Welcome to the Lancashire Automobile Club - Established in 1902 the Lancashire Automobile Club (1902) Ltd is the second oldest motor club in the UK dedicated to the interests of motorists in the region. Organising both motoring and social events, the LAC has something for everybody, from car runs (touring assemblies) and static shows to the Annual Dinner Dance and Triennial Sportsmans … Continue reading "Welcome to the Lancashire Automobile Club"
St George’s Day 22nd May 2021- Photographs - St George’s Day – Photographs We hope you enjoyed our run – it was great to see so many fantastic cars and happy people! The weather was a real bonus but we can’t promise that on future events! I don’t know if you noticed but we had a couple of photographers our on the event. … Continue reading "St George’s Day 22nd May 2021- Photographs"
Hannu Mikkola a few words from our own Mike Wood - I got to know Hannu quite well more or less when he first came onto the International Rally scene driving on a couple of events or so for Datsun. He was already recognised in his home country of Finland as a up and coming driver and maybe because of my own connection with established Finish … Continue reading "Hannu Mikkola a few words from our own Mike Wood"
Manchester to Blackpool 1993 - This is a video taken of the 1993 event. I edited it and gave a commentary (badly) back then but you will see some familiar cars and some familiar faces. Enjoy Manchester to Blackpool 1993
Vintage Car Rally 1963 Pendle Hill - Another video from the motoring past. This time 1963. The film was taken approacing the Nick of Pendle climbing from Sabden. The event started in the Burnley area and finished at Clitheroe Castle taking in Longridge Fell and Jeffery Hill on the way. As I recall Bill Turner and Ted Heath were part of the … Continue reading "Vintage Car Rally 1963 Pendle Hill"
Red Rose Ramble - Dear member, Preston & District Vintage Car Club (PDVCC) are hoping to run a scenic tour on the 6th June this year and have extended a kind invitation to LAC members. I appreciate that we remain in uncertain times, but in the event that this ‘damned’ Covid continues to spoil our lives and the event … Continue reading "Red Rose Ramble"
The 1964 Liege – Another view! - All of our ‘regular’ readers will be well aware of Mike Wood and John Wadsworth’s exploits on the 1964 Liege. I posted this story on a Facebook page and recieved a reply of another contestants, Doctor Beatty Crawford, reccollections of this car breaking event. Our 1964 Spa-Sofia-Liege rally. The Royal Motor Union Club wanted only … Continue reading "The 1964 Liege – Another view!"
Mike Wood’s 1963 Monte Carlo Rally - With this years world rally championship now wrapped up it’s time to look forward to the first event of 2021 the Monte Carlo Rally. Thought this article by Mike Wood about the 1963 event would add to your interest. 1963 MONTE CARLO RALLY By Mike Wood This is my story of the 1963 Monte Carlo … Continue reading "Mike Wood’s 1963 Monte Carlo Rally"
A Classic Highland Tour - Well the Lancashire Automobile Club regulars have missed out on their dose of Highlands magic this year. So we thought a little video of what you have missed would hit the right note. Prize for anyone who spots a fleeting glimpse of Mike Raven! Please click on link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTAxHICtqj8&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR3qOPSYByrTY2Rrv-XDUFTXtIPOexnGnYqsvb2I_r9vcEk3horQOKn4ors
The 1964 Liege Part 2 - A few weeks back we shared with you part 1 of the story of the Liege Rally in 1964. We promised part 2 as soon as it became available. So here is part 2 which concentrates on the rally from the seat of the only Mini ever to finish this gruelling event – enjoy| Please … Continue reading "The 1964 Liege Part 2"
Rise of the Sidevalves - We have been contacted by Tom Fryars about a great new book on the early days of motorsport which includes some interesting snippets of LAC history. This is a n Edwardian motor sport book that tells a story, a book which is of particular interest to members of the Lancashire Automobile Club and how their … Continue reading "Rise of the Sidevalves"
The Liege Rally - There is a great article in this months Historic Car Register Newsletter (Northants and Bedford area) which we have reproduced with the kind permission of Andrew Bodman. The Liège Rally from Andrew Bodman The Royal Motor Union of Liège used to organise the Marathon de la Route, to give it its official title. It was … Continue reading "The Liege Rally"
Mike Wood and Tony Fall in the 240Z - Those of you who are old enough may remember way back in 1972 our committee member Mike Wood rallying in the mighty Datsun 240Z. This short video features Mike and Tony following their exploits on the 1972 RAC Rally.
Video of the Sir William Lyons Centenary Event - In 2001 Lancashire Automobile Club was approached by Jaguar cars to help with the celebrations of Sir William Lyons birth one hundred years previously. The event was centred on Blackpool, where Sir William was born, and after a week of runs moved yo Coventry and the Browns Lane factory where a glittering evening event took … Continue reading "Video of the Sir William Lyons Centenary Event"
Lakeland 25000 - During the lock-down you may have searched online for motor-related stimulation, and if old Austins are your thing you may have come across a video of the 1939 launch of the Austin 8 in the Lake District. In the video the little Austin, driven by Tommy Wisdom, takes on the challenge of climbing 25,000ft in … Continue reading "Lakeland 25000"
The First LAC Coast to Coast. - The First Coast to Coast! As Mike Wood will tell you anytime this month we were due to run our 28th Coast to Coast Classic Car Run. Mike ran the Lancashire Automobile Club’s first Classic Car Run from Blackpool to Scarborough but that’s not the whole story! Long before Mike’s run for Classic Cars, … Continue reading "The First LAC Coast to Coast."
Mystery Coachbuilders in Leigh (updated 28/06/20) - I know this is a long shot but it is something which may promt a memory in one of our members, I had the following request posted on out Facebook page which I fgound interesting. The chap knows the history of Bucklers (he used to compete one) but this particular model/version has prompted his … Continue reading "Mystery Coachbuilders in Leigh (updated 28/06/20)"
Just another road in Upstate New York – the story of Watkins Glen - Nigel Bentley brough this video to my attention. So here’s another interesting motor sport video. Ok so it’s Watkins Glen in the USA but wait till you see who sponsored the video and the adverts.
Manchester to Blackpool – Keeping up the tradition! - As we all know today is the 58th anniversary of the first Manchester to Blackpool Car Run but sadly we can’t run the event this year. We have organised a virtual Concours D’Elegance and I will let you know the Mayor of Blackpool (Councillor Amy Cross) choice later this afternoon. In the meantime I decided … Continue reading "Manchester to Blackpool – Keeping up the tradition!"
Relive the Manchester to Blackpool Classic Car Run - We thought that with our 58th Manchester to Blackpool Classic Car Run this Sunday being cancelled you may wish to relive the 2019 event. This link takes you to the route information book from last years event which let’s you know where the event went to and places of interest along the way. Simply click … Continue reading "Relive the Manchester to Blackpool Classic Car Run"
Manchester to Blackpool Virtual Concours - Check out the Mayor’s Choice (updated 4.00pm Sunday14th June 2020) Entries for our Manchester to Blackpool Virtual Concours closed on Friday and we had a fine selection of cars for the Mayor of Blackpool, Councillor Amy Cross, to select her favourite car. She judged the photos on Sunday 14th June at 4.00pm when the Manchester … Continue reading "Manchester to Blackpool Virtual Concours"