Aintree Circuit Club Anniversary Celebrations – 16 May 2024

Aintree Circuit Club has invited Lancashire Automobile Clun members to their Anniversary Celebrations at Aintree racing Circuit on the 16th May.

The celebrations are for:

THE GOLDEN DECADE 1954 – 1964
ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
70 YEARS ON: FIRST RACE MEETING, 29 MAY 1954
70 YEARS ON: FORMATION OF AINTREE CIRCUIT CLUB, 1954
60 YEARS ON: FINAL RACE MEETING, 16 MAY 1964

A VERY SPECIAL AND UNIQUE EVENT AT AINTREE RACECOURSE ADMISSION BY INVITATION AND TICKET ONLY. THE JACK SEARS FORD GALAXIE WILL RETURN TO AINTREE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE WINNING THE FINAL RACE ON THE GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT…

We will be emailing all Lancashire Automobile Club members once we have final details. Tickets will provide private admission to the event, paddock parking and for a place at the Civic Lunch, entry for 1 car to the event and the opportunity to participate in any track activities (tbc)

SAVE THE DATE!
THURSDAY 16 MAY 2024

81st Goodwood Members Meeting Live Streaming

The 81st Goodwood Members’ Meeting presented by Audrain Motorsport is an incredible two-day event full of awesome motorsport action. Racing includes Group 1 Touring Car action for the Gordon Spice Trophy, featuring ’70s favourites such as the Chevrolet Camaro, Rover SD1 and BOSS Mustang, pre-war Grand Prix action with a fleet of Bugattis racing for the Grover-Williams Trophy, stunning ’60s GT cars from Cobras to E-types and more for the Graham Hill Trophy and more. But that’s not all. We also have amazing demos for mighty V8 Can-AM cars, a tribute to Niki Lauda with his F1 title-winning McLaren MP4/2B and the first ever Goodwood sidecar shootout!

Our own Anthony Taylor  and Adam Sykes will be there share driving a silver/red Chinook Cheverolet Can Am car in the John Surtees Memorial Race. Practice on Saturday and Race 7 in the Sunday Calendar. Also in the same race will be Roger Wills driving a McLaren M1 b – red with yellow stripe across nose an ex Bruce McLaren car and Marcus Black in a black McLaren M1B whose car Rick and Antony rebuilt.

Anthony will also be taking part in the Cavelcade of Can Am cars. Watch out for him in the the McLaren M6B.

If you want to watch the Live Stream. Click on Link blow

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtsa5oqf5mQ

LAC May Noggin and Natter

With our first road event out of the way time to meet up with fellow members and motor enthusiasts at out Monthly Noggin and Natter at The Mytton Fold Hotel, Whalley Rd, Langho, Blackburn BB6 8AB on Thursday 2nd May

Anthony and Carolyn will be there as usual to greet you and you can share motoring memories, discuss the recent St Georges Day Run and look forward to our Fellsman event on May 18th and the Kendal 100 on June 23rd. With the (hopefully) improved weather.

Why not bring along your Vintage, classic or cherished car for others to enjoy?

Talking of the Kendal 100 Jeff Chambers has produced a short video of last years event which gives  glimpse of the ebvent to those who didn’t enter. For those who did you may well see yorselves, your car and your friends out on the event.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4BHUVapTDQ

You will find the regulations and entry forms on our web site.

https://lancsautoclub.com/enter-event/?action=show&event=8568

45th annivesary of the sale of the Longridge Racing Circuit

This year sees the 45th annivesary of the sale of the Longridge Racing Circuit, last race was in 1978. Lancashire Automobile Club ran the first and the majority of the races there.
The circuit, in the bottom of a quarry, was reportably the shortest racing circuit in the UK and possibly the world. It created a fantastic ‘clubby’ atmosphere loved by competitors, officials and crowds alike.
Initially the powers that be were very concerned about running full races on the track and after much persuasion by Gavin Frew, Tony Iddon, Les Braithwiate, Stan Foulds and others gave the club a permit to run 6 car grids. This proved a success and later the grid size was increased to 8 and finally 10 cars. The plan was to increase to 12 in 1979 but it wasn’t to be.
Longridge is possibly unique in that three different drivers in three different cars jointly hold the official lap record. They were Kim Mather in a F1 BRM, Warren Booth in a F2 (LOtus I think) and Bob Prest in a Mallock U2.
Racing was always close and exciting and as well as karts, Scooters, car Sprints, car races and bike races the circuit also saw stage rallying, rallycross, and 2CV across; quite a mixture.
f anyone has any pictures or films of the circuit in action and would like to share them with fellow enthusiasts please contact Chris Lee chrislee1275@aol.com
The picture shows just a taste of the spectacle. Going from top left we have John Kent (who won every Formula Ford race he entered at Longridge) leading the pack of Formula Fords into the first bend known as The Esses.
Top right is Brian Whiting in his Escort rounding Weighbridge Corner onto the Start/Finish Straight.
Bottom right is Eike Wellhausen and Brian Murphy in the E Types exiting Paddock Bend and entering Rock Straight.
Bottom left is Vic Mills in the thunderous Capri again in the Esses.
Finally the centre shot is lap record holder Warren Booth on the left with his arch rival Joe Applegarth alongside him in a very close finish – oh and the handsome young man with the flag is a much younger version of me.

Whalley Golf Club Video Evening – Report

The Lancashire Automobile Club film night at Whalley Golf Club was a great success with over 80 enthusiasts enjoying videos of the 1990 and 1991 Pirelli Classic Marathon.

Mike Wood, who along with others in the audience actually competed on the events, introduced the videos relating some of his personal memories of the event.

The first video was, appropriately enough, the 1990 event. With the likes of Stirling Moss, Paddy Hopkirk and Roger Clark plus Bobby Unser, multiple winner of Indianapolis, Gijs van Lennep, double Le Mans victor and Clay Regazzoni, former Grand Prix driver, being notable entries. The event was won by Paddy Hopkirk in a Mini Cooper winning by 35 seconds from Ron Gammons in second who just pipped Sterling Moss by 3 seconds.

This was followed by pie and peas served by Walley Golf Club staff. Before the second video was shown Mike was given a small recognition, well a bottle of his favourite whiskey, from the Club to celebrate his recent 90th birthday.

We then moved on to the second video of the 1991 event. Again the Marathon started from London and making its way to the Italian Alps with a star studded cast of drivers and navigators from both the rallying and racing world competing in some epic machinery.  The event was won by Ronnie McCartney and Dr Beatty Crawford in their 1965 Mini Cooper S beating all of the top names. Again Stirling Moss put up a fine show before crashing out.

So a great evening with great videos and great company.

Blackpool to Scarborough Coast to Coast Classic Tour 1997

Welcome to this latest in the LAC history series, as we are getting nearer to this years events we thought to wet your appetite with a short film taken by Mike Wood of the 1997 Coast to Coast Classic Car Tour. Spot the celebrity near the end!

Back then Blackpool was our normal starting point with the Spa at Sacarborough s the finish.

To watch the video simply click on the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmV_MCNs3cw

Video of GB 0:00 / 21:08 1971 Safari Rally – LAC Mike Woods Rally Years

Welcome to this episode in the LAC’s very own Mike Woods Rallying Years. Mike looks back at the 1971 Safari where Mike & Tony Fall were in a sponsors Lancia, much of the film looks at recce & behind the scenes.

As Mike & Tony weren’t in an Official Team Lancia they hired a Fiat from the local Hertz Hire Car Company to do the recce!

Click on link below to view.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn5qE4-o48c

Morecambe Car Club Ltd. Illuminations “Northern Lights Tour” Saturday 8th June 2024.

We have been invited to enter Morecambe Car Club Ltd. Illuminations
“Northern Lights Tour” on Saturday 8th June 2024. The event will start from and finish at the Red Well Inn, Arkholme, situated on the B5462 at MR 97/549 701 with signing on from 08.00 and the first car away at 09.01. The event is a Touring Assembly with a route of some 145miles with a finish time from 17.00 approx.
The entry fee is £55 per vehicle which, for two people includes: –
i. Breakfast Roll and Tea/Coffee at the Start
ii. A meal at the finish
iii. Rally Plate (to affix on the front of your car)
iv. Route information in the form of a tulip style road book
v. Any additional information/instructions required for navigating the suggested
route.
vi. All other event documentation.

Extra passengers up to the maximum number for which proper seating is provided may be carried at an additional cost of £25 each. Additional passengers will be entitled to the Breakfast Roll and tea or coffee at the start, coffee/tea and tray bake at the morning halt and the meal at the finish.

The Clerk Of Course for the event is Fred Bent.

Assistant Clerk of Course John Pinches
Full details regulations and entry forms are available from
The Secretary of the Meeting is Derek Shepherd
37 Windsor Grove
Morecambe
Lancashire
LA4 4LP
Home Tel. No. 01524 412505
Mobile No. 07368 424788
Email address Derekshepherd12@btinternet.com

Hillclimb/Sprint Competition Tyres

Message from Craig Powers which will be of interest to any member invlved in sprinting or hillclimbing.

All,

You will recall that Avon Tyres Melksham plant closed in Dec 2023 after the parent company Cooper Tires / Goodyear restructured the business. This left the hillclimb / sprint sector without many types of competition tyre. Cars, bikes, sidecars were all affected.

BMTR (Birmingham) were stockpiling hillclimb / sprint tyres in late 2023 to take them through 2024.

I’m told that a management buyout has taken place and a new company will manufacture Avon tyres. The name is Nova Motorsport.

https://novamotorsport.com/

That’s all I know at the moment but I will try to find out more.

Craig