Barrie Williams

Many of you would have met Barrie at the LAC Sporrtsmans Lunch a few years back. He was one of the true stalwarts of motorsport. Here is the obituaryfrom the British Motorsport Marshals Club

Barrie Williams (1938 – 2018)
BMMC Club President

Obituary and Funeral Arrangements
It seems hard to believe that Club President, Barrie Williams has died. Barrie was the perennial youth, looked at least 20 years younger than his 79 years on this earth. Always cheerful, ready for a laugh and one of the most accomplished drivers of his generation.

Barrie started his career in rallying, in a Mini, that also served him in circuit racing, sprints and in any other motor sport event that took his eye.

In later years he became a stalwart of the Goodwood Revival meetings, sometimes driving/sharing six cars at one meeting. In between times, he raced in Formula 3, big saloons, little saloons and just about every classic car you can name in his exploits at Goodwood. Best remembered among the marshalling fraternity for his outrageous driving style in a Mazda RX3 – fully sideways and waving to the marshals.

Barrie always had time for the marshals and it was no surprise when he became the populous choice for Club President when Stuart Turner, then President, and Peter Roberts, Chairman, decided to stand down at the end of 2004. We had several suggestions for new President. Barrie won that ballot by a huge margin.

Barrie was pleased with his new appointment and, time permitting, he attended as many functions as he could and never missed an opportunity to display the Club badge. Soon after his appointment, he landed upside down in a gravel trap at Silverstone – calling immediately for special help, reminding his rescuers that he was the Marshals’ Club President. Disappointment followed, when he found there was no lady marshal waiting to give him the kiss of life!!

He was elected a member of the British Racing Drivers’ Club in 1971, served on the BRDC Board for fifteen years and remained a proud and prominent member of that Club until his sad demise.

Speaking privately to Barrie, one of his proudest achievements was his part in setting up the under-17 driving school at Silverstone, and the great number of youngsters he taught to drive and prepare for their driving tests. The course has progressed since the early days and it enables teenagers to get through their tests without too much difficulty.

RIP, Barrie; you will be fondly remembered by very many people and marshals will miss you as a very popular President.

The BMMC extends its deepest condolences to Barrie’s partner Kathy and to his many friends throughout the motor sport world.

A funeral for Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams will take place on Friday 21 September at 11:30am at St Peter’s Church, Bromyard HR7 4DZ. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be held after at the Plough Inn, Stoke Lacy, Bromyard HR7 4HG. The family have asked if guests could wear a flash of orange (Barrie’s racing helmet colour) and marshals in overalls will be welcomed. No flowers are to be sent but donations can be made to Dementia UK.

A celebration of Barrie’s life will be held on Saturday 29 September in the BRDC Clubhouse, Silverstone NN12 8TN at 3.00pm. All are welcome to attend including marshals in overalls.

London Sydney Marathon 50th Anniversary Wednesday 24th October

An Evening with Mike Wood

Not many people can remember exactly what they were doing 50 years ago – Mike can!
He was part of the BMC works team taking part in one of the longest motorsport events ever staged. One likely never to be repeated the London Sydney Marathon.

Many of the pictures in the presentation were taken by Mike and are unique telling the story from the competitors seat.

The event will start at 8.00pm (please be there at 7.30) at Whalley Golf Club, BB7 9DR with tickets priced at £10.00 including a light meal.

This will be a fascinating evening for all who remember the golden age of rallying. To order your tickets please fill in the form attached and send to Eileen Dyson or contact Eileen direct for further details.

Tel 01282 771488 email eileen.dyson@btinternet.com

London Sydney Flyer

 

26th Coast to Coast Run – 2018 Report

26th Coast to Coast Classic Car Run

On Saturday 14th July 70 vintage, classic and cherished cars lined up by the Midland Hotel in Morecambe for the Lancashire Automobile Club’s 26th running of their successful Coast to Coast Classic Car Run.

The route of some 155 miles meandered it’s way from Coast to Coast treating the entrants of some fine veiws of the Lake District on its way north to a coffee halt at the Shap Wells Hotel. The route then turned east taking in the top end of Swaledae before going ‘over the top’ to Askrig and on past Castle Bolton and through Leyburn to a lunch halt at the Friars Head, Akebar Park.

From the lunch halt the event again ran east into the North Yorkshire Moors to a control at Scripps Garage in Goathland (Aidensfield for viewers of Heartbeat!). Then north for a short leg to Sandsend to complete the Coast to Coast bit. A short trip inland saw the event finish at Dunsley Hall where the Mayor of Scarborough was on hand to judge the Concours element of the event. Here the entrants enjoyed a fine buffet and many filled the hotel overnight.

Entries ranged from a 1931 Rolls Royce Phantom II and a 1937 Chevrolet Coupe, both of which took the twists and turns of some tight moorland roads in their stride, through E Type Jaguars, Austin Healey 3000s, Morris Minors and a brace of Stags to more modern machinery including a 2007 Aston Martin Vanquish.

Navigation was in the form of a detailed road book with tulip diagrams, written directions and information about the places the event passed through. The idea is for the journey to be both challenging and fun without entrants getting lost!

As always the organisers, led by CoC Martin Wylie, had fun overcoming the small issues that affect all events of this type. Ranging from locked gates at the entrance to the start area at Morecambe (the area having been recently resurfaced) a closed bridge at Burneside and miles and miles of recently tar sprayed and chipped roads in Yorkshire. As well as slowing down the cars this created problems as road markings had been erased requiring arrows at affected junctions.

Shortly after the lunch halt one of the Jaguar Mk 2 saloons experienced a small under bonnet fire quickly extinguished by a following entrant. Apparently the car had recently had work done on it’s carburettors which may have resulted in the leak but the real point is that carrying a fire extinguisher can be a very good idea!

Finally with most of the entry at the finish (some stopped for ice creams on what was one of the hottest days of the year) the awards were presented for the Concours element of the event with the fine Daimler SP250 of John and Lynne Atkinson taking the Mayor’s Award, Andrew and Sue Ogden in their Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 received the President’s Award and a special award for the Spirit of the Event went to Steve Smith for acting as a fire fighter to provide assistance to the stricken Jaguar.

As always the Club would like to record it’s thanks to all the marshals and officials as well as the sponsors, Blue Butts and Bowker BMW and Mini for all their support in running the event.

Here’s to 2019.

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56th Manchester to Blackpool Report

Setting off from Worsley Old Hall in Manchester and winding it’s way along a route of more than 100 miles through the beautiful North West countryside, passing through Wrea Green and Lytham along the Blackpool seafront finally finishing in the Italian Gardens , Stanley Park the 56th Manchester to Blackpool proved a most enjoyable event.

The entrants were welcomed by the Mayor and Mayoress of Blackpool Councillors Gary and Debbie Coleman and presented with a finishers award and a specially commissioned stick of traditional Blackpool Rock.
The oldest car that took part was a 1904 Renault which completed the Fulwood to Blackpool part of the route.

Clerk of the Course and Club President Martin Wylie said “ all the entrants had a fantastic day and for those who hadn’t taken part before they were wowed by the final approach along the tree lined route into Stanley Park and display parking area around the ornate fountain.”

“We had an excellent selection of cars in this year’s run which spanned over nine decades of motoring . We have seen an increase in interest in the more modern classics, probably spurred on by the broadcast of the many Classic Car restoration programmes being shown on television at the moment and the relative affordability of entry level classic cars enthusiasts can now restore, drive and enjoy.”

Entrants were treated to a traditional afternoon tea in the Park’s Art Deco cafe followed by the awards presentation during which the Mayor presented the prestigious Blackpool trophy to Brian and Matthew Holt from Manchester the proud owners of an immaculate bright yellow 1956 Chevrolet Belair.

The Manchester to Blackpool Car Run is organised by the Lancashire Automobile Club which was established in 1902 and is one of the oldest motoring clubs in the UK. The Club wishes to thank all those who made the event possible. including their sponsors Bowker BMW and Blue Butts, plus the support received from Visit Blackpool and Blackpool Council’s Parks Service .

Concours de Elegance Awards 2018

Group 1. (up to 1919) Car No. 1 – 1904 Renault T

Group 2 . (1919 to 31st December 1945) Car No.61 – Morris 8E

Group 3. (January 1947 to 31st December 1984) Car No 31 – 1971 Jaguar E Type

Group 4. (Post 1st January 1985) Car No. 42 – 1987 Mercedes 300SL

Overall Concours Award (Ken Hadley Trophy) Car No 12 – 1951 Daimler Special Sports

Judges Choice Car No 2 – 1924 AC Royal

Blackpool Corporation Trophy – 1956 Chevrolet Belair

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

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Turn Left on A666 and return “home”

Distance 17.1 miles

 

 

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 can be ordered from EileenLondon Sydney Flyer