Brian Redman – Sportsmans Lunch Report

What a day, what a speaker, what an audience!

The Lancashire Automobile Sportsman’s Lunch proved a great success with the Stirk House laying on excellent facilities and a most enjoyable meal. Brian kept the 180 guest riveted with his memories of the glory days of

motor racing from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.

The audience included several luminaries from the motorsport world past and present with Richard Attwood, Warwick Banks and David Piper from Brian’s glory days asking some pertinent questions and adding illuminating comments to Brian’s presentation. Brian was introduced by his old friend, our own, Mike Wood who worked with Brian in the 1950’s and had, as always his own tales to tell!

Outside the venue were some fascinating cars including Brian’s fathers Fraser Nash BMW now fully restored, a 20HP Crossley (and unexpected but welcome addition) and an Ultima in full Gulf colours.

The event kicked off with Simon Hope from our sponsors H7H Auctions, saying not one but two graces – you always get value for money from Simon! Then an excellent meal followed by Brian speaking and answering questions got nearly two hours. Brian Was then presented with the Club’s highest award the Daily Express Trophy which was won by Peter Collins in 1958 just as Brain commenced his racing career.The LAC would like to express it’s thanks not only to Brain but also the organisers and helpers led by Carolyn Taylor who made the event possible and abo

ve all the audience who made the day so special. They also raised some £1000 in the raffle the proceeds of which will be donated to help for Heroes.

All in all a reet good do!

LAC Christmas Supper and Get Together 2018


Christmas Supper: Wednesday 12th December 2018

The LAC Christmas party is always a really fun evening and we really hope to see everyone there. If you’ve never been to a club evening before do come along, you’ll find us a very friendly bunch.

Yes we are approaching that time of year (I see Easter Eggs on sale!)
Our ever popular annual Christmas Supper is once again at the Edisford Bridge Hotel on Wednesday 12th December. As usual we have some great Pub Grub on the menu and as always this is an informal event. A chance for you to meet friends and talk about this years events as well as planning for 2019.
Full details are available from Eileen Dyson Eileen.dyson@btinternet .com or ring 01282 771488.
So kick off this years festivities with the LAC.

Looking forward to seeing you at the party!


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

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.