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
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.