Taster Rally – Tuesday 18th June 2019

Fancy an evening tour of the Ribble Valley?

If so, sign-up for the LAC’s summer evening tour which is to take place on Tuesday 18th June 2019.

You will find links to the entry form for a taster rally that the club will be running on the evening of Tuesday 18th June 2019 at the end of this article. This is a new, and we think exciting event format for you to enjoy.

Starting and finishing at Whalley Golf Club, the first car will set off on this 55 mile tour at 18:15hrs.

The event is limited to 30 entries and will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis so if you want to enjoy a pleasant evening tour in the beautiful Ribble Valley complete the entry form attached and return to the Entries Secretary, Sandra Williams, no later than Friday 14th June.

The event is open to any vehicle that is correctly registered, licenced and has a valid MOT (where applicable) – your cherished car is all you’ll need.

The route is approximately 55 miles in length and navigation is by O/S map 103 which crews will need to supply as trip readings and tulip diagrams will not be issued. The route will be on coloured roads (no white roads) and the correct route will be determined by the information contained within the route instruction book; this will be the shortest route following the junction diagrams, spot heights, property locations, etc.,

There is no timing element on the event but code boards (via boards) will be placed at various points to enable entrants to determine that they are on the correct roads.

The start and finish is Whalley Golf Club, Portifield Road, Sabden, BB7 9DR (map ref 746 360) with the first car setting off at 18:15hrs. The latest time to arrive back at the finish is 21:00hrs.

The event is limited to 30 cars on a first-come-first-served basis and the entry fee is £16.00 per vehicle (two occupants only) which includes supper. Additional crew members are permitted providing that they pay £8.00 each for supper.

To enter, complete the entry form attached and either return with your remittance or make payment electronically by BACS.

We look forward to seeing you on the night!

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2019 Regulations Now Available

Regulations for our St Georges Day Run on 28th April, Fellsman Classic on 18th May, Manchester to Blackpool Classic Car Run on 9th June, Coast to Coast on 13th July and Highland 3 Day are now available.

This year the St Georges Day event goes south west for a change calling at Heskin Hall for a comfort break.

The Fellsman starts from The Black Bull at Old Langho and presents its traditional navigational challenges. Entrants can choose either the full fat Expert or the simpler Novice formats.

The Manchester to Blackpool Classic Car Run will not be able to call at Fulwood Barracks this year so we will not have a lunch break. You will be arriving at Blackpool a little earlier and refreshments are available at Stanley Park. Regulars will notice we have reduced the entry fee to reflect this change.

The Coast to Coast starts from the Midland Hotel in Morecambe and finishes at Dunsley Hall near Sandsend as usual but makes significant changes to the route taking in the Trough of Bowland and Castle Howard as it winds it’s way Coast to Coast.

Te Highland 3 Day has an optional day 0. This year it starts from Rosslea Hall hotel in Helensburgh and takes in arouund 800 miles of fantastic Scottish Scenery. Once again the event incorporates an optional gymkhana.

If you click on ‘Events’ on the top banner then ‘Regulations’ you will see the events listed with links to the individual regulations. For all events other than the Fellsman please complete the formand send together with remittance to Sandra. Note you can now also pay by BACS but you do need to send copy of payment reciept to Sandra. Send entries for the Fellsman and Highland direct to Mike Raven

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.