Good News on the Future of Motorsport?

In a positive development for motorsport, the European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee (IMCO) has approved a report concerning the review of the Motor Insurance Directive (MID), recommending that motorsport should not be impacted by Vnuk, an insurance issue that has been looming over the sport since 2014.

Vnuk is a European Court judgement that has been threatening the future of all EU motorsport. It ruled that member states must look again at how they enacted EU motor insurance law in each country; the court’s interpretation would require all motorsport vehicles to have compulsory third party motor insurance.

However, MEPs voted this week to approve the IMCO report with wording that excludes motorsport from the scope of the MID. This is an important step forward but not the end of the Vnuk matter.

There will now be a plenary vote in the Parliament on 13 February and it is anticipated that this will reflect the result of the IMCO vote. Then there will be negotiations in the Council of the EU, followed by a ‘trilogue’ process involving negotiations between the Council of the EU, the European Parliament and the European Commission. If all three institutions agree, motorsport will finally be safe from Vnuk.

Hugh Chambers, CEO of Motorsport UK, said: “This vote is another step in the right direction but it would be premature to declare victory in motorsport’s battle with Vnuk. There is still some uncertainty regarding Brexit, which could cost us our voting rights in the Council

“However, the motorsport community can be assured that we are not resting on our laurels. Along with the FIA and the Department for Transport, we are continuing to work hard behind the scenes to ensure that common sense overcomes the threat from Vnuk.”

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

Gavin Frew, passed away on the 17th January 2019

In 1962 Gavin, along with a few close friends, decided to put leaflets out under car windscreen wipers, in the village of Longton asking for anyone interested in forming a motor club to attend a meeting in a local pub. Sure enough, a small group attended the meeting and in doing so Longton and District Motor Club became a reality. It was registered with the RAC in the autumn and primarily with Gavin’s drive and enthusiasm the club grew and developed.

Key personnel who helped him from the beginning included names many present members will not know – but Tony Bostock, Ed Hardman, and Ted Gardner were the ones under Gavin’s guidance and between them forged the future for the sport in the area. The black horse badge of the club came from the sign of the Black Horse pub on the Liverpool Road at Hoole, as a result of his moving our meeting place there, after outgrowing the original venue.

Gavin was the first Chairman of the club and saw it take on car shows, autotests and ‘plot and bash’ road rallies. His interest in the rally scene became a major part of his life. Clubs were clashing over dates so another idea of his was to form the SD34 Group of clubs to iron out the problem – it worked, and the Group is still going strong.

He also became involved with the Ford Motor Company’s efforts to encourage local distributors to run rally departments, and he was taken on to run the Thomas Motors of Blackpool efforts in this field. He also made it into F1 managing the Surtees team for a season.

Although Gavin had drifted away from being able to attend the Longton club he presented it with a superb trophy on its 21st birthday – The Founders Cup which is still presented annually to date.

Over the years Gavin diversified into different ventures including tile companies (those of you old enough will remember the ‘Lees for Tiles’ SD34 Inter-Club League) and agencies for powerboats, spending a lot of time abroad.

Gavin was a moving force behind the Longridge Motor Racing Circuit which was initially used for Karting. At Gavin’s instigation the track was widened and then used for sprints. His ultimate aim was to get full circuit racing there and this was accomplished when the RAC granted a licence to the track; initially entries were limited to 6 cars. Later entries were increased to 8 then ten cars with Formula Libre being a highlight. Finally motor cycle racing was allowed before the circuit finally closed.

Many of the Longton & DMC’s early members and officials learned a great deal from Gavin and the organisation owes its existence to him. His funeral will be held at Lytham Crematorium on Monday 11th February, followed by lunch at the Ship Inn at Freckleton. Longton & DMC will be making a donation to the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, Royal Preston Hospital.

2019 Regulations Now Available

Regulations for our St Georges Day Run on 28th April, Fellsman Classic on 18th May, Manchester to Blackpool Classic Car Run on 9th June, Coast to Coast on 13th July and Highland 3 Day are now available.

This year the St Georges Day event goes south west for a change calling at Heskin Hall for a comfort break.

The Fellsman starts from The Black Bull at Old Langho and presents its traditional navigational challenges. Entrants can choose either the full fat Expert or the simpler Novice formats.

The Manchester to Blackpool Classic Car Run will not be able to call at Fulwood Barracks this year so we will not have a lunch break. You will be arriving at Blackpool a little earlier and refreshments are available at Stanley Park. Regulars will notice we have reduced the entry fee to reflect this change.

The Coast to Coast starts from the Midland Hotel in Morecambe and finishes at Dunsley Hall near Sandsend as usual but makes significant changes to the route taking in the Trough of Bowland and Castle Howard as it winds it’s way Coast to Coast.

Te Highland 3 Day has an optional day 0. This year it starts from Rosslea Hall hotel in Helensburgh and takes in arouund 800 miles of fantastic Scottish Scenery. Once again the event incorporates an optional gymkhana.

If you click on ‘Events’ on the top banner then ‘Regulations’ you will see the events listed with links to the individual regulations. For all events other than the Fellsman please complete the formand send together with remittance to Sandra. Note you can now also pay by BACS but you do need to send copy of payment reciept to Sandra. Send entries for the Fellsman and Highland direct to Mike Raven


The following message has been sent by Chris Aylett to all members of the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA).

This is an urgent request for your help!

On 22 January, MEPs from the IMCO Committee (European Parliament’s Internal Markets and Consumer Protection) voted on their proposed amendments to the European Commission’s Motor Insurance Directive (MID) proposal.

The MIA’s exhaustive and extensive social media campaign over the past few months, as well as efforts to directly engage with MEPs, may have had an effect and our message heard. As a direct result, some of the proposed amendments from IMCO MEPs support our position in regard to motorsport – but we cannot afford to rest!

The MIA Position Paper – sent to all IMCO members – confirms our support for the proposed amendments which could save motorsport. However, there are IMCO MEPs who do not support our position and have put forward their own amendments – which could deny us the result we require.

The amendments we support, if adopted, would mean that:

only vehicles used in traffic as a means of transport would need to be covered by Third Party Liability (TPL) insurance;
‘dual-use’ vehicles used both in-traffic and out-of-traffic (i.e. 90% of ‘motorsport’ vehicles) only need insurance cover for use ‘in traffic’, but not for motorsport activities;
vehicles intended exclusively for motorsport and vehicles used exclusively in a non-traffic situation would be excluded from the scope of the MID.

These proposed amendments, we believe, go a long way to protect motorsport from the original insurance concept of VNUK.

Please urgently email MEPs from the IMCO Committee (the list is on the MIA website) and declare your support for the ‘amendments listed in the MIA Position Paper of 17 January 2019’. When doing so, we have been asked that you address the MEP directly by name (i.e,. no mass emails) and show your name and full business address.

The most influential MEPs supporting our position on this matter are:

– Dita Charanzova, Rapporteur and Vice-Chair of IMCO,

– Daniel Dalton, Shadow Rapporteur on this matter,

For your information, following the IMCO vote, the issue moves on to a vote in the full Parliament Plenary on 13 February. If the positive amendments we ask you to support are finally adopted by EU Parliament, the next stage requires us to convince the Council of EU Ministers.

Please take action now to help us. Thank you, in advance, for your support.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Aylett
Chief Executive of the MIA

For all VNUK enquiries, please contact
Emilie Gessen
Tel: +44 (0)2476 692 600.

The Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) is the world’s leading trade association for the motorsport and high-performance engineering sectors. It represents the specialised needs of this highly successful industry which, although extending throughout the world and rapidly expanding in the developing nations, is centred here in the UK. The MIA owns the Motorsport Valley® trademark on behalf of the industry.
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Annual Dinner & Prize Presentation 22nd February 2019

FRIDAY 22nd FEBRUARY 2019, MITTON HALL HOTEL, MITTON, BB7 9PQ The annual prize and presentation evening will be held once again at Mitton Hall Hotel when we can relax with friends and enjoy a celebration of the 2018 season. A champagne reception and three course meal, together with live music, will ensure that this is an evening to remember. Carolyn Taylor is the architect and driving force behind this annual bash and would be grateful for early expressions of interest in order to assist with the planning and logistics. Tickets are available at a cost £38 per person with tables of ten available at £380. Don’t delay. Why not put the date in your diary now and either drop a quick e-mail to Carolyn at to say that you’ll be there or call her on 01254 886819.

To download application form please click on this link:

 LAC Dinner Dance Application Form 2019

The National Car Club Awards | SATURDAY 23 MARCH 2019 | The NEC Birmingham

“One of our members found this and in his enthusiasm to recommend our wonderful (car) club to the world and for an award, has asked that we give the membership at large, who may not already have seen it, the opportunity to vote for not only their Lancashire Automobile Club, but also their favourite event. If you see this now and know of other people who perhaps haven’t checked the website recently, please persuade them to look and or nominate our Club or Club event!”

To nominate your favourite club or event Submit your nominations here by Wednesday 23rd January 2019.

Should we be succesful in our nomination we will let you know and inform you how to place your votes.

Go to:


The Peter Collins Trophy

At the 2018 Sportsman’s Lunch the ‘Peter Collins’ Trophy and replica was presented to our guest speaker, motorsport legend, Brian Redman by his long term friend Mike Wood. Several people asked about the Trophy and its history.

Mike and Brian with the Trophy

There is a nice tie in to Brian in that the Trophy was won by Peter Collins in 1958 shorly before his career was tragically cut shot and Brian’s own career was just begining.

So here is some information about the career of Peter Collins and the Trophy itself.

The Lancashire Automobile Club is proud to present the ‘Peter Collins Trophy’ annually. It is presented to a member of the Club adjudged to have shown the most meritorious performance during the year. Some people may wonder who Peter Collins was and how the Club came to be in possession of such a prestigious trophy.

Firstly the man. Peter Collins was born in Kidderminster on the 8th November, 1931 to well known motor trader, Pat and wife Elaine. Young Collins got his first racing car, a Cooper Mk II, in 1948, apparently a birthday present from his parents. His father’s bought Stirling Moss’s old Mk II, and the pair would make their debuts early in 1949 at the Goodwood Easter Meeting.

The Mk II wouldn’t last long, by June it had been sold to Bill Cox and replaced with a long chassis Mk III, initially fitted with JAP twin for hillclimbs. For 1951, he used a JBS, which had looked set to genuinely challenge Cooper, but his 500 career was almost over, having been spotted by the big teams. Peter won the SUNBAC race at Silverstone in September and his cup is still presented annually for the most meritorious drive of the season.

On the recommendation of Reg Parnell, Collins had been taken on by John Wyer for the Aston Martin sports car team. He was a fine endurance racer, taking the Aston to victory in the 1952 Goodwood 9 Hours race, the 1953 TT, and second places at Le Mans in 1955 (with Paul Frere) and 1956 (with Moss). He would also appear in sports cars for Ferrari and Mercedes.

Peter was already a grand Prix driver, having made his debut at the age of just 20 (and only two seasons of racing) with the HWM-Alta. Spotted by HWM founders John Heath and George Abecassis (both also early Cooper customers), young Collins had partnered Moss and Lance Macklin through the 1951 European F2 season.

When F2 was adopted as the World Championship category for 1952, he found himself a Grand Prix driver. His best Championship finish that year was a sixth place in the 1952 French Grand Prix.

For 1954, he was recruited by Tony Vandervell to drive the Thinwall Special. This 4.5 litre, Ferrari-derived beast ran in the popular Formula Libre class, where Peter embarrassed the high profile BRMs.

That same year, he was also the first to drive the original Vanwall Special that was designed for Formula 1. Peter was entered in three Grand Prix, but this original car was not a pacesetter until Colin Chapman reworked the chassis and Frank Costin clothed it in the aerodynamic bodywork to create the classic Vanwall. Peter would never drive this car, having been poached by BRM for 1955. This proved a mistake as he raced the V16, and was left kicking his heels waiting for the new Grand Prix Type 25. He made two World Championship appearances in the Owen Maserati and a works 250F drive in the Italian Grand Prix but this was good enough to land him the prize of a works Ferrari drive for 1956, partnering Fangio. Peter was, in fact, recommended by his great friend Mike Hawthorn, who wanted to return to Britain to support his recently widowed mother.

Partnering Fangio, Peter matured dramatically as a driver, he won at both Spa-Francorchamps and Reims, and went to the Monza finale with a chance of taking the title. What followed has become legend. When Fangio retired with steering failure, it was clear that taking the win and extra point for fastest lap could deliver Peter the Championship. By lap 30 of 50, he was into second place, and whilst Moss’ Maserati was some way ahead, it was not impossible. Indeed, on lap 45, Moss ran out of fuel, only for his team-mate Piotti to tuck in behind and shove him back to the pits. Fangio, meanwhile was expected to take over Luigi Musso’s car, to seek the one point that would retain him the title. But Musso ignored all instructions to hand over his car. When Collins came in on lap 35 for a tyre check, he spotted Fangio on the pit wall, and voluntarily offered his car, so giving up any chance of the title. A remarkable gesture of sportsmanship. This is the kind of spirit which deserves the Lancashire Automobile Club awarding the Peter Collins Trophy!

For 1957, Fangio was replaced by the returning Hawthorn. The Lancia-Ferrari was rather outclassed by Fangio’s Maserati, and the Vanwall, but whilst seeing no wins, Peter again played his part in history. At the German Grand Prix, Fangio delivered one of the greatest drives of all time as he fought back from a botched fuel stop, passing both Collins and Hawthorn on the penultimate lap. Also in February of that year, Peter married an American girl, Louise Cordier, an actress playing in the “Seven Year Itch” and daughter of the assistant to the United Nations Secretary General and they were the golden couple of the time, living on a yacht in Monaco harbour.

For the 1958 season Ferrari entered the Dino 246, and a titanic battle developed between the Ferraris of Peter and Mike on one side, and the Vanwalls of Moss and Tony Brooks on the other. Peter suffered reliability problems in the early races, but it all come together at the British Grand Prix, and he scored his third win. Peter found time to compete in ‘club’ events and it was at the Daily Express meeting at Silverstone he won the International Trophy Race and was awarded the Daily Express Trophy.

On the 3rd August 1958, Peter and Hawthorn were leading at the Nürburgring, just as a year previously, this time being chased down by Tony Brooks. Brooks took the lead early on the eleventh lap, but Peter was fighting back. Peter’s got the car loose through the twisty Pflanzgarten sequence, he tried repeatedly to collect the car, but clipped a ditch. The car somersaulted, throwing Peter out, head first into the one tree standing clear of the forest. Peter Collins died later that evening in hospital. Though just 27 years old, he had won three Grand Prix, and would undoubtedly have been a championship contender for many more years.

Mike Hawthorn, who had seen the accident unfold, was devastated at the loss of his friend. Although he completed the season to become the first British World Champion, he was ready to retire from the sport. Of course, just a few months later he was also killed, driving his road going Jaguar near his home in Farnham. The story of Peter Collins and Mike Hawthorn is told in Chris Nixon’s book “Mon Ami Mate”.

Peter Collins’ grave is in Stone Church grounds, near Kidderminster. There’s a stained glass window in the church to commemorate his life.

And finally the Trophy.

As a lasting tribute the Collins family passed many of Peters trophies to leading motor clubs. The Lancashire Automobile Club was honoured to receive the Daily Express Trophy awarded for his win at the International Trophy Race held at Silverstone in 1958. This trophy is awarded annually by the Club to the club member adjudged to have show the most meritorious performance during the year to reflect in some small way not just Peter Collins achievements but the manner in which he achieved them.

2018 Fellsman Report

The event reached a landmark milestone during 2018 – twenty five years since the first running – and what better way to celebrate than to enjoy another cracking navigational event comprising great roads, great cars, and a meal at the end in the company of like-minded friends. To coincide with this notable anniversary, clerk of course and route meister-in-chief, John Hartley, introduced a new feature in the form of a novice instruction book. The idea was intended to attract new entrants who could have all the enjoyment of the event whilst giving them the confidence to tackle the more traditional plot and bash in the future, and the navigational school held during March was intended to support this thinking. Whilst the majority of the entrants opted for the traditional approach a number selected the novice option and judging by the feedback enjoyed the event. The event started at the Stirk House, Gisburn, with a bacon butty breakfast, before heading through Bolton by Bowland and North into the Lune Valley via the Stocks Reservoir road crossing the Lune at Hornby. From there it went via Over Kellett, Priest, Hutton and Beetham to follow the coast road at 6m altitude to lunch at the Heversham Hotel.

Once fed and watered, and taking the mandatory time for lunch, the entrants set off over the Helm with views over Kendal and further to the Southern Lake District. From here the route crossed the M6 to skirt Sedburgh then into Barbon Dale and back to the A65 and Ingleton. Some new and convoluted lanes to Clapham then to Rathmell via Giggleswick, round the Paythorne square and back to the finish at the Stirk House to celebrate with a few drinks, a meal and a good old chat. This event has a special place within the sporting calendar and the club is committed to its continued existence but can only do so with more participants. So the clarion call is for all those who fancy doing the event, but haven’t yet done so, to consider making 2019 the year when you put this right and appreciated what others have loved for so long. The organisers are extremely grateful for the support and sponsorship from Bowland Brewery for enabling the event to take place.