historic vehicle community during this difficult time.
Don’t have access to social media? That’s OK as well, because the FBHVC have created a website where owners and organisations can easily upload their photos to share with the national effort to raise awareness around our important freedoms to use transport heritage in all its diverse forms. It’s not just cars either that we are hoping to see, so do get involved if you have images of motorcycles, commercial vehicles, buses, agricultural vehicles and traction engines for example.
All you have to do is visit www.driveitday.co.ukand click the upload button. There you will be directed to a very simple form that will enable you to submit your photos for inclusion on the site. We will be accepting submissions for a whole month, until May 26 2020 to give everyone the opportunity to contribute to, view and enjoy your images.
Those individuals and clubs that do have social media access are encouraged to participate on 26 April 2020 in the mass sharing, via social media, of images and memories of themselves and their families out and about in their historic vehicles during a previous year’s Drive it Day – using the hashtag #DriveitDayMemories.
Our website at www.driveitday.co.ukwill curate those images into a single display and we will also of course share them across the FBHVC channels to draw attention to your club or organisation.
So, use your chosen social media platform this weekend to share images and stories of memorable trips with your historic vehicles or indeed, what you might be working on within the ‘self – isolation’ of your garage or shed.
Use the hashtag #DriveitDayMemoriesand we can’t wait to see your photos and memories!
For media enquiries, please contact:
· Wayne Scott at Classic Heritage PR, 07759 260899. wayne@classicheritagepr.co.uk
About the FBHVC:
The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs exists to uphold the freedom to use historic vehicles on the road. It does this by representing the interests of owners of such vehicles to politicians, government officials, and legislators both in the UK and (through the Federation Internationale des Vehicules Anciens) in Europe. There are over 540 subscriber organisations representing a total membership of over 250,000 in addition to individual and trade supporters. All our directors operate in a voluntary capacity supported by our secretary.
Website: www.fbhvc.co.uk

Mike Allen’s latest book this time about Tony Sugden – well worth a read!

I assume many motor racing enthusiasts have already bought Mike Allen’s book about the early history of the Gold Cup at Oulton Park.
It really is a good read and not just because I am listed in theacknowledgements!
Well Mike now has his latest tome covering the great northwest driver Tony Sugden. I’m not going into details of Tony’s illustrious career – if you want to know more read the book!
So Mike Allen now has two books out, the well received “What Happened To The Gold Cup, The Mid-Cheshire years 1954 to 1974” and the brand new “Tony Sugden My 70 years in motorsport

Both are £20 but the P&P differ due to the total weight. If you would like a copy please email mike at either mikeallenbooks@outlook.com or mikej.allen@hotmail.co.uk
But as a taster perhaps a peep at the Foreword will wet the appetite!
Simply click on the link below.