St Georges Day Run – Demdyke Rally Report April 22nd

 

As part of the FBHVC national Drive it Day the Lancashire Automobile Club organises a run on the nearest Sunday to St Georges Day. Every year we lay out a new route and as we are based around the Northwest we thought we would resurect the ethos of out Demdyke Rally, In fact one of the first events I marshaled at was Lancashire Automobile Club’s Demdyke Rally way back in the 60’s. That event may be long gone but given the opportunity it is always great to rekindle the spirit. This year we decided to follow in the tracks of the Pendle witches (otherwise know as Demdykes) quite literally.
So a lot of research was undertaken to get together the story behind the events surrounding the Witches. Based on this research a route was put together starting from Blackburn Northern Sports in Blackburn and visiting many of the places associated with the witches. For example passing
Read Hall where the Magistrate interviewed Mother Demdyke and Roughlee home of Alice Nutter and of course the route they walked to Lancaster over the Trough of Bowland for their trial at Lancaster Castle.
Now the route and the story came together with a Route Book which not only gave simple ‘tulip’ directions but also told the story of the Demdy  kes. On
the day we had over 70 entries and all we needed was good weather. Sadly this was not the case for the early part of the run – we were truly experiencing ‘Mist over Pendle’!
We had arranged with Lancaster Castle to use their grounds as a control and to give a classic car show. We had parking for about 30 cars but an entry of over 70. To manage this trick we held the cars until the parking area was full then started releasing cars as more arrived making a sort of moving car show which proved very popular with the waiting public. The Castle is well worth  visit by the way and is where the witches were held awaiting trial. Most were found guilty and our final bit of the story took us through Lancaster to Williamson Park – formerly known as Hangmans Hill for a short comfort break.
To get back to Blackburn we chose to follow in the steps, or rather wheel tracks of our fore
bears by using many of the roads followed by pioneering Lancashire Automobile Club members in an early run to Lancaster in 1903.
 Back at Blackburn Northern Spots the entrants shared a buffet and stories of the day. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable event.
 By the way it is very nice of Kate and Prince William to pay tribute to the LAC by naming their some Louis Arthur Charles!

 

St Georges Day April 22nd

With Easter behind us and winter finally loosening its grip we can look forward to getting our cars out for some classic events.

As usual the first Lancashire Automobile run of the year will be our St Georges Day Run on 22nd April, not far off now. This year we are calling the run the Demdyke Rally in honour of the events staged in the 1960’s and 70’s.

The Demdykes were otherwise called the Pendle Witches and our run this year follows in their tracks, literally in some places. Starting from Blackburn Northern Sports we go over to Pendle Hill then Pendleton and Clitheroe on our way to the Trough of Bowland.

Then into Lancaster, known as the ‘Hanging City’, to Lancaster Castle where the witches were tried. We have permission to enter the Castle grounds where we will pause to allow the public to view the cars then on to Williamson Park, otherwise known as Hangman’s Hill, for a comfort break before returning to Blackburn for some light refreshments.

The usual comprehensive Route Book will be augmented by information about the Lancashire Witches and their trial to make the event more pleasurable.

The route back to Blackburn from Lancaster will use many of the roads used by the motoring pioneers of the East Lancashire Automobile Clun in the very early 1900’s. All in all roughly 87 mile all in.

Looking forward to seeing you on the day – please find regulations in the Events or Regulations sections or contact me for further details on 01925 727794

All the best.

Chris Lee

Navigator School Follow Up

For those who attended John Hartley’s recent, highly succesful, Navigators School on the 25th Feb we are giving details of the instructions for the ‘loop’ which John used as the practical.

The ‘loop started from the car park or Blackburn Northern Sports on Pleckgate Drive in Blackburn. The instructions were to use coloured roads only (so no tracks or ‘whites’).

From the car park turn LEFT

Turn Right onto the A6119

Cross over a railway line and bear left on A666

Cross a railway line immediately before a railway station

Continue via spot heights 222 Approach SW 172 98

Yellow   Green   Green    Green   Brown   –   Do not pass a mast

Approach         SSW 6621/2 356          Depart NNE

.        ”                   SW 702 3581/2                   ”       NE

Over     Under    Via 7291/2  358

144207323218769

Turn Left on A666 and return “home”

Distance 17.1 miles

 

 

Wrea Green Car Carnival – Sunday 27th May

The Lancashire Automobile Club has been invited to this fantastic event which raises funds for the Trinity Hospice. The event is set on the green and is a most enjoyable event with Veteran, Vintage, Classic and Super Cars plus some interesting motorcycles and commercial vehicles with the odd Formula 1 car making and appearance.

Full details are on out events calender. For full details and entry form please call Sally or Christine on 01772 682159

Acknowledgements to Jan Hayes Photography for the photo.

Bowker Salon Prive Friday 15th June

15th June Browsholme Hall

Friday 15th June. Lancashire Automobile Club Members havce been invited to enter this unique event at Browsholme Hall to raise money for the Blackburn Cathederal Appeal. The event is open to Vintage, Classic and post Classic cars. Full details and entry forms are available from Peter WEhitman email peterwhitman@yahoo.com.
See Events Diary for further details

Mike Wood Recalls the 1968 London Sydney Marathon

To celebrate the 1968 London to Sydney Marathon Mike Wood will be giving a presentation with slides recalling his involvement in the event navigatingf a BLMC 1800 (Land Crab).

Many of the pictures are unique being taken by Mike on the reccee for the event. Mike’s memories of the event and the stories behind it are not to be missed.

The event will be held on Wednesday 24th October at Whalley Golf Club. Please contact Eileen (eileen.dyson@btinternet.com) to get you name on the list. Tickets will be available later this year.

Important news from the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs

18 December 2017

For immediate release

Department for Transport (DfT) Guidance on Substantial Change of Historic Vehicles.

  1.  The Guidance sets out the definition of a Vehicle of Historic Interest (VHI), vehicles which will, from May 2018, be entitled to be exempt from taking a vehicle (MoT) test.
  2. The Guidance reflects the outcome of intensive discussions between the DfT and the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC). FBHVC wishes to express its appreciation of the open and collaborative manner in which the DfT approached these discussions.
  3. In the discussions FBHVC was careful to take account of all possible members of the historic vehicle family.
  4. The Guidance supersedes all previous potential criteria released for discussion by DfT.
  5. The Guidance makes clear that it does not in any way affect DVLA’s registration criteria and processes which remain unchanged.
  6. The Government included motorcycles in the Motor Vehicles (Tests) (Amendment) Regulations 2017. As the Guidance implements the Regulations, DfT could not accept FBHVC’s representations, based upon the requirements of the EU Directive, regarding historic motorcycles, so they are included in the Guidance.
  7. Following STRONG representations by FBHVC, a vehicle may generally be a VHI if relevant changes were undertaken more than 30 years previously. This will be a rolling 30 years and replaces the fixed 1988 date previously proposed by DfT.
  8. Major points of note are:
    1. The process is one of self-declaration.
    2. Owners will only be required to declare their vehicle to be a VHI if they wish to be exempted from an annual MOT Test.
    3. All vehicles will still be able to be tested if their owners wish
    4. The criteria are generic and permit changes made, less than 30 years prior to the declaration, which improve efficiency, safety, preservation or environmental performance.
    5. Those vehicles registered on a Q plate, as kits or built up classics are not entitled to be declared as VHIs until forty years after they were registered.
    6. For motorcycles only the criteria of Q plates, kits and built up classics prevent declaration as a VHI.
  9. The Guidance refers to “a marque or historic vehicle experts”. A list will be published on the website of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs by 30th April 2018. Vehicle owners wishing to confirm if they may declare their vehicle as a VHI, may choose to contact the appropriate nominee from this list
  10. FBHVC will be explaining the Guidance in full in its first Newsletter of 2018 and as soon as possible on its website at fbhvc.co.uk.
  11. Text of the Guidance is at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/668274/vehicles-of-historical-interest-substantial-change-guidance.pdf

ENDS

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.