55th Manchester to Blackpool

Starting again from Worsley Old Hall, this well supported event attracted cars of all shapes and sizes, and all ages as well, from modern classics to veteran and vintage, great to see them all out on the road.
After signing on, run by Peter Stansfield, Sandra Williams and Eileen Dyson, the cars were off to the start under the control of Ken Wilkinson, Ben Addison and Peter Stansfield.
The first section was from Worsley to The Duke of Wellington, on the Grane Road near Haslingeden, which has proved to be a handy ‘watering hole’ en route on many of our events, where Paul Ratcliffe and Gareth Davies were on hand to sign the route cards. The following section took the cars through some tried and tested roads and lanes, including Pendle Hill and Stonyhurst College,
before reaching the lunch halt at the wonderful Fulwood Barracks, where hot pot with red cabbage and onions awaited the hungry throng. The marshals here were Dennis Walton, Ian Ormond, Les Fragle, Shiela Russell, Tony Gornall.
Then it was onwards through the outskirts of Preston to the next control at Bowkers BMW and MINI dealership near Preston Docks with marshals Paul Hiles and Moira Leighton and after the cards were signed it was off again via a circuitous route to Wrea Green for more card signing at thislovely village control where Glyn Hughes has manned the control for many years.
With Blackpool now in sight it was off again with all roads, providing you were on the right one, leading to The Italian Gardens in Stanley Park where a cream tea awaited and concours awards were presented by the Mayor of Blackpool Councillor Ian Coleman assisted by Club President John Hartley, and the following were the recipients:-
Group 1 – no entries,
Group 2 – Ian & Sue Thompson 1935 Aston Martin,
Group 3 – Jamie & Karen Clarke 1969 Mercedes Benz Ponton,
Group 4 – Nigel & Gloria Bentley 1989 Porsche Carrera,
Overall Concours and winner of the Ken Hadley memorial trophy Phil & Gill Sykes 1971 Jaguar e-type,
Judges choice Hassan Isajii & Alex Haworth 1955 Porsche Speedster,
Blackpool Corporation Trophy and Mayors choice Jim & Jamie Clarke 1928 Bentley.
The final control was supervised
by Martin Wylie, Ben Addison and Mike Chadwick.

St Georges Day 2017 Report

Blessed with stunning Spring weather, this years event started again from it’s new home of Blackburn Northern Sports Club. With nearly eighty entrants with vehicles as diverse as a Mini Moke, to a Bentley Brooklands.
The organisers had prepared a wonderful route with interesting and different roads, and with some outstanding views of the countryside that we are so fortunate to live in.
At the starting venue there were bacon sandwiches and coffee , with the first car away at 10.00 am sharp, and minute intervals thereafter. The route passed through Mellor, Hurst Green, Stonyhurst College,Whalley, Wiswell, Pendleton before passing
over Pendle Hill and on into the witch country of Fence and Roughlee then on again through Blacko, Thursden Valley, Cornholme leading on to the lunch halt/comfort break at The Duke of Wellington on the Grane Road.
After the break it was off again via Edgworth, Belmont, Rivington, Wheelton, Brindle, Samlesbury Bottoms, back over Mellor to the finish at the Sports Club, for a cracking buffet and a good old chat with chums old and new.
A big thanks to the ladies in the kitchen, who prepared all the food, and of course to the organisers and marshals who got the event together, not forgetting our sponsors to whom we are most grateful, Hagerty Classic Car Insurance, Blue Butts Chequered Flag, and Bowker BMW and MINI. And The Cardboard Box Comany,
A collection was held at the finish with donations being made to the Billy Monger Trust, for the young man who lost his legs in a dreadful accident at Donington Park, the wonderful sum of £150 was raised, thank you so much to all of you who donated.

Special Club Announcement

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.

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.

2018 Classic Challenge

The Challenge enables drivers, navigators and organisers to claim points for each event. Points will be recorded on a simple scorecard which must be sent to the Championship Compiler, Chris Lee, before the 20th January 2019. Full regulations and Scorecard are available from Chris Lee – chrislee1275@aol.com

The Lancashire Automobile Club ‘Classic Challenge’ is a social challenge and does not reflect any element of competition within the events or for completion of any event. Merely taking part, as an entrant or organiser, is sufficient for points to be claimed in the challenge.

  • Points may be claimed for each Lancashire Automobile Club Classic event by drivers, navigators and organsiers who are fully paid up members of the Club on 25th October 2018.
  • Organisers of events may claim points for events as set out below
  • Lancashire Automobile Club Classic events are defined as:
  • Any 2 LAC Social Events
  • St Georges Day Run                                 22nd April
  • The Fellsman                                             12th May
  • Manchester to Blackpool Car Run     10th June
  • Coast to Coast Car Run                           14th July
  • Highland 3 Day Classic Tour                21st – 23rd September (see note below)

 

  • Points will be awarded as follows:
  • Attending LAC Social events in 2018 – 5 points (max 2 events)
  • Entering event                      5 points
  • Starting Road Event           20 points (see note on Highland 3 Day below)
  • Taking part in Concours (Manchester to Blackpool and Coast to Coast)                                                                30 points
  • Note – Highland 3 Day Owing to the nature of this event points may be claimed as follows:Entering the event               5 points              Starting Day ‘0’      5 points         Starting Day One 10 points                              Starting Day Two 10 points               Starting Day Three 10 points
  • To claim points entrants should fill in the Championship ‘scorecard’ and send it to Chris Lee.

Scorecards must be sent to the Challenge Organiser on or before the 20th January 2019.

Classic Challenge 2018

Lancashire Automobile Club Ltd

Classic Challenge 2018

This Challenge will be staged to promote interest in the Clubs’ events and to encourage some friendly rivalry between members. The Classic Challenge is open to all members of the Lancashire Automobile Club. Points are scored for taking part in Lancashire Automobile Club Classic events. Full regulations are available on the Club web site.

The Challenge is open to both drivers and navigators with trophies awarded at the Club’s Annual Dinner Dance and Prize Presentation 2019 at Mitton Hall.

The Challenge enables drivers and navigators to claim points for each event they take part in. Points will be recorded on a simple scorecard by the entrant submitted at the end of the season.

Challenge Rounds are:

o   Any one LAC Social Event

o   St Georges Day Run 22nd April

o   The Fellsman 12th May

o   Manchester to Blackpool Classic Car Run  and Concours 10th June

o   Coast to Coast Classic Car Run and Concours Saturday 14th July

     Highland 3 Day Classic Tour 21st – 23rd September 

Donation to North West Blood Bikes Lancs and Lakes

The LAC is proud to support Blood Bikes. As you know we raised money at the Barry Whizzo Williams event for this worthy cause. Set out below is there letter acknowledging our donation,

Our Next Ride May Save a Life.
Will Yours? Date: 16/03/ 2016 “Volunteers Who Care”

NWBB-Lancs & Lakes,
Willowbank House,
The Clough,
Clayton-le-Woods,
Chorley. PR6 7DG Registered Charity 1147282

Lancashire Automobile Club Lancashire

Dear All On behalf of North West Blood Bikes Lancs and Lakes I would like to thank you for your kind donation of £ 250.00
As you know, our members provide an out of hours motor-cycle delivery service, which supports the NHS. Providing this transport costs money and many of our riders pay their own fuel bills and use their own bikes, but we do an emer-gency service also with specially equipped motorcycles with blues and twos and the cost of running them is quite expensive, so donations such as yours are fantastic.

To date we have handled almost 20,000 call outs in the 46 months we have been running and the numbers are ever increasing and without help from organisations like yours we would not be able to do it. Conservative estimates based on a standard taxi fare of £40 show that we have saved the local NHS in Lancashire and South Lakes well over £800,000 so far, and included runs as far away as Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham, Cardiff Abingdon, Charing Cross & Great Ormond Street.
Thank you from all of us at NWBB Lancs & Lakes.

Yours sincerely Scott M Miller

Name: Scott M Miller Vice Chairman, Trustee Email: scott@millersuk.co.uk Web: www.nwbb-lancs.org Tel: 01254 395552 Mob: 07860 883430
Grass Roots
Motor Sport

Entrants Report on 2016 St Georges Day

Drive it day 2016

With classic car values soaring, it’s easy to forget that their original purpose was to move us from A to B as frugally, as fast or as fashionably as possible. Drive-it day seeks to remind us of that.

Each year, on the nearest Sunday to the 23rd of April, classic car owners are encouraged to dust off their pride and joy, blowing away the cobwebs on the open road to usher in the start of the summer show season.

Drive it day commemorates the thousand mile trial of 1900, in which the Royal Automobile Club participated in a round trip setting off from London and travelling via Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Derby, Kendal, Carlisle, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield, and Nottingham before finishing back in London.

Unlike the original event which was spread across 19 days, the celebration is confined to just one day, with runs and rallies organised countrywide — and that’s where I’d be.

Dad and I would be joining the Lancashire Automobile Club’s St George’s Day run, taking in the best backroads East Lancashire and West Yorkshire have to offer.

We’d be taking part in Dad’s 1969 Lotus Elan, with him in the driver’s seat, and me crunching the numbers and using my legendary (ha!) prowess as a navigator.

Upon signing on, we received our run plaque, some notes on the route (including the bizarre story of the Sabden treacle mine), and directions presented in tulip road book style.

After fuelling up on bacon and coffee, we were ready to set off in the Elan, joining an automotive melting pot of vehicles classic and modern, popular and priceless, all taking to the roads in the pursuit of nothing more than a good drive out. Aside from some characteristic April rain showers and some uncharacteristic April snow showers, that’s exactly what we’d get.

While the organisers could do nothing about the weather, their preparation with the route and the accompanying paperwork was such that we were confident of an easy afternoon’s navigating.

After a short time queuing we reached the start line and the marshals waved us on our way with the union flag.

Despite the organisers staggering the starters, it wasn’t long before any slower cars at the front of the pack were caught, and a convoy of classics developed — much to the amusement of the locals, who waved and smiled as car after car passed by.

After the relatively sluggish first stint, the rest stop at Helwith Bridge gave us a chance to change tack.

We’d been one of the last cars away at the start line, hoping that letting the others gain a bit of ground first would give us a clear run — not so. As we pulled into the car park of the Helwith Bridge Inn, we realised we could kill time more creatively.

Whilst drivers and navigators piled into the pub for coffee and cake, Dad and I patrolled the car park and sized up the other entrants. Having caught up some of the first starters, we had a fair bit of extra time to look over the cars, weighing up the variety of the entrants.

The run is by no means a serious competitive event — more a fun way to spend a few hours on a Sunday, but there were some serious machines on display.

A prized Ferrari 330 GT +2 sat a few paces away from a Volvo Amazon whose dashboard was cluttered with all manner of rally instruments for measuring miles and keeping time. A pre-war Rolls Royce shared the car park with an equally immaculate Mini Clubman, resplendent in its oh-so-70s Tundra green paint.

With the poor weather predicted, it’s a credit to the owners that so many of these valuable cars were brought out and driven, when they’d likely be mollycoddled as collectibles by many others.

As Dad and I finished our circuit of the car park, the other entrants began emptying out of the pub, ready to start the second leg. With that, we went inside, pulled up a couple of chairs and sat down to a lunch of coffee and cake to put some space between the main group and ourselves.

When we eventually resurfaced, the Elan stood alone in the car park. Success.

The roads of the second leg weren’t unlike the first — the only difference was the speed at which we’d be taking them. With mile after mile of clear air ahead of us, we hustled the Elan around the twists and turns of West Yorkshire, before dropping back down into East Lancashire.

On the way down, we encountered switchbacks on the steeper sections — the like of which you’d expect to find on more continental roads.

The terrain levelled out, the roads widened, and the pace increased — it was only a matter of time before we caught a few of the stragglers which courteously waved us by, allowing us to go on unheeded.

After getting our eye in with the first leg of the route, it was pretty easy to pick up where we left off, tackling the 30 mile return leg without any drama.

We pulled into the car park, greeted by smiles and waves from the same marshals who had waved us off at the start.

Whilst Dad and I were happy to lap up any adulation, it only took a look over our shoulders to realise where the praise was due. In the previous owner’s hands, the Elan had managed only 50 miles per year – we’d broken that record by the time we’d reached the rest stop at the Helwith Bridge Inn. The little Lotus, now ticking itself cool, had completed the 80 mile run without complaint.

Sure, this hardly compared to the Mille Miglia or the Targa Florio, and I’m sure none of us taking part would expect to be treated like the daredevil mavericks taking on these gruelling events, but over the 80 miles we’d covered, we’d all proven that in less than perfect conditions, our cars were not only capable of being driven, but enjoyed too.

Matthew Parkinson