FRIDAY 22nd FEBRUARY 2019, MITTON HALL HOTEL, MITTON, BB7 9PQ The annual prize and presentation evening will be held once again at Mitton Hall Hotel when we can relax with friends and enjoy a celebration of the 2018 season. A champagne reception and three course meal, together with live music, will ensure that this is an evening to remember. Carolyn Taylor is the architect and driving force behind this annual bash and would be grateful for early expressions of interest in order to assist with the planning and logistics. Tickets are available at a cost £38 per person with tables of ten available at £380. Don’t delay. Why not put the date in your diary now and either drop a quick e-mail to Carolyn at email@example.com to say that you’ll be there or call her on 01254 886819.
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!
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.
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 forebears 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!
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
Turn Left on A666 and return “home”
Distance 17.1 miles
The attached report has details of the 2017 Highland Tour, Please click the link below to view.
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.
Lancashire Automobile Club Ltd
Drive it Day 2017
St Georges Day Run 23rd May
It might be worth first giving a little explanation of what Drive it Day is all about. The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) decided many years ago that the profile of classic vehicles (in the widest sense) should be raised with the British public and our political masters.
In truth the importance, and shear value, of the classic car industry is worth tens if not hundreds of millions of pounds to the British economy. So whilst the FBHVC lobbied both Parliament and Brussels on our behalf members of the federation have done their bit organising events on the annual Drive it Day.
The Lancashire Automobile Club has been a member of the FBHVC for many years and organises a very successful run every year taking in the abundance of fine driving roads in Lancashire. The event is a Touring Assembly and as such is untimed with no awrds. We have seen routes starting in the Whalley Blackburn area taking in roads to the west, north, and east. This year we decided to go south for a change.
Almost 80 vintage and classic cars entered the event which was supported by Blue Butts Classic Cars, Hagerty Motor Insurance and Bowker BMW and Mini. Each entrant received a traditional Rally Plate, tulip style Route Book and a Route Information book. The latter containing snippets of information about the places the cars passed through on their 100mile journey.
We were blessed with great weather the whole day, not something we were expecting given the previous weekends washout!
The route started from Blackburn Northern Sports Club, with a bacon bap, and looped north towards Hurst Green then northeast over Pendle and on to Colne. We then went into ‘new’ territory through Trawden and south over Widdop Moor before turning west to a coffee/lunch halt at the Duke of Wellington on the Grane Road.
After a brief halt the route went south then west to Belmont and into the Anglezarke complex before turning north to Top Lock, and Brindle to return to the start where a light buffet awaited them. There was a collection for the young Formula 4 driver who was seriously injured at Donnington Park recently and the entrants gave generously. The Club will top up the collection to a nice round figure – many thanks to all who contributed.
Thanks must go to all the marshals who helped under the direction of our Clerk of Course, Anthony Taylor, the sandwich makes, Eileen and Carolyn, and of course all the entrants who brought their magnificent vehicles for all to enjoy.
If anyone wants to see, or purchase more photographs from the event simply go to Brian Taylors site White Dog Photography www.whitedogphotography.co.uk and simply click on this link then select 2017 motorsport galleries to see all the pictures (by the way if you look on 2016 motorsport galleries there are pictures from our 2016 events).
To get the pictures simply follow the directions at the bottom of the first web page. Brian doesn’t personally charge but asks that you donate an amount you feel appropriate to Cancer Research UK. You don’t just get your pictures you are helping the fight against Cancer.
You then contact Brian direct with the picture numbers you require and he gives you a link to the files at full resolution.