MG Enthusiasts Club – Lancashire Lanes Run 30th June

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

MG Lancashire Lanes Run 2019

or contact Neil McLeod on 07921 089680

Lefend 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

Lytham Green Classic Car Show 23rd June

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

Entry form can be accessed via this link.

Lytham Green Entry Form

Sad News – Ted Worswick (Updated)


It is with great sadness we inform you of the death of a long time member of the LAC Edward (Ted) Worswick who suffered a fatal heart attack last Saturday, 23 February.

Ted’s funeral is on Wednesday 13th March, 1.15pm
At St. John’s Church, George Lane, Read, followed by cremation (family) at Burnley Crematorium and then reception at the Higher Trapp.
Let’s see how many big Healeys attend – a fitting tribute

Born in Clitheroe Ted began racing in the early ‘60s with a Coventry Climax engined Lotus 7, one of the early TVR Griffiths (not too reliable as I recall) and the first of several Austin-Healey 3000s, enjoying success at Oulton Park and Aintree amongst others.  In 1965, with Alan Minshaw as co-driver, Ted entered the Big Healey (PJB 828) in the Guards Trophy 1000-mile race at Brands Hatch, a race run in two equal parts over two days, finishing 10th overall.

In 1968 he acquired a very quick Jaguar E-type with which he enjoyed considerable success in Modified Sports Car racing, taking numerous wins at circuits across the United Kingdom.  For 1972 the E-type gave way to the fearsomely fast 5.4 litre TVR Tuscan originally built for Richard Taft which enabled Ted to continue his winning ways, ending the year as class winner in the STP Modified Sports Car Championship.  Ted then reduced his racing activities although he did share Ken Coffey’s Ford Escort Twin Cam in the 1973 Spa 24 Hours and continued to have fun with his Healeys.

But it was with the big Healeys, In the true spirit of an English privateer, Ted competed at the highest level on a shoestring budget. He entered the 1966 Targa Florio and drove 767 KNX down to Sicily himself. He shared 767 KNX with Alan Minshaw but failed to finish due to a back axle failure, forcing a repair at the side of the road before the long journey home.

Ted also entered the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans but did not arrive for the race. A sabbatical for 1967 due to Ted racing a sister car, ARX 91B, resulted in 767 KNX next running in the 1968 Targa Florio, a more successful race for the Healey after Ted and Richard Bond finished 29th overall and 4th in class. Throughout this time, Ted raced several times at national level before putting 767 KNX into storage in 1970.

It was not only on the circuits and roads that Ted campaigned the Healey; they were also pressed into service for various international rallies of the time including the RAC, the Welsh and the Gulf.

Emerging from long term hibernation, Ted entered 767 KNX for the 1982 Golden Fifty RAC Rally and finished 5th behind Paddy Hopkirk in the winning Mini and three other Minis. To reward his efforts, he took the GT class spoils and the Team Prize. A return to circuit racing beckoned with a race at Oulton Park in 1984 followed by another adventure to Italy to compete in the 1987 Coppa D’Italia. Ted’s adventures did not end there as he took part in the Anglo American Challenge as part of Team Healey, 767 KNX making its first visit back to the USA since the 1964 Sebring 12 Hours.

Many of you will have attended a recent LAC evening at Whalley Golf Club where Ted entertained all present with stories of his exploits on the Targe Florio.

A great competitor and friend of the LAC he will be missed.

Classic Car Nights – Wray

Something for classic owners to enjoy! On the third Thursday of every month from April to September from 6.00pm there s a classic get together at The Bridge House Farm Tearooms, Wray, near Lancaster LA2 8QP.

The organisers have invited LAC members to bring along our Classic Cars for a friendly informal gathering. For more information contact Jonathan Wright on 07980 444221.

Good News on the Future of Motorsport Update

The VNUK Ruling was voted on by the European Parliament on the 13th February. Here is a summary of the latest position – hopefully the whole matter with regards to Motorsport will be resolved shortly. If the European Commission agrees with the Parliament then motorsport should be unaffected. Watch this space.
The summary from the Motorsport Industry Association is set out below
On February the 13th MEPs voted in favour of new laws to better protect victims of road accidents across the EU, and also to exclude any vehicles not used ‘in traffic’ and motorsport vehicles from the scope of the new EU Motor Insurance Directive (MID).

MEPs, through their IMCO Committee, must now negotiate these rules with the EU Council of Ministers to gain their approval before they come into force. The Council, which consists of an individual Minister from each EU Member State, could take a different position from that of MEPs and Parliament and decide to keep motorsport in this legislation.

“The MIA is delighted with this vote. We are grateful to those MEPs who understood the damage which the original interpretation of the VNUK ruling would have done to employment across EU motorsport,” said Chris Aylett, CEO of the MIA.

“We need to support their work throughout the next stage of this process to make certain each national Minister on the Council of the EU supports the Parliament’s proposals.

“Just one more lap to go but, as always, it’s the most important one!”

Under this new legislation, road vehicle users across the EU must have a minimum level of insurance protection for personal injuries of at least €6,070,000 per accident (or €1,220,000 per victim) and for damage to property, (e.g. the other vehicle), the minimum will be €1,220,000 per claim.

“This compulsory and significant level of motor insurance protection would have applied to each and every motorsport accident at every level of the sport – on or off track, FIA/FIM regulated or not, in every EU country,” said Chris Aylett.

“ Thankfully, MEPS listened to insurers who made it clear this was an uninsurable level of uncalculatable risk – and without insurance, there would be no EU motorsport of any kind and our industry would close.”

Should the Council of the EU need to vote then it will rely on a ‘qualified majority’ with each country having a set number of votes. Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Poland have the largest number, but the vote allocation of each country is extremely valuable.

Club Expo 2019 – Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs

Venue: British Motor Museum, Gaydon 26 January 2019
Some snippets of interest by Lancashire Automobile Club member Adrian Dean

As many of you are aware we are a member of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs who represent the interests of should we say the older motoring fraternity (at least in terms of car age) at a national level. The Federation have annual meetings attended by motor club representatives and this year Adrian attended on our behalf.
Speakers come from a variety of different parties all of whom have a common interest in motoring. As you can see from Adrian’s brief report the agenda covered many areas including the FBHVC, the DVLA and motor insurers.
We are grateful to Adrian for giving up his time to attend this meeting representing the LAC.
Geoff Lancaster, Communications Director FBHVC
Ian Edmunds, DVLA Liaison FBHVC
The DVLA processes 86,000 licences per day and historic vehicles account for less than 1% of the DVLA’s work, which is not so easily automated.  The DVLA, not surprisingly, would like to see more effort from historic vehicle owners in their submission of vehicle information.  The other side of this coin is that the DVLA is considering the issue of written guidelines on the re-registration of historic vehicles, which would speed up the registration process.
Paul Chasney, Research Director FBHVC
Paul referred to the most recent survey launched at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show 2018, which revealed that 1,039,950 historic vehicles are registered In the UK.  There are 500,000 owners completing an average of 1,124 miles pa in their historic vehicles.  The total spend is £5.5bn pa.

The Early Ownership Costs Survey Analysis (what the owner spends, not per vehicle) revealed that:

  • High proportion of vehicles not requiring MoT are offered for testing
  • Insurance £384, Fuel £800
  • 48% use a fuel additive – 69% of these most of the time
  • 67% use 20/50 – 81% change the oil themselves
  • 33% do not know how or are not sure about reading a tyre code
Bruce Kelsey, Director of Development, Morris Minor Owners Club
Bruce’s comments reflect those of a club with 8,500 members with a policy of maintaining and even increasing membership.  However, some of the points he promotes may be of interest to LAC members.  Here are a few of his ideas:
·         Give members a say on how the club develops
·         Ask members within the club to indicate their particular skills
·         Succession planning
·         Meet the Committee
·         Members survey
·         Business plan
Other presentations included:
·         Apprenticeships – Karl Carter
·         The pitfalls of liability – Greg Nock, Peter James Insurance
·         Data Driven Vehicle Club ‘Next Step Heritage’
·         PR & Media – Wayne Scott & Hannah Thomas
Feedback Session
After the presentations, David Whale, Chairman FBHVC opened up the discussion and invited the audience to comment on the meeting.  This is a summary of the points raised, which will be considered by FBHVC:
·         Workshops were proposed for the next Club Expo.  This suggestion was not generally liked
·         DVLA Q&A session should be enlarged.  This proposal was received with enthusiasm
·         List of all clubs attending to be circulated to those present
·         A member of the All Party Parliamentarians Group to be invited to next year’s Club Expo.  Sir Greg Knight’s name was mentioned
·         Only bona fide clubs should be invited to future events
·         The next Club Expo will be on Saturday 25 January 2020 at The British Motor Museum
For further information regarding the Club Expo 2019, please contact Adrian Dean on 07989 343503

Classic Challenge 2018 Results

Once again the Challenge got off to a great start with the St Georges Day

Run ably organised by Anthony Taylor and the usual suspects. Next came

John Hartley’s fiendish Fellsman event.

We had a good turnout turn out on the Manchester to Blackpool with Martin

Wylie as CoC visiting the Lancashire Fusiliers Museum in Fulwood. The

Coast to Coast, again with Martin Wylie as CoC, was a scorcher with brilliant

sunshine all along the 160 mile trip.

Mike Raven’s Highland 3 (some say 4 or even 5) Day made for a truly grand

finale covering roughly 1000miles.

In addition, entrants could claim additional points for attending LAC social

events and our Classic Car Show at the Royal Lancashire Show.

We have awarded points for entering and taking part in both the runs and,

where applicable, the Concours events. The Ray Clarke

Memorial Award has been won by Geoff Awde with 220 points.

The Drivers award goes to Steve Smith and the Navigators Award goes to

Deborah Smith.

It is most pleasing that Dennis Walton takes the organisers award.  He

represents the hard working marshals who make our events possible.

This year we are again awarding our overall winner the Ray Clarke Trophy donated by his family. Ray was a stalwart of the LAC and the guiding hand behind our classic events for many years so this trophy is very appropriate.

As always we would like to thank all the officials and marshals who made

the events run so well and of course our sponsors for making it possible.


May I thank all of you who took part in the Classic Challenge.


Here’s to 2019.

Many thanks

Chris Lee

Please click on the link below for all the results

Lancashire Automobile Club Classic Challenge Scores 2018