2019 Classic Challenge

Our popular ‘Classic Challenge’ is open to all Lancashire Automobile Club members and allows them to score points at Lancashire Automobile Club road, concours and social events plus our static show at the Royal Lancashire Show. As a bonus this year points will be available for those who attend the 2020 AGM. Challenge Scorecards need to be submitted by the 20th January and the bonus points will be added for those attending the AGM before the final results are calculated.

“Silverware/Awards” will be presented at the annual Bash at Mitton Hall on Friday 28th February 2020 along with other club Awards. Contact Carolyn Taylor 01254 385413 for tickets.

Full Challenge Regulations and Scorecard are available via this link Classic Challenge 2019

2019 Diner Dance “Oh what a night!”

The 2019 bash got under way with glasses of fizz and the souds of our live band the Bartenders.

The food was excellent, the music fantastic and the company great. What more can you ask for?

Carolyn Taylor and Eileen Dyson had made the room look something special and Mitton Hall had pulled out all the stops to make us welcome.

Of course we had to have the Prize Presentation but we minimised the duration of the proceedings whilst applauding the efforts of members throughout the year.

Noteworthy winners included:

Tony Lund and Margaret Polley won the Wood Trophy for their exploits on the LAC road events.

John Hartley recieved the Attwater Trophy for his services to the Club. He has organized the Fellsman Rally for the last 25 years so perhaps that is sufficient!

The winner of the Classic Challenge, The RW Clarke Memorial Award wass Geoff Awde who either entered or officiated on almost every LAC event.

Present by Jaguar Cars Plc the Jaguar Trophy is presented you Jag drivers who have achived something special this year the award went to Steve and Deborah who entered all our events in their resplendent Jaguar E Type. What a fine entrant, stopping to do Fire Duties when a fellow entrant’s car burst into flames. Not only did they help a fellow entrant, saved the LAC a headache but also saving some insurers a huge sum of money for the acres of dry, wheat that almost went up in flames!

The Presidents Award went to Carolyn and Eileen for their unstinting efforts on the ‘social side’ throughout the year.

Finally the top award, the Peter Collins Trophy, had already been presented to Brian Redman for a lifetime in motorsport at the triannual Sportsman’s Lunch and as he lives in Florida….

All in all a great evening roll of 2020!

 

 

 

2019 AGM – Report

This years AGM was well attended and featured some lively discussions concening the future of the Club.

The Treasurers report was well recieved and in a nutshell the Club’s finances are healthy with no need to raise Membership fees. Indeed the meeting voted in favour of increasing the Members discount for entry to the Club’s road Runs in 2020.

The Hon Secs report was essentially a resume of the Club’s year and a edited version is set out below.

Lancashire Automobile Club

Hon Secretaries Report 2019

At this year’s Annual General Meeting Mike Raven presented the following report on the Club’s activities in 2018.

The St Georges Day Run on the 29th April started at Blackburn Northern Sports Centre and followed a route which the Pendle Witches were forced to travelled, from Pendle hill, through the Trough of Bowland to Lancaster Castle. The return to Blackburn was via a route first used by the LAC in 1904, and recreated by Chris Lee.

For the Fellsman in May, a big thank you to John Hartley for 25 years of Fellsmans! Last year’s event started and finished at Stirk House near Gisburn, and wound its way up to lunch at the Heversham Hotel, before returning to Gisburn. The event was a little down on numbers, but enjoyed by all who entered.

The Manchester to Blackpool run in June attracted 70 entries. It included lots of new roads, starting at Worsley Old Hall with two intertwining routes via Haslingden and over to Pendle on its way to Fulwood Baracks for lunch. Then it was through to Blackpool via Bowker BMW at Preston docks and finishing at Stanley Park.

The Coast to Coast in July again saw a full entry of 70 cars starting from the Midland Hotel in Morecambe and finishing at Dunsley Hall, Sandsend. Many new roads were used and enjoyed in the glorious sunshine. A lunchtime drama was averted by the quick thinking of Steve Smith, in his ‘fire engine red’ E-Type, who used his fire extinguisher to save one of the cars that had caught fire!

The Highland 3 Day got off to an eventful start with the 27 entrants heading north following in the path of storm ‘Ally’. On arrival at Hetland Hall Nr Dumfries, the hotel had no power, water or gas! With a bit of work we found hotel rooms for 46 people in three hotels spread around the county; the weather improved and we covered some splendid countryside. The route took us up to Elgin and across to Loch Carron before finishing at the Dunkeld House Hotel, with only a few more detours round fallen trees, bridge repairs and road closures. This was the first 3 day that ran a Gymkhana, collecting points at Forrestburn sprint and hill climb, the Grampian transport museum, the Cairngorm Ski Centre carpark and three navigation sections on route, again my thanks to all involved in making the 2018 the 25 Highland 3 day a great success.

The London to Sydney 50th anniversary talk by Mike Wood gave a fascinating insight into taking part in an international event. Our thanks to Mike Wood and all the people who supported him.

The Sportsman Dinner in November with the return of Brian Redman was a sell-out event with an splendid meal at the Stirk house Hotel and an excellent talk by Brian. Our thanks to Brian for coming all that way from his home in the US, to everyone involved with the organisation of such a prestigious event and for all the people that supported the occasion. H&H auctions provided vital sponsorship for the event and donations were made to worthy charities.

The Christmas Bash at Edisford Bridge Hotel was yet again a splendid informal get-together.  We enjoyed a good meal, good company and a challenging quiz which tested just how much we know about Lancashire.

At this point I would like to express the Club’s thanks to all those who worked hard to stage these events and our event sponsors, Blue Butts Chequered Flag, Bowker BMW and MINI as well as Hagerty Classic Car Insurance.

Post Script:

The Dinner Dance held in February 2019 was well attended with over 80 guests enjoying a splendid dinner at Mitton Hall. The prize-giving and raffle was followed by a live band, ‘The Bartenders’ (featuring our very own Owen Drew) who very successfully tempted members and guests onto the dance floor.

Following this report John Hartley gave a brief update on the position with the new company. In essence we are well on track to registering the new company which will give greater financial protection to officials and members into the future with an elected Board of Directors and an organising Committee (appointed by the Directors) looking after the Club’s affairs.

All that remained was the election of Committee Members and Officials which was included the election of Mike Raven as President and the elevation of Martin Wylie to Hon Sec.

All that was then needed was the customery

Sad News – Ted Worswick (Updated)

 

It is with great sadness we inform you of the death of a long time member of the LAC Edward (Ted) Worswick who suffered a fatal heart attack last Saturday, 23 February.

Ted’s funeral is on Wednesday 13th March, 1.15pm
At St. John’s Church, George Lane, Read, followed by cremation (family) at Burnley Crematorium and then reception at the Higher Trapp.
Let’s see how many big Healeys attend – a fitting tribute

Born in Clitheroe Ted began racing in the early ‘60s with a Coventry Climax engined Lotus 7, one of the early TVR Griffiths (not too reliable as I recall) and the first of several Austin-Healey 3000s, enjoying success at Oulton Park and Aintree amongst others.  In 1965, with Alan Minshaw as co-driver, Ted entered the Big Healey (PJB 828) in the Guards Trophy 1000-mile race at Brands Hatch, a race run in two equal parts over two days, finishing 10th overall.

In 1968 he acquired a very quick Jaguar E-type with which he enjoyed considerable success in Modified Sports Car racing, taking numerous wins at circuits across the United Kingdom.  For 1972 the E-type gave way to the fearsomely fast 5.4 litre TVR Tuscan originally built for Richard Taft which enabled Ted to continue his winning ways, ending the year as class winner in the STP Modified Sports Car Championship.  Ted then reduced his racing activities although he did share Ken Coffey’s Ford Escort Twin Cam in the 1973 Spa 24 Hours and continued to have fun with his Healeys.

But it was with the big Healeys, In the true spirit of an English privateer, Ted competed at the highest level on a shoestring budget. He entered the 1966 Targa Florio and drove 767 KNX down to Sicily himself. He shared 767 KNX with Alan Minshaw but failed to finish due to a back axle failure, forcing a repair at the side of the road before the long journey home.

Ted also entered the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans but did not arrive for the race. A sabbatical for 1967 due to Ted racing a sister car, ARX 91B, resulted in 767 KNX next running in the 1968 Targa Florio, a more successful race for the Healey after Ted and Richard Bond finished 29th overall and 4th in class. Throughout this time, Ted raced several times at national level before putting 767 KNX into storage in 1970.

It was not only on the circuits and roads that Ted campaigned the Healey; they were also pressed into service for various international rallies of the time including the RAC, the Welsh and the Gulf.

Emerging from long term hibernation, Ted entered 767 KNX for the 1982 Golden Fifty RAC Rally and finished 5th behind Paddy Hopkirk in the winning Mini and three other Minis. To reward his efforts, he took the GT class spoils and the Team Prize. A return to circuit racing beckoned with a race at Oulton Park in 1984 followed by another adventure to Italy to compete in the 1987 Coppa D’Italia. Ted’s adventures did not end there as he took part in the Anglo American Challenge as part of Team Healey, 767 KNX making its first visit back to the USA since the 1964 Sebring 12 Hours.

Many of you will have attended a recent LAC evening at Whalley Golf Club where Ted entertained all present with stories of his exploits on the Targe Florio.

A great competitor and friend of the LAC he will be missed.

Classic Challenge 2018 Results

Once again the Challenge got off to a great start with the St Georges Day

Run ably organised by Anthony Taylor and the usual suspects. Next came

John Hartley’s fiendish Fellsman event.

We had a good turnout turn out on the Manchester to Blackpool with Martin

Wylie as CoC visiting the Lancashire Fusiliers Museum in Fulwood. The

Coast to Coast, again with Martin Wylie as CoC, was a scorcher with brilliant

sunshine all along the 160 mile trip.

Mike Raven’s Highland 3 (some say 4 or even 5) Day made for a truly grand

finale covering roughly 1000miles.

In addition, entrants could claim additional points for attending LAC social

events and our Classic Car Show at the Royal Lancashire Show.

We have awarded points for entering and taking part in both the runs and,

where applicable, the Concours events. The Ray Clarke

Memorial Award has been won by Geoff Awde with 220 points.

The Drivers award goes to Steve Smith and the Navigators Award goes to

Deborah Smith.

It is most pleasing that Dennis Walton takes the organisers award.  He

represents the hard working marshals who make our events possible.

This year we are again awarding our overall winner the Ray Clarke Trophy donated by his family. Ray was a stalwart of the LAC and the guiding hand behind our classic events for many years so this trophy is very appropriate.

As always we would like to thank all the officials and marshals who made

the events run so well and of course our sponsors for making it possible.

 

May I thank all of you who took part in the Classic Challenge.

 

Here’s to 2019.

Many thanks

Chris Lee

Please click on the link below for all the results

Lancashire Automobile Club Classic Challenge Scores 2018

26th Coast to Coast Run – 2018 Report

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.

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St Georges Day Run – Demdyke Rally Report April 22nd

 

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 fore
bears 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!

 

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.