We would like to thank all of our entrants and assure them that full refunds of entry fees will be made in due course.
We have recieved a further update from Motorsport UK. The fundamental message is that the suspension of motorsport in the UK is extended top at least the 30th June.
Corona Virus (COVID19)
Statement from Lancashire Automobile Club (1902) Ltd
Following recent government announcements, we can confirm that Lancashire Automobile Club (1902) Ltd is continuing to respond to the advice that has been issued. We can also confirm that Motorsport UK has now suspended all organising permits until at least 30th April.
The immediate impact of this is the running of the St George’s Day event on Sunday 26th April. Further to this, however, we have taken the decision to cancel the Fellsman, due to take place on Saturday 16th May. All entry fees received for these events will be refunded.
We will continue to monitor the situation, particularly in respect of both the Manchester to Blackpool run on Sunday 14th June and the Coast to Coast on Saturday 11th July. If these events need to be cancelled, all entry fees will be refunded.
We will endeavour to keep the Lancashire Automobile Club web site lancsautoclub.com updated and will also post updates on the Lancashire Automobile Club Facebook page. We will be in touch immediately should the situation change. In the meantime, please stay safe.
Lancashire Automobile Club (1902) Ltd
What a night!
Those of you who enjoyed Mike Wood’s Monte Memories last night certainley had a real treat. Mike was on form and the packed Whalley Golf Club, with around 100 in attendance, had a great evening.
We promised to make videos of the Monte Carlo Rallies we found of Mike on the rallies available so here we go.
Simply click on the link to seethe video.
And finaly 1973
Wednesday 20th November saw the latest motor sport supper night featuring a famous name from the world of motoring and this time our guest was non-other than Fuzz Townshend, the master mechanic from Chanel 4’s popular car restoration programme Car SOS.
Accompanied by Peter McIlvenny, Carol Nash Insurance, for whom Fuzz is an ambassador, Fuzz fielded a range of questions from a capacity audience at Whalley Golf Club, the LAC’s spiritual home for such gatherings.
Fuzz explained how he had started out at the West Midland Passenger Transport Executive as a bus mechanic (buses being a real passion of his), then becoming a college lecturer in music and technology before going on to a job in journalism with Practical Classics where he went on to become Technical Editor; and from there to being owner of a car restoration business, Westgate Classics. As well as this he was, and continues to be, a drummer with a band and has managed to mix his passion for music with a love for older cars.
The question and answer session, which sandwiched a break for a light meal, enabled the attendees to ask a wide and varied set of questions, mostly to do with Car SOS but also of his music interest. It transpired that a budget of circa £25,000 is nominally allocated to each SOS restoration project and Fuzz is given the final say as to whether a car is in a credible state to be restored. There have been a number of close shaves when trying to conceal a job from an unsuspecting recipient as well as long days and nights trying to complete a car in readiness for the big reveal.
Providing anecdotes about his life, Fuzz was both engaging and entertaining and all the time spoke with a smile on his face, something which endeared him to the gathered audience.
At the end of the evening the club presented him with a token of thanks by way of a bottle of whisky and offered an invitation to take part in two of its 2020 events, the Great Manchester to Blackpool Car Run and the Coast to Coast Class Tour, so it’s possible that we might see him once again sometime next year!
Before leaving a number of people came forward to have the obligatory selfie after which it was time to head home.
Another successful and very enjoyable club night. Here’s to the next one…..
Lancashire Automobile Club Annual Dinner Dance 2020
Members and guests of Lancashire Automobile Club filled Mitton Hall, just north of Whalley, for their annual season opener.
Compliments of the Club – sparkling wine or orange juice, was served to all attending on arrival. The room had been set to perfection by Eileen Dyson and Carolyn Taylor to welcome everyone.
Once seated David Taylor said a very appropriate grace with a motoring twist:
For the food that we eat
For the company we keep
For the engines that we tweak
And for the sport in which we compete
May the Lord keep us safe and truly thankful. Amen
Then an excellent meal was served by the Mitton Hall staff followed by the loyal toast read by Mike Wood.
Then the formalities of the annual prize giving were dispensed as quickly and painlessly as possible. The awards, presented by the club President Mike Raven, recognise the contributions to the club of many of the members and officials.
The Wood Trophy is all about rallying and road events in particular. This year we are spreading the criteria a bit.
The LAC has built up a reputation for organising some fine events including:
The St Georges Day Run
The Manchester to Blackpool
The Coast to Coast
And last but by no means least the Highland 3 Day
The winner of this award had either organised or entered on all these events; but one event in particular, has been his baby. He brought the idea to the Club and we were happy to back him all the way and in return he and his team organised one of the finest events of its type.
Last year saw the final running of this Rally as he is taking a break. Not to worry we have a fine replacement in the form of the Border Reivers Run and we are sure the Highland will be back when the time is right.
The Wood Trophy was presented to Mike Raven, Clerk of Course for the Highland 3 Day, by Mike Wood.
Attwater Trophy For services to the Club.
The Attwater is really the Club saying thank you for all your efforts.
As always this was a difficult choice – so many people put their time and effort into running the club and all its many events, but this year one person really stood out. He is involved in every event but members seldom see him!
In addition, for the last two years he has given up a lot of his time guiding us through the tricky process of establishing a new corporate structure.
So the winner of this award was the Club’s Honorary Treasurer, Stephen Proctor.
Unfortunately, Stephen was unable to attend the event so the trophy was presented at the Club’s AGM earlier in the week.
THE RW CLARKE MEMORIAL TROPHY
The RW Clarke Memorial Trophy was presented by Ray’s family to the Club. Ray was an organiser of LAC events for many, many years as well as being the Club Treasurer.
Normally this trophy is for a Challenge based on a full season of motoring events. But this year the championship compiler hadn’t received the required number of entries so it was decided to do something different!
The compiler looked through the entries for our classic events to see who had consistently supported the events over the last 5 years.
Some of the members do many events, not only road events but also the Club’s social events: one name stood out and we decided to present the award this year to John Atkinson.
This trophy (actually a ‘leaper’) was presented by Jaguar Cars Plc to the LAC to use annually as we wish. The club tries to ensure this trophy goes to one of the many Jaguar owners and drivers who take part in the Club’s events.
This year the award was presented to Geoff Neumark who is a regular entrant in his fantastic Jaguar E Type.
Not only that but he has campaigned the E Type on several major events with some success over the years.
This award is presented at the President’s discretion and is a purely personal choice. Traditionally it has gone to members who have given long term support to the club either as an entrant or organizer.
This year the Club President, Mike Raven, presented the award to Carolyn Taylor who not only is the prime driver (no pun intended!) behind the annual Dinner Dance but has helped organize the Sportsman’s Luncheons and other social and road events over the years.
That brought the prize presentation to our premier award the
Peter Collins Trophy – The Clubs Premier award
As a bit of background Peter Collins was a British Grand Prix driver who found great success driving for Ferrari. On his death his widow past this trophy to the club to be awarded to recognize the success of Club members in motorsport.
Our worthy winner this year has competed at many of the premier racing circuits and covered himself with some glory in the process.
Last year we presented a special award for a newcomer who was making their mark.
We thought he might win the Mychreest Trophy for his exploits in sprints and hillclimbs this year but his exploits on the track have surpassed our expectations.
Amongst his racing exploits,alongside huge grids, he managed:
3rd in Class in Northern Saloon & Sports Car Championship in his Caterham 7.
So he had done very well after last year. To say the least.
He also got the golden opportunity, which I suppose we all dream of by driving a Saudia Williams Formula One up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
That says something about the high regard Andrew Wareing has in his abilities – he just doesn’t let anyone drive his pride and joy!
Racing can be hard work, all that way, and then disaster, then home again and fix.: that was his previous season – So to keep on going and continue with great enthusiasm, deserv
es our premier award.
The Peter Collin’s Trophy was awarded to Drew Myerscough.
Following the presentation there was dancing till midnight only interrupted by a very rapid raffle which raised a splendid amount of money to support the Blood Bikers charity.
A thoroughly enjoyable evening made all the better by the many members and guests who attended.
PS The 2012 Dinner Dance will be held at Mitton Hall on Friday 12th March.
A guide to seat belt law for classic cars so you can understand exactly what your obligations are.
Since 1983 it has been a UK requirement to wear a seat belt. However, prior to 1966, it was commonplace for cars to be manufactured without seat belts, so there are some exemptions for classic car owners
Do classic cars need to have seat belts in the UK?
If a classic car was originally manufactured without seat belts, then it currently does not need to have seat belts fitted. Many cars were manufactured without them prior to new legislation introduced in 1983 that required passengers to wear seat belts.
However, according to guidance provided by the DVLA, without seat belts, drivers are limited to which passengers are able to travel in the vehicle. There are restrictions to transporting children, with no children under the age of three permitted to travel in a car without seat belts. Children over the age of three can travel in the car but are only allowed to sit in the back seats.
What year of car is exempt from seat belts?
If your car was made before 1965 and seat belts were not fitted at the point of manufacture, you are not required to fit them.
In the UK, it became compulsory for manufacturers to install anchorage points in vehicles in 1965, with the requirement for three-point belts in the front outboard positions following three years later. The 1968 legislation necessitated that all new vehicles be fitted with seat belts, and any vehicle dating back to 1965 must be re-equipped.
My classic car doesn’t have seat belts, will this affect my insurance?
Due to the lack of the additional safety feature, classic cars without seat belts are likely to be more difficult and expensive to insure. However, insurance companies that specialise in classic vehicles can ease the process of getting your classic car insured.
Who has to wear seat belts if they are fitted?
Legislation states that if seat belts are fitted in the seat you’re using, they must be worn when the car is being driven. The law also states that only one person can sit in a seat with a fitted belt at a time.
For children, the appropriate car seat for their height or weight must be used until they reach 135cm tall or reach the age of 12, whichever is first.
Are there exemptions to the seat belt law?
There are a few exemptions to the seat belt law. For example, drivers do not have to wear a seat belt when reversing, nor does a supervisor when a learner is reversing. You do not need to wear a seat belt if you’re in a vehicle being used for police, fire and rescue services, or are a passenger in a trade vehicle and are investigating a fault.
If you are driving a goods vehicle and there is less than 50 metres between stops then you are also exempt, as well as taxi drivers who are ‘plying for hire’ or carrying passengers. There are also medical exemptions, in which you much receive a Certificate of Exemption for Compulsory Seat Belt Wearing. This must be kept in the vehicle. You will also be required to inform your car insurer.
What’s the penalty for not wearing a seat belt?
Currently in the UK, if found not wearing a seat belt when required, you could be fined up to £500. However, a recent proposal could also see drivers face points on their licence for not wearing seat belts, although the Department for Transport has not said how many.
Who’s responsible for ensuring passengers wear their seat belts?
It is the passenger’s responsibility to ensure they are wearing their seat belt, and anyone not wearing one when required could be fined up to £500. However, if the passenger is under the age of 14 then the driver is responsible for ensuring they wear a seat belt or are suitably restrained. If they are caught not wearing one, the driver will face the penalty.
The Lancashire Automobile Club (1902) Ltd is a member of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Club (FBHVC) who represent the interests of Veteran, Edwardian, Vintage and Classic car enthusiast in respect of legislation at national (and european) level as well as many other topics.
Each year they have a event, this year held at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon on 25 January 2020, where they present topics of interest to the various motoring clubs they represent.
This year the topics were wide ranging and point the way with respect to the future. We are lucky enough to have a representative at this meeting and here Adrian Dean gives a brief update of important issues affecting us all.
Please note – Within the report are references to some surveys which the Federation will be undertaking in the future. When they come out we will inform you.
Please find the time to complete these surveys as they will influence the Federations approach to these issues.
Future Research Project – Paul Chasney
Paul Chasney outlined a proposed new survey for 2020, which would consist of:
- Stage1 Desk research
- Stage 2 Online survey aimed at GB Public
- Stage 3 Vehicle owners survey
This new survey will provide evidence for political leaders and other influencers to gauge the level of support for the right to use our historic vehicles on public roads. This is especially relevant in view of recent local authority proposals to restrict the use of vehicles or ban them altogether from certain towns.
An important aspect of this survey will be to discover respondents’ views on historic vehicles being part of the UK’s heritage. In this respect, the Federation has developed links with the National Trust to allow historic vehicles access to some properties where there is a clear connection with a historic vehicle.
FIVA (Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens) is also considering a survey of historic vehicles and a representative of FBHVC has been invited to attend an initial meeting in Brussels. The proposed FIVA survey will present significant challenges due to the large number of member countries, so it will be interesting to see what emerges from Brussels.
Adrian Dean will be part of a small team working on the survey with Paul Chasney.
Archiving – is it for us? What can we do? Andy Bye
The feeling among some may have been that this presentation would be dry as dust and not for us. Nothing could have been further from the truth. Andy Bye took us through some clubs’ efforts to archive irreplaceable documents and photographs ranging from storage in barns, garages, attics and miscellaneous cardboard boxes. Some clubs have realised that unless they do something soon, many historic documents and photographs may be lost forever or seriously damaged.
A discussion about the value of digitising documents and photographs raised issues about the cost and best practice. The Federation agreed to investigate this and whilst it had limited funds, may be able to source a supplier that clubs could use and recommend best practice.
The Austin 7 Club indicated that its archive had generated contributions from members and increased the profile of the club.
DVLA Question Time – Ian Edmunds & Wayne Scott
The representatives of several clubs complained about the difficulty of registering historic vehicles. As usual, no representative of the DVLA was in attendance, no doubt because it would be like Daniel going into the lions’ den. The Federation has the difficult task of maintaining tact, diplomacy and good relations with the DVLA against a background of declining service and the frustration suffered by members. It may need political intervention at ministerial level before any improvements can be implemented.
Planning for the Future Preparing Classic Car Clubs for the next 40 years UPDATE – Bruce Kelsey (Morris Minor Owners Club)
Bruce Kelsey received tumultuous applause at last year’s Club Expo and so his return this year was warmly welcomed. There is no doubt that the membership of 8,500 is a testimony to the success the MMOC, particularly bearing in mind that the marque ceased production nearly 6 decades ago. Bruce told us how this had been achieved:
- All members are invited to have a say in the running of the club
- The Club critically reviews what it does
- Encourages new ideas
- Discovers the skills within the Club
- Sustains a passion about the marque
- Undertakes surveys of its members
- Creates trust
The Birth of Youth Groups & their achievements – Wayne Scott & Charlie Crawshaw
Charlie Crawshaw made a brilliant presentation of his achievement in attracting young people to Tyrefest and obtaining sponsorship. His presentation had the maturity of a person much older than his 22 years. He is destined to become a star within the historic vehicle community.
For more information about Tyrefest, visit https://tyrefest.org.uk/
For further information regarding the Club Expo 2020, please contact Adrian Dean on 07989 343503 firstname.lastname@example.org
As you may well be aware Mike Raven is taking a well earned rest from organising his Highland event in 2020.
Fear not because we have an alternative for you. Peter Ward has taken up the challenge and is in the midst of organising an event in the Scottish Borders to slake your motoring thirsts.
BORDER REIVERS TOUR
The Border Reivers Tour, organised by the LAC, will be a 3-day event aimed at Classic and other interesting cars. Navigation will be simple, primarily using a tulip road book with descriptive text. A good road atlas should enable the route to be followed. There will be no timing, nor will there be any awards as this is not a competition. The Tour will take place from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September in the Lowlands of Scotland, Northumbria and Cumbria through areas much dominated by the Border Reivers in days of yore! The start will be from the Holiday Inn, Dumfries on Friday morning, returning there for an overnight halt. On Saturday there will be another loop from Dumfries, again returning for an overnight halt before the final day on Sunday which will be completed by mid-afternoon at the North Lakes Hotel, Penrith. Following route checking and further planning an outline of the route appears below.
Day 1 (Friday) Starting from Dumfries, the route covers 170 miles to the west and north of the town, taking in the Solway Coast and view of the Lake District mountains, before heading back inland to New Galloway and Newton Stewart. From here the route reaches the west coast south of Girvan with fine views of granite-producing island of Ailsa Craig (curling stone manufacture) and possible sightings of seals. A lunch halt at the Woodland Bay Hotel follows before continuing through Girvan and heading east to Dalmellington. The route now heads generally south east to return to Dumfries and a night’s rest.
Day 2 (Saturday) The160 mile route covers an area north and north east of Dumfries, firstly passing Drumlanrig Castle (home to the Duke of Buccleuch, a major Scottish landowner) before crossing the Lowther Hills, via the Mennoch Pass, into lead-mining country and Leadhills, the second highest village in Scotland. After lunch at The Gordon Arms further areas on the route will include places such as Ettrick, the forests of Craik, Eskdalemuir and Castle O’er before returning to Dumfries via Lockerbie and Lochmaben.
Day 3 (Sunday) The final day covers 140 miles which allows for a mid-afternoon finish at the North Lakes Hotel, Penrith where a buffet will be available. The route heads north east towards Langholm before passing the site of the infamous Hermitage Castle which controlled the whole of the Scottish Middle March in the Border Country. A visit to Kielder, Wark and Hayden Bridge precedes the ascent to Alston and then the long descent to Penrith.
Block bookings have been made at the Holiday Inn, Dumfries, offering bed and breakfast on Thursday night and dinner, bed and breakfast for Friday and Saturday nights. Using just one hotel means entrants can leave much of their luggage behind for the first two days. For those who do not wish to take an advantage of Thursday night a discount will be offered.
Once full details are available we will update you but in the meantime put the dates in your shiny new 2020 diaries.