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

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.

Drive it Day 2017 Report

Lancashire Automobile Club Ltd

Drive it Day 2017

St Georges Day Run 23rd May

It might be worth first giving a little explanation of what Drive it Day is all about. The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) decided many years ago that the profile of classic vehicles (in the widest sense) should be raised with the British public and our political masters.

In truth the importance, and shear value, of the classic car industry is worth tens if not hundreds of millions of pounds to the British economy. So whilst the FBHVC lobbied both Parliament and Brussels on our behalf members of the federation have done their bit organising events on the annual Drive it Day.

The Lancashire Automobile Club has been a member of the FBHVC for many years and organises a very successful run every year taking in the abundance of fine driving roads in Lancashire. The event is a Touring Assembly and as such is untimed with no awrds. We have seen routes starting in the Whalley Blackburn area taking in roads to the west, north, and east. This year we decided to go south for a change.

Almost 80 vintage and classic cars entered the event which was supported by Blue Butts Classic Cars, Hagerty Motor Insurance and Bowker BMW and Mini. Each entrant received a traditional Rally Plate, tulip style Route Book and a Route Information book. The latter containing snippets of information about the places the cars passed through on their 100mile journey.

We were blessed with great weather the whole day, not something we were expecting given the previous weekends washout!

The route started from Blackburn Northern Sports Club, with a bacon bap, and looped north towards Hurst Green then northeast over Pendle and on to Colne. We then went into ‘new’ territory through Trawden and south over Widdop Moor before turning west to a coffee/lunch halt at the Duke of Wellington on the Grane Road.

After a brief halt the route went south then west to Belmont and into the Anglezarke complex before turning north to Top Lock, and Brindle to return to the start where a light buffet awaited them. There was a collection for the young Formula 4 driver who was seriously injured at Donnington Park recently and the entrants gave generously. The Club will top up the collection to a nice round figure – many thanks to all who contributed.

Thanks must go to all the marshals who helped under the direction of our Clerk of Course, Anthony Taylor, the sandwich makes, Eileen and Carolyn, and of course all the entrants who brought their magnificent vehicles for all to enjoy.

If anyone wants to see, or purchase more photographs from the event simply go to Brian Taylors site White Dog Photography www.whitedogphotography.co.uk and simply click on this link then select 2017 motorsport galleries to see all the pictures (by the way if you look on 2016 motorsport galleries there are pictures from our 2016 events).

To get the pictures simply follow the directions at the bottom of the first web page. Brian doesn’t personally charge but asks that you donate an amount you feel appropriate to Cancer Research UK. You don’t just get your pictures you are helping the fight against Cancer.

You then contact Brian direct with the picture numbers you require and he gives you a link to the files at full resolution.

Highland 3 Day Report 2016

Getting in Touch with your Wild Side

All pictures and maps are on the picture gallery for the event.

The Highland 3 Day Classic Tour has been held virtually every year for the last 20 years and I have to say that it strikes me,  from all the comments, cheers, laughter and ‘rib digging’ that has gone on over the last few days, that 2016 has been the best one yet. There are many people better qualified than me to confirm that, as we were ‘newbie’s’ completing this event for the first time. It has to be said that the support and guidance we received from many of the ‘old hands’ present was fantastic. So, a great big thank you from us, to all of you for making this Tour an amazing experience.

Clearly, this is one of those events where once you have done it….you are hooked and want to come back for more! (We were registered for next year’s event before we had even finished this one)!

There were 18 cars registered for this tour, they included everything from Alfa to Volvo including, BMW, Rolls Royce, Audi, Mercedes, mini, Jaguar, on to Porsche, MGs and Healey,not to mention a daffodil and a luminous lime green Fiesta driven by Mike (the tour organiser) don’t ask!

Whilst I must confess the event does require a ‘modicum’ of stamina due to early starts and challenging drives, it was overall a fantastic tour to be part of with even a little bit of time to visit the Highland Stone Pottery shop (thanks Kirsteen). Mike and the team’s organising skills are second to none. Marvellous hotels, excellent food stops, challenging road events and the all round good fun was wholly down to the organisation and huge efforts made by the organisers. I know we are not the only ones who want to say ‘Thank you’ to everyone of them (Mike, Catherine, Owen, Tracy, John and David)

As I have already said, there was some serious driving to be had on this Tour, with an excess of a 150 miles covered on each day.

The roads and views were amazing. Yes, we did stop to take photographs, how could we not, with views like this. We were not the only ones to take photos, thanks to Owen for this brilliant shot taken on Day 1. I must confess, that I was so busy concentrating on Tulips I couldn’t always appreciate the views (mind you there were one or two who travelled so fast they didn’t even see Scotland! Not that any speed limits were broken, of course)

Stuart did all the driving in our 50 year old Daimler V8 and it is fair to say he was more than pleased with her performance. He says, “The old girl was well behaved and the car was even better” (Thanks for that!). We did lose a wiper arm in high winds on Day 3 but that was much preferred to Mike’s Healy which was taken home on a low loader after losing the clutch on the Hill Climb, hence the lime green Fiesta for the rest of the tour!

Day 2:  As you can see from the map, day 2 took us high up in to the Scottish highlands where the population is about as sparse as waitresses at the Jury hotel in Inverness. A short navigation event preceded the longest journey of the event. The east to west cross-country drive was mainly a single-track affair but the further west we travelled, the better the scenery seemed to get. The approach to Lochinver was absolutely stunning with mountain formations looking more like Sugar Loaf in Brazil without blue sky of course.

The Inver Lodge Hotel is a true diamond in this part of the world with a top draw lunch provided in very comfortable surroundings overlooking the bay. After lunch we made our way down towards Ullapool with scenery looking more and more like the set from a Hobbit movie.

 

Now, some of the regulars to this event had baulked at the idea of going to Scotland without visiting Applecross, so Mike dutifully added in an optional leg for Day 2. Not easy to judge how long this would take but as some found out, it was a long haul and with most of it covered in cloud.  Some about turned and headed back without taking in a tea or coffee from the busiest pub in Applecross. For those that made it, the rewards were indeed a nice cup of coffee and the dubious prospect of having to re-traverse the cloud covered hairpins of Applecross where lampless cyclist’s believe in their divine safety along with a few day-trippers. The return back to the Jury Hotel in Inverness was a little testing at times with Google suggesting an 8hour 40min drive without including the daily navigation event!

Day 3 followed the line of the Great Glenn. The weather remained kind to us and only short, hard bursts of rain occurred to challenge the one wiper Daimler.

Now for some of the ‘fun events’. As already alluded to, amongst all the fabulous driving was a daily Navigation task set by John Hartley.  I am not saying we had a lot to learn but…it can be disconcerting to find you are the only vehicle travelling North on a single track road amongst another 17 travelling South! Not to mention finding out that what you thought was a perfect, first time navigation test run, actually had 10 miles of road and track missed out!

At this point, we really must thank Andrew Ogden for his patience and knowledge, providing lessons to several new members on how to map and then traverse the navigation routes. It also helped greatly when we found out what Via and Boogie Boards are along with ‘spot heights’! Thanks to you John and David, we definitely got better as the days went on.

Day 0 (Thursday) included The Forrestburn Sprint and Hill Climb Test curtesy of the MSCC (where Mike lost his clutch!) and Day 1 at the Grampian Transport Museum at Alford. We had never participated in one of these before and neither had Janet and Steve. This event showed them in their true colours (competitive speed freaks). Janet positively threw her car around the bends, screeched to a halt on the stop lines and roared off to get the Trophy! (sadly, she did not get a real trophy (there are no prizes for winning) so this photo will more than make up for it! (one for the album Janet!)

The competitions are all just part of the fun. Not wanting to show off (but going to anyway) we managed to win one event as well…….It matters not that it was the silly hat competition,  we still won one event on the Tour and no one can take that away from us!

All in all the Highland Tour has been a superb experience; I really cannot praise the whole event enough. We have made some fabulous new friends that I know we will keep in touch with. I think most of us will be back again next year and we will certainly be bringing other people that we know that will enjoy and add to the event.

If you are one of those who has never participated do put it on your ‘to do’ list, I promise….you will not regret it!

Lynda and Stuart (fondly known as George) Mason

Colin and Dawn Hare

The dates for 2017 are Wednesday 20th September if you want overnight accommodation at Hetland Hall near Dumfrise Day 0 starts on Thursday morning first car off 09:00 heading up to Helensbourugh on Thursday 21st for the start of the 3 day tour on the Friday 22nd up to Dundonnel for two nights Friday and Saturday then back to Helensborough for the 24th Sunday evening then home on Monday to recover.

More details will be posted on www.highlandtour.com in December.

You Know you should come!   Mike