2018 Fellsman Report

The event reached a landmark milestone during 2018 – twenty five years since the first running – and what better way to celebrate than to enjoy another cracking navigational event comprising great roads, great cars, and a meal at the end in the company of like-minded friends. To coincide with this notable anniversary, clerk of course and route meister-in-chief, John Hartley, introduced a new feature in the form of a novice instruction book. The idea was intended to attract new entrants who could have all the enjoyment of the event whilst giving them the confidence to tackle the more traditional plot and bash in the future, and the navigational school held during March was intended to support this thinking. Whilst the majority of the entrants opted for the traditional approach a number selected the novice option and judging by the feedback enjoyed the event. The event started at the Stirk House, Gisburn, with a bacon butty breakfast, before heading through Bolton by Bowland and North into the Lune Valley via the Stocks Reservoir road crossing the Lune at Hornby. From there it went via Over Kellett, Priest, Hutton and Beetham to follow the coast road at 6m altitude to lunch at the Heversham Hotel.

Once fed and watered, and taking the mandatory time for lunch, the entrants set off over the Helm with views over Kendal and further to the Southern Lake District. From here the route crossed the M6 to skirt Sedburgh then into Barbon Dale and back to the A65 and Ingleton. Some new and convoluted lanes to Clapham then to Rathmell via Giggleswick, round the Paythorne square and back to the finish at the Stirk House to celebrate with a few drinks, a meal and a good old chat. This event has a special place within the sporting calendar and the club is committed to its continued existence but can only do so with more participants. So the clarion call is for all those who fancy doing the event, but haven’t yet done so, to consider making 2019 the year when you put this right and appreciated what others have loved for so long. The organisers are extremely grateful for the support and sponsorship from Bowland Brewery for enabling the event to take place.

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Highland 3 (or 4 or 5!) Day Classic Tour Report

The 2018 Highland Three Day Classic Tour 

By Alan & Linda Baverstock

‘I think you might quite enjoy it………….’

A casual comment at a FellMog noggin led to team Baverstock signing-up for the Lancashire Automobile Club Highland Three Day Classic Tour for September 2018. We were assured that our car, a well sorted but fairly standard 2011 Morgan +4, was suitable for the event, though a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, warning triangle and hi-vis jackets were compulsory and might be checked at scrutineering! We later observed that some of the other entrants sported full four-point safety harnesses, Halda rally computers, extra spot lights and old rally stickers. This suggested that the event was perhaps not just a gentle amble through the glorious Scottish countryside. Though not classed as a rally, having a MSA certificate of exemption, we soon realised that it would be rather different from our leisurely FellMog tours of France and Spain.

First Lesson: although it was described as a three day event, it actually covered four days – the first day, day Zero, being optional, though most entrants chose to take part.

Day One – or Day Zero depending how you looked at it – had us assembling at a rather nice hotel near Dumfries ready for a leisurely dinner and an early night in preparation for an early start the following day. However this was September 19th and Storm Ali had just passed through parts of the UK doing considerable damage. One victim was that night’s hotel which had lost its electricity supply, giving the event organisers the challenge of finding alternative beds for fifty plus people at very short notice.

To their credit this was achieved although we ended up sleeping at Cumnock, fifty-four miles away. A late evening drive and an extra early start the following morning got us back to the planned destination for the beginning of the event. A flexible attitude was obviously going to be an asset over the next four days!

This was our first experience of Road Books and Tulip Diagrams and we were grateful for some earlier informal training from a relative experienced in the world of historic car rallies.

The first day’s driving took us on a devious route through South West Scotland to Dunkeld: about 200 delightfully traffic free miles, unintentionally made even more complicated by a tree-blocked road within the first thirty minutes. The highway authorities were struggling to cope with the damage caused by storm Ali. A light lunch was provided each day but before that we had our auto tests; the first organised by Monklands Sporting Car Club MSCC at Forrestburn Sprint Circuit. This tight and hilly circuit would have been challenging at speed but regulations required a modest, say 5mph, approach, the aim being to achieve the same time on two separate runs – in our case without the use of a stop watch. We also had our first experience of a special navigation section which was an intensive route planning and driving exercise using OS 1:50,000 map sheets following often obscure clues devised by John Hartlay.

Our splendid hotel that night overlooked the River Tay and offered guests a wee dram on arrival – all very Brigadoon and our favourite hotel of the tour. At breakfast the following day we were supplied with maps and instructions for another navigation section in addition to the now familiar Day Book. Being new to this event we concentrated on our Full Scottish breakfast but did observe many other entrants paying more attention to their maps than to their food. We had much to learn! These navigation exercises were challenging in preparation – and on the road. Lots of lateral thinking, but we enjoyed the challenge and looked forward to that part of each day. Surprisingly, we only dropped one point in the three days.

The next two days followed the same pattern of Day Books and Navigation Exercises as we progressed through the Highlands, driving between two and three hundred miles each day but always arriving at our overnight stop in time for a relaxed and leisurely evening in good company. The organisers had us driving some amazingly quiet roads including the Pass of The Cattle at Applecross.  Two nights were based at Elgin before we returned to Dunkeld for the final night. Each day’s optional auto test took a different form. One in the carpark on Cairngorm in very heavy rain. Another on a circuit at the Grampian Transport museum at Alford. The museum was well worth looking round and curiously, being so far from Lincolnshire, contained the Guy Martin car and bike collection. Plus that wonderful Spitfire engine from the TV programme.

Over the four days we got to know several of the other entrants. They drove a mixed bunch of interesting cars – a good number of English sports cars including one E type, one XK140 and three Healeys. Two other Morgans took part besides us, one a 1982 4/4 hired for the event by a couple from Canada. They obviously enjoyed the experience and talked of buying a Morgan to add to their collection of English sports cars. Once Storm Ali had passed, weather for the event was, well, very Scottish and we were grateful for our easy-up hood which spent significantly more time down than up.

Dinner at Dunkeld on the last night was more formal than on the other nights: an excellent meal, a few speeches and some presentations, to a background of photographs of the last few days. Comments were heard as to how often those photogenic Morgans, appeared on the screen!

Only at that point did we realise that although the event was, as the Clerk of the Course emphasised, ‘not a competition’ there was a results sheet and some trophies for the Gymkhana! The ‘winner’ drove a MGCGT and the close runner up a highly desirable 1977 Alfa Romeo GTV. And somehow, we still don’t quite know how, we managed to come sixth out of the 25 cars that finished the event.

Did we ‘quite enjoy’ the event as was originally said?

Understatement – we enjoyed it greatly –it was tremendous fun and if we are accepted for 2019 we’d sign up without hesitation.

 

Alan & Linda Baverstock

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

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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 

2014 Fellsman Classic Tour

Held in glorious summer like weather, thirty crews lined up for this tough navigational event, yet again the start was from the ever popular Mitton Hall, with bacon butties and strong coffee before the start to get the brains in gear. Following the tried and tested formula, the route books were handed to the participants ten minutes before their allocated start time, with the first car away at 9.31am in a determined effort to defeat John Hartley’s cunning route.

However, by the end of the day it transpired that only two crews managed to complete the run cleanly, with 19 via boards in the morning and 21 in the afternoon, and in time for both sessions, and they were Geoffrey Neumark and William Shaw in a Jaguar E Type and John Lythaby and Shon Gosling in a Toyota Celica, congratulations to you, so for the rest of you it’s back to the drawing board and roll on next year!!

The route was very scenic, for those who had time to look, and basically, after leaving Mitton Hall proceeded via Hurst Green, Goosnargh, and a series of twisting lanes towards Lancaster and Kendal,via the Kent estuary, for the lunch halt at Heaves Hall near Levens. The afternoon took the entrants up to Killington Lake, and then down through the Dales passing through Dent, Ingleton, Clapham, Bentham, Newton and Cowark, finally making it’s way back to Mitton Hall, for the usual de-briefing and inquest into ‘Where we went Wrong’

Many marshalls were out on the day, and a grateful thanks to them, without whom events such as this could not run.

Click here to see how everyone did.

112th Annual Dinner, Dance and Awards – 2014

Held at the recently refurbished and ever popular Mitton Hall, nearly one hundred members and guests were welcomed at the entrance with a glass of bubbly to set the taste buds on edge for a gourmet meal of Cesear Salad, Roast Rump of Lamb with Thyme Jus and steamed vegetables, and Pear and Almond Frangipan for sweet, with coffee and chocolates to finish.

Chris Lee was again the MC for the evening and introduced all the good and the great to the also rans, followed by the godly, (as opposed to demon) duo of the Reverend Barry Whitehead, and daughter Eve who gave the Grace.

Following the meal the awards were presented by Simon Hope of H & H Auctions, and long time friend of the club, the recipients were:- Speed Championship 4th Phil Perks, 3rd Barry Whitehead, 2nd John Moxham, 1st Eve Whitehead.

Simon Hope was presented with the Wood Trophy, by Mike Wood, for his exploits in the Peking to Paris Rally.

The Attwater Trophy went to Alwyn and Margaret Davies, and in the R.W. Clarke Memorial Trophy for the Classic Challenge the results were as follows, Navigators award, Margaret Breakell, Drivers award Frank Sharples, Organisers award Mike Raven and the overall winner of the RW Clarke Memorial Trophy was Geoffrey Breakell

The clubs top, and much coveted award, the Peter Collins Trophy, was presented by President Martin Wylie to Mike Smith, for his outstanding record in many spheres of motor sport. Who then delivered a very gracious acceptance speech.

Past President Carolyn Taylor, performing her last duty in high office, awarded the Presidents Cup to Michele and Tim Atty fortheir work on the membership and website

Following the formalities Harvey cracked the disco into life, and whilst some danced the night away others sought out the quiet room for a chat with old chums.

A very well organised evening, with the proceeds of the raffle being donated to the help Woody fund.

Centenary Celebrations of the Waddington Fell Open Hill Climb

On the 3rd May this year the Vauxhall 30-98 Register, the LAC and The Preston and District Vintage Car Club joined forces to celebrate the centenary of the Lancashire Automobile Club’s Waddington Fell Open Hill Climb with thirty five Vauxhall 30-98’s taking part in this historic re-enactment.

Exactly 100 years ago the event was won by Joseph Higginson of Stockport, driving the all new prototype Vauxhall 30-98.

A full report will follow here and there will be a full article in All Torque, the LAC members’ magazine. Lookout for further coverage in the press including Lancashire Life and Classic Car Weekly. Click here for an early preview of some of the great photographs taken on the day, more to follow.

Also see our history article in the timeline.

On the 3rd May this year the Vauxhall 30-98 Register, the LAC and The Preston and District Vintage Car Club joined forces to celebrate the centenary of the Lancashire Automobile Club’s Waddington Fell Open Hill Climb with thirty five Vauxhall 30-98’s taking part in this historic re-enactment.

Exactly 100 years ago the event was won by Joseph Higginson of Stockport, driving the all new prototype Vauxhall 30-98.

A full report will follow here and there will be a full article in All Torque, the LAC members’ magazine. Lookout for further coverage in the press including Lancashire Life and Classic Car Weekly. Click here for an early preview of some of the great photographs taken on the day, more to follow.

Also see our history article in the timeline.