Nine Days to Save European Motorsport – Act Now

11 October 2018
For Immediate Release

Dear Motorsport friend and colleague,


My apologies if you have already received this email and this is a duplicate; however, I do not apologise for the dramatic title, as our industry and sport face a serious, immediate problem, which you can help resolve.
We have until 20 October to respond to this important EC consultation, details of which are attached. If we fail to secure the amendment we seek, the likely outcome is that all motorsport activity, in every EU Member State, will cease.
EVERYONE involved in the business and organisation of European motorsport needs to act NOW to overcome this genuine threat to our own future and that of our employees and the sport, from the unintended consequences of action taken by the European Commission (EC).
The Motorsport Industry Association (MIA), along with others – including the UK Department for Transport – has been fighting to resolve this issue for more than two years, on behalf of our members and the wider EU motorsport community. Now, with your personal leadership and action, it is possible for us to resolve this, as I fully explain in the attached documents.
In simple terms, the EC plans to issue a new Motor Insurance Directive, as a result of which all EU Member States must put into their National Law compulsory and unlimited third-party liability insurance to cover personal injury between motorsport competitors and car-to-car damage during any competition – from Formula One, MotoGP and World Rally, to karting, historic and grass roots motorsport, whether regulated by the FIA, the FIM or not.
However, such widespread, unlimited new insurance is not currently, and, we understand, will not in the future be available – so motorsport will be unable to continue anywhere in the EU.
Please respond BY 20 OCTOBER to the EC Review Consultation –


By using the simple ‘MIA Response Guidelines’ (which can be downloaded from our website), this will take LESS THAN TEN MINUTES –  a short time commitment to keep motorsport alive, and preserve the jobs it supports.
It is most important that you estimate, if motorsport were to cease, how many jobs will be lost directly from your organisation, and indirectly by your suppliers or the sport, as this significant economic impact will influence the European Commission.
I am sharing this email with my senior contacts across the European motorsport business community.
May I ask that you help our community by sending this email request, and its attachments, to your most influential motorsport business and sporting contacts, urgently please? We need all influential individuals, major teams, suppliers and employers in EU and UK motorsport to act – by working together we can change this.
We must make the European Commission fully aware of the economic importance of motorsport and the employment which our sport and industry provides across the European Union.
An unimaginable situation yet true – fighting such battles for the industry was one of the reasons the MIA was originally created and is pro-actively supported by its members.
If you have any questions or comments then please email me and I will respond immediately – as we must meet the deadline of 20 October.
Thank you  – your immediate help is invaluable and much appreciated.


Best regards
Chris Aylett
Chief Executive Officer
Motorsport Industry Association

The Apex on 10th Street, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LG, UK
T:  +44 (0) 2476 692 600
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Quentin Willson Evening 29th November

We are delighted to confirm that Quentin Willson, TV presenter and motoring pundit has agreed to come and talk to the Club on Wednesday 29 November. We have already booked Whalley Golf Club with usual pie and peas. Tickets costing £10.00, including pie and peas, are available from Eileen Dyson

Many of you will know Quentin Willson as an award-winning motoring journalist and presenter of the Classic Car Show. But he also fronted Top Gear for a decade and writes for numerous national publications, while campaigning tirelessly on behalf of Britain’s motorists.

It will be interesting to hear what he has to say on current motoring issues including the current insurance controversy surrounding the EU ruling which may signal the end of our sport.

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.

Sad News regarding Ted Heath – Update

Eric Heath
It is with sadness that I have to report the death of Eric “Ted” Heath who passed away on the evening of the 22nd August.
Ted was a long serving member of the club who’s specialism in timing came to the fore at speed sprints both in the UK and in the Isle of Man and he was a familiar face in the paddock with his trusty timing vehicle, Samson. He also acted as Clerk of Course on both the Manchester to Blackpool and Coast to Coast Classic Runs as well as officiating in many LAC events.
He assisted Bill Turner as a timekeeper on LAC events and was one of the Club’s stalwarts with a history including Tholt y Will, Woodvale and Longridge. When Bill retired Ted took over the timing gear and continued providing timing services to many clubs in the north west. His team was one of the few capable of carrying out timing duies for 2 lap events at 3 Sisters.
During his time on the committee, he served as Chairman and President and had the honour of being made an Honorary Life President a few years ago.
Funeral arrangements :
Tuesday the 12th September at 1:00pm
The Old School Chapel, Broadstone St, Todmorden. OL14 8AL
Followed by a private cremation and refreshments at Walsden Cricket Club, Scott St, Walsden, Todmorden OL14 7SX
Our condolence go to Ted’s wife, Doris, and his family at this sad time.

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 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 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.

Coast to Coast Saturday 15th July

Regulations now available

Contact Sandra Williams email tel 01772791499

Similar in format to the Manchester to Blackpool with a Touring Assembly followed by a simple Concours D’Elegance. There is only one common route for all entrants taking in some of the North of Englands finest motoring roads.

Starts from the Midland Hotel in Morecambe and finishes at Dunsley Hall in Sandsend near Whitby. The route changes every year and this years takes in many new roads as it wends its way Coast to Coast. There is a comfort stop in the morning and entrants can pre order meals at the lunch halt. A simple Concours De Elegance will be held at the finish where a buffet is served.

The run is held on a Saturday to enable entrants to stay overnight and enjoy either a pleasant run home or use the event as a springboard for a short break in the Yorkshire Dales. If you wish to stay at Dunsley Hall please contact them direct tel 01947 893437 the LAC has block booked the hotel so be sure to tell them you are with the event. Rooms are limited so first come first served.

Route is some 170 miles with instructions using both simple ‘tulip diagrams’ and written instructions. All entrants receive a Route Book giving full directions, aRoute Information book giving interesting facts on places along the route and Rally Plate. All entrants taking part in the Concours receive a commemorative medal and awards are given for both the Mayors choice and Presidents award.

If you require more information or Regulations for the above event please contact Sandra Williams –