An Invite from the VSCC to LAC Members



Are you getting fed up with lockdown? Are you itching to do an event in your old car?

The VSCC’s CHESHIRE RALLY on Saturday 24 October 2020 could be just what you are looking for. In addition to the usual pre-war cars the VSCC is extending a warm welcome to early post-war historic cars (Historic Road Rally Category 1)

The route has been approved by the RLO and MSUK have granted a permit conditional on the government guidelines, at the time, permitting.

The original idea was to run a 90+ mile Day/Night rally from lunchtime through to early evening and we still hope to do so but we may need to be flexible in the current circumstances. Certainly changes will be made to arrangements for Signing-On and social distancing at the Start etc but we may amend the format by reducing the mileage and run from mid-morning to mid-afternoon thus reducing the need for overnight accommodation, meals etc.

Entrants may choose which class they enter: the Trophy/Expert Class will be as demanding and competitive as ever for the experienced diehards but the Clubman and Champagne Classes will be more relaxed appealing to novices, beginners and those who just want a more laid-back, relaxed day out. Experts and the Clubman Class will use OS Landranger 117 (Chester and Wrexham) with the Clubman Class having easier instructions and longer plotting time. The Champagne Class will have an easy to follow Road Book containing tulip diagrams and TL, TR instructions.

Rally HQ is Bickerton Village Hall, near Malpas, Cheshire. The route will wend its way through the delightfully picturesque lanes to the south west of Oulton Park.

For further details of the event please contact:

Clerk of the Course, Martin Jelley, on 01704 507663 or

For enquiries about entries, registering your interest, Supplementary Regulations etc please contact Secretary of the Meeting: Andrew Tarring on 01608 644777 or


I would be grateful if you could accept this invitation on behalf of your members, once we have all the replies in we will publish regulations.

Stay safe


 Andrew Tarring

Non-Speed secretary

Vintage Sports-Car Club

T: 01608 644777 ext 4

F: 01608 644888


Festival of Speed & Goodwood Revival update

I know Goodwood is a soft spot in many motorsport enthusiasts hearts. I recieved this letter (as I’m sure many others have done, today from the Duke asking for support in these trying times.
The letter is self explanitory
Dear Chris,
I hope all is well given the extraordinary situation we have all been experiencing over the past few months.
Summer is normally an exciting time at Goodwood, as we welcome hundreds of thousands of guests to our headline events. Sadly that’s not to be this year, as we have had to take the decision not to hold the Festival of Speed and Revival in 2020.
While ticket holders will be given the option to roll their tickets over into 2021, or request a refund, I very much hope that they will support us in a new initiative, aimed at keeping the spirit of Goodwood motorsport alive, by joining the newly reinvigorated Goodwood Supporters’ Association (GSA). As a friend of Goodwood, I hope that you might consider joining too.
The original GSA was founded 25 years ago, when a group of enthusiasts joined me to help overcome a seemingly insurmountable challenge – bringing racing back to Goodwood Motor Circuit. The challenge we face today is very different, but perhaps even more serious, as it threatens the future of the entire estate. Bringing people together to enjoy the things they love is fundamental to everything we do at Goodwood, so social distancing is having a catastrophic impact on all areas of our business. It is a worrying time, in the face of which we are doing what we can to salvage a future for our events.
We have, of course, placed the safety of our customers and staff above all else, but now we begin to face the implications of the ‘new normal’ as the government attempts to balance the demands of health and the economy. We are hoping that we may be able to keep the flame alive with a ‘behind closed doors’ motorsport occasion in the autumn, for everyone to enjoy at home, but in terms of business the most this will do is limit damage. We count on our headline events to generate all of our operating profit, and their absence has left us with millions in overheads to pay and no income since March, placing not only future events but even the long-term survival of the estate under considerable strain. It is therefore my hope that, with the renewal of the GSA, you may consider standing beside us as we weather this storm.
At each level, you will receive a range of exclusive benefits as a gesture of our gratitude for your support in preserving Goodwood’s future. These include a special one-off GSA pin badge to identify you as a lifetime Goodwood supporter, a section of the woodland northwest of the circuit that will be adopted as a symbol of your lasting connection to the estate, and inscribing GSA members’ names on commemorative plaques at the Motor Circuit or within the Festival of Speed site.
I appreciate this is an exceptional request, and ultimately you must do what is best for you and your family. If you do feel able to support us by joining the new GSA, please visit the website and follow the simple instructions.
I wish you all the best, and hope it won’t be too long before I can welcome you back to Goodwood.
Kindest regards,
The Duke of Richmond and Gordon

Virtual Concours D’Elegance – The Mayor’s Choice

At 4.00pm today the Mayor of Blackpool, Councillor Amy Cross announced her favourite car from all the photos in our Virtual Concours D’Elegance.
All the photos were ‘blind’ and did not include the name or details of the owner so it is with great pleasure we can announce that the Mayor of Blackpool’s personal favourite the 1990 Mini Cooper RSP Limited Edition.

FBHVC Corona Virus Survey

The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs has contacted all it’s member clubs abnd carried out a survey to try and quantify the impact of the current Corona Virus pandemic on the classic car world.

The Lancashire Automobile Club was proud to be part of this survey and finds the results interesting. We thought it would be of benefit to make the findings available to members and you can read them by clicking on the links below:-

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Auto Unio Laps of Donington – This time in full coluor

We have already put a black and white version of the Auto Union’s lap of Donington so we are now sharing a full colour version.

I think the black and white version better fits in with the vintage of the pre war circuit and I’m not sure about the pretend engineer to driver radio conversation either!

Pre War Donington Circuit – virtual lap by Auto Union GP Car

Computer generated video of the pre war Donington circuit.
The original Donington circuit had a lap distance of 3miles 220yds and some unique challenges to the drivers of the day.
This computer generated vidoe gives the taste of racing round this historic circuit in an all conquering Auto Union Type C – Enjoy!